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.

Refugee Helpline Intern, Beirut

Opportunity

IRAP is seeking a Refugee Helpline Intern to join the Intake & Legal Information Team in our Beirut office. This is an exciting opportunity for a qualified applicant seeking immersion and practice-based training in the various legal processes related to resettlement (e.g., UNHCR RSD/RST, USRAP (P-1, P-2, P-3, and I-730), SIV program for Iraqis and Afghans, Refugee Travel Documents, and Humanitarian Parole). The position is designed to provide a foundation for an individual seeking to expand her professional experience with or academic knowledge of U.S. and international refugee and immigration law.

The Refugee Helpline Intern will be trained by and report to IRAP’s Intake & Legal Information Manager. The Intern’s primary role is screening and responding to inquiries for assistance through IRAP’s email helpline, facilitating legal counselling by IRAP attorneys, and assisting in the coordination of intakes with potential clients. Pursuant to available time, the Intern would handle direct casework with potential clients including conducting intake interviews with refugees, drafting and submitting intake forms, and completing follow-up interviews and other assignments.

Due to the significant resources that will be invested in an applicant, IRAP requires an explicit commitment of four to six months (at least half-time). This position is unpaid, but a monthly stipend will be provided towards basic living expenses in Beirut.

Responsibilities

Primary Responsibilities (70–80%)

  • Understand the legal processes involved in IRAP’s work via a practice-based training with an intensive reading component over several weeks.
  • Screen inquiries from refugees, Iraqi and Afghan Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) applicants, Iraqi and Syrian Direct Access Program (DAP) applicants, and other vulnerable persons for cases that may benefit from IRAP’s legal assistance.
  • Under the supervision of Intake & Legal Information staff, review and respond to email inquiries from refugees and other vulnerable persons from around the world.
  • Under the supervision of IRAP attorneys, facilitate the provision of legal counseling and information to refugees and SIV applicants.
  • Assist the Intake & Legal Information Team with coordinating a team of staff, interns, and volunteers who conduct remote intakes with potential clients.
  • Conduct in-depth phone intakes with refugees and other vulnerable persons and draft intake reports.
  • Use IRAP’s database to create records for each person, case, and intake.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Local Casework (20–30%, depending on time availability)

  • Conduct intake interviews with refugees and/or other vulnerable persons in the office or the field in Arabic.
  • Draft and submit with supervisor approval client intake forms. Complete follow-up assignments as needed.
  • Draft protection, medical, RSD, and RST referrals for supervisory review prior to submission to UNHCR.
  • Liaise with IRAP’s partners on behalf of refugees requesting assistance.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

  • Exceptional formal writing abilities in both formal Arabic and English required
  • Proficiency in a third language is preferred, especially: Somali, Farsi, Dari, Pashto, or Kurdish.
  • Ability to enter, record, and track data accurately across multiple data management systems
  • Strong research and analytical skills
  • Comfortable working with diverse populations
  • Prior academic knowledge or professional experience with refugees, immigrants, immigration/refugee law, diverse populations, etc.
  • Ability to be sensitive to and work well with victims of trauma and violence, and maintain confidentiality and professionalism at all times
  • Microsoft Suite; Google Docs and Sheets

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 Arabic writing sample (3–5 pages). Applications submitted without an Arabic writing sample will not be considered.

Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis, with a preferred start date of March 1. Only qualified applicants will be contacted for an interview and test of their language proficiencies. The position will only be filled if a suitable candidate is found.

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

Note: While internships are unpaid, IRAP is committed to working with students who are seeking credit and/or funding. Students must be able to work full-time for a minimum of 10 weeks in the summer.

Summer 2018 Legal Internships, Amman

Opportunity

IRAP is seeking several law students for summer 2018 internships. Legal interns will work at IRAP’s field office in Amman under the supervision of our team of attorneys. This is an exciting opportunity for individuals interested in refugees, human rights, and/or refugee, immigration, and international law to make a difference in the lives of those at risk.

Responsibilities

  • Conducting intake interviews with refugees to determine needs and refugee claims.
  • Drafting legal briefs and memos in support of at-risk and vulnerable refugee cases.
  • Preparing affidavits and other evidence for cases submitted to UNHCR and foreign governments.
  • Researching law and global country and human rights conditions to reinforce claims.
  • Liaising with partner NGOs and INGOs, and attending meetings as necessary.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

  • Fluency in Arabic is required
  • Pursuing a degree in law
  • Interest in refugee law and/or processing, human rights, and international law
  • 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
  • Ability to be flexible in a fast-paced and high-pressure work environment
  • Fluency in oral and written English; ability to speak Persian, Somali, Pashto or Kurdish 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.

Note: While internships are unpaid, IRAP is committed to working with students who are seeking credit and/or funding. Students must be able to work full-time for a minimum of 10 weeks in the summer.

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

Summer 2018 Legal Internships, Beirut

Opportunity

IRAP is seeking several law students for summer 2018 internships. Legal interns will work at IRAP’s field office in Beirut under the supervision of our team of attorneys. This is an exciting opportunity for individuals interested in refugees, human rights, and/or refugee, immigration, and international law to make a difference in the lives of those at risk.

Responsibilities

  • Conducting intake interviews with refugees to determine needs and refugee claims.
  • Drafting legal briefs and memos in support of at-risk and vulnerable refugee cases.
  • Preparing affidavits and other evidence for cases submitted to UNHCR and foreign governments.
  • Researching law and global country and human rights conditions to reinforce claims.
  • Liaising with partner NGOs and INGOs, and attending meetings as necessary.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

  • Fluency in Arabic is required
  • Pursuing a degree in law
  • Interest in refugee law, human rights, and international law
  • 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
  • Ability to be flexible in a fast-paced and high-pressure work environment
  • Fluency in oral and written English; ability to speak Persian, Somali, Pashto or Kurdish 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.

Note: While internships are unpaid, IRAP is committed to working with students who are seeking credit and/or funding. Students must be able to work full-time for a minimum of 10 weeks in the summer.

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

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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