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Founded in 1979, StARS is a refugee service provider in central Cairo that works to enhance the quality of life for refugees and vulnerable migrants through five broad program areas: education, psychosocial, legal, community outreach and unaccompanied youth and children support services. We provide high-quality services meeting the unaddressed needs of refugees, and we provide a safe and inclusive space for displaced people to come together as a community. We work for refugees, with refugees, to make rights recognition a reality.


StARS’ Mission: Driven by a commitment to justice and fairness, StARS works as displaced people and for displaced people to respect human dignity and enhance quality of life.


StARS’ Vision: Displaced people lead in the creation and implementation of responses to different forms of migration to establish safe, just, welcoming, and inclusive communities globally.


We serve people from many places, including Eritrea, Ethiopia, Iraq, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.


To learn more please visit our website: www.stars-egypt.org or our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/standrewsrefugeeservices?fref=ts


Project Description: Refugee Legal Aid Program

The Refugee Legal Aid Program provides advice and representation to refugees seeking recognition by UNHCR through Refugee Status Determination procedures in Egypt, assists refugees in accessing resettlement to safe third countries, and advises refugees on protection matters.

StARS has established a full-service center dedicated to meeting the education, protection, legal support, and advocacy needs of Unaccompanied Children and Youth in Cairo. Refugee Legal Aid Program is seeking a Senior Legal Officer to work with the Unaccompanied Children and Youth Legal Aid Program to provide specialized legal representation and advice to the Unaccompanied Children and Youth refugee population on their Refugee Status Determination processes, protection situation, and resettlement processes.


Role

Under the supervision of the Refugee Legal Aid Program Director and the Unaccompanied Children and Youth Legal Aid Program Coordinator, the Senior Legal Officer is responsible for the provision of legal advice and representation to refugee children and youth in matters related to Refugee Status Determination and resettlement procedures. This includes: assessment of initial requests for assistance; the screening and reviewing of refugee cases to identify those of heightened vulnerability and protection concerns to access Refugee Status Determination legal representation or protection and resettlement referrals; preparation and reviewing of detailed written statements addressing accounts of persecution in countries of origin and country of asylum for Refugee Status Determination and resettlement purposes; drafting and reviewing legal submissions in support of refugee claims in all stages of the Refugee Status Determination process; supervising legal advisors; and managing different aspects of the Unaccompanied Children and Youth Legal Aid Program caseload. The Senior Legal Officer is also expected to contribute to advocacy efforts regarding the Unaccompanied Children and Youth refugee population and to supervise and train volunteer staff.


Responsibilities

All duties are carried out under the supervision of the Refugee Legal Aid Program Director and the Unaccompanied Children and Youth Legal Aid Program Coordinator.

Legal and Technical

  • To develop and supervise the screening and intake of potential Unaccompanied Children and Youth clients for representation in Refugee Status Determination, protection, and resettlement matters.
  • To contribute to the management and oversight of the Unaccompanied Children and Youth Legal Aid Program caseload in Refugee Status Determination and resettlement matters, ensuring timely provision of assistance and follow-up on client cases as necessary.
  • To provide general legal counseling and assistance to refugees regarding their applications for registration, protection, Refugee Status Determination, and resettlement before UNHCR.
  • To prepare clients for different UNHCR interviews including, registration, Refugee Status Determination, protection, and resettlement and accompany clients in such interviews as needed.
  • To draft and review legal submissions and witness testimonies and other evidence in support of refugee claims in at first instance, appeal, and reopening.
  • To serve periodically as an on-call legal advisor, assisting clients by providing legal advice and assistance on a walk-in basis. 
  • To undertake country of origin research in support of individual claims and for general organizational research purposes and to maintain good working knowledge of the current political and social situations in the countries of origin of Unaccompanied Children and Youth Legal Aid clients.
  • To assess extra-legal client needs and refer to other StARS teams or external organizations as appropriate.
  • To maintain good working knowledge of UNHCR’s Refugee Status Determination and resettlement policies and procedures, particularly as they relate to children and youth.
  • To review and assist in the preparation and submission of resettlement referrals to UNHCR for aged-out unaccompanied children.
  • To undertake comprehensive case management practices including maintaining and updating electronic databases and records for each client, and keeping detailed notes of all casework activities.
  • To engage with refugee community-based organizations in providing trainings and follow-up support, as well as participating in open-floor meetings and information sessions.
  • To adhere to the Nairobi Code of Ethics, the StARS Policies and Procedures Manual, and the StARS Code of Conduct.

Programmatic

  • To assist the Unaccompanied Children and Youth Legal Aid Program Coordinator in development and implementation of team systems, policies, and procedures.
  • To assist other members of Refugee Legal Aid Program and StARS programs regarding issues related to the Unaccompanied Children and Youth refugee population.
  • To attend and contribute to Refugee Legal Aid Program meetings and other staff meetings.
  • To assist the Unaccompanied Children and Youth Legal Aid Program Coordinator in conducting data and trends analysis of clients approaching Refugee Legal Aid Program for Refugee Status Determination, protection, and resettlement related services.
  • To assist the Unaccompanied Children and Youth Legal Aid Program Coordinator in conducting data and trends analysis of UNHCR’s Policies and Practices with respect to unaccompanied and separated children and youth.
  • To assist the Unaccompanied Children and Youth Legal Aid Program Coordinator in establishing written manuals and procedures for the different services provided by the Unaccompanied Children and Youth Legal Aid Program team.
  • To build and maintain strong relationships with refugee communities in Cairo.
  • To build and maintain relationships with psychosocial and education staff and operational partners.
  • 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.

