National Consultancy Position
Job site: Hajja (Abs & Ku’audina district)
Report to: the protection coordinator (technically) and activity coordinator (activity)
Status: Full-time Staff
Lawyer, based in Hajja, will provide legal assistance (counseling, mediation and representation) in support of the mobile protection team, with main focus on supporting persons of concern (PoCs) with required documentation and provide legal awareness on documentation/registration and civic law issues.
The lawyer reports to the protection coordinator (technically) and activity coordinator (activity), while closely working with the senior social worker.
INTERSOS is implementing a OCHA funded project entitled: ‘Integrated emergency protection response for the most vulnerable conflict-affected people in Hajja, Ibb, and North Taiz’. The project will address some of the critical needs of IDPs and conflict-affected community in Hajja, Ibb, and North Taiz.
INTERSOS will run 3 mobile protection teams in Hajja (Abs & Ku’audina district) under this project, supported by 6 COVs per team ensuring a maximum outreach in the communities. Each team will be linked to the catchment area of 2 health facilities. Direct referrals from health teams will help in the identification of the most vulnerable cases.
Community Level Assessments permit for identification of general protection trends and concerns and also allows the identification of the most vulnerable persons in need of individual case management (Psycho-Social First Aid - PSFA, Psycho-Social Counseling - PSC, referral and follow-up). Community mobilization and awareness will be at the core of this community-based protection approach, promoting community-based protection networks (CBPNs) through the mobilization of COVs, the engagement with local civil society actors and stakeholders and promoting integration and referral with other sectors.
INTERSOS will provide legal assistance and awareness with a focus on PoCs in lack of valid documentation (access to services and assistance to be facilitated). Community awareness sessions will focus on protection related topics. The sessions will be tailored per target, age and gender group.
Duties and responsibilities:
Individual legal support:
- The Lawyer receives referrals from different INTERSOS Social Workers for people who are in need of legal assistance.
- Conduct interviews with cases referred by social workers to assess legal needs.
- Provide individual and/or family legal counseling to beneficiaries, in order to orient them and make them aware about the legal procedures available and most suitable for each case.
- When necessary and desirable provide legal guidance to PoC who are 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.
- Maintain confidentiality at all times and conduct all interviews and assessments in a way that is sensitive to the psychosocial needs of the case.
- Ensure the case has full information regarding his/ her legal rights and also the possible outcomes/ consequences of the case after the presentation in court.
- Advise safety procedures/ ways to avoid further harm to the case.
- He/she will support the community based protection networks (CBPNs) in organizing awareness sessions on documentation and IDP related legal issues.
- Attend meetings and workshop/training as requested by the Activity Coordinator.
- The Lawyer will attend daily morning meetings with all project staff and will coordinate on weekly basis through internal case management meetings held by the Senior Social Worker.
- Ad hoc meetings can be called for to discuss highly urgent cases.
- Meeting with department of justice, police or any law imposing agency regarding the case based on the need and necessity.
- With consent of the beneficiaries involved, the consultant will provide a detailed record of the support provided to the beneficiaries: individual case files.
- On a weekly the Lawyer will provide the Protection Coordinator and the Activity Coordinator with an overview of the support provided. This will include the nature of the case, GADD of cases, nationality and status of the case (action taken and action planned to be taken).
- The lawyer will provide monthly reports to the activities coordinator that include reporting on legal assistance to individual cases, legal awareness session and overall trends related to the legal-juridical sector.
- And perform any other tasks requested from the lawyer
Qualification and requirements:
Studies & professional experience:
- Hold an advanced degree in law
- At least 3 years of professional practical experience working as lawyer in Yemen (registered at bar)
- Clinical legal experience is desirable.
Most relevant other requirements:
- Demonstrable experience in establishing and maintaining collaborative relationships with government counterparts & juridical entities
- Strong representation and negotiation skills
- Demonstrated leadership and interpersonal skills
- Excellent computer skills (proven computer literacy)
- Readiness to commit and adhere to the values, mission and vision of INTERSOS
- Native Arabic - Excellent 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 ahead 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
- Deadline for submission of application: 10 December 2017
- Estimative date for the interview: between 12 and 15 December 2017 (only shortlisted candidates will be contacted)
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org (applications delivered by hand will be not considered)
- Clearly mention the job and location that you are applying for in the subject of your e-mail!