- Organization: UNHCR - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
- Location: Baghdad
- Grade: Level not specified - Level not specified
- Legal - Broad
- Closing Date:
Residential location (if applicable)
Staff Member / Affiliate Type
ReasonRegular > Regular Assignment
Remote work accepted
Target Start Date
Job Posting End Date
Standard Job Description
Desired Candidate Profile
- Monitor the development of law and doctrine.
- Advocate for proper interpretation of law and doctrine as well as in the development of standards of protection.
- Provide legal advice on these issues and drafting of position papers and guidelines on pertinent legal and operational issues.
- Provide guidance and support in the formulation of protection strategies.
- Engage with external partners and stakeholders, including governments, non-governmental organizations, international organizations, etc, on issues related to legal protection principles and related international law.
- Handle individual cases and situations raising special questions of application or interpretation of international law, refugee and human rights law.
- Drafting and analyzing national refugee legislation and implementing regulations.
- Represent Office in meetings within UNHCR and with external counterparts.
- Prepare protection documents and policies in cooperation with supervisor.
- Participate in the development of project proposals and project implementation. Perform other related duties as required.
- It is critical that the candidate has excellent drafting skills in English.
- Experience with preparing protection reports, policy briefs, data presentation, conducting research and visibility work on protection topics.
- Coordination/ liaison experience in refugee settings.
- It is desirable that the candidate masters Arabic language.
- Strong organizational and communication skills.
- Demonstrated flexibility and proactive approach.
Required languages (expected Overall ability is at least B2 level):
Occupational Safety and Health Considerations:
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Nature of Position:
The Legal Officer position, based in Baghdad, has national coverage, and works under the supervision of the Assistant Representative (Protection) to provide support to all Field and Sub Offices in Iraq on issues related to national and regional law, development of legal partner SOPs and updating of Country of Origin Information on Iraq. The Legal Officer position will supervise five national staff, one in Erbil and four in Baghdad, to develop legal analyses for all of Iraq, noting the specificities of legislation and regulations in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. Given the locations of the positions supervised, experience in providing remote supervision and building teams remotely would be an asset.
The Legal Officer will be responsible for providing updates on information contained in the International Protection Considerations paper on persons fleeing Iraq, and for responding to ad hoc requests for country of origin information on Iraq. This means that the Legal Officer should have experience in conducting legal and human rights research, and keep abreast of the political, humanitarian and human rights situation in the country, and be aware of RSD issues relevant to the provision of country of origin information. The Legal Officer should also have excellent drafting skills in English, and experience in providing legal analysis and identifying strategies to advance UNHCR’ s protection objectives through legislative and policy advocacy.
A draft Refugee Law was presented to the Iraqi Parliament in 2018, but was withdrawn following the dissolution of Parliament in advance of elections for the Council of Representatives. Subsequent political changes have not resulted in the reintroduction of the draft law, but it is hoped that the draft law will be reintroduced in the new parliament. As such, experience in drafting and analyzing national refugee legislation and implementing regulations would be an asset, including working with government authorities on national asylum systems.
Experience working with legal aid partners, and working with development/stabilization partners on rule of law reform would also be an asset.
Living and Working Conditions:
Iraq faces numerous political and security challenges, which evolve rapidly and unpredictably. As a result, a flexible and adaptable attitude to work is necessary.
In Baghdad, a non-family high risk E duty station, staff live in a common UN compound with freedom of movement outside the compound in armoured vehicles only, and is limited even so. Missions within south/central Iraq are undertaken with similar tight security measures being required. Freedom of movement and security is much more relaxed in the KRI.
SIM card and business cards will be available for staff upon arrival.
There is a fully equipped gym in the integrated compound in Baghdad and a basketball/tennis/badminton court; the gym is open 24/7 as is the basketball/tennis court (but please be mindful of residents living next to the court).
A UN market operates 7 days a week in the integrated compound in Baghdad where groceries and fresh vegetables can be purchased.
A water plant exists in the in the integrated compound in Baghdad.
There is a canteen in the integrated compound in Baghdad that operates 7 days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner, offering a variety of food for reasonable prices. Also Coffee shop located at the entrance to DFAC.
Pizzeria: operates lunch and evening times
CertificationsHCR Learning Program - UNHCR
CompetenciesAccountability, Analytical thinking, Client & results orientation, Commitment to continuous learning, Communication, Empowering & building trust, Judgement & decision making, Managing performance, Organizational awareness, Policy research & development, Political awareness, Teamwork & collaboration
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