Job Title: Legal Fellow
Organization: Hebrew Immigration Aid Society (HIAS)
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
HIAS protects refugees—including women and children, and ethnic, religious, and sexual minorities—whose lives are in danger for being who they are. Guided by our Jewish values and history, we help refugees rebuild their lives in safety and advocate to ensure that all displaced people are treated with dignity, regardless of ethnicity, religion, or place of birth. Throughout the United States, we help refugees reunite with families, resettle and become self-sufficient
Job Summary: The Legal Fellow will provide support to the global refugee rights programs particularly through conducting interviews with refugees, carrying out legal and country conditions research, providing other resettlement-related legal services, and increase HIAS’ capacity to prepare resettlement cases for direct submission to the US and Canada for resettlement. The Legal Fellow will also assist with other resettlement-related activities, including case identification and review.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
- Carries out interviews with refugees identified by UNHCR and HIAS partners to be in need of third country resettlement (including refugees who are survivors of torture or sexual and gender-based violence, those with serious medical conditions, unaccompanied children, single-parent heads of households, women most at risk, older refugees, sexual and gender minorities, and other refugees who meet refugee resettlement criteria).
- The incumbent prepares refugee case files to be submitted by HIAS to third countries for resettlement.
- Conducts legal research and analysis of refugee-related matters, including of country conditions in refugee-producing countries.
- Drafts memos and other legal documents in support of refugee resettlement claims.
- Follows the status of refugee clients’ resettlement cases and meets with them to provide updates.
- Maintains file management protocols, by entering case information in client database.
- Quickly responds to inquiries from various internal and external stakeholders.
- Attends refugee-related meetings and conferences.
- Performs other tasks as necessary.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
- The applicant should hold an undergraduate degree in political science, international relations or a related field; completion of at least two years of an advanced degree in law.
- Previous legal interviewing skills a plus, particularly with vulnerable persons.
- Excellent research, writing and communication skills.
- Familiarity with refugee law and resettlement programs preferred; knowledge of refugee crises and human rights issues in Africa preferred.
- Proven ability to work as part of a multi-agency team in a multicultural environment, with sensitivity to age, gender and diversity.
- Excellent time management and organizational skills; able to work in a fast paced environment.
NB: Please be advised that there is no relocation or housing assistance provided for this position and it is an unpaid fellowship.
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified applicants should upload an updated resume and cover letter at the web link below.
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Deadline: 30th June 2016
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