Legal Specialist – IRC International Rescue committee

The International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, IRC offers life-saving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. At work today in more than 40 countries and in 22 U.S. cities, IRC restores safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted by conflict or disaster. IRC leads the way from harm to home.
CONTEXTUAL BACKGROUND
The Syria crisis is often described as the worst humanitarian catastrophe since the end of the Cold War. Inside Syria, 7.6 million people are internally displaced and 12.2 million are in need of humanitarian assistance, with 4.8 million in hard-to-reach areas. There are 4 million Syrian refugees in neighboring countries. This is no short-term humanitarian episode. The devastating human consequences to huge numbers of people will endure for decades. The destruction of relationships, communities, livelihoods, homes and infrastructure will take years to repair.
IRC is offering a robust humanitarian response to the Syria crisis. With an annual budget in excess of $140 million and a rapidly expanding portfolio, supported by more than 3,000 staff and workers in the region, IRC is undertaking programs in Syria and the neighboring countries of Turkey, Iraq, Lebanon and Jordan in the fields of health, child protection, education, women’s protection and empowerment, NFI and food distribution, cash assistance, water and sanitation, and livelihood programming. Our work in these challenging settings gives rise to some of the most pressing issues facing contemporary humanitarian action, including questions of access, security, funding and coordination.
Job Overview/Summary
The Legal Specialist, based in Amman, will be responsible for technical oversight and remote management support to field level implementation of IRC legal services programming in northern and southern Syria. Based on the findings of civil status documentation assessments completed in Northern and Southern Syria, the Legal Specialist will lead program strategies and approaches to improve IDP understanding of documentation issues and procedures through information dissemination and outreach. The Legal Specialist will report to the Protection Coordinator and manage legal personnel based in northern and southern Syria.
Major Responsibilities
Program Management, Technical Quality, and Strategy
• Remotely manage and oversee activities of the IRC legal services program in northern and southern Syria providing daily support and guidance to field teams to ensure high-quality programming.
• Ensure best practices, appropriate legal guidance, research recommendations, and donor requirements are incorporated into all program strategies.
• Design context-specific guidance, standards and tools for information and counselling on civil status documentation in-line with IRC’s A2J guidance and best practices.
• Recruit and provide technical training to the field team, providing extensive support to Legal Officers on legal case counseling and management.
• Regularly update the paralegal guidance manual and information materials to ensure information dissemination is accurate and based on regular situational context analysis in non-regime areas.
• Develop detailed project work plans that are aligned with donor timelines and targets and follow IRC procedures for implementation.
• Prepare detailed program activity, procurement and spending plans well in advance of program activities to ensure strong cross-departmental coordination, particularly with finance, supply chain and the MEAL team
• Track and regularly report on program deliverables and targets to the Protection Coordinator per donor and internal requirements.
• Prepare regular written updates of work conducted and scheduled work; carry out administrative and financial tasks as needed.
Program Development
• Support business development opportunities for the legal program, including contributing to concept notes, proposals, budgets, and other documents as requested by the Protection Coordinator.
• Attend and participate in donor and partner meetings.
Staff Performance Management, Learning & Development:
• Hire, supervise, and build the capacity of team members in relevant technical and management competencies.
• Develop and implement remote management capacity building approaches to build the strengths of the team in Syria.
• Coach, train, supervise and mentor direct-report staff, including communicating clear expectations, setting annual performance objectives, providing regular and timely positive and constructive performance feedback, and providing documented semi-annual performance reviews.
• Maintain open and professional relations with team members, promoting a strong team spirit and providing oversight and guidance to enable staff to successfully perform in their positions.
• Approve and manage time, attendance and leave requests to ensure adequate departmental coverage.
• Hold high-quality meetings with each direct report on a regular and predictable basis, at least monthly.
• Provide a measurable development plan including on-the-job learning with the aim of strengthening technical capacity, exchanging knowledge within the team and providing guidance on career paths.
• As required identify staff performance issues and work with Human Resources to document and address these in accordance with the National Staff Employment Policies.
• Promote and monitor staff care and well-being. Support appropriate interventions in response to identified staff care needs.
• Adhere to and act in accordance with the IRC Global HR Policies and Procedures, and communicates through word and example a high standard of compliance with all applicable policies and regulations.
Research, Learning and Analysis
• Support the Protection Coordinator to develop and implement regular monitoring and evaluation activities.
• Develop and maintain an appropriate archiving system database to track activity progress and quality;
• Train staff to conduct and implement high-quality data collection activities, including civil status documentation assessments.
Coordination & Representation
• Support timely information sharing regarding challenges and needs at the field level with internal and external stakeholders, as relevant and appropriate.
• Represent IRC in internal and external forums as needed, including the Protection Cluster.
• Assist in contributing to the development of referral mechanisms in collaboration with IRC coordinators, other NGOs and the Protection Cluster.
Key Working Relationships
Position Reports to: Protection Coordinator
Indirect/Technical Reporting: Senior Integrated Protection Coordinator
Position directly Supervises: Legal personnel in northern and southern Syria
Key Internal Contacts:
• Country Program: Protection Managers, Information Management team, Area Coordinator, Supply Chain, and MEAL staff
 Region/Global: Protection Rule of Law Technical Advisor
Key External Contacts:
• Protection cluster coordinators and operational partners for coordination and information purposes

Job Details

Date Posted: 2017-08-01
Job Location: Amman, Jordan
Job Role: Legal
Company Industry: Community/Social Services/and Nonprofit

Preferred Candidate

Career Level: Entry Level
Degree: Bachelor's degree

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