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.

Lead Attorney, Department of Legal Strategy

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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 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.

Opportunity
IRAP is seeking a Lead Attorney for its new Department of Legal Strategy to lead IRAP’s commitment to defining the cutting edge of refugee and forced migration law and upholding IRAP’s standard of excellence in legal practice. The Department of Legal Strategy is a brand new department, aimed at ensuring that we continue to grow forced migration legal rights as an area of law, that our casework is tightly linked with our policy advocacy, communications and litigation, that clients have the highest possible caliber of representation, and that staff have mentorship and high quality professional development and access to expertise across relevant areas of law. The position will report to the Director of Legal Strategy.

Responsibilities

  • Working with the Director of Legal Strategy, lead the identification of emerging issues for IRAP to address through its work and advise the leadership team on organizational priorities
    • Lead research into new locations, case types, and issue areas where IRAP is poised to have impact and assess whether or not IRAP should invest in pursuing this area of work
    • Present new opportunities and emerging issues to IRAP leadership for consideration
    • Conduct ongoing consultations with staff, external organizations and partners, and affected communities and clients to ensure programs are reflective and responsive of emerging trends in fact and in law
  • Working with the Director of Legal Strategy, lead IRAP’s development of new and innovative areas of practice, expertise, and legal strategies
    • Lead legal research on how to approach new or changing areas of work and develop plans for how IRAP can build capacity to achieve excellence and impact in these areas
    • As necessary, help identify and initiate potential partnerships to facilitate IRAP’s success
  • Working with the Director of Legal Strategy, maintain IRAP’s position as a leading legal authority in refugee and immigration law
    • Share IRAP’s expertise at in-person events, including conferences, talks, courses or clinics, and trainings, either directly or through the training and preparation of staff.
    • Develop written materials, including articles, and other informational materials to share publicly with attorneys and partner organizations
    • Provide content expertise for the development of pro se, know-your-rights, and other legal information materials for IRAP clients and affected communities
  • Facilitate organization wide information sharing and cross-departmental collaboration to ensure that new legal information surfacing in one area can be utilized across programming
    • Lead IRAP’s internal initiatives (e.g., substance teams) dedicated to increasing expertise in specific case types, with a particular focus on asylum, U.S. border law, family reunification and Terrorism Related Inadmissibility Grounds and security vetting
  • Support IRAP staff to conduct high-quality work and improve their legal skills
    • Directly support staff through trainings and collaboration on challenging casework
    • Identify and develop professional development activities related to strengthening legal skills (e.g., conferences, speaking and teaching opportunities, one-off projects, etc.)
    • Advise on specific legal matters within IRAP departments (e.g., screenings, intake, student chapter work and responsibilities, Intake and Legal Information strategy)
  • Identify and coordinate opportunities for IRAP’s Legal, Litigation, and Policy departments to collaborate (e.g., casework, new litigation opportunities) and learn from each other
  • Contribute to planning and decisions related to IRAP’s organizational strategy and vision
  • As needed, take on casework, litigation, research, and other direct legal work responsibilities

Location
Based out of IRAP’s office in New York, New York, with extended travel to IRAP’s field offices. 

Qualifications

  • Minimum 10 years relevant legal experience in the fields of asylum law, refugee law, U.S. and European family reunification law and/or international migration law
  • Minimum 10 years relevant legal experience doing direct client representation and casework in the area of forced migration
  • Experience connecting direct client representation to broader advocacy and litigation efforts in the field of immigration and refugee law
  • Success in training, mentoring and supervising legal staff and/or volunteer attorneys and law students
  • 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; excellent time management skills
  • Strong interpersonal and communications skills and the ability to understand and handle sensitive, complex and confidential information
  • Excellent legal writing, research, analytical and oral communication skills
  • The integrity, patience, and perseverance necessary to advance efforts to ensure displaced persons have greater access to services
  • Law degree and admission to practice law in the U.S.
  • Additional languages (especially Arabic, Spanish, French, Pashto, Farsi) are a plus
  • Must be based in New York City (or willing to relocate) and amenable to frequent travel to other sites where IRAP maintains a field presence or is building partnerships 

Application Instructions
Please submit a cover letter, resume and list of three references at this link

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.

