Under the direct and technical supervision of the IRC CCI Legal Team leader and with direct contact with the Referral Focal Point and Legal Database Officer, the lawyer’s primary functions will be to 1) work and follow-up on legal cases received through the referral system from the Cash Consortium of Iraq (CCI) – specifically for renewal or issuance of civil documentation and registration to relevant governmental assistance or grants, to 2) provide accurate and regular feedback on the cases (depending if the are positively closed / pending / negatively closed), and 3) ensure best practices in legal representation.
- Provide individual counselling to beneficiaries and advise options to solve civil documentation issues and registration to relevant governmental assistance, and make recommendations on the best actions to take
- Assist in filing legal cases before administrative or other bodies in accordance with established procedures for legal representation (e.g. accessing essential personal documentation, government-initiated compensation benefits, and other legal issues, including property restitution)
- Advocate on behalf of clients and make direct interventions with local authorities (e.g. phone calls, letters or meetings) or other organizations (NGOs) or international organizations (UN and IOs), were appropriate
- Refer cases identified as needing non-legal assistance, or legal cases that need to be followed-up in another governorate
- Provide legal representation in court and before administrative bodies in selected cases
- Prepare and send daily/weekly field reports to the Legal team leader
- Prepare monthly legal fees report to the legal team leader and legal manager
- Follow each individual / household legal case in a separate LARF form, and provide feedback on the cases to Legal Team Leader and IM team on a weekly basis
- Archive all legal cases in individual files, ensuring respect of confidentiality of data.
- Apply for court fee payments using IRC process.
- Perform other duties, as required by the supervisor.
Qualifications & Preferred Skills
- Member of Iraq Lawyers Bar Association.
- Three to five years experience in practicing law (Practitioner degree) in various case types.
- Strong managerial, interpersonal and organizational skills.
- Strong understanding of .the Basic Humanitarian standards (confidentiality, informed consent, etc)
- Experience working with people from different backgrounds.
- Proficiency in Microsoft office applications (Excel and Word).
- High standard of spoken, written and conversational Arabic and English
- Holder of a valid passport.