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Governorate Erbil
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Nationality National
Working Hours Full Time
Posted 2017-10-13
Minimum Education Bachelor Degree
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Minimum Experience 3 Year
Required Travel 75%
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No Of Jobs 2
Published Date 2017-10-13
Deadline Date 2017-11-10
[Erbil,Iraq ]

Nonviolent Peaceforce (NP) envisions a worldwide culture of peace where conflicts within and between communities and nations are managed through nonviolent means.  NP is a global civil society organisation that works with people affected by violent conflicts to enhance their security and dignity through unarmed civilian protection (UCP) and by helping to transform the world’s response to conflict situations




Iraq has one of the highest rates of enforced disappearances in the world. The United Nations has received 200,000 allegations of such violations over the past ten years, while the International Commission of Missing Persons estimates more than one million. Enforced disappearances have continued - and may have increased - since the war against ISIS began, with various armed in control of the country and the prolific use of secret detention centers. Enforced disappearances is consistently flagged as one of the most urgent protection issues by communities themselves, and addressing these concerns is crucial to the long-term stability of Iraq. While this violation affects all Iraqis - irrespective of age, gender, religion, or ethnicity - the humanitarian protection response has not matched needs on the ground due to the sensitivity of the issue.



In light of this situation, NP is launching a Mobile Detentions Team that aims to reduce the risk of arbitrary detention of persons and increase protection for detainees and their family members. The team will focus on documenting, monitoring, and referring cases of arbitrary detention and enforced disappearances to appropriate actors while ensuring that families are aware of their relatives’ whereabouts and available legal resources. Under this program, NP will also facilitate reunification and communications between family members.




Under the overarching supervision of the Mobile Detentions Team Leader, the Legal Advisor is responsible for providing technical expertise in order to support the achievement of the program’s three core goals:



  1. Strengthened coordination and partnerships on the situation of detentions;
  2. Enhanced access to protection and legal assistance for detainees and for those at risk of being detained;
  3. Family reunifications and linkages supported.




  1. Provide technical advice and guidance concerning assessment and analysis of detention and related criminal justice systems; actively participate in activities related to detention, assisting the Mobile Detentions Team and its partners in developing its capacity to understand the underlying or systemic causes of humanitarian protection problems.
  2. Provide technical advice and guidance concerning the management and operation of detention sites and related criminal justice systems, both formal and informal.
  3. Provide advice on how to best advocate with authorities at various levels to ensure compliance with internationally recognized standards and improve relevant aspects of detention.
  4. Develop productive relationships with authorities at various levels in order to gather information on conditions of detention, and to trace, communicate with, and gain access to detained individuals.
  5. Prepare, review, or edit information products for both NP and the humanitarian community, such as situation reports, context analyses, security briefings, detention hotspot maps, and detention center profiles.
  6. Assist in continuous development and implementation of the Mobile Detention Team’s current strategy.
  7. In line with NP’s strategy, develop and maintain relationships with a range of authorities, professional organizations, stakeholders and interlocutors in the country.
  8. Contribute to the development and implementation of capacity building programs, as necessary.
  9. Participate in external meetings where detention systems and related issues are discussed.
  10. Develop comprehensive knowledge of the programming and engagement of other actors active in detention-related issues.



Proactive engagement and relationship building with armed actors, IDPs, government officials, national and international INGOs, service providers, etc. are key elements of the job, as this ensures a broad understanding and acceptance of NP’s work on the ground, which is essential for access and security.

Qualifications & Preferred Skills



     Demonstrated experience in conducting analysis of detention related and/or criminal justice systems in conflict affected and fragile states.

     Demonstrated experience in developing protection risk analyses as a framework for decision making.

     Demonstrated skills in developing materials for and delivering capacity building workshops. 

     Proven team leadership skills and demonstrated ability to support and advise staff on program issues. 

     Strong understanding of the disappearances/detention environment in Iraq. 

     Strong understanding of humanitarian protection issues relating to vulnerable IDPs, returnees, and detention law. 

     Proven experience in operating within a confidential and politically sensitive service environment and managing sensitive and confidential material. 

     Proven capacity to work independently and within a team environment with limited supervision. 

     Demonstrated competency working in a computerised environment (MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook, and ability to learn new database applications where required). 

     Ability to work within NP Principles in a demanding and politically sensitive environment.




     Minimum bachelor’s degree level or equivalent in a relevant field (law, criminal justice, human rights, etc.)

     Preferred: postgraduate degree in law

     Minimum three years of relevant professional experience

     Preferred: Experience in IDP and/or refugee camps

     Preferred: Experience as a lawyer or paralegal in a humanitarian setting

     Experience in building capacity of national staff members and national organizations, and providing advice at both the policy and operational levels

     Knowledge of Iraq’s criminal justice system operations and detention-related procedures

     Knowledge of main humanitarian protection problems linked with conflict-related detention; in particular, but not exclusively, vulnerable groups,

     Fluent in Arabic and/or Kurdish, with excellent command of English

     Preferred: Experience working in different parts of Iraq and/or a wide network in these areas would be an asset

     Fully conversant with IT tools

     Experience working under pressure in potentially dangerous environments




     Excellent legal/technical research skills

     Ability to assume responsibility and autonomy

     Ability to adapt to changing situations and react adequately

     Understanding of security risks and capacity to follow security rules and procedures

     Excellent analytical and organizational skills

     Teamwork and collaboration

     Strong communication skills

     Ability to work in a multicultural environment, with multidisciplinary teams


     Beneficiary focus

     Ability to work in remote areas with few amenities



How To Apply


Applications will be processed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. This is an urgent post - priority will be given to applicants who can deploy within one month of recruitment.

Send CV and Letter of Motivation describing your interest and suitability for the position to:

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