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.

UNHCR Special Project Accountant Contractor - Request for Proposal

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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.

Operations
IRAP’s Operations Department is one of five departments (in conjunction with  Legal, Policy/Communications, Development, and Litigation) and currently comprised of four team members in New York City and Beirut. IRAP’s Operations Department supports the work of our staff, interns, and volunteers around the world through IT, finance, human resources, and administrative avenues.

Opportunity
The contractor will manage budgeting, accounting, and reporting for a $200,000 pilot project, which will be half-funded by a UNHCR grant. The project is a pilot project jointly funded by IRAP and UNHCR. The contractor will be responsible for ensuring timely and accurate reporting to UNHCR and IRAP project and finance staff. The contactor will prepare and revise budgets in collaboration with IRAP project staff. The contractor will ensure that proper systems are in place to track budget finances. The contractor will monitor budget finances and advise the project team of deviations from the budget. The contractor will complete all required reporting to UNHCR for UNHCR-funded aspects of the project and will also ensure that funds are correctly accounted for in IRAP’s financial systems. The project timeline is July 1, 2019 – January 1, 2020.

This is a contractor position with no benefits. The contractor will be paid monthly, generally within 30 days after the submission and approval of an invoice.  The contractor is welcome to occasionally do work from any of IRAP’s offices but is generally expected to work remotely.

Qualifications

  • Previous experience managing UN grants required.
  • Previous experience managing UNHCR grants strongly preferred.
  • Familiarity with US non-profit and UN accounting rules.
  • Accounting credential preferred.
  • Familiarity with Quickbooks online and SAP products preferred.
  • Ability to attend meetings by internet video conference.
  • Comfortable working with a team in multiple offices and time zones.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Flexible and curious attitude.

Application Instructions
Please submit a short proposal outlining the contractor’s credentials and experience working on similar projects. The proposal must include hourly rates and resumes for any person who would work on the project.  Proposals should be submitted in English as PDF or MSWord attachments to UNHCRContractor@refugeerights.org by July 30, 2019. Include the name, phone number, and email address of the primary contact for the proposal in the body of the email and on the first page of the proposal.

Please estimate minimum and maximum hours for each phase of the project:

  • Budgeting & proposals
  • Expense tracking & monitoring
  • Halfway point reporting and budget adjustments
  • Final reporting to UNHCR

Review of proposals will begin immediately, however, as the timeline is urgent. We will contact finalists to submit expanded proposals. Other applicants will not be contacted. We are not able to answer questions prior to the submission of a proposal. We understand that the initial proposal may be general, and we will contact you if we need further information.

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 welcomes applications from diverse candidates.

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.

Anti-Oppression Consultant - Request for Proposal

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PURPOSE:
The purpose of this Request for Proposal (RFP) is to solicit proposals from consultants experienced in anti-oppression work, particularly with international, legal aid, and/or nonprofit organizations, to assist the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) with creating and expanding equity for all identities within our community.

BACKGROUND:
IRAP is the first organization to provide free and comprehensive legal representation of 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 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 to assist the most vulnerable refugees. IRAP was previously a project of the Urban Justice Center (UJC), an umbrella legal non-profit. IRAP separated from UJC in December 2018 and is now an independent 501(c)3 non-profit. IRAP is currently preparing to enter a strategic planning process (currently scheduled to begin in Fall 2019).

IRAP’s legal aid work has been at the center of its mission since its inception; however, due to the global shift in attitudes toward migrants and refugees, IRAP’s work has recently expanded greatly by piloting programming in Europe, opening an in-house litigation department, and engaging in creative advocacy strategies to continue to highlight the plight of our clients in an increasingly saturated news environment. Our offices in New York, Jordan, and Lebanon, are supplemented by a corps of pro bono lawyers from leading U.S. and international law firms and multinational corporations, as well as law students who have created IRAP chapters at 29 universities in the United States and Canada.

Since IRAP’s establishment, we have helped to resettle more than 3,800 individuals to 18 countries. Our clients include survivors of trauma, gender-based violence, armed conflict, and persecution on the basis of religion or LGBTI identity. Our clients are from all over the world, although many are from the Middle East / Northern Africa region.

As with many U.S.-based international human rights organizations, we struggle with creating equity and identifying patterns of oppression within our community. The anti-oppression training facilitated at our 2018 staff retreat brought to light existing marginalization and exclusion of identities within our community, which we hope to address with the guidance of an anti-oppression consultant. We hope to create equity for our staff, clients, and community, and in our broader strategic impact.

SCOPE OF WORK:
IRAP is seeking expert guidance to evaluate and improve our diversity, equity, and inclusion practices in several broad areas, including:

  • Hiring, promotion, retention, and compensation practices;
  • Mental health support and resiliency;
  • Micro- and macro-aggressions in the workplace;
  • External messaging and client relationships;
  • Outreach and coalition-building; and
  • Impacted community engagement.

We recognize that this list is not exhaustive. We hope that the consultant will identify and prioritize, in communication with and through feedback from our multiple constituencies, other impact areas.

Specifically, IRAP is seeking the anti-oppression consultant to do the following:

  1. Recommend new procedures, protocols, practices, staff organization, and staff development with an aim towards minimizing oppression within the organization and our work.
  2. Create a plan and timeline for implementation of the recommendations, including the need for periodic and long-term monitoring, evaluation, and revisions to the implemented changes.
  3. Assist the management of each department with implementing, evaluating, and revising the recommendations.
  4. Prepare the organization to center anti-oppression goals in its strategic plan.

Regarding the timeline, we have begun laying the groundwork for our strategic planning to begin in the fall of this year and hope that this consultancy will help inform that process.

APPLICATION PROCESS & PROCEDURES:

Please email a complete written response to this RFP to antioppression@refugeerights.org, including the following:

  1. A brief Executive Summary;
  2. A description of the consultant’s general methodology, perspective, and philosophy regarding anti-oppression principles;
  3. Brief case studies or examples of similar work;
  4. A clear explanation of how the consultant will address the issues outlined above taking into consideration IRAP’s unique model of operating in several countries and working with clients from various backgrounds;
  5. A list of project deliverables to be created with a detailed timeline for each deliverable and overall project completion; and
  6. A detailed budget that breaks down expenses.