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 29 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 Yale 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 a Staff Attorney to be part of IRAP’s Legal team in our Amman, Jordan office. 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. The staff attorney will maintain a caseload directly representing refugees and will advocate on their behalf with the United Nations, U.S. and foreign governments, and other relevant agencies. The staff attorney will also advise IRAP pro bono teams representing refugees and will liaise with IRAP NGO partners and civil society actors in Jordan. The position reports to the Middle East Field Director.
- Directly represent vulnerable refugees by drafting United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) resettlement referrals, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) legal submissions and other legal submissions as appropriate
- Provide advice and counseling to refugees in their UNHCR resettlement (RST) interviews, as well as representation before other agencies and Embassies as needed
- Review screenings and intakes of potential clients to determine whether legal assistance can be provided
- Provide legal trainings to incoming staff, interns, volunteers, and occasionally external partners
- Assist the IRAP Legal team with managing and mentoring IRAP law school chapters and law firms, including reviewing legal submissions to UNHCR and providing expert legal advice to ensure high-quality representation by our pro bono teams
- Regularly attend working group meetings with colleagues from other organizations engaged in refugee protection, legal aid, and durable solutions
- Assist IRAP Jordan in hosting two annual visits from IRAP law school chapters, including participating in training law students during these trips
- Assist with the management of volunteers/ legal interns and intake volunteers
- Collaborate with the IRAP Litigation team on any current and future high impact litigation efforts
- Collaborate with the IRAP Policy team to reform and improve the U.S. refugee and SIV processes
- Support the Communications and Litigation teams by coordinating the identification of potential plaintiffs, spokespeople, and compelling client stories from within the local client population
- Other duties as assigned
- Licensed to practice law in any jurisdiction; US barred-preferred
- Fluency in Arabic is preferred
- Personal or professional interest in the MENA region
- Advanced knowledge of international refugee law and procedures / US immigration law and procedures
- 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
- A two year commitment is preferred
- Proficiency with Microsoft and Google Suite
IRAP is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from diverse candidates. IRAP offers a competitive salary and excellent benefits including health and retirement plans, a flexible work schedule, and vacation/sick leave.
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
Please submit a cover letter, resume, short writing sample (3-5 pages), and a list of three references using the application form available here.