Employment Opportunities


IRAP is currently accepting applications for the following positions on a rolling basis. Please review each description for specific details on how to apply. Externships, internships, and fellowship positions can be found on this page. Independent contractor & consulting positions can be found on this page.

Germany Operations Manager m/w/d

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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 provide free and comprehensive legal services to people we serve through registration, protection, and resettlement processes. 

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 developed an innovative legal aid and advocacy model that defends the rights of refugees and assures their passage to safe destination countries. Through individual casework, litigation, and systemic advocacy, IRAP brings legal challenges to refugee rights violations, creating solutions to overcoming the legal and bureaucratic impediments in the resettlement process, and developing an enforceable system of legal and procedural rights for refugees and displaced persons. IRAP utilizes lessons learned in individual casework to advocate for systemic changes that benefit the broader refugee populations. IRAP is a growing, 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 has over 60 full-time staff and operates offices in the U.S. (New York City), Jordan (Amman), and Lebanon (Beirut). This new position will be based out of our Berlin office, which we seek to open as soon as possible. The Berlin office will be a new hub for our work in Europe to assist clients seeking relocation to EU Member States through family reunification and other legal pathways. 

We are founding IRAP Berlin as the hub for our activities in Germany and Europe and are therefore recruiting a Germany Operations Manager to manage the registration, startup, and operations of this new legal entity. The Germany Operations Manager will serve as the managing director (Geschäftsführer) for IRAP Berlin. The Germany Operations Manager will report to IRAP’s Chief Operating Officer, who is based in New York City, and will be a member of IRAP’s Operations team, which manages the organization’s internal infrastructure including finance, administration, human resources, and information technology. 

What We Are Looking For
IRAP seeks a Germany Operations Manager (m/w/d) with strong management, organizational, communicative and administrative skills and experience in non-profit operations and management. The job will be performed full time out of our Berlin office.

Qualifications
An ideal candidate will have: 

  • A university degree (or equivalent);
  • At least three years of non-profit management experience in Germany;
  • Experience in the refugee or migration non-profit sphere;
  • Experience working internationally either within the EU or otherwise;
  • Experience in finance and compliance;
  • Experience in fundraising and funding compliance;
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills and ability to effectively communicate and collaborate with people with various backgrounds and experiences;
  • Professional fluency in English and German.

Responsibilities
The Germany Operations Manager will be responsible for handling the operations, steering, and management of the Berlin office. Some specific responsibilities include:

  • Completing IRAP Berlin’s legal registration in Germany and duties related to the maintenance of that registration; 
  • Day-to-day business management of IRAP Berlin, including coordination of payroll, reporting, and human resources; 
  • Responsibility for physical office space, real estate, and and technology in the Berlin office;
  • Recruitment and hiring of employees and contractors, including coordinating employment contracts, salary scale, benefits, etc.;
  • Fulfilling all legal duties of the managing director (Geschäftsführer) for IRAP Berlin gGmbH;
  • Developing and overseeing office administration protocols, manuals and compliance with German regulations; 
  • As requested by program departments, representing IRAP locally, especially where German language skills would be useful; and
  • In coordination with IRAP’s Development Team, supporting IRAP’s fundraising efforts.

How to Apply
Please submit a cover letter, C.V., educational certificates, letters of reference and salary expectations at this link. Review of applications will be on a rolling basis, starting on June 25, 2020.

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.

Caseworker

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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 multinational 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 50 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 legal department includes over 25 staff who provide individual legal assistance to refugees and other displaced people around the world. Since IRAP’s establishment, we have helped to resettle more than 3,800 individuals to 18 countries.

The IRAP Jordan office is located in the capital city of Amman. Our team consists of a Program and Operations Director, Program and Operations Assistant, Supervising Attorney, Staff Attorney, Casework Coordinator, two Caseworkers, and a Volunteer Program Coordinator. Our work is centered on providing remote and in-person legal assistance with refugee resettlement and family reunification through UNHCR referrals, U.S. refugee resettlement, domestic immigration remedies, and relocation through alternative pathways.

