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.

Policy Counsel/Analyst

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About IRAP 

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 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 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 Policy Department is one of six departments (in conjunction with Legal, Litigation, Communications, Development, and Operations) and includes five policy staff working out of the New York office and Washington, DC. IRAP’s Policy Department utilizes lessons learned in direct legal aid casework and works with creative, non-partisan coalitions to advocate for systemic changes that benefit broader groups and communities or refugees and displaced populations.

 Opportunity

IRAP is seeking a Policy Analyst or Policy Counsel to work on state and local refugee issues as part of IRAP’s Policy team in our New York, NY or Washington, DC office. This is an exciting opportunity for an individual with expertise in the intersection of federal, state, and local policymaking. The policy analyst/counsel will work with IRAP NGO partners, including the Refugee Advocacy Lab (“the Lab”), to advance pro-refugee policies in statehouses and city halls across the United States. The position reports to the Policy Director. 

Responsibilities

  • Work with IRAP, the Lab, and other IRAP NGO partners, including state leads, to provide direct support and training to coordinated state and local advocacy efforts. 
  • Conduct and analyze state and local research, draft sample legislation and policy guidance, and identify strategic opportunities for advocacy, such as locations in state or local codes for amendment. 
  • Draft backgrounders and other supporting materials. 
  • Review proposed and passed legislation and policies — highlighting implications, risks, and advantages and making recommendations. 
  • Monitor any developments and amendments to proposals — providing technical support and strategic counsel for ongoing engagement. 
  • Engage in regulatory processes — providing guidance for proposed changes to state or local code.
  • Participate and lead in analysis and learning sessions with the broader policy and advocacy community.

 Location

The candidate will work in IRAP’s U.S. office in New York, NY, Washington, DC., or remotely anywhere in the United States.

 Qualifications

The ideal candidate will have experience in state or local policy making and advocacy, as well as in immigration law and policy, and exhibit an understanding and competence for proactively researching, collecting/qualifying, and suggesting strategic opportunities to advance state and local policy changes that align with advocacy goals. They will possess many of the following professional and personal abilities, attributes and experiences:

  • J.D. or master’s degree in a relevant field preferred;
  • Two or more years’ experience in state- or local-level policy work, such as government or legislative work or advocacy;
  • Demonstrated experience working with forced migrants or other vulnerable populations and demonstrated experience working on state or local campaigns or in state or local government is preferred;
  • Highly organized and flexible; able to multi-task and manage a high-volume workload; and excellent time management skills;
  • Strong interpersonal and communications skills, and the ability to understand and handle sensitive and confidential information;
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with a diverse set of partners and independently to seek out and implement IRAP’s priorities;
  • Fluency in oral and written English required;
  • Preference for a candidate based in New York City or Washington, D.C with regular travel to the other location, or remotely anywhere in the United States with regular travel to New York, NY, and Washington, D.C.

Salary

This is a union position subject to a collective bargaining agreement. The midpoint of the salary range is $85,000, 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. This position is covered by a collective bargaining agreement.

Application Instructions

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and a list of three references at this linkReview of applications will start immediately.

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 and individuals whose identities have been historically underrepresented.

Climate Displacement Project Strategist

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Co-hosted by the International Refugee Assistance Project & the Natural Resources Defense Council

About IRAP and NRDC

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 has over 70 full-time staff who operate 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. 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.

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is the nation’s most effective environmental action organization. We use law, science and the support of 3.1 million members and online activists to protect the planet’s wildlife and wild places and to ensure a safe and healthy environment for all living things. NRDC was founded in 1970 and our staff helped write some of America’s bedrock environmental laws, including the Clean Water Act, and many of the implementing regulations; our water enforcement cases played a major role shaping current water policy throughout the country. Today, our staff of more than 500 lawyers, scientists, economists, policy and communications experts, and others, work out of offices in New York, Washington, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Bozeman, Montana, and Beijing.

Specific responsibilities will include:

  • Conducting independent research to evaluate existing interventions pertaining to climate-related displacement; 
  • Designing an action agenda that distills the project strategist’s research into a prioritized menu of the most effective legislative, administrative and judicial strategies identified by the project strategist to clarify, protect, and advance climate migrants’ rights in the United States and other receiving nations;
  • Collaborating with colleagues within NRDC and IRAP to build institutional expertise and identify opportunities for programmatic engagement on climate change-induced displacement; 
  • Building relationships with and seeking input from representatives of communities impacted by climate-related displacement, civil society groups, academics and policy researchers, and others working on climate change displacement and adjacent issues; and
  • Drafting occasional blog posts to be cross-posted on IRAP and NRDC platforms that share findings, insights, and connections from the project strategist’s research with our constituencies and partners.

This position will involve some travel, both within the United States and internationally, to the extent advisable and permitted under COVID-19 restrictions.

Qualifications

This position is designed for individuals with legal and/or policy experience in the fields of migration, the environment, and/or environmental justice. In assessing candidates, we look for:

  • Strong writing, research, analytical, and oral communication skills;
  • Previous experience developing and managing projects in a non-profit or government setting;
  • Cultural humility; 
  • Experience working internationally;
  • Flexibility, creativity, and resourcefulness; 
  • Demonstrated commitment to public service, equity, and social and environmental justice;
  • Ability to work independently and be self-directed;
  • Law degree preferred, but not required.

Term: Two years, to start as soon as possible.

Application Instructions

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and list of three references here. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. 

IRAP and NRDC believe 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 and individuals whose identities have been historically underrepresented.

Salary: $75,000-120,000 commensurate with relevant experience.

This position is covered by IRAP’s collective bargaining agreement.

IRAP will be responsible for providing compensation and benefits. 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. 

Germany Operations Manager m/w/d

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 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 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.

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.