Protection Legal Counsellor

GOAL, Sanliurfa, Turkey
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Job Summary

Job Description

GOAL an International Humanitarian Organisation has had a presence in Turkey since 2013 and has been contributing to the migrant response since 2016 with a focus on responding to needs in health service delivery, social safety nets and the protection of vulnerable and marginalised migrants in southern Turkey.

GOAL has been working in Syria since 2013, responding to the acute needs of conflict-affected communities. GOAL is working in Idleb Governate, both through direct implementation and through partners, delivering food, non-food programming to highly vulnerable populations, and provision of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) through support to Water units, as well as emergency support to recently displaced households.

Job purpose:

The position will be based in Şanlıurfa. Under the supervision of the Protection Manager, Legal Counsellor will be responsible ensure quality implementation of legal protection activities in Şanlıurfa as per Protection Best Practices and Guidance document developed by GOAL.

Duties, objectives and competencies

  • Provide legal and other relevant information to beneficiaries in person, on the phone and by email etc.
  • Research individual cases, assess problems and identify possible courses of action together with the client;
  • Provide awareness raising session legal content, keep it updated, train the Protection Team to disseminate the information.
  • Ensure that at all times beneficiaries are aware of what options are available to them and that they are empowered to pursue chosen options and assisted to access resources.
  • Produce information for protection publications, leaflets etc.
  • Advocate and make representations to mainstream service providers on behalf of beneficiaries.
  • Refer beneficiaries to other sources of help, for example solicitors, social workers or special case workers who may represent the client in court, at tribunals or other official bodies.
  • Liaise with other internal departments and external organizations on behalf of beneficiaries.
  • Keep up to date with appropriate legislation and policies regarding Syrian refugees and refugees living in Turkey in general.
  • Interpret and explain legislation, official documents or the content of letters to beneficiaries.
  • To work on a flexible basis by performing other tasks not included above, but as necessitated by the needs and changing circumstances.
  • To keep up-to-date with legislation and policy relevant to the post to ensure effectiveness and competence in delivering a high-quality service.
  • To work in partnership with service providers and key stakeholders to provide a holistic approach to meet service beneficiaries needs.
  • In coordination with team leadership, assist with broader advocacy efforts as requested by collecting case data, writing reports, briefings, articles and case profiles.
  • Understand and follow up on activities and assess progress of implementation, provide solutions and report issues when needed
  • Develop and maintain effective working relationships, including service as referral focal points, with relevant stakeholders including partner agencies, community leaders and service providers
  • Participate in IPA meetings
  • Support Protection staff through the provision of technical support and guidance on legal aid.
  • Contribute to monthly and ad hoc reports.
  • Ensure impartiality, and confidentiality of beneficiaries, at all times, is respected
  • Any other duties related to the nature of the job as directed by the supervisor.

Requirements (essential)

  • Turkish Citizenship
  • University in Law degree; ability to practice law in Turkey, active member of Turkish Bar Association.
  • Strong communication skills, both verbal and written in English and Turkish. Arabic is an asset.
  • Experience of community-based programs, social work and/or field case management experience,
  • 3 years’ work experience in NGO (in paid or voluntary capacity) preferably experience in Southeast of Turkey and/or with semi-nomadic groups is an asset.
  • Understands rights and protection issues of refugees, children and women.
  • Proven communication, interpersonal, representation skills.
  • Level of knowledge and practice with Word, Excel, Outlook, etc. required.

General terms and conditions

GOAL has a Staff Code of Conduct and a Child Protection Policy, which have been developed to ensure the maximum protection of programme participants and children from exploitation. GOAL also has a confidentiality policy ensuring the non-disclosure of any information whatsoever relating to the practices and business of GOAL, acquired in the course of duty, to any other person or organisation without authority, except in the normal execution of duty. Any candidate offered a job with GOAL will be expected to adhere to these policies any job offer made is also subject to police clearance. GOAL is an equal opportunities employer.

This Job Description only serves as a guide for the position available. GOAL reserves the right to change this document. Any published closing dates are estimated. Due to the nature of GOAL’s work we aim to fill vacancies as quickly as possible. This means that we will close adverts as soon as we have found the right candidate and this may be before the published closing date. We would therefore advise interested applicants to submit an application as early as possible.

Interested? Then apply for this position by clicking on the apply now button and fill out the application form. All applicants must send a cover letter and an updated CV (no longer than four pages). Both must be in English. Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Applications close 23 April 2019.

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