Community Outreach Legal Officer, Community Outreach Program

Job Type

Full Time
Contract

Salary

00Details: Salary: 7,050 EGP per month, rising to 7,550 EGP per month at the completion of the probationary period, with 2,100 EGP per Year medical allowance and 50 EGP per month pension contribution upon completion of probationary period.

Published

08/08/2018

Application Deadline

08/17/2018

Address

38, 26th of July Street
(near Nasser Metro)
Cairo
Cairo
00000
Egypt

Description

Project Description

The Community Outreach Program is StARS’ main point of contact with Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) in the Greater Cairo area. The Community Outreach team identifies CBOs, collects information on their services and needs, and works with the CBOs to improve refugees’ knowledge of UNHCR procedures and access to services. It also seeks to disseminate its findings with the broader StARS community to ensure that we are meeting refugees’ needs.

 

The Refugee Legal Aid Program (RLAP) provides advice and representation to refugees seeking recognition by UNHCR through refugee status determination (RSD) procedures in Egypt and assists refugees in accessing resettlement to safe third countries.

 

Role

Under the supervision of the Community Outreach Deputy Director and the RLAP Director, the Community Outreach Legal Officer is responsible for outreach to refugee communities regarding the work of St Andrew’s Refugee Services (StARS), and specifically RLAP’s work on issues relating to protection, RSD, and resettlement. The Community Outreach Legal Officer will be charged with expanding RLAP’s work in community outreach, as well as coordinating with other StARS programs as part of the StARS Community Outreach Team. The Community Outreach Legal Officer is a member of a team of approximately ten Outreach staff and 25 legal staff, and reports to the Community Outreach Deputy Director and the RLAP Director

 

Responsibilities

All duties are carried out under the supervision of the Community Outreach Deputy Director and the RLAP Director

 

Outreach and Programmatic

·  To build and maintain strong relationships with refugee communities in Cairo.

·  To attend and contribute to Outreach meetings, RLAP meetings, and other staff meetings

·  To help community members, leaders, and individuals/families/groups understand StARS’ services and its role.  

·   To work closely with the Community Outreach Deputy Director to improve the understanding of and disseminate the information about the legal services available for refugees in Cairo among refugee communities and CBOs.

·  To communicate with refugee communities, other service providers, and UNHCR to facilitate the provision of accurate information and advice leading to the fulfillment of refugee rights.

·  To provide reporting data to the Community Outreach Deputy Director and the Monitoring and Evaluation officer periodically and per request to accurately report work to senior management, funders, and others.

·  To build and maintain relationships with psychosocial and education staff, and StARS operational partners, particularly in relation to coordinating outreach to communities.

·  To provide regular feedback to the Community Outreach Deputy Director on visits, meetings, workshops, and trainings for refugee communities.

·  To work closely with the Community Outreach Deputy Director to improve the understanding of refugee rights-related issues among refugee communities and CBOs.

 

Legal

·  To maintain good working knowledge of RLAP procedures and intervention criteria in protection, RSD, and resettlement matters.

·  To maintain good working knowledge of UNHCR guidelines, processes, and procedures.

·  To develop, prepare, and facilitate workshops and training sessions for refugee communities.

·  To adhere to the StARS Policies and Procedures Manual, and the StARS Code of Conduct.

 

Policy/Advocacy

·  To assist the StARS Policy & Advocacy Officer in advocacy with embassies, external rights advocates, and UNHCR regarding the situation of urban refugees.

·  To monitor policies and external developments affecting refugees in Egypt, paying special attention to particularly vulnerable or marginalized groups.

·  To advocate, particularly with UNHCR, on protection issues relating to urban refugees.

 

Finance/Administration

·  To maintain accurate financial records with respect to expenses, as per StARS financial rules.

·  To undergo probation and regular performance appraisals.

·  To meet twice a month with the RLAP Director regarding case management and self-care.

·  To attend internal and external Community Outreach meetings as appropriate.

 

Communication/Reporting

·  To communicate regularly with the Community Outreach Deputy Director and RLAP Director, reporting on all major issues and developments in the field and within RLAP.

·  To submit activity reports as requested.

To promote information sharing within Outreach team on all issues affecting refugee communities in Cairo.

·  To maintain strong communication and effective coordination with Community Outreach Coordinators and utilize their key understanding of target communities and regularly exchange information with them.

·  Maintain strong communication with key CBO staff, keeping in mind necessary cultural sensitivity.

 

Qualifications & Experience

The ideal candidate will be energetic, articulate, and comfortable interacting with diverse segments of society. She or he will have demonstrated a firm commitment to human rights and refugee issues.

 

Essential qualifications

·  English being the official language of StARS, the Community Outreach Legal Officer must be fluent in oral and written English.

·  Strong communication skills across different cultural backgrounds, both orally and in writing.

·  Demonstrated commitment to and sensitivity toward vulnerable or displaced people.

·  Demonstrated ability to think clearly under pressure.

·  Ability to work well independently and in a team.

·  Ability to think creatively, take initiative, and problem-solve.

·  Willingness to travel to/from community meetings in refugee communities, including outside of regular working hours.

·  Ability to adapt to changed circumstances.

·  Ability to live and work in a fluid security environment.

·  Diplomatic skills and sensitivity to perceived biases.

·  Organized, self-motivated, and reliable.

·  Positive attitude and sensitive manner when dealing with persons, particularly in advocating for survivors of violence, trafficking, torture, and SGBV.

·  Punctual, able to prioritize work, multi-task, and meet deadlines.

·  Interpersonal skills including conflict resolution, consensus building, and intuitive listening.

·  Education: university degree in a related field (political science, international development, international law, development studies, Middle East Studies) OR a qualified lawyer in any jurisdiction (J.D., LLB or equivalent). In lieu of these educational requirements, applications will also be accepted from candidates with a minimum of one year of experience conducting outreach activities with displaced communities. 

 

Desirable Characteristics

·  Fluency in a refugee language. Failing this, experience working with interpreters.

·  Knowledge of UNHCR guidelines and procedures, especially RSD procedures utilized by UNHCR Egypt.

·  Knowledge of the general protection situation and vulnerabilities of refugees in Egypt.

·  Demonstrated ability to create and run workshops and trainings.

·  Life and work experience in the Middle East, particularly in Egypt, and/or with an urban refugee population.

 

Hours: 40-hour work week (Sunday – Thursday), and other hours and overtime as required.

 

Salary: 7,050 EGP per month, rising to 7,550 EGP per month at the completion of the probationary period, with 2,100 EGP per Year medical allowance and 50 EGP per month pension contribution upon completion of probationary period.

Benefits: StARS official benefit policies as stipulated in StARS Staff Handbook.

 

Closing date for applications: 18 August 2018; applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

 

Anticipated starting date: As soon as possible

 

This position is subject to a three-month probationary period, at which time the employee’s performance will be reviewed and probation may be extended.

 

HOW TO APPLY:

Interested applicants should send a cover letter and CV to applications@stars-egypt.org. Please write “Community Outreach Legal Officer” in the subject line.

 

Note: Only qualified applicants will be contacted for an interview in one week after the deadline.

Benefits

Benefits: StARS official benefit policies as stipulated in StARS Staff Handbook.


Level of Language Proficiency

English

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

applications@stars-egypt.org

This position is subject to a three-month probationary period, at which time the employee’s performance will be reviewed and probation may be extended.


HOW TO APPLY:

Interested applicants should send a cover letter and CV to applications@stars-egypt.org. Please write “Community Outreach Legal Officer” in the subject line.


Note: Only qualified applicants will be contacted for an interview in one week after the deadline.


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