Careers

IRAP is currently accepting applications for the following positions on a rolling basis. Please review each description for specific details on how to apply.

Fellowship Sponsorship – New York, Amman, Beirut

About IRAP

The International Refugee Assistance Project (“IRAP”) is the first organization to provide free and comprehensive legal representation to refugees through the registration, protection, and resettlement processes. We are 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.

IRAP operates offices in New York, Jordan, and Lebanon. 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 at 28 universities in the United States and Canada.

IRAP believes in action, accountability, innovation, and candor. We are nimble, collaborative, and nonpartisan, and believe in the power of individuals to change their own circumstances. IRAP was founded in 2008 by a group of Yale Law students with a vision to change the status quo of global refugee processing in order to assist the most vulnerable refugees.

Opportunity

IRAP is seeking to sponsor law students or recent graduates for public interest fellowships beginning in Fall 2018. Sponsorship would be available in New York City for Skadden, Equal Justice Works, and other domestic fellowships, as well as in Amman or Beirut for Fulbright and other international fellowships. This is an exciting opportunity for individuals interested in refugee, human rights, immigration, and international law to make a difference in the lives of those at-risk, and to be part of a growing agency. The position reports to the Senior Legal Team.

Responsibilities

  • Conduct intake interviews with potential refugee clients and draft intake reports in English as part of IRAP’s refugee case screening process
  • Assist with the legal representation of refugees in UNHCR refugee status determination (RSD) and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) refugee interviews and proceedings
  • Research and write documents in support of refugee cases, litigation efforts, and/or policy initiatives
  • Train interns, volunteer attorneys, and law students on refugee, international, and human rights law and related topics
  • Manage interns, volunteer attorneys, and law students working on IRAP intakes and cases
  • Assist with ongoing policy and litigation efforts to further develop a system of individual representation in the areas of U.S. and international refugee law
  • Conduct outreach to NGOs and develop new partnerships with local and international NGOs and community-based organizations to identify opportunities for collaboration
  • Perform research and responsibilities related to proposed fellowship project
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

  • JD anticipated May 2018 or recent law graduate
  • Strong legal research, writing and analytical skills
  • Experience working with refugees or other vulnerable individuals, including LGBTI individuals, victims of sexual and/or gender based violence, and victims of torture and serious trauma
  • Prior policy experience, such as government or legislative work, legislative advocacy, or media relations, is a plus
  • Knowledge of refugee law and/or processing, human rights, and international law, including former employment and/or internships, is a plus
  • Must be highly organized and motivated, able to multi-task, manage a high volume workload, a strong team-player, and have excellent time management skills
  • Comfortable working with diverse populations
  • Fluency in oral and written English; other languages preferable, especially Arabic, Somali, Farsi, Dari, Pashto, and Kurdish
  • Microsoft suite.

Application Instructions

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

IRAP is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from diverse candidates. IRAP offers a competitive salary and excellent benefits including health and retirement plans, a flexible work schedule, and vacation/sick leave.

Volunteer Refugee Helpline Responder – Beirut, Lebanon

About IRAP

The International Refugee Assistance Project (“IRAP”) is the first organization to provide free and comprehensive legal representation to refugees through the registration, protection, and resettlement processes. We are 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.

IRAP operates offices in New York, Jordan, and Lebanon. 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 at 28 universities in the United States and Canada.

IRAP believes in action, accountability, innovation, and candor. We are nimble, collaborative, and nonpartisan, and believe in the power of individuals to change their own circumstances. IRAP was founded in 2008 by a group of Yale Law students with a vision to change the status quo of global refugee processing in order to assist the most vulnerable refugees.

Opportunity

IRAP is seeking a Refugee Helpline Responder to join the Intake Team in our Beirut office. This is an exciting opportunity for a qualified applicant seeking immersion and practice-based training in the various legal processes related to resettlement (e.g., UNHCR RSD/RST, USRAP (P-1, P-2, P-3, and I-730), SIV program for Iraqis and Afghans, Refugee Travel Documents, and Humanitarian Parole). The position is designed to provide a foundation for an individual seeking to expand his/her professional experience with or academic knowledge of U.S. and international refugee and immigration law.

The Refugee Helpline Responder will be trained by and report to IRAP’s Intake Coordinator. The Responder’s primary role is screening and responding to inquiries for assistance through IRAP’s email helpline, facilitating legal counseling by IRAP attorneys, and assisting in the coordination of intakes with potential clients. Pursuant to available time, the Responder would handle direct casework with potential clients including conducting intake interviews with refugees, drafting and submitting intake forms, and completing follow-up interviews and other assignments.

Due to the significant resources that will be invested in an applicant, IRAP requires an explicit commitment of four to six months (at least half-time). This position is unpaid, but a monthly stipend will be provided towards basic living expenses in Beirut.

Start Date: August 1, 2017 (preferable)

Responsibilities

Primary Responsibilities (70–80%)

  • Understand the legal processes involved in IRAP’s work via a practice-based training with an intensive reading component over several weeks.
  • Screen inquiries from refugees, Iraqi and Afghan Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) applicants, Iraqi and Syrian Direct Access Program (DAP) applicants, and other vulnerable persons for cases that may benefit from IRAP’s legal assistance.
  • Under the supervision of intake staff, review and respond to email inquiries from refugees and other vulnerable persons from around the world.
  • Under the supervision of IRAP attorneys, facilitate the provision of legal counseling and information to refugees and SIV applicants.
  • Assist the intake team with coordinating a team of staff, interns, and volunteers who conduct remote intakes with potential clients.
  • Conduct in-depth phone intakes with refugees and other vulnerable persons and draft intake reports.
  • Use IRAP’s database to create records for each person, case, and intake.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Local Casework (20–30%, depending on time availability)

  • Conduct intake interviews with refugees and/or other vulnerable persons in the office or the field in Arabic.
  • Draft and submit with supervisor approval client intake forms. Complete follow-up assignments as needed.
  • Draft protection, medical, RSD, and RST referrals for supervisory review prior to submission to UNHCR.
  • Liaise with IRAP’s partners on behalf of refugees requesting assistance.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

  • Exceptional formal writing abilities in both formal Arabic and English strongly preferred
    • The requirement of Arabic may be waived if the applicant is proficient in one or more of the following languages: Somali, Farsi, Dari, Pashto, or Kurdish.
  • Ability to enter, record, and track data accurately across multiple data management systems
  • Strong research and analytical skills
  • Comfortable working with diverse populations
  • Prior academic knowledge or professional experience with refugees, immigrants, immigration/refugee law, diverse populations, etc.
  • Ability to be sensitive to and work well with victims of trauma and violence, and maintain confidentiality and professionalism at all times
  • Microsoft Suite; Google Docs and Sheets

Application Instructions

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

If you indicated that you are proficient in Arabic, please also submit a short Arabic writing or other media sample (3–5 pages if written). Qualified applicants may be contacted for an interview and test of their stated language proficiencies.

Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis. Only qualified applicants will be contacted for an interview and test of their language proficiencies. The position will only be filled if a suitable candidate is found.

IRAP is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from diverse candidates.