Danish Refugee Council (DRC)

Legal Aid Team Leader

Danish Refugee Council (DRC)

Job Description

The Danish Refugee Council assists refugees and internally displaced persons across the globe: we provide emergency aid, fight for their rights, and strengthen their opportunity for a brighter future. We work in conflict-affected areas, along the displacement routes, and in the countries where refugees settle. In cooperation with local communities, we strive for responsible and sustainable solutions. We work toward successful integration and – whenever possible – for the fulfillment of the wish to return home. The Danish Refugee Council was founded in Denmark in 1956 and has since grown to become an international humanitarian organization with more than 7,000 staff and 8,000 volunteers. Based in Copenhagen (Denmark) and present in forty countries, the Danish Refugee Council is a non-profit-making, politically independent, non-governmental and non-denominational relief organization. Our vision is a dignified life for all displaced. All our efforts are based on our value compass: humanity, respect, independence and neutrality, participation, and honesty and transparency. 1. Background The Danish Refugee Council initiated its activities in the island of Lesvos in November 2015 due to the unprecedented influx of asylum seekers. Following new political developments and displacement dynamics in early 2016, DRC expanded its activities to the mainland to support the people living in several sites across the country. With offices in Athens, Larissa and Thessaloniki, it currently implements a wide range of activities, including Site Management Support, legal assistance, identification of individual needs and protection of highly vulnerable persons, access to services within and outside the hosting sites through cultural mediation, and non-formal education. DRC works closely with the refugee communities, the Greek authorities and other humanitarian actors to ensure a protective environment for refugees and asylum seekers in Greece. 2. Purpose DRC Greece is looking to recruit a qualified, flexible and enthusiastic professional to work for its operations in Attica as a Legal Aid Team Leader. Under the close cooperation of the Field Protection Manager, the Legal Aid Team Leader will be coordinating the legal aid project in Attica, will develop and maintain good relations with the persons of concern, relevant stakeholders and other humanitarian actors, to support adequate implementation and coordination of DRC’s Legal Aid program. 3. Duties & Responsibilities The main responsibilities include: Organization, administration, and personnel management
  • Ensures that an adequate legal aid officer human resources structure is in place, with clear identification of roles and responsibilities, tasks and work plans.

  • Has the overall responsibility for the recruitment, management, capacity building, supervision and mentoring of legal aid staff.

  • Ensures the observance of the DRC Code of Conduct, Code of Conduct of Lawyers in the European Union and the Code of Conduct of Greek Lawyers (Law 4194/2013) throughout activity implementation.

Technical
  • Monitor, implement the Standard Operating Procedures of Legal Aid Unit,

  • Manage and counsel on the identified legal cases from the sites

  • Provide legal aid counselling to refugees and asylum seekers and manage cases when necessary

  • Provide guidance to legal aid officers, regarding individual counselling and management of cases, on the asylum procedure/international protection/ family reunification/detention and cases that need legal assistance

  • Provide guidance for legal assistance in administrative procedures regarding issuing of birth certificate, tax number, work permit, social security number among others

  • Provide guidance for legal aid group info sessions regarding the asylum procedure, rights and obligations of asylum seekers and recognized refugees and other relevant legal topics

  • Provide inputs to reporting via a case management database and support the development of legal aid statistics

Accountability
  • Provide periodic updates and inputs for donor reporting

  • Conduct field visits to be able to address the gaps and needs to improve the legal aid program.

  • Any other tasks assigned by the Field Protection Manager to support DRC’s program.

4. Required Qualifications
  • At least three years working experience as lawyer in a related field; previous working experience with local or international NGOs will be considered as a strong advantage

  • Law degree and relevant experience with refugee/migration law, European and Greek jurisprudence and humanitarian law

  • Qualified lawyer registered with Greek Bar Association

  • Excellent verbal and written English and Greek skills

  • Working knowledge of Arabic or Kurdish or Farsi is an advantage

  • Strong computer skills

5. Required Skills & Qualities
  • Core Competencies of DRC:
    • Striving for excellence

    • Collaboration

    • Taking the lead

    • Communication

    • Demonstrating Integrity


  • Good training skills and a commitment to national staff capacity development

  • Excellent management skills and experience, to enable the motivation, encouragement, and participation of team

  • Excellent interpersonal and teamwork skills, working with different groups, partners and nationalities

  • Excellent communication skills liaising with external actors and representing DRC Legal Aid Team

  • Strong initiative and self-motivated, with a commitment to teamwork and humanitarian principles

  • Capable of managing a high workload and juggling multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment

  • An understanding of and commitment to DRC Cores and Values

  • Flexible, enthusiastic and willing to learn from others

  • High professional ethics

6. Terms & Conditions
  • The contract will be under the Greek Labor Law (this is a national position)

  • All allowances will be provided to the employees (Christmas, Easter, Vacation bonus)

  • DRC provides training opportunities to develop and strengthen the quality of its services as well as its staff members’ professional and personal development.

  • The position will be based in Attika (Greece) and national terms and conditions apply

7. Application Process Are you interested? Then apply for this position on line: www.drc.dk/about-drc/vacancies/current-vacancies. All applicants must send a cover letter and an updated CV (no longer than four pages). Both must be in English. DRC provides equal opportunity in employment and prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of race, sex, color, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability. DRC encourages all applicants to apply and does not practice any discrimination in any recruitment process. However, applicants must be aware that DRC cannot systemically sponsor non-EU citizen or non-Greek resident for all the steps of legal process to get a work permit and/or a residency permit in Greece. Applications close on the 9th of July 2020. Applications submitted after this date will not be considered. Due to the urgency of the position, DRC has the right to recruit a candidate who matches the required profile before the
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