Protection Assistant

Danish Refugee Council

Baghdad, Iraq

Experience: 3 to 5 Years

Skill Required: Media and Communication

This role has a focus on Salah Al Din and ensures compliance to DRC procedures and guidelines within DRC Iraq and the Salah Al Din area office. The role contributes to the implementation of protection strategies for Salah Al Din – Balad, which are translated into action plans and day-to-day tasks.
Main Responsibilities:
Provision of legal aid:
  • Provide legal services, in line with DRC Iraq guidance and standard operating procedure (SOP) to community members of different ages (youth, adults and older persons), gender (men and women) and abilities (including people with disabilities).
  • At all times, respect information management principles and guiding protection principles.
  • Disseminate accurate and impartial information to the beneficiaries through individual counselling, collective/group events, advisories, and leaflets.
  • Identification of people in need of individual legal aid (legal counseling or legal representation) and ensure timely response.
  • Identification of vulnerable people in need of individual protection support (case management and/or individual protection assistance), ensure timely referral and coordinate on multidisciplinary response.
  • Report urgent and high-risk cases to Protection Team Leader.
  • Undertake individual sessions providing legal information and legal counseling as per the established work plan.
  • Provide legal representative services to qualifying individuals, including for civil documentation, and housing, land, and property issues.
  •  Assess whether selected beneficiaries qualify for financial assistance under the legal aid program fund to cover costs related to resolving legal issues.
  • Conduct regular visits to targeted field locations.
  • Participate in internal and external trainings, as requested by the Protection Team Leader.
  • Support capacity building activities of community groups, civil society organizations and local NGOs.
  • Remain up to date on legal procedure and policy developments, providing Legal officer with situation reports as needed.
  • Provide inputs for an up-to-date service mapping of the service providers operating in the area.
Administrative:
  • Ensure all legal aid activities are recorded and documented accurately and in a timely fashion on DRC Iraq’s IM system.
  • Maintain legal aid case files up to date and ensure information management principles are respected at all times.
  • Provide inputs to internal/external reports at the request of the Protection Team Leader and Project Manager – Protection.
  • Support MEAL team with implementation of evaluations and surveys.
  • Produce activity reports as required by Protection Team Leader.
  • Support Protection Team Leader with administrative tasks including purchase requests to supply chain.
Other:
  • Ensure compliance with DRC guidelines and policies on HR, admin, finance, and supply.