Ended Legal Officer

The Job

Title:  Legal Officer (1 position)
Location: Lahj with regular travel to Aden

Start of Contract & Duration:  Contract to start as soon as possible. Contract duration for 11 months with possibility of extension based on funds and performance.
Reports to:  Protection Manager


The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) has been providing relief and development services in the Horn of Africa since 1997. Using a protection of human rights framework, since the beginning of the conflict, DRC has worked in Yemen responding to the protection and assistance needs of IDPs, in collaboration with key national and international protection agencies.


The legal officer position is critical to DRC humanitarian response to internal displacement in Yemen. It is a key DRC position, with DRC expecting that the post holder with be qualified and possess protection skills, knowledge and attitude to be immediately effective in the field. These include the active involvement and the full participation by all community members, paying special attention to women.

Key responsibilities

  • Provide legal support to the target population through legal counselling and providing legal information sessions.
  • Assure the protection monitoring of human rights violations and refugees rights.
  • In coordination with the supervisor, support and lead the implementation of project’s activities, including protection monitoring, provision of cash transfer, NFIs distribution, provision of legal and psychosocial assistance as per the project work plan;
  • Working closely with the IDPs community, to identify particularly vulnerable individuals and together with the supervisor develop strategies and means to assist them.
  • Ensure that there is a wide dissemination of the risks faced by IDPs in Yemen and together with members of the community, define possible solutions to these problems.
  • Conduct field visits to assess the protection needs and concerns of the target population, with particular attention to especially vulnerable persons;
  • Regularly send reports on protection trends and incidents faced by IDPs and local communities;
  • Maintain an excel database to ensure that statistics and other reports are produced on a timely basis;
  • Compile weekly, monthly narratives and data reports on the risks faced by IDPs in Yemen.
  • Perform other tasks as assigned by the supervisor(s).
  • AOB as requested by the supervisor.


Commitments: DRC has a Humanitarian Accountability Framework, outlining its global accountability committments. All staff are required to contribute to the achievement of this framework into the work of DRC (http://www.drc.dk/HAF.4265.0.html)

Personal Specifications

  • University Degree in Law, Human Rights, International Law or related field.
  • 2 years of experience working with international NGOs, particularly in the protection sector;
  • Experience in supervising staff in challenging situations, carrying out interviews and focus group discussions, analyzing information provided and drafting reports.
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team; supporting a team in coordinating complex projects.
  • Ability to communicate professionally and effectively with diverse members and groups including IDPs, members of the host communities, local council members etc.
  • Strong writing and editing skills.
  • Ability to collect and monitor data and generate relevant and accurate reports for a range of audiences
  • Excellent knowledge of Microsoft Office applications (particularly Word, Excel and PowerPoint), web based communication systems.
  • Excellent written and spoken English is an asset.

Terms and Conditions 

The proposed employment conditions are based on DRC policy and Yemeni labor law. The selected candidate shall perform his/her duties in compliance with the DRC Code of Conduct and procedures at all times

How to Apply

CVs are invited at the below link by the 22nd January 2018. Please mention your name in the uploading CV. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.