Supervisory

  • To assist the Unaccompanied Children and Youth Legal Aid Program Coordinator and other Refugee Legal Aid Program Senior Legal Officers in conducting intensive one to two-week training for new volunteer legal advisors three or four times per year.
  • To assist the Unaccompanied Children and Youth Legal Aid Program Coordinator in the development of supervision procedures and mechanisms.
  • To supervise volunteer legal advisors and legal officers in Unaccompanied Children and Youth related legal work, including providing guidance on managing workload, reviewing written drafts, and monitoring recordkeeping.
  • To assist the Unaccompanied Children and Youth Legal Aid Program Coordinator in the management of volunteer caseloads, and the provision of case specific advice.
  • To engage proactively in promoting self-care among volunteers and other staff.
  • To ensure high quality legal advice and representation and a refugee rights-based approach.

Finance/Administration

·        To undergo probation and regular performance appraisals.

Communication/Reporting

·        To communicate regularly with the Refugee Legal Aid Program Director and the Unaccompanied Children and Youth Legal Aid Program Coordinator, reporting on all major issues and developments in the field and within the Unaccompanied Children and Youth Legal Aid Program team.

·        To become familiar with Refugee Legal Aid Program’s database program and accurately record and follow up on all relevant case management.

·        To provide case reporting data to the Refugee Legal Aid Program Director as requested in order to accurately report work to senior management, funders, and others.

·        To submit activity reports as requested.

·        To promote information-sharing within Refugee Legal Aid Program and StARS on all issues affecting the populations we serve.


Founded in 1979, StARS is a refugee service provider in central Cairo that works to enhance the quality of life for refugees and vulnerable migrants through five broad program areas: education, psychosocial, legal, community outreach and…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Job Type
    Contract
  • Start Date
    May 1, 2021
  • Application Deadline
    April 18, 2021
  • Education
    Master's Degree Required
  • Professional Level
    Professional

Benefits

Salary: 7,850 EGP/month, rising to 8,350 EGP/month following successful completion three-month probationary period. Plus 4,020 EGP/year Health Coverage and 100 EGP/month Saving Scheme Contribution upon completion of probationary period.

Additional official benefits as stipulated in StARS Staff Handbook Guidelines.

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.



Salary: 7,850 EGP/month, rising to 8,350 EGP/month following successful completion three-month probationary period. Plus 4,020 EGP/year Health Coverage and 100 EGP/month Saving…

Level of Language Proficiency

Qualifications & Experience

The ideal candidate will be energetic, articulate, and comfortable interacting with diverse segments of society. They will have demonstrated a firm commitment to human rights and refugee issues with particular emphasis on children and young people.

Essential qualifications:

·        English being the official language of UNHCR Cairo and StARS, the Senior Legal Officer must be fluent in oral and written English.

·        Master’s degree in a related field (international development, international law, development studies, Middle East Studies) OR a qualified lawyer in any jurisdiction (J.D., LLB or equivalent) OR a minimum of one year of experience in representing refugees in the resettlement or Refugee Status Determination processes OR two years of experience providing direct representation to indigent people in any setting.

·        Excellent legal research and drafting skills.

·        Knowledge of UNHCR guidelines and procedures, as they relate to Refugee Status Determination and resettlement criteria.

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

·        A demonstrated commitment to and sensitivity toward vulnerable or displaced people, particularly children and young people.

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

·        Proven experience drafting client affidavits and legal arguments.

·        Ability to exercise sound legal judgment, well organized, self-motivated, and reliable.

·        Demonstrated compassion for refugees and displaced people.

·        Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.

·        Demonstrated ability to work in a team as well as individually.

·        A positive attitude and sensitive manner when dealing with clients including a range of interviewing skills for dealing with challenging scenarios, particularly in advocating for children and young people, survivors of violence, trafficking, torture, and sexual and gender-based violence.

Desirable Characteristics:

·        Fluency in Arabic or a refugee language is an advantage but not a requirement.

·        Experience representing or advocating or vulnerable children and young people in a legal context.

·        Experience designing and conducting trainings for non-technical audiences.

·        Managerial experience or familiarity with volunteer oversight.

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


Working Hours: The Senior Legal Officer for Unaccompanied Children and Youth is expected to be at work for 40 hours per week, between the hours of 9am and 5pm, from Sunday to Thursday. Longer hours, evening and weekend work are sometimes necessary. Work will be conducted both in StARS premises and also in refugee communities and centers.

Supervised by: Unaccompanied Children and Youth Legal Aid Program Coordinator

Closing date for applications: 18 April 2021

Anticipated Starting date: as soon as possible

Initial contract term: 12-months, renewable by agreement of both parties.

Qualifications & Experience

The ideal candidate will be energetic, articulate, and comfortable interacting with diverse segments of society. They will have demonstrated a…

Location

Temporarily Remote
Work may be performed anywhere in Egypt
Associated Location
38, 26th of July Street, (near Nasser Metro), Cairo 00000, EG

How to Apply

To apply: Please send a cover letter, your CV, and brief legal writing sample to applications@stars-egypt.org using the subject line “Senior Legal Officer for Unaccompanied Children and Youth”.

All applications should provide contact information of two professional/academic references (referees will only be contacted after an interview)

Note: Only short-listed applicants will be contacted for an interview. 

To apply: Please send a cover letter, your CV, and brief legal writing sample to applications@stars-egypt.org using the subject line “Senior Legal Officer for Unaccompanied…

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