Employment Opportunity

Temporary Supervising Lawyer

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 a Director, Europe Legal Program Manager, Project Manager, Caseworker, and German Family Reunification consultant. The team members are spread out in IRAP’s offices and other remote locations. The team regularly works with other members of IRAP’s Legal Services team in New York, Lebanon, and Jordan. 

Opportunity
IRAP is seeking a Supervising Lawyer to oversee the work of caseworkers and attorneys and to individually represent refugees seeking relocation through humanitarian visas, family reunification, and other complementary pathways to Europe and elsewhere. The Supervising Lawyer will directly supervise one caseworker, provide guidance to IRAP’s staff members and pro bono lawyers on complementary pathways cases, and directly represent clients, including by conducting interviews with refugees and asylum seekers, drafting family reunification and humanitarian visa submissions, and representing clients before relevant embassies. Casework and supervision will primarily be done remotely, as IRAP clients and staff 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 the Complementary Pathways Director.

Responsibilities

  • Supervising the Complementary Pathways team caseworker on family reunification, humanitarian visa, and other complementary pathways cases
  • Supervising other IRAP staff, caseworkers, and pro bono attorneys on individual complementary pathways cases (including trainings and review of intake interviews and submissions)
  • Representing refugees and asylum seekers in complementary pathways procedures (including conducting intake interviews and research, drafting submissions, and ensuring follow-up with adjudicating bodies)
  • Providing guidance to pro bono legal teams individually representing asylum seekers in France
  • Ensuring detailed and accurate record-keeping regarding all potential and active cases
  • Coordinating with partner organizations on cases involving relocation of asylum seekers or refugees 
  • Conducting legal and factual research related to existing complementary pathways
  • Representing IRAP, as needed, in conferences and meetings on complementary pathways in Europe
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications

  • Law degree required (law degree from European university preferred)
  • Demonstrated experience providing legal assistance to refugees and/or asylum-seekers
  • Demonstrated experience supervising caseworkers/lawyers providing direct representation to clients
  • Strong research, writing, and analytical skills
  • Strong interpersonal and communications skills and prior experience interviewing and counseling clients in a legal setting
  • Sensitivity to client empowerment and to working with clients of all backgrounds, including LGBTI clients, survivors of trauma, and other vulnerable populations
  • Highly organized and flexible; able to multi-task and manage a high-volume workload; and excellent time management skills
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office and Google Suite
  • Language skills: 
    • Fluency in written and spoken English and French is required
    • Fluency in one or more of the following languages is a plus: Arabic, Farsi, Tigrinya, Swedish, and/or German

Location, Hours, Duration, and Compensation

  • This is a seven-month contract (a parental leave cover).
  • This position will be based in Germany (ideally in Berlin). For candidates outside Germany who cannot currently relocate to Germany, remote work may be a possibility. 
  • Work will be approximately 40 hours per week. 
  • Availability of benefits for this position will vary based on the specific contract entered into and will be discussed during the recruitment process. 

Application Instructions
Please submit a cover letter, C.V., and a list of three references using the application form available here. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

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.