Sr Legal Officer
Sr Legal Officer
of Country and Emergency Response:
Months of escalating Russian hostility towards Ukraine have culminated in a concerted invasion of the country and the launch of military attacks across multiple cities in Ukraine, with a view to destabilize the country and provoke a change in government. Fleeing insecurity, Ukrainians are travelling west, with Poland establishing 8 reception centers along its border with Ukraine, for an estimated 1 million arrivals.
Between February 7-23, 2022, an IRC team undertook a scoping mission covering Poland and Ukraine to better understand the context, humanitarian and civil society landscape, and anticipated service gaps in the event of an escalation of conflict in Ukraine and consequent displacement into neighboring Poland. As of February 24th, the IRC has pivoted to an emergency response, and have identified partner agencies in Poland and Ukraine to facilitate immediate assistance that can be used where it is the most needed. Simultaneously, IRC/partners will launch a rapid needs assessment to better understand the humanitarian needs in both Poland and Ukraine and how IRC can complement partner response services either in breadth or scale
This position will be based in Dnipro. As this is a fluid and rapidly changing context, the length of assignment may change based on the needs of the program.
Duty station: Dnipro, with regular trips to Poltava and Zaporizhia oblasts
Key working relationships:
- Position Reports to: PRoL Manager, Ukraine
- Position directly supervises: Legal officers
- Internal collaborations within IRC: Sr Protection Monitoring and Information officers, community mobilizers case workers
- External collaborations to IRC: Legal actors, Legal PWG, Free Legal Aid Center staff, Protection and information services actors, organizations and agencies
The Sr legal officer oversees all IRC legal activities in Dnipropetrovsk, Zaporizhia and Poltava oblasts, meaning the legal information, counselling and assistance activities, and relationship with the legal authorities. The Senior Legal Officer will be based at IRC’s office in Dnipro, under supervision of the Protection and Rule of Law Manager. The Senior Legal Officer will serve as key person to implement legal assistance activities along the displacement routes and provide evidence base to inform needs of affected population for program adjustment and advocacy.
Specifically, the Sr legal officer will be responsible for:
1. Oversee all legal activities
- Support the PRoL Manager and local partners to develop and implement legal information, counselling and assistance activities.
- ensure continuous update of the service map in Vinnytsia oblast and surrounding oblasts on legal actors and services
- ensure referrals are made and received in a safe way and according to the SOPs, and ensure referrals received are followed-up and that the referral tracker is updated.
- produce clear legal content on legal information and procedures, to be distributed to war-affected people.
- Work closely with the Protection Manager and the MEAL team to create and update reporting tools
- Support the PRoL Manager in data analysis related to legal needs
- constantly look for contacts within authorities and key humanitarian stakeholders and update the contact trackers
- Contribute to the weekly movement plans for centers and shelters’ assessments, and report on legal activities on a weekly basis.
- Supports PRoL Manager to develop program report related to donor requirement and program requirement.
- Monitor spending related to activities are on track and timely inform PRoL Management for budget adjustment need.
2. Team management
- Directly supervise and build the capacities of 5 legal officers in Dnipro, Poltava and Zaporizhia, ensure they understand their role and responsibilities, and implement the activities according to the overall program workplan and weekly movement plans
- Provide technical support to the legal officers on technical legal questions
3. Legal research
- In collaboration with the PRoL manager and the Sr Protection Monitoring and information officer, and based on Protection Monitoring and personal research, constantly research the needs in term of legal assistance for people in Ukraine.
- support the PRoL Manager in writing regular reports on law updates
- participate to the Legal Working Group and the HLP sub-working group at the Cluster level
- Language: Bilingual in Ukrainian and Russian and excellent verbal and writing skills in English
- Valid Attorney’s Licence (registered at the Bar Association)
- Previous experience in Legal information, counselling and assistance, preferably with a NGO
- Experience facilitating group activities, trainings and workshops and mentoring others
- Excellent communication skills both verbal and in written
- Demonstrated understanding of and ability to maintain confidentiality and respect for clients/beneficiaries
- Positive and professional attitude, including ability to lead and work well in a team setting
- High degree of flexibility and strong ability to organize work, meet deadlines, maintain composure, prioritize work under pressure, coordinate multiple tasks and maintain attention to detail
- Computer literate, including Microsoft Word and Excel