OPPORTUNITY
This position will work closely with all members of the team to screen and provide assistance to refugee beneficiaries. The caseworker will report to the Supervising Attorney. The caseworker conducts in-person and phone interviews with refugee applicants and clients. In coordination with attorneys, the caseworker screens refugee applicants to ensure programmatic standards and criteria are met and adherence to IRAP policies and procedures. The caseworker provides support in the case management of client cases and ensures appropriate client service provision per IRAP standards.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Conduct objective in-person and phone interviews with refugee applicants in Arabic, to obtain and input biographical and narrative information in a client service database and written report in English.
  • Primary point of contact for refugee applicants and clients, provides accurate information to refugee applicants on behalf of the team advising or representing them.
  • Organize supporting evidence and draft immigration application documents for staff attorney review and submission.
  • Under the supervision of staff attorneys, draft UNHCR and resettlement country resettlement referrals and provide legal counseling and information to refugee clients.
  • Provide translation certification for Arabic to English translation of refugee documents.
  • Document, analyze, and identify client needs, and make appropriate social service referrals as necessary.
  • Contribute to improving service provision through participation in office, departmental and organizational working groups, advisory meetings and committees.
  • Support the review and drafting of documents, training, practices, policies, and procedures to improve efficiency and efficacy of case management and support.
  • Ensure quality and complete documentation of service provision in the client service database per internal guidelines.
  • Provide Know Your Rights, refugee resettlement and IRAP training and presentations to refugee, NGO and law student audiences.
  • Attend training, capacity-building meetings, and other events relevant to human rights and refugee issues as requested by the Program and Operations Director.
  • Maintain and ensure confidentiality of all IRAP matters to ensure client privacy and program integrity.

LOCATION
This is a full-time position based in the IRAP Jordan office, based in Amman, Jordan.

SALARY
The annual salary for this position is $41,484. IRAP offers excellent benefits including family health, dental and vision benefits, and twenty days of vacation, five personal days, and fourteen sick days per year.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Authorization to work in Jordan required.
  • University degree (Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science) in International Affairs, nonprofit management, business administration or public administration preferred.
  • Minimum 3 years of related professional work experience preferred.
  • Previous experience with a refugee focused international non-governmental organization experience preferred.
  • Sensitivity to client empowerment and to working with clients of all backgrounds, including LGBTI clients, survivors of trauma, and other vulnerable populations; maintains confidentiality and other applicable ethical rules at all times.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills required; openly shares knowledge with colleagues; public speaking experience preferred.
  • Highly organized and flexible; able to multi-task and manage a high-volume workload; excellent time management skills.
  • Highly motivated with strong interest in humanitarian work.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft and Google suites.

APPLICATION
Please submit a cover letter, resume, and a list of three references at this link. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue on a rolling basis.

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.

Human Resources Director

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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
The International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) works through a robust network of staff, pro bono attorneys, and law students to fill a major gap in access to legal aid for refugees, asylum seekers, and other displaced people. At a point of tremendous organizational growth to respond to this global need, IRAP is now seeking nominations and applications for the position of Human Resources Director.

As fear, division, hatred, and economic uncertainty persist in the global consciousness and manifest in discriminatory policies, speech, and actions, individuals across the world must respond by demanding and upholding commitments to justice. IRAP is leveraging its volunteers and resources to fight back and ensure that, as a society, we espouse the humanitarian tradition of welcoming those who need refuge. Since its founding in 2008, IRAP has used legal aid, litigation, and advocacy to protect and advance the rights of refugees, both domestically and internationally; IRAP is also committed to developing the next generation of human rights attorneys through its work with law students. The global turn against refugee resettlement coupled with IRAP’s highly effective model has led to a period of rapid expansion to meet new levels of demand. In the past two years, IRAP’s annual budget has increased from $2 million to $9 million, and over the past six years, its staff has grown from ten to seventy-five. This is an opportunity to start and lead a human resources department that will support a different kind of non-profit – one that endeavors to provide for its staff the same excellent quality of life that the organization fights for on behalf of its clients.

IRAP seeks a dynamic, experienced and entrepreneurial professional to serve as its first Human Resources Director and lead the organization’s efforts to recruit, assess, grow, and retain top-quality, diverse talent and foster an equitable, just, and positive organizational culture.

