DRCis inviting candidates to apply for the position of Legal Counsellor, to provide free accurate, reliable and timely information, counseling and assistance to refugees or individuals and communities affected by or related to refugees.
Who are we?
The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is a humanitarian, non-governmental and non-profit organization, founded in 1956, that works in more than 35 countries around the world. DRC has been operating in Turkey since early 2013, working with by and large with non-camp Syrian refugees and affected host communities. DRC is committed to basic humanitarian principles; including impartiality and neutrality, and offers the highest standards of accountability to the people it serves. The overall objective for DRC in Turkey is the protection and promotion of durable solutions to displacement affected populations on the basis of humanitarian principles and human rights with more immediate objectives focusing both on the immediate subsistence needs, protection and self-reliance support as well as a more long term focus on capacity building. In Turkey, DRC works partially through partners, also providing intensive capacity building support, while also conducting direct implementation.
About the Job
Under the overall supervision of Protection Program Manager and Senior Community Center Officer, the Legal Counsellor will be responsible for the specific legal and counseling activities of the project. S/he will be performing the following tasks:
Duties and Responsibilities:
Abide by and promote DRC’s vision, values, aims & objectives and equal opportunities policy.
To provide direct legal information, support and assistance to DRC’s community centers beneficiaries and, as appropriate, to advocate on their behalf.
Provide legal and other relevant information to beneficiaries in person, on the phone and by email etc.
Research individual cases, assess problems and identify possible courses of action together with the client;
Ensure that at all times beneficiaries are aware of what options are available to them and that they are empowered to pursue chosen options, and assisted to access resources.
Produce information for publications, leaflets etc.
Promote the services on offer and distribute publicity materials.
Mediate on a beneficiary’s behalf, for example, by writing letters, making phone calls or attending meetings.
Advocate and make representations to mainstream service providers on behalf of beneficiaries.
Refer beneficiaries to other sources of help, for example solicitors, social workers or special case workers who may represent the client in court, at tribunals or other official bodies.
Liaise with other internal departments and external organizations on behalf of beneficiaries.
Keep up to date with appropriate legislation and policies regarding Syrian refugees and refugees living in Turkey in general.
Interpret and explain legislation, official documents or the content of letters to beneficiaries.
Provide training or talks to internal staff or external organizations.
Ensure impartiality, and confidentiality of beneficiaries, at all times, is respected
To work on a flexible basis by performing other tasks not included above, but as necessitated by the needs and changing circumstances.
To negotiate with agencies, government departments, local authorities, immigration services, solicitors and other bodies in order to secure beneficiaries entitlements and/or access services.
To keep up-to-date with legislation and policy relevant to the post to ensure effectiveness and competence in delivering a high quality service.
To help beneficiaries with the completion of forms.
To participate in staff training, development and appraisal, as agreed with the line manager.
To work in partnership with service providers and key stakeholders to provide a holistic approach to meet service beneficiaries needs.
In coordination with team leadership, assist with broader advocacy efforts as requested by collecting case data, writing reports, briefings, articles and case profiles.
Write reports and compile statistics on cases covered and services provided.
Propose new activities according to identified needs in the community.
Regularly monitor and evaluate the quality of activities & implementation.
Maintain confidential case records and administrative systems. To record all activities and to produce qualitative and quantitative reports on a regular basis as requested.
To be successful in this role, you must have the following qualifications:
Minimum 1-3 years of relevant work experience in human rights and/or with refugees and asylum seekers.
A Bachelor’s degree in law with the certificate, Master’s degrees or equivalent experience in a related field are also acceptable.
Legal counsellor must be fluent in oral and written English, and have at least one of the other languages, either Turkish or Arabic.
A positive attitude and sensitive manner when dealing with beneficiaries including a range of interviewing skills for dealing with challenging scenarios.
Have a mature work ethic.
Please note that you need to have the right to work in the country (by nationality or existing work visa) to be considered for this role.
Other Essential Competencies:
You should have excellent interpersonal and teamwork skills, working with different groups, partners and nationalities. You should also have strong initiative and self-motivated, with a strong commitment to teamwork and humanitarian principles.
You should be flexible, enthusiastic and willingness to learn from others. You should have the ability to multitask and cope with competing demands under tight deadlines. You should have the ability to cope with high workload and stress and identify priority activities and assignments, and adjust priorities as required. You should have the ability to establish and maintain good working relationships in a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary environment.
We encourage all qualified candidates to apply, irrespective of nationality, race, gender or age.
What we offer:
DRC Turkey offers an employment contract of 5 months with the possibility of extension (depending on funding).The position will be based in Antakya. We offer a fair compensation package depending on your qualification and experiences as well as additional allowances such as relocation allowance and living allowances, if applicable. DRC Turkey is income tax exempted. Furthermore, DRC Turkey provides training opportunities to develop and strengthen the quality of its services as well as its staff members’ professional and personal development.
Start date: 4th July 2016
Need further information?
You are welcome to contact the HR team, at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about the position.
Then apply for this position by clicking on the apply button or Apply HERE. Please note that application are not to be sent to HR team; we only accept applications sent online via www.drc.ngo.
For general information about the Danish Refugee Council, please consult www.drc.ngo.
All applicants should send a cover letter and an updated CV no longer than four pages, both in the same language as the job vacancy. Your CV should also include contact details of three professional referees as well as your salary expectations.
Applications close 12th June 2016. The interviews are expected to take place within 1 week to 10 days after the application closing.
DRC has a Humanitarian Accountability Framework, outlining its global accountability commitments. All staff members are required to contribute to the achievement of this framework (https://www.drc.ngo/about-drc/vacancies/current-vacancies).