Position Title: Legal Officer
Reports To: Legal Team Leader
Application Closing Date 31 August 2022
About Heartland Alliance International
Heartland Alliance International’s (HAI) mission is to secure the rights and well-being of marginalized people and communities. HAI envisions a world in which those whose rights have been violated are safe and empowered to actively engage in their communities and be at the forefront of social change. In Iraq, HAI provides holistic services focusing on psychosocial support, legal aid, violence prevention, livelihoods strengthening, and social cohesion to diverse vulnerable populations.
This position will be directly supervised by the legal team leader, under the guidance of the project manager. The Lawyers (legal officers) will be responsible for implementation of protection programming meeting quality standards. The primary role will be monitoring the situation of PoC in terms access to legal services, freedom of movement and oversee protection monitoring and assessment activities, including compiling protection information, implementing solutions to key protection concerns, receiving legal cases and solving properly with free of charge, information dissemination based on needs identified through monitoring data. The legal officer will ensure proper coordination between all aspects of the protection program in the field allowing for an effective response while ensuring that principles of confidentiality and ethics are upheld throughout the program implementation. The legal officer will also ensure the quality and timely submission of all reporting tools and respond to requests for information in a timely fashion.
The Legal officer will be based in Kirkuk office with frequent travel to project target locations (like Sulaiman Beg) if security allows, and will work directly under the supervision of the Legal team leader to oversee legal activities. The Legal officer will ensure that all program activities will be implemented in line with the project work plan and in accordance with HAI and the donor’s standards and requirements
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
· Conduct individual sessions providing legal information and legal counseling for IDPs/Refugees, returnees and their families.
· Ensure completion of case intake forms of legal cases and regularly update the case trackers.
· Represent individual cases of clients in court, to government officials, security officials as needed.
· Present evidence to defend clients or prosecute defendants in criminal or civil litigation.
· Prepare documentation of legal proceedings.
· Perform administrative and management functions related to the practice of law.
· Capacity building and training to staff on confidentiality standards, including privacy and legal and constitutional rights of prisoners and detainees under Iraqi law;
· Advocate with different institutions and services providers to help beneficiaries to access needed resources and services.
· Participate in staff meetings, team building, and technical training and supervision meetings.
· Assist the Legal Team Leader in maintaining legal case documentation and oversee the development of case summaries;
· Conduct legal awareness sessions at camps and with host communities.
· Ensure monitoring and evaluation activities and reporting meet HAI’s standards and are completed on schedule;
· Supports compilation and writing of daily, monthly and quarterly updates.
· Coordinates with all stakeholders (Local authority, NGOs, etc.) and seeks out new partnerships and collaborations to improve service delivery.
· Participate in coordination meetings with sub-clusters and working groups covering Kirkuk governorate.
· Develop and maintain effective working relationship with stakeholders including partner agencies, local authorities, community leaders, NGOs and other service providers to improve service delivery.
Education and Experience:
· A bachelor degree in law.
· Minimum three years’ experience in providing legal aid services in humanitarian settings.
· Active member of the Iraqi Lawyers’ Syndicate.
· Strong analytical skills;
· A strong commitment to human rights and to implementation of international law.
· Demonstrated understanding of protection and ethical principles in humanitarian programming.
· Experience with Windows platform, including Word, PowerPoint, Excel, etc.
· Excellent oral communication skills.
· Excellent negotiation and relationship management skills, with the ability to proactively problem solve and find solutions
· Proven ability to calmly, professionally, and successfully manage multiple priorities
· Internet and Emailing skills.
· Ability to work as a member of a team essential and promote teamwork, comfortable in a multicultural environment.
· Positive, professional attitude, organized and prioritizes work under pressure, work overtime when necessary and be able to coordinate multiple tasks and maintain attention to detail.
Language Skills: Excellent command of English and Arabic are required and any local languages.
English Proficiency Level Required: Advanced
Arabic Proficiency Level Required: Native
Other Skills and Qualifications (required):
· Microsoft Office (e.g. Outlook, Word, PowerPoint), and other software applicable to the area of work.
· Proficiency in using the emails.
Competencies required for the job
Collaborative spirit and ability to work independently as well as in a team; commitment to knowledge sharing and teamwork; positive attitude and ability to see through challenges to find solutions; and strong interpersonal skills and an ability to clearly communicate, including complex concepts into layperson language.
Please send a cover letter (1 page maximum) explaining your interest and how your experience meets the qualifications required and a CV, to
indicating the vacancy job title in the subject line. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. If you do not hear back from us within 2 weeks, please consider your application unsuccessful.
Heartland Alliance makes all hiring and employment decisions without regard to race, creed, color, age, gender, gender identity, marital or parental status, religion, ancestry, national origin, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, sexual identity, immigrant status, political affiliation or belief, ex-offender status (depending on the offense and position to be filled), unfavorable military discharge, membership in an organization whose primary purpose is the protection of civil rights or improvement of living conditions and human relations, or HIV infection, in accord with the Organization's AIDS Policy Statement of September, 1987. Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodation should contact the Human Resources and Administration Office at (312) 660-1431.