The ideal candidate will be a leader who is committed to social justice, who views all things through the lens of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), and who sees talent management as a key lever for improving internal culture. She/He/They will bring several years of experience in human resources-related functions, including in talent management, recruitment, benefits, and organizational development improvement practices for domestic and international staff. An understanding of the opportunities and challenges inherent to an ambitious and growing organization is critical. Additionally, she/he/they will bring a human- centered approach to HR and a labor union-friendly perspective to engage and motivate IRAP’s very committed and passionate staff. The candidate will be dedicated to building and maintaining an anti- oppressive organizational culture in a dynamic environment. She/He/They will have the ability to coach, mentor and advise a direct report, peers, and senior leaders on best in class talent management and organizational development practices.

This search is being conducted by Whitney Herrington, Callie Carroll, and Allison Kupfer Poteet of NPAG.

Application instructions can be found at the end of this document.

ORGANIZATIONAL OVERVIEW
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. IRAP is the first advocacy organization to provide free and comprehensive legal representation to refugees throughout the registration, protection, and resettlement processes. Since its establishment, IRAP has helped to resettle more than 3,800 individuals to 18 countries.

IRAP operates offices in the U.S. (New York), 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 by law students who have created IRAP chapters across the United States and Canada. Through this work, IRAP aims 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 is a growing, nimble organization staffed by an innovative and collaborative team that is committed to high standards of quality and close partnerships with clients, peers, and colleagues.

IRAP has developed an innovative legal aid and advocacy model that defends the rights of refugees and assures their passage to safe destination countries. IRAP’s approach is grounded in three distinct but interrelated strategies:

  • IRAP has created a “virtual public interest law firm” that defies geographical boundaries and provides high quality representation to refugees by a cadre of 1,200 law students and over 800 pro bono This model is scalable and allows IRAP to take on an increasing number of urgent refugee cases, as well as respond to immediate crises.
  • Through extensive litigation and systemic advocacy, IRAP brings legal challenges to refugee rights violations in the courts, creating solutions to overcoming the legal and bureaucratic impediments in the resettlement process, and developing an enforceable system of legal and procedural rights for refugees and displaced persons As the only organization that guide refugees through every step of the resettlement process, IRAP is often able to identify obstacles of which other institutional players are unaware. This unique model utilizes lessons learned in individual casework to advocate for systemic changes that benefit broader refugee populations.
  • IRAP trains the next generation of international human rights advocates through law school These advocates are essential to assuring fairness, decency, and adherence to the rule of law throughout the refugee resettlement process and promoting pro-refugee policies now and in the future.

This comprehensive advocacy network was successfully activated on January 27, 2017, when President Trump signed an Executive Order implementing the first travel ban. IRAP immediately mobilized lawyers across the country to travel to airports and other ports of entry to prevent them from being turned into prisons IRAP filed suit demanding freedom for more than 2,000 travelers imprisoned at airports around the country simply because they were traveling from Muslim-majority countries. In total, it took only 27 hours from the signing of the Executive Order to the emergency court decision demanding that these thousands of people not be deported. IRAP’s ability to rapidly mobilize a nationwide network of attorneys and advocates and secure an important legal victory was pivotal – the organization’s actions created a movement and ensured that the public was made aware of the chaos and injustice taking place behind closed doors.

The Human Resources Director will report directly to the Director of Operations and will be a member of IRAP’s operations team that manages the organization’s internal infrastructure including finance, administration, and information technology. Leading in partnership with members of the operations team and other key senior leaders, the new Human Resources Director can expect to engage in the following core challenges and opportunities, all of which require balanced lens between domestic and international field office relations:

OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES FACING THE NEW HUMAN RESOURCES DIRECTOR

Employee Relations
The Human Resources Director will act as the main point of contact for staff on HR-related issues. She/He/They will provide counseling and coaching to managers and employees regarding day-to-day interactions and interpretation of HR-related programs, policies, and processes. Additionally, she/he/they will partner with IRAP’s retained professional employer organization (PEO) and with IRAP’s legal counsel to remediate problems that arise and administer benefits and other programs. IRAP’s goal is to make each employee’s interactions with Human Resources as smooth, seamless, and caring as possible.

Talent Management
The Human Resources Director will lead the assessment and continued development of practices, processes, policies, and systems to support best practices in management, recruitment, employee well-being, etc. The director will also work in partnership with senior colleagues to strengthen a culture of feedback and learning and collaborate with other departments to coordinate staff development agendas and trainings.

