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Protection Officer - Legal

Kilis (Turkey)

  • Organization: DRC - Danish Refugee Council
  • Location: Kilis (Turkey)
  • Grade: Mid level - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Legal - Broad
    • Protection Officer (Refugee)
  • Closing Date: 2019-12-07

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Danish Refugee Council, one of the world’s leading humanitarian NGOs, is currently looking for a highly qualified Protection Officer – Legal.

 About the Job

To provide legal counselling and legal support to survivors of gender based violence as well as other people in case-management services.

Sector responsibilities: Advocacy for the rights of displaced people in their context of displacement, child protection initiatives, individual protection assistance based on vulnerability, legal aid, land & property rights, sexual and gender-based violence prevention, registration services for the internally displaced and refugees, monitoring of rights and rights awareness-raising, facilitation of return and repatriation processes.

This role has an area focus and ensures compliance to DRC procedures and guidelines within the area. The role contributes to the development of country strategies, which are translated into action plans and day-to-day tasks.

 

Duties and Responsibilities:

Programming & Operations

  • Ensure efficient and effective program implementation while following the budget and work plan
  • Participate in preparing monthly/quarterly/annual highlights/reports and proposals
  • Monitor developments on the legal framework and regulations developed for refugees at the regional and Country level;
  • Provide direct legal information, support and assistance to DRC’s beneficiaries and, as appropriate, advocate on their behalf
  • Research individual cases and identify possible courses of action together with the client, interpret and explain procedures, legislation, and official documents and assist in filling relevant documents for their case;
  • Ensure clear communication with beneficiaries to inform them of potential courses of action and empowering them to pursue their chosen options;
  • Advocate on behalf of the client under existing legal frameworks and agreements and negotiate with agencies, government departments, local authorities, immigration services, solicitors and other bodies in order to secure beneficiaries entitlements and/or access services.
  • Refer beneficiaries to other sources of help, for example solicitors, social workers or special case workers who may represent the client in court, at tribunals or other official bodies.
  • Maintain a data-base of lawyers able and willing to provide representation in court and facilitate the out-sourcing, including financial management of such cases
  • Develop group legal counselling sessions based-on community needs, and produce information for publications, leaflets etc.
  • Liaise with other internal departments and external organizations on behalf of beneficiaries.
  • Keep up to date with appropriate legislation and policies regarding Syrian refugees and refugees living in Turkey in general.
  • Provide training or briefings to internal staff or external organizations.
  • Develop legal policy briefings and updates on the implementation of relevant
  • Ensure impartiality, and confidentiality of beneficiaries, at all times,
  • Ensuring the maintenance and regular update of case databases and other relevant trackers.

Coordination and representation

  • Collaborate with relevant internal and external technical experts on sector relevant issues, including bar association and others involved in support to displaced people
  • Represent DRC at meetings and other relevant technical coordination meetings
  • Ensure integration with other DRC sectors
  • Liaise with government legal services and provide trainings where necessary

Project implementation and reporting

  • Input into case-management data-bases and update case files in conjunction with Case-management team
  • Maintain legal case files and update overall project trackers
  • Provide accurate reporting to M&E and Grants teams as needed

Logistics

  • Plan and coordinate proactively logistics and movements of staff from and to different operational areas
  • Initiate procurements and ensure their execution
  • Ensure distribution plans are prepared and shared with logistics in a timely manner

 

About you

To be successful in this role, you must have Law degree; Licence and registration to practice law in Turkey.

Moreover, we also expect the following:

Required qualifications

  • Minimum 2 years of practical experience in sector area working for an INGO
  • Field experience
  • Excellent skill in MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Advanced English and Turkish proficiency
  • Fluency in Arabic language highly desirable
  • Should be member of Turkish Bar Association
  • Experience working in the humanitarian field (preferably experience from southern Turkey)
  • Experience in protection activities and/or social or health sector.
  • An understanding of humanitarian/civil society issues in Turkey and the region
  • Experience working with Syrian refugees
  • Strong organizational and communication skills
  • Ability to establish and maintain good working relationships in a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary environment
  • Ability to multi-task and cope with competing demands under tight deadlines
  • Flexibility, enthusiasm, and willingness to learn from others

Preferred experience and competencies

  • Experience with case management protocols desirable
  • An understanding of humanitarian/civil society issues in Turkey and the region

 

In this position, you are expected to demonstrate DRC’ five core competencies:

Striving for excellence: You focus on reaching results while ensuring an efficient process. 

Collaborating: You involve relevant parties and encourage feedback. 

Taking the lead: You take ownership and initiative while aiming for innovation. 

Communicating: You listen and speak effectively and honestly. 

Demonstrating integrity: Upholding and promoting the highest standards of ethical and professional conduct in relation to DRC’s values and Code of Conduct, including safeguarding against sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment.

 

We offer

Contract length: 1,5 Months

Employment Band: H

Designation of Duty Station: Kilis Office

Start date: 11.11.2019

Salary and conditions will be in accordance with Danish Refugee Council’s Terms of Employment for Nationals.

Application process

All applicants must upload a cover letter and an updated CV (no longer than four pages) in English. Applications sent by email will not be considered.

Closing date for applications: 29.10.2019

For further information about the Danish Refugee Council, please consult our website drc.ngo.

We do our best to provide you the most accurate info, but closing dates may be wrong on our site. Please check on the recruiting organization's page for the exact info. Candidates are responsible for complying with deadlines and are encouraged to submit applications well ahead.
Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
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