ICLA Paralegals Jowhar

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)



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NRC has been active in Somalia since 2004 providing protection and humanitarian assistance to refugees, internally displaced persons and returnees. NRC offers a comprehensive response for returnees and IDPs of high need, addressing their food security, livelihood, shelter, education, ICLA, and water, hygiene and sanitation needs and also responding to emergencies through NRC’s five core competences; Shelter, Education, Food Security and Livelihoods, WASH and Information, Counselling and Legal Assistance (ICLA).

The Paralegal will work with the Information and Counselling Assistance (ICLA) team to provide quality information and counselling to beneficiaries and, through this work, better understand the protection situation for the communities affected.  The paralegal will assist with providing ICLA services in the community as outreach throughout the working area, as organized by the ICLA teams.

Role and responsibilities

  • Engage in extensive community outreach and monitoring exercises within selected settlements  to identify, report and refer cases in line with ICLA project objectives
  • The paralegal is responsible for responsible for preparing accurate, honest, and timely reports of their individual activities. In particular this includes maintaining signed records of the engagement and activities with the community.
  • The paralegal is also encouraged to prepare written reports of the results of their activities, assessments and observations.
  • Assist with provision of information and counselling for beneficiaries in the community through extensive outreach work in and around settlements, including throughout the working area.
  • Conduct individual and group information sessions as outreach ICLA services with identified communities throughout the working area.
  • Identify cases and document Housing, Land and Property cases
  • Assist with preparation of outreach work and materials.
  • Assist in conducting and preparing mapping of relevant services being provided and updating it on a weekly basis.
  • Assist in preparing for and conducting regular assessments (including focus group discussions, interviews, questionnaires, etc.).
  • Assist with provision of general group information sessions.
  • Assist with using clear and strong referral mechanisms with counterparts in other organisations/agencies (national and international).
  • Assist with planning work on weekly and monthly basis.
  • Contribute to preparation of relevant documents (including brochures, information notes, information board updates) for target communities.
  • Understand and be able to explain to others work of NRC core competencies.
  • Work closely and coordinate with other NRC staff at field level.
  • Receive technical input from ICLA South and Central Somalia team.
  • Work cooperatively with the beneficiaries and other relevant stakeholders to strengthen the project.
  • Assist with monitoring and following-up on the quality of services provided at the community/settlements and as outreach.
  • Report weekly & monthly (or more often, if required) on activities and results to the relevant NRC ICLA staff.
  • Carry out administrative tasks as agreed upon.
  • Perform any other task as assigned by supervisor

Personal qualities

  •  High school degree. University degree is added advantage.
  • Good community mobilization skills, and ability to resolve individual and group conflicts.
  • Good computer skills and proficiency in Microsoft Office Applications is required
  • Strong organizational and team working skills
  • Good cultural awareness and sensitivity
  • Highly approachable, trustworthy and confidential
  • Knowledge of the NGO operations and the dynamics of the humanitarian sector is a plus
  • Experience in providing information and counseling services.
  • Experience in providing legal aid services and experience delivering legal project in secure environments.
  • A good understanding of the court and legal system in Somalia
  • Experience in community outreach
  • Experience working in a legal environment.
  • Experience in community sensitization/mobilization
  • Excellent writing and reporting skills
  • Experience in case management and documentation
  • Flexibility.
  • Prospective candidates must have strong interpersonal skills as well as good qualitative and quantitative skills.

Duty station: Jowhar

Travel:  paralegals might be asked to travel to field locations when engaged.

Duration and type of contract: short term contracts that are need based.

Key Information – Please Take Note When Applying

  • Apply by completing all the system-required fields of your experience, employment history, and education in your application.
  • Ensure to attach your latest CV.
  • Submit your application and CV in English.
  • When creating your profile, include your full name as per your passport.
  • Incomplete, email and paper applications will not be considered.
  • Candidates are encouraged to apply early, as applications may be screened prior to the vacancy deadline.
  • Applications that do not meet the minimum standards in terms of experience or qualifications will generally not be considered.
  • Unsolicited applications not related to this specific job advertisement will not be considered.
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. We receive many applicants for each vacant position.
The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is an independent humanitarian organisation helping people forced to flee. We work in crises across more than 31 countries, providing emergencies and long-term assistance to millions of people every year. We stand up for people forced to flee, advocating their rights. NORCAP, our global provider of expertise, helps improve international and local ability to prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from crises. NRC also runs the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre in Geneva, a global leader in reporting on and advocating for people displaced within their own country.
Employment with NRC may lead to employment in or deployment to Regions, Countries, Areas or Offices that may be host to considerable health, safety and security risks. NRC takes this very seriously and we have procedures in place to reduce known risks, but will never be able to take away all risks.
NRC is an equal opportunities employer and aims to have staffing diversity in terms of age, gender, ethnicity, nationality and physical ability.

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