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Protection Assistant (Legal Aid)

Tripoli (Libya)

  • Organization: DRC - Danish Refugee Council
  • Location: Tripoli (Libya)
  • Grade: Junior
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Legal - Broad
    • Administrative support
    • Protection Officer (Refugee)
  • Closing Date: 2021-06-20

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Danish Refugee Council, one of the world’s leading humanitarian NGOs, is currently looking for a highly qualified Protection Assistant – Legal Aid responsible to implement DRC legal activities including legal information dissemination, legal counselling, and legal assistance to Libyan and non-Libyan populations in need of humanitarian assistance.


About the job: 

In close coordination with the Protection Officer – Legal Aid and other DRC Protection teams and field units, you are an active member of the protection team, involved in different field-based activities related to legal aid. This includes providing sound and timely advice on all forms of civil documentation, identifying gaps and trends among communities, support to access to legal services, and develop materials related to access services and rights.


Your main duties and responsibilities will be to:

  • Contribute to the planning and implementation of program activities related to provision of services and assistance to vulnerable and at-risk individuals. To this end, s/he will be requested to provide inputs on weekly workplans and implementing program activities accordingly with the Protection Officer – Legal Aid.
  • Support in conducting assessment of gaps in the legal needs of Libyan and non-Libyans (including migrants and refugees in Libya) and how this affects their rights and access to services making linkages to any legal framework in Libya.
  • Support IDPs, returnees, and migrants and refugees in obtaining civil documentation via the official routes including embassies, hospitals and local authorities, including with financial assistance.
  • Disseminate accurate and impartial information to beneficiaries through individual legal counselling, collective/group events, advisories and leaflets.
  • Undertake individual sessions providing legal information and legal counselling as per the established work plan.
  • Update case files and databases on individual developments, following DRC Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and standardized tools with high respect for data protection and confidentiality.
  • In coordination with the Protection Officer – Legal Aid, represent DRC to a range of stakeholders including individual beneficiaries and community groups, humanitarian agencies, services providers, local authorities, etc. To this end, ensure professional standards and transparent communication to build trust and collaboration with concerned stakeholders.


About you

To be successful in this role we expect you to have strong cultural awareness and sensitivity, ability and willingness to work with all groups of conflict-affected population, including vulnerable migrants and refugees. You also have a field-oriented attitude and strong humanitarian spirit.


Moreover, we also expect the following:



  • University degree in the field of law, international law, human rights, refugee studies, or any other related field.
  • 1-2 years of professional experience in the field of Law, as a lawyer or paralegal.
  • Familiarity with international protection and human rights legal standards, with special emphasis on women rights and SGBV.
  • Capacity to represent the organization to external stakeholders and beneficiaries in a professional manner, and to build trust.
  • Knowledge of conflict-affected and/or vulnerable groups, including migrant and refugee populations and knowledge of the protection and humanitarian issues affecting migrants and refugees in Libya.
  • Strong cultural awareness and sensitivity, ability and willingness to work with all groups of conflict-affected population, including vulnerable migrants and refugees.
  • Fluency in written and spoken Arabic.



  • Advanced university degree is considered an asset.
  • Basic knowledge of English, French or any other language is an asset. 
  • Knowledge of human rights and community development, preferably with an international humanitarian organisation is an asset.
  • Computer literacy and capacity to write short activity reports.


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: You uphold and promote the highest standards of ethical and professional conduct in relation to our values and Code of Conduct, including safeguarding against sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment.


We offer: 

Contract length: 6 months with possibility of extension depending on performance and funding.

Designation of Duty Station: Tripoli, Libya 

Start date: 1 July 2021.


Application process

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


Closing date for applications: 20 June 2021.


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

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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