International Rescue Committee Hellas - Job Position
Job Title: Legal Advisor
Location: Athens, Greece
Type of Employment: Part-time, 20 hours per week
Βackground: The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. At work today in over 40 countries, the IRC aims to restore safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure. In response to the arrival of refugees in Greece in 2015, the IRC has been offering SMS, WASH and Protection services. Among others, through its child protection programs, the IRC has been offering individual support through case management to vulnerable children and their families, non-formal educational activities for children through Safe Healing and Learning Spaces and emergency accommodation and protection to unaccompanied children.
The current program (Supported Independent Living – SIL) aims at offering quality, community based and age appropriate accommodation, care and support to unaccompanied children (UAC) 16 to 18 years old and equip them with the necessary skills in order to transition smoothly into adulthood.
Scope of work: Under the supervision of the SIL Unit Coordinator and the SIL Program Manager, the Legal Advisor will be responsible for the provision of individual and group legal counselling to UAC residing in the SIL apartments. The legal advisor will provide advice on immigration and refugee law, specifically pertaining to UAC, as well as on tracing and restoring family links, immigrant and non-immigrant visas, naturalization, overseas refugee processing, parole to resolve complex legal, procedural and technical immigration and refugee issues and problems, both domestically and overseas, and on custody of unaccompanied children, including fostering. The legal advisor will provide assistance relating to UAC in negotiating refugee applications and processing, and facilitating referrals to existing legal aid networks as appropriate.
The legal advisor will collaborate closely with the SIL Unit Coordinator, the Program Manager, the Advocacy department and the Senior Management Team in the identification of recurring legal challenges and assist in the development of information material for the target population. The Advisor will provide regular reports and briefings to the project’s Manager and Unit Coordinator on case number/types and progress of persons seeking support for the asylum claim and the access to durable solutions. He/she will maintain complete, accurate, and confidential client records. Throughout his/her work, the Legal Advisor will ensure that principles of confidentiality and ethics are upheld throughout the program implementation.
Working hours: usually morning hours, but afternoon hours might be needed, according to the schedule of the UAC. Flexibility is required.
Travel and other requirements: travel requirements between the apartments within Attica and occasionally to other areas of IRC programs in Athens.
All IRC staff are required to adhere to THE IRC Way Standards for Professional Conduct and the IRC country employment policies.
Disclaimer Clause: This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skills, effort, duties and responsibilities associated with position.
IRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer IRC considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status or disability.
Professional Standards: The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in IRC Way - Standards for Professional Conduct. These are Integrity, Service, and Accountability. In accordance with these values, the IRC operates and enforces policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Anti Workplace Harassment, Fiscal Integrity, and Anti-Retaliation.