Volunteers/Interns

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

Volunteer Attorney

Opportunity

Volunteer Attorneys in IRAP’s New York, Amman, and Beirut offices will work directly with refugees in the Middle East and assist IRAP staff and attorneys with the screening and preparation of legal cases. They will have the opportunity to gain valuable experience, including:

  • Conducting initial intake interviews with clients, and drafting intake reports as part of IRAP’s case screening process;
  • Providing direct representation in UNHCR refugee status determination, U.S. Special Immigrant Visa, and USCIS refugee interviews and proceedings, including accompanying refugees to interviews;
  • Preparing affidavits and other evidence;
  • Researching factual and legal claims; and
  • Drafting memorandums and briefs.

The position is flexible, but volunteers typically commit approximately 15 hours per week. This is an unpaid volunteer role. IRAP’s staff in the Middle East and in New York will jointly supervise all participants. Volunteers can begin as early as September 1.

Qualifications

  • LLB, LLM, JD, or equivalent legal education; admitted to practice law in Jordan, Lebanon, or the United States.
  • Experience working with refugees or vulnerable individuals, in particular with victims of serious trauma.
  • Flexibility to work on a wide variety of projects, the organizational skills to balance direct client assistance with research and writing, and the drive to execute projects with long-distance supervision.
  • Strong research, writing, and oral communication skills.
  • Fluency in Arabic helpful, but not required.

Application Instructions

Volunteer Attorneys should submit a cover letter, resume, short writing sample (no more than 10 pages in length), and a list of three references via the application form available here.

Intake Volunteer

Opportunity

IRAP is seeking intake volunteers in IRAP’s New York, Amman, and Beirut offices. Volunteers will assist IRAP staff and attorneys with the screening of requests for legal assistance by conducting intake interviews with refugees in the Middle East. Volunteers prepare intake reports that IRAP attorneys use to assess whether IRAP can provide legal assistance with UNHCR proceedings or U.S. refugee resettlement processes. IRAP’s Intake Coordinator supervises all intake volunteers.

This is an exciting opportunity for an individual interested in refugee, human rights, and immigration/international law, and to be part of a growing agency that makes an impact on the lives of refugees.

Responsibilities

  • Conduct initial intake interviews with clients 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 US-affiliated Iraqis and Afghans
  • Research factual and legal claims as part of the intake process
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications

  • BA is required
  • Fluency in Arabic required
  • Experience working with refugees or vulnerable individuals, in particular with victims of serious trauma
  • Ability to be flexible in a fast-paced and high-pressure work environment
  • Must be highly organized and motivated, able to multi-task, manage a high volume workload, and have excellent time management skills
  • Strong research, writing, and analytical skills
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills; comfortable working with diverse populations
  • Prior nonprofit/NGO employment is a plus
  • 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. If you would like to volunteer in the Amman or Beirut office, please also submit a short Arabic writing sample (3-5 pages). Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

This is an unpaid volunteer role. Hours are flexible but volunteers must commit for six months at an average of 5-10 hours/week in an IRAP office.

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

General Volunteer

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