Job site: Kharaz (Lahj)
Report to: Legal activity coordinator
Supervises: Not Applicable
Status: Full-time Staff
General context of the project
The project "Enhancing protection and assistance to refugees and asylum seekers in the Southern Region - Yemen” will provide refugees and asylum seekers in South Yemen, with a comprehensive protection assistance package to respond to their most urgent protection needs, in addition to help them to realize voluntary return for Somali refugees.
The project will cover Aden-Basateen, Lahj-Kharaz and Hadhramout-Mukalla/Sayoun, in addition to outreach in Shabwa, Abyan, Al-Dhale’a, and Al-Mahra in South Yemen (and Taiz) and will target the most vulnerable refugees and asylum seekers affected by the crisis as part of a holistic approach towards vulnerability and non-discrimination.
This prorject provides for a comprehensive case management package for SGBV, CP and PwSN that comprises identification, counseling, cash assistance, legal assistance, NFI, internal and external referrals and follow-up. The activities also include support to unaccompanied and separated children (UASC), including alternative care systems, community mobilization and social services, and self-reliance activities (from TVET angle). INTERSOS is running 4 drop-in centers and one community center. Additional mainstreaming component are protection monitor and community engagement supporting in capacity building 2 local NGOs and refugees committees.
Moreover the programme covers legal assistance and detention monitoring in 6 governorates: Taiz, Al-Dhalea, Shabwa, Lahj, Hadramout and Al Mahra.
Lawyer is responsible of supporting Refugees and Asylum seekers approaching or being referred to the INTERSOS refugees’ team in providing Legal Assistance. Lawyer provides for legal counseling, legal representation or mediation, or provides for legal awareness. Lawyer should act according to the guiding principles of case management including using a survivor-centered approach, confidentiality, safety, do not harm and non-discrimination. The lawyer is responsible for ensuring that protection principles are understood, maintained and enforced.
- Conduct basic interviews with the Individual Cases in order to assess legal and urgent protection needs of the PoC;
- Provide individual legal counseling on legal issues (Yemeni Personal Law, Yemeni Criminal law and International Human Rights) to beneficiaries approaching the drop-in center or being referred internally by INTERSOS social workers or other service providers;
- When necessary and upon PoC consent, provide legal guidance to people who are in need for urgent and legal protection. Services include legal advice, mediation between the two parts and with the tribal or community leaders, prosecution and legal representation within the Yemeni court system;
- Undertake regular follow up visits to PoC; including in detention facilities in courts or in police stations when needed;
- Follow up all relevant cases according to the type of the accusation of the PoC, i.e.: labor, criminal, detention, protection and traffic cases;
- Attend meetings and workshop/training as requested by the Activity Coordinator;
- Inform Case Management Supervisor and/or Activity Coordinator of the individual progressive legal cases conditions on a weekly basis;
- Participate in legal awareness sessions for Refugees and Asylum Seekers as well as police and local authorities and security establishment where relevant.
- Any other task not here listed but necessary to the project and activities;
- Available to work extra hours and available at the weekend for emergency cases.
- Provide daily updates to the Activity Coordinator and/or Case Management Supervisor about new cases assessed
- Deliver weekly and monthly written reports or any kind of urgent report (emergency cases) to the Activity Coordinator;
- File and report in detail on all cases with relevant information about the case, background, case plan, follow up and actions taken
Meetings and Trainings:
- Be available to participate in meetings and trainings in and outside the centres including case management meetings and case conferences
- Participates in daily staff meetings
- Participates in weekly internal case management meetings for GBV and PwSN led by the Case Management Supervisor.
- Lawyer reports to the legal activity coordinator for daily to daily work and for the technical part.
- Hold an advanced degree in law
- At least 3 years of professional experience working as lawyer in Yemen
- Knowledge of international law, human rights, international humanitarian law, refugees’ law.
- Demonstrable experience in establishing and maintaining collaborative relationships with government counterparts.
- Strong representation and negotiation skills
- Demonstrated leadership and interpersonal skills
- Excellent computer skills (proven computer literacy)
- Readiness to commit and adhere to the values, mission and vision of INTERSOS
- Clinical legal experience is desirable.
- Native Arabic - Good written and spoken English
- Strong team spirit, comfortable in a multi-cultural environment
- Excellent analytical skills, observation and analysis capacity
- Attention to detail and structured way of approaching tasks
- Ability to plan ahead and output oriented
- Able to ensure quick quality delivery in stressful environment
- Ability to adhere to deadlines and respect line management
- Very strong interpersonal skills: strong communication and diplomatic skills
- Practical and problem-solver
- Ability to deal with heavy work pressure