Recruitment
The Human Resources Director will develop and manage strategies and systems for equitable, effective, and innovative hiring processes. It is critical for her/him/them to evaluate and introduce improvements to processes and procedures along the employee life cycle from recruitment to onboarding, and train and support hiring managers and hiring teams throughout the recruiting and interview process to ensure a diverse candidate pool, equitable hiring practices, and consistency across the organization.

Organizational Culture
In collaboration with the Director of Operations and key members of the operations team, the Human Resources Director will uphold an ongoing focus on an organizational culture that ensures a safe, inclusive, and emotionally supportive environment. She/He/They will serve as a thought leader and champion of the importance and value of a diverse, equitable, humane, and inclusive culture and partner with senior staff to establish and cultivate policies, practices, and norms that support that orientation.

Labor Relations
In collaboration with other organizational leaders, the Human Resources Director will plan and carry out assignments involving the labor relations program for IRAP. This includes participating in negotiations related to IRAP’s Collective Bargaining Agreement, facilitating labor-management meetings, and gathering and providing advice and assistance on contract administration and other bargaining unit relations.

QUALIFICATIONS OF THE IDEAL CANDIDATE
The ideal candidate will be deeply committed to IRAP’s mission and will possess many of the following professional and personal abilities, attributes, and experiences:

  • An approach to human resources that prioritizes the well-being of staff, and recognizes that staff who are valued and supported are better able to fight for justice for their clients and themselves;
  • Significant human resources experience in roles of increasing responsibility in a similarly complex organization;
  • Experience supporting teams that span US and international offices is preferred;
  • Prior experience encompassing employee relations, talent management, HR risk and compliance, learning and development, management coaching, and strategic advising and data management;
  • Commitment to and experience in successfully employing an anti-racist/anti-oppression lens to foster a diverse, equitable working environment and creating diverse teams that reflect communities served;
  • A high level of emotional intelligence and ability to thoughtfully and accurately assess and solve highly complicated people problems;
  • A systems thinker with the ability to translate ideas into action, and a creative and resourceful problem solver;
  • A collaborative, collegial style and a proven track record and commitment to mentoring and coaching staff and building internal A management style that fosters respect, teamwork and innovative approaches;
  • Highly organized and flexible; able to multi-task and manage a high-volume workload; excellent time management skills;
  • Strong interpersonal and communications skills and the ability to understand and handle sensitive and confidential information;
  • Comfort with ambiguity and working through solutions with creativity and innovation;
  • Excellent writing, analytical, and oral communication skills;
  • Fluency in oral and written English required; additional languages are a plus;
  • Must be based in New York City (or willing to relocate).

The salary range for this role is expected to be $130,000-$150.000 per year, with actual salary commensurate with experience. IRAP offers an excellent benefits package, including healthcare and retirement plans, a flexible work schedule, and vacation and sick leave.

More information about IRAP may be found at: https://refugeerights.org/.

TO APPLY
This search is being conducted with assistance from Whitney Herrington, Callie Carroll, and Allison Kupfer Poteet of NPAG. Applications including a cover letter describing your interest and qualifications, your resume (in Word format), and where you learned of the position should be sent to: irap-dhr@nonprofitprofessionals.com. In order to expedite the internal sorting and reviewing process, please type your name (Last, First) as the only contents in the subject line of your e-mail.

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.

Staff Attorney

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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 persons around the world. We are the first organization to provide free and comprehensive legal representation to refugees through registration, protection, and resettlement processes. Since IRAP’s establishment, we have helped to resettle more than 3,800 individuals to 18 countries.

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 50 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.Our Beirut Office consists of two staff attorneys, a humanitarian assistance coordinator, an office manager, and two members of our Intake & Legal Information team. Our Middle East Field Director and Data Director are also based in our Beirut Office. Our work is centered on providing remote and in person legal assistance with refugee resettlement through UNHCR and relocation through alternative pathways.

Opportunity
IRAP is seeking a Staff Attorney to be part of IRAP’s Legal Services team in our Beirut, Lebanon office. This is an exciting opportunity for an individual interested in refugee, human rights, and immigration/international law, and to be part of a growing agency that makes an impact on the lives of refugees. The staff attorney will maintain a caseload directly representing refugees and will advocate on their behalf with the United Nations, U.S. and foreign governments, and other relevant agencies. The staff attorney will also liaise with IRAP NGO partners and civil society actors in Lebanon. The position reports to the Beirut Supervising Attorney.

