Lawyer (2)

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Legal/Law
Posted on 09 Jan, 2022
Closing on 18 Jan, 2022

Job Description

National Consultancy Position
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Position: Lawyer 
Job site: 2 positions – 1 for Shabwa (Ataq) and 1 for Taiz (Jabal Habashi)
Report to: Case Management Supervisor, Legal Activity Coordinator (technically), Activity Coordinator and Protection Coordinator
Status: Service Contract 
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Female candidates are encouraged to apply please!

About INTERSOS:
INTERSOS is an independent non-profit humanitarian organization committed to assist the victims of natural disasters and armed conflicts. Its activities are based on the principles of solidarity, justice, human dignity, equality of rights and opportunities, and respect for diversity and coexistence, paying special attention to the most vulnerable and unprotected people

Project objectives: 
The proposed intervention targets existing protection gaps and needs in Jabal Habashi (Al-Shuraja sub-district, Taiz) and Ataq (Shabwa) through provision of integrated emergency protection service package for the most vulnerable conflict and displacement-affected people. While the intensity of fighting has given no signs of abating but further increased in 2021 – especially in Marib and Hudaida but also in Taiz (e.g. Al-Maqbana district), increasing influx of IDPs was reported since mid-2021 to Jabal Habashi and Ataq. Humanitarian needs of IDPs in these districts are large, while protection needs are critically unaddressed. Vulnerable groups (e.g. children, women, persons with disability, etc.) face disproportionate and specific challenges to their physical and mental well-being. Against this background, the proposed intervention targets the protection needs of conflict and displacement affected persons in the two districts, especially for persons with specific needs (PwSN), CP cases and women protection survivors. The response is grounded in the theory that if access to and knowledge of protection services for conflict and displacement affected persons is increased, then there will be reduced suffering, increased dignity, though live-saving services provided for conflict and displacement affected persons, particularly women, children and other vulnerable individuals. In 2 Community Centers (CC), INTERSOS teams will provide individual case management (ICM) services – focus on CP, women protection and PwSN; provide collective PSS for adults and children aimed at enhanced family resilience and community solidarity; enhance community-based protection mechanisms and community resilience by enrolling community outreach volunteers; run livelihoods/skills training permitting social-economic integration of women/girls at risk and women protection survivors; and lastly run awareness raising and information sharing on protection-related services and issues. The ICM package comprises identification, psycho-social first aid (PSFA), psychosocial counseling (PSC), and internal and external referrals for specialized services, in addition to follow-up and case closure. Internal referral within the project for specialized services include legal assistance, psychological counseling, cash for protection and livelihoods. 

Purpose /Objectives:
The Lawyer is responsible for the legal assistance to beneficiaries, including provision of civil documentation, legal counseling, mediation and representation. He/She is also in charge to conduct legal awareness and information sessions.

Main Responsibilities 

Individual legal support:

  • Receives internal referrals from INTERSOS social workers of identified people in need of legal assistance
  • Conducts interviews with cases referred by social workers to assess legal needs, either at the community center or within the IDPs sites
  • Provide individual and/or family legal counseling to beneficiaries, in order to orient them and make them aware about the legal processes available and most suitable procedures for each case
  • Provide legal counseling to beneficiaries in need of legal protection or other legal support. This service may include only legal advice, but in discussion with the beneficiary, can also include legal representation at court, or mediation between parties
  • Assists and counsel the beneficiaries in accessing civil documentation for HHs members
  • Always maintain confidentiality and conduct all interviews and assessments, avoiding exposing beneficiaries to any harm
  • Ensure to have informed consent of the case/client, explaining clearly and transparently to the beneficiaries their legal rights and duties, and the possible outcomes/ consequences of the legal procedures
  • Advise safety procedures/ ways to avoid further harm to the case

Legal awareness:

  • The lawyer will carry out awareness sessions on documentation and legal issues, which are identified through a community-based approach and are relevant for IDPs, Returnees and vulnerable HC members

Meetings:

  • The Lawyer will attend case management meetings held by the case management supervisor and social outreach workers 
  • Attend ad hoc meetings, which can be called to discuss highly urgent cases.
  • Meeting with department of justice, police or any relevant authority, regarding the case based on the need and the specific situation 

Reporting:

  • With consent of the beneficiaries involved and respect of confidentiality, provide detailed records of the beneficiaries supported, by recording information on individual case files 
  • Provide weekly and monthly overview of the support/services provided and cases assisted, included tracking case closure and civil documentation issues for beneficiaries 
  • The lawyer provides monthly reports, including figures on legal assistance to individual cases, legal awareness session and overall trends related to the legal-juridical sector.

Any other task requested in order to achieve the project’s objectives.
Always ensure confidentiality and conduct all activities respectfully and sensitively to beneficiaries and staff.

Overall, these tasks require:

  • Adherence to Humanitarian principles of Neutrality, Impartiality, Independence, and Humanity
  • Clear & timely communications to line management 
  • Full abiding by INTERSOS internal rules and guidelines and respect INTERSOS Charter of Value and Code of Ethics

Studies & professional experience:

  • Hold an advanced degree in law 
  • At least 2 years of professional practical experience working as lawyer in Yemen (registered at bar)
  • Experience in issuance of civil documentation, legal representation and legal mediation
  • Clinical legal experience is desirable.
  • Desirable familiarity with NGOs and protection principles. 
  • Demonstrable experience in establishing and maintaining collaborative relationships with government counterparts & juridical entities

Other requirements:

  • Native Arabic - basic written and spoken English 
  • Strong team spirit, comfortable in a multi-cultural environment
  • Excellent analytical skills, observation and analysis capacity
  • Attention to detail and structured way of approaching tasks
  • Ability to plan and output-oriented
  • Able to ensure quick quality delivery in stressful environment
  • Ability to adhere to deadlines and respect line management
  • Very strong interpersonal skills: strong communication and diplomatic skills
  • Practical and problem-solver
  • Ability to deal with heavy work pressure

How to Apply

  • Deadline for submission of application: 18 January 2022
  • Documents to be submitted: CV and Motivation Letter (incomplete applications will be not considered), in addition to contact details for minimum 2 reference persons (include position and relation)
  • How to send the application: by e-mail to jobs.recruitment.yemen@intersos.org (applications delivered by hand will be not considered)

Important Notes / مقترحات هامة

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