ICLA Officer

Norwegian Refugee Council, Mazar, Afghanistan

Skill Required:, Policy/ Advocacy and Campaign
Preferred Experience: 
3 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
29th February, 2020

Job Description

Purpose of the Job:

The Information Counselling and Legal Assistance (ICLA Housing, Land and Property- Task Force (HLP-TF) Co-Lead Officer in short ICLA Officer will strengthen advocacy, policy, legal development and dispute resolution related to housing, land and property rights by ensuring effective coordination of monitoring, reporting, analysis, response and capacity building. The ICLA Officer is responsible for ensuring all ICLA activities comply with the NRC Code of Conduct, national law, donor requirements, and ICLA’s overall objective, which is ensuring that affected people by displacement can access their right to a durable solution.
Duties and responsibilities

Generic responsibilities

  • Ensure adherence with NRC policies, tools, handbooks and guidelines
  • Implement delegated ICLA project portfolio according to plan of action
  • Prepare and develop status reports as required by management
  • Ensure proper filing of documents
  • Ensure that projects target beneficiaries most in need, and explore and asses new and better ways to assist
  • Development of holistic and needs based programmes, including cash-based interventions and marked based programmes
  • Promote and share ideas for technical improvement

Specific responsibilities

  • To make sure and based on the action plan, providing information, counselling and legal assistance on house, land property (HLP) and legal civil documentation (LCD) to refugee returnees, IDPs and host community (beneficiaries) consistent with the applicable laws, procedures and current referral system (update on actor mapping), communication with representative of IDPs is a must;
  • To make sure delivering legal assistance on HLP and LCD for the targeted beneficiaries
  • Make sure to liaise with governmental and nongovernmental organizations to create and maintain a network of organizations to which returnees and IDPs can be referred;
  • Make sure to collect and record information about the socio-economic, security and general conditions within the ICLA’s program strategy and approach for returnees and IDPs;
  • Make sure to maintain and update standard hard filing from the caseload activities;
  • Shall be remained updated on current legislation and legal developments in Afghanistan, international protection frameworks and human rights laws
  • Participates in field visits for identification and follow up of activities, when scheduled.
  • Participates in preparation of monthly reports, thematic reports, and correspondence with government officials and international organizations
  • Bring humanitarian, protection and essential problems and experience of returnees before and after return to the attention of NRC and relevant departments/stakeholders through referral system
  • Shall represent NRC in national and international meetings, when requested and promote exchange of information with relevant external actors
  • Participate in NRC staff seminars and training, when scheduled
  • Make sure to respect the anonymity of clients approaching NRC and the confidentiality of information received from any clients all the time
  • Shall be inclusive for close co-operation with NRCs other core competencies including needs assessments and identifying beneficiaries where appropriate
  • Ensure the inclusion of cash-based interventions and marked based programmes in country and area-based strategies and their implementation across and within NRC’s core competencies
  • Provide an enabling environment for the implementation of cash-based interventions, including multi-purpose cash assistance, emergency cash responses
  • Any other tasks as instructed by immediate superior


  • Bachelor Degree in Law, Political Science and international Relation.
  • At least three years’ experience in legal-HLP, advocacy or coordination.
  • Experience working with UN agencies is a plus
  • Understanding and respect for humanitarian work, particularly relating to refugee and displacement issues
  • Excellent English skills and fluency in Dari and Pashto
  • Excellent report-writing abilities in English

Personal qualities

  • Excellent understanding of housing, land and property rights
  • Significant experience in humanitarian operations particularity in legal and advocacy fields
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including capacity to negotiate with government and non-government stakeholders
  • Knowledge of cash-based interventions and market based programmes
  • Ability to work under stressful conditions
  • Willingness and ability to travel regularly to the field independently is essential


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