Independent Contractor & Consulting Opportunity

Complementary Pathways Legal Representative/Caseworker (Temporary Consultancy Contract - Remote)

About IRAP

The International Refugee Assistance Project (“IRAP”) is a dynamic and growing legal, policy, and advocacy organization that works to develop and enforce a system of legal and human rights for refugees and displaced people around the world. We are the leading organization that provides free and comprehensive legal services to people we serve through registration, protection, and resettlement processes.

IRAP operates offices in the U.S. (New York City), Jordan (Amman), and Lebanon (Beirut). Our legal services are supplemented by a corps of pro bono lawyers from leading U.S. and international law firms and multi-national corporations, and law students who have created IRAP chapters across the United States and Canada. Through this work, we aim to assist refugees and other displaced people to find safe passage and to transform the landscape of refugee rights in the U.S. and internationally. IRAP has over 70 full-time staff, the majority of whom are based in the New York City office, with others working in field offices in Jordan and Lebanon or remotely. We are a nimble organization staffed by an innovative and collaborative team that is committed to high standards of quality and close partnerships with our clients, peers, and colleagues.

IRAP’s Complementary Pathways team assists refugees seeking relocation from countries of first asylum through family reunification, humanitarian visa, private sponsorship, and other pathways outside of traditional resettlement. The Complementary Pathways team consists of a Director, Europe Legal Program Manager, Project Manager, Caseworker, and German Family Reunification consultant. The team members are spread out in IRAP’s offices and other remote locations. The team regularly works with other members of IRAP’s Legal Services team in New York, Lebanon, and Jordan. 

 

Opportunity

IRAP is seeking a Temporary Consultant to provide support on its family reunification caseload with a focus on family reunification to Sweden and other EU Member States, as well as with its humanitarian visa caseload. The Consultant will conduct legal research and writing and will directly represent clients, including by conducting interviews with refugees and asylum seekers, drafting family reunification submissions, and (where appropriate) representing clients before relevant embassies. Casework and supervision will primarily be done remotely, as IRAP clients and staff are located throughout the world. This is an exciting opportunity for an individual interested in refugee rights, immigration, and international law to be part of a growing organization that makes an impact on the lives of refugees and other displaced people.

 Responsibilities

  • Representing refugees and asylum seekers in family reunification and humanitarian visa procedures (including conducting intake interviews and research, drafting submissions, and ensuring follow-up with adjudicating bodies)
  • Supporting other IRAP staff, caseworkers, and pro bono attorneys on individual complementary pathways cases (including trainings and review of intake interviews and submissions)
  • Ensuring detailed and accurate record-keeping regarding all potential and active cases
  • Conducting legal and factual research related to existing complementary pathways
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications

  • Demonstrated experience providing casework/legal assistance to refugees and/or asylum-seekers, preferably experience with family reunification procedures to Sweden
  • Strong research, writing, and analytical skills
  • Strong interpersonal and communications skills and prior experience interviewing and counseling clients in a legal setting
  • Sensitivity to client empowerment and to working with clients of all backgrounds, including LGBTI clients, survivors of trauma, and other vulnerable populations
  • Highly organized and flexible; able to multi-task and manage a high-volume workload; and excellent time management skills
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office and Google Suite
  • Language skills: 
    • Fluency in written and spoken English is required
    • Fluency in Swedish is strongly preferred
    • Fluency in one or more of the following languages is a plus: Arabic, Farsi, and/or Tigrinya

Location, Hours, Duration, and Compensation

  • Work for this position will be conducted remotely
  • This position will be compensated hourly at a rate to be negotiated 

 How to Apply

Please submit a cover letter and C.V., including an hourly rate expectation, at this link. Review of applications will be on a rolling basis.

Applications for this position must be made in English. 

IRAP believes that diversity is critical to fostering a strong workplace and serving our clients well. We strongly encourage applications from people with lived experiences in the communities that we serve, members of other marginalized communities, and individuals whose identities are underrepresented in the legal profession.