Responsibilities

  • Directly represent refugees by drafting United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) resettlement referrals and other legal submissions as appropriate.
  • Provide advice and counseling to refugees in their UNHCR resettlement (RST) interviews, as well as representation before other agencies and Embassies as needed.
  • Review intake and screening reports completed by IRAP volunteers and staff as part of IRAP’s refugee case screening process, and conduct intake interviews.
  • Conduct trainings for NGO partners and information sessions for refugees on refugee law.
  • Regularly attend working group meetings with colleagues from other organizations engaged in refugee protection, legal aid, and durable solutions.
  • Assist IRAP Lebanon in hosting two annual visits from IRAP law school chapters, including participating in training law students during these trips.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

  • Advanced knowledge of international refugee law and procedures
  • Ability to be flexible in a fast-paced and high-pressure work environment
  • Highly organized and motivated, able to multi-task, manage a high volume workload, and have excellent time management skills
  • Strong research, writing, and analytical skills
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Sensitivity to client empowerment and to working with clients of all backgrounds, including LGBTI clients, survivors of trauma, and other vulnerable populations.
  • Prior nonprofit/NGO employment is a plus
  • A two year commitment to the position is preferred
  • Fluent in spoken English and proficient in written English
  • Fluency in spoken Arabic is preferred
  • License to practice law in any jurisdiction is preferred
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Suite

Location
This position is based in IRAP’s Beirut Office.

Salary
This role’s salary is set on a scale depending on years of relevant experience after law school. For five years of experience, we will pay $66,671.

Application Instructions
Please submit a cover letter, resume, short writing sample in English (3-5 pages), and a list of three references using the application form available here.

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. 

IRAP offers a competitive salary and excellent benefits including health insurance, a flexible work schedule, and vacation/sick leave.

Temporary Supervising Lawyer

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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 60 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 Supervising Lawyer to oversee the work of caseworkers and attorneys and to individually represent refugees seeking relocation through humanitarian visas, family reunification, and other complementary pathways to Europe and elsewhere. The Supervising Lawyer will directly supervise one caseworker, provide guidance to IRAP’s staff members and pro bono lawyers on complementary pathways cases, and directly represent clients, including by conducting interviews with refugees and asylum seekers, drafting family reunification and humanitarian visa submissions, and 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. The position will report to the Complementary Pathways Director.

Responsibilities

  • Supervising the Complementary Pathways team caseworker on family reunification, humanitarian visa, and other complementary pathways cases
  • Supervising other IRAP staff, caseworkers, and pro bono attorneys on individual complementary pathways cases (including trainings and review of intake interviews and submissions)
  • Representing refugees and asylum seekers in complementary pathways procedures (including conducting intake interviews and research, drafting submissions, and ensuring follow-up with adjudicating bodies)
  • Providing guidance to pro bono legal teams individually representing asylum seekers in France
  • Ensuring detailed and accurate record-keeping regarding all potential and active cases
  • Coordinating with partner organizations on cases involving relocation of asylum seekers or refugees 
  • Conducting legal and factual research related to existing complementary pathways
  • Representing IRAP, as needed, in conferences and meetings on complementary pathways in Europe
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications

  • Law degree required (law degree from European university preferred)
  • Demonstrated experience providing legal assistance to refugees and/or asylum-seekers
  • Demonstrated experience supervising caseworkers/lawyers providing direct representation to clients
  • 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 and French is required
    • Fluency in one or more of the following languages is a plus: Arabic, Farsi, Tigrinya, Swedish, and/or German

Location, Hours, Duration, and Compensation

  • This is a seven-month contract (a parental leave cover).
  • This position will be based in Germany (ideally in Berlin). For candidates outside Germany who cannot currently relocate to Germany, remote work may be a possibility. 
  • Work will be approximately 40 hours per week. 
  • Availability of benefits for this position will vary based on the specific contract entered into and will be discussed during the recruitment process. 

Application Instructions
Please submit a cover letter, C.V., and a list of three references using the application form available here. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

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.