This position is covered by a collective bargaining agreement (CBA). The salary will be based on years of relevant experience after law school per the CBA. 

IRAP offers a competitive salary and excellent benefits including family health, dental and vision benefits with no employee-paid premiums, a retirement plan with an employer matching component, flexible work schedule, and twenty days of vacation, five personal days, and twelve sick days per year. 

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.

Digital Campaigns Manager

This posting is viewable by itself at this link.

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 Communications Department is one of six departments (in conjunction with Legal, Litigation, Policy, Development, and Operations) and currently composed of two full-time communications staff working out of the New York office. IRAP’s Communications Department works to tell the stories of our clients and elevate IRAP’s work. We collaborate across all departments and directly with our clients to promote an empowered image of refugees and displaced people. 

Opportunity
IRAP is seeking a Digital Campaigns Manager to develop strategies and tools to expand and engage IRAP’s growing network of supporters in both advocacy and fundraising to advance IRAP’s programmatic and organizational goals.

The Digital Campaigns Manager is a member of the Communications Department and reports to the Communications Director. The Digital Campaigns Manager also works in close partnership with all programmatic departments, as well as the Development Department and external partner organizations.

While IRAP’s Communications staff are located in New York City, the Digital Campaigns Manager may be based in either New York City or Washington, D.C. 

Responsibilities

  • In collaboration with all of IRAP’s departments, develop, launch, and manage multi-platform strategic communications campaigns (including the identification of needs and objectives, target audiences, key messages and tactics, and calls to action) that advance IRAP’s programmatic and organizational goals and support volunteer and donor engagement, including through mass mailings, IRAP’s website and social media, and joint projects with external partners.
  • Build a broad community of activism in support of refugee rights across the political spectrum, through targeted and creative storytelling about the work and clients served by IRAP.
  • Create multiple levels of engagement for IRAP supporters to cultivate donors into activists and activists into donors.
  • Support the cultivation of strong grassroots organizing, coalition-building, strategic partnerships, and volunteer and donor engagement, including but not limited to working with our student chapter members, pro bono lawyers, and former clients. 
  • Manage outreach and engagement with influencers, partners, and non-traditional media outlets to expand the reach of our digital campaigns.
  • Develop regular systems for tracking and analyzing data, and regularly share reports and insights based on data to optimize campaigns.
  • Attend and help facilitate targeted community engagement and educational events in New York and DC.

Skills and Qualifications
Required

  • Bachelor’s degree with 4+ years’ experience working on strategic campaigns in support of advocacy and/or fundraising goals.
  • Experience conceptualizing and delivering effective multi-platform campaigns that engage large numbers of people.
  • Experience developing and executing both rapid response digital campaigns on short notice and long-term, consistent campaigns.
  • Strategic thinking and outstanding communications and writing skills.
  • Understanding of coalition-building and grassroots organizing among a range of actors from across the political spectrum; strong relationship management and leadership skills..
  • Highly organized and flexible; able to multi-task and manage a high-volume workload; and excellent time management skills.
  • Sensitivity to client empowerment and to working with clients of all backgrounds, including LGBTI clients, survivors of trauma, and other vulnerable populations.
  • Fluency in oral and written English.
  • Knowledge of and skill using social media, Mailchimp, CRM databases, blog platforms (ideally WordPress), and Google analytics.

Preferred

  • Demonstrated experience in developing campaigns relating to vulnerable populations, refugees, human rights, or immigration preferred.
  • Graphic design experience and knowledge of Canva, Photoshop, and Illustrator preferred.
  • Knowledge of social media advertising and Google Ads is a plus.
  • Basic experience with HTML preferred.
  • Additional languages (Arabic, Dari, Farsi, Kurdish, Pashto, Somali, and/or Spanish) are a plus.

