Independent Contractor & Consulting 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 opportunities can be found on this page. Full-time positions can be found on this page.

Complementary Pathways - Temporary Contractor

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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 the Director, who is based in Beirut, the Europe Legal Program Manager, who is based in Berlin, the Project Manager, who is based in New York City, and a German Family Reunification consultant, who works remotely. The team regularly works with other members of IRAP’s Legal Services team in New York, Lebanon, and Jordan.

Opportunity
IRAP is seeking a Complementary Pathways Caseworker to assist the Legal Services Department in its individual representation of refugees seeking relocation through humanitarian visas, family reunification, and other pathways to the U.S., Europe, and elsewhere. The Caseworker will conduct intake and follow-up interviews with clients and potential clients and draft visa and family reunification applications. Casework will primarily be done remotely, as IRAP clients 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 either the Europe Legal Program Manager or the Complementary Pathways Project Manager, depending on the Caseworker’s location.

Responsibilities

  • Conduct remote intake and follow-up interviews with clients and potential clients seeking relocation through complementary pathways.
  • Serve as primary point of contact (with the assistance of interpreters where necessary) with the Complementary Pathways team’s clients.
  • Under the supervision of the team’s leadership, draft humanitarian visa and family reunification applications and supporting documents.
  • Provide casework support to pilot project providing remote legal assistance to unaccompanied children and their family members in East and North Africa seeking reunification with family members primarily in France, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
  • Conduct and update research on new and existing complementary pathways to resettlement, staying apprised of developments in this space and providing regular updates to team members.
  • Ensure detailed and accurate record-keeping regarding all potential and active cases.
  • Provide support to attorneys and other caseworkers on complementary pathways cases, including through proof-reading, fact-checking, and collating applications and supporting materials.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Location, Hours, and Duration
The position can be based remotely outside the U.S. Work will be approximately 40 hours per week, with an expected twenty days of vacation, five personal days, and twelve sick days per year. At least 5 hours of the Caseworker’s work day should overlap with 10am-6pm Central European Time (GMT+1).

This position will be for a one year period.

Qualifications

Required

  • Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent), plus two years of work experience in a relevant field, OR five years of work experience in a relevant field.
  • Demonstrated experience in refugee protection casework or refugee law.
  • Strong interpersonal and communications skills and prior experience interviewing and counseling clients in a legal setting.
  • 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.

Preferred

  • Fluency in Arabic, Tigrinya, and/or French strongly preferred.
  • Knowledge of refugee law and/or EU migration laws.
  • Experience in Refugee Status Determination and/or Resettlement processes is a plus.

Application Instructions

Please submit a cover letter, resume, short (maximum 3 pages) writing sample in English unedited by others, and a list of three references at this link. Review of applications will be on a rolling basis, starting immediately.

Compensation: $26/hour

As an independent contractor, and not an employee, the Contractor will not be entitled to participate in or to receive the benefit of any employee plans or programs, including insurance.

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.

Part-time Intake Contractor (Bilingual in Pashto) – Remote

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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 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 an Intake Contractor to conduct intakes with vulnerable potential clients remotely via Google Voice and Skype. This is an exciting opportunity for a qualified applicant bilingual in Pashto and English, interested in refugee, human rights, and immigration/international law. This is an independent contractor position and not a staff position. Due to significant variations in intake volume, we are not able to predict whether the Contractor would be offered any specific volume of work. There may periods of time when no work may be available or needed.

Intakes will primarily take place in English and either Pashto, but the Contractor would occasionally conduct intakes in other languages (with an interpreter) and perform other duties as assigned. The Contractor would be supervised by an IRAP National Legal team member.

The Contractor may set her workdays, hours, and work location independently, provided she make herself available from time to time as reasonably required. As an independent contractor, and not an employee, the Contractor will not be entitled to participate in or to receive the benefit of any employee plans or programs, including insurance.

Start Date: Immediately

Compensation: $12–15 per hour depending on qualifications

Services Needed

  • Conduct initial intake interviews with potential clients, particularly Pashto speakers, as part of IRAP’s case screening process
  • Draft intake reports for review by IRAP attorneys and staff
  • Contact third parties to provide verification of employment for U.S.-affiliated Afghans
  • Research factual and legal claims as part of the intake process
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications

  • An advanced degree (MA, JD, PhD, etc.) is strongly preferred
  • Fully bilingual Pashto and English
  • Experience working with LGBT individuals, victims of SGBV, and other highly vulnerable populations
  • Microsoft Suite

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.

Please also submit a short Pashto writing sample (3–5 pages). Applications submitted without a Pashto writing sample will not be considered.

Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis. Only qualified applicants will be contacted for an interview.

IRAP welcomes applications from diverse candidates.