Independent Contractor & Consulting Opportunities

IRAP is currently accepting applications for the following:

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

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.


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


  • 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.