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.
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.
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 undergo probation and regular performance appraisals.
· 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…
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…
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.
· 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.
· 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…
To apply: Please send a cover letter, your CV, and brief legal writing sample to email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org using the subject line “Senior Legal Officer for Unaccompanied…