Application Instructions
Please submit a cover letter, resume, 1 – 2 page writing sample of an action alert or similar type of mailing that includes a call to action OR a link to a landing page for a campaign you developed, and a list of three references at this link. Review of applications will start immediately and continue until a suitable candidate is found.

Salary: $66,950 – $87,550

This position is covered by a collective bargaining agreement.

IRAP offers a competitive salary and excellent benefits including family health, dental and vision benefits with no employee-paid premiums, a retirement plan with an employer matching component, and twenty days of vacation, five personal days, and twelve sick days per year. 

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.

Jordan 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 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, two Staff Attorneys, Volunteer Coordinator, and two Caseworkers. Our work is centered on providing remote and in-person legal assistance on refugee resettlement and family reunification cases.

Opportunity
The Staff Attorney will work closely with the entire team at IRAP Jordan and report to the Supervising Attorney. Staff Attorneys at IRAP Jordan manage a full caseload of in house and pro bono cases with an eye towards adherence to IRAP policies and procedures and ensuring programmatic standards and criteria are met. Staff Attorneys also review pre-screenings, screenings, and intakes to determine if refugee applicants can be assisted and may also participate in training, representational, and other activities as needed.

Responsibilities

  • Directly represent refugees by sending family reunification petitions to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), resettlement and protection referrals to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), and Requests for Review of U.S. Refugee Admissions Program denials to the International Organization for Migration (IOM).
  • Advise and prepare refugees for resettlement and refugee status determination interviews.
  • Review pre-screenings, screenings, and intakes of potential clients to determine whether legal assistance can be provided. 
  • In conjunction with the Volunteer Coordinator, engage with intake and screening volunteers to identify refugee applicants who can benefit from IRAP services. 
  • Provide trainings to incoming staff, interns, and volunteers.
  • Supervise and provide guidance to pro bono legal teams based at US, Canadian, and European law firms who have IRAP clients based in Jordan. 
  • Attend working groups and humanitarian sector meetings alongside other organizations engaged in refugee protection as needed.
  • Actively assist with planning and hosting two annual law school chapter trips as well as visits from donors and non-Jordan IRAP staff.
  • Periodically support other branches of IRAP as needed with an eye towards providing information about the Jordan and MENA context. Examples include identifying potential plaintiffs for the Litigation Team or providing compelling client stories to the Communications Team.

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

Qualifications

  • Law degree
  • Admission to practice law in any US jurisdiction
  • Sensitive to client empowerment and to working with clients of all backgrounds, including LGBTI clients, survivors of trauma, and other vulnerable populations.
  • At least one of the following:
    • Fluency in Arabic or
    • Demonstrated personal or professional interest in the MENA region or
    • 2-3 years of relevant experience working with refugees and displaced people
  • Two year commitment preferred
  • Flexible in a fast-paced and high-pressure work environment 
  • Highly organized and motivated
  • Able to multitask and manage a high volume workload
  • Excellent time management skills 
  • Strong research, writing, and analytical skills

Application Instructions
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. 

Salary
The annual salary for this position is $55,569 – $65,557, dependent upon years of relevant experience. IRAP offers excellent benefits including family health, dental and vision benefits, twenty days of vacation, five personal days, and twelve sick days per year. 

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, two Staff Attorneys, and two Caseworkers. 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 another caseworker, volunteers, and attorneys in the screening and service provision of refugee beneficiaries. The caseworker will report to the Program and Operations Director. The caseworker conducts in-person and phone interviews with refugee applicants and clients. In coordination with staff 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, analyse, 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, trainings, 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 trainings and presentations to refugee, NGO and law student audiences.
  • Attend trainings, 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 maintain and ensure program integrity and confidentiality.

Location

  • This is a full-time position based in IRAP’s Amman (Jordan) office.

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.
  • Courtesy, tact and ability to work effectively with people of different national and cultural backgrounds.
  • 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 Instructions
Please submit a cover letter, resume, and a list of three references at this link. Review of applications will begin December 15, 2019 and continue on a rolling basis.

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 twelve sick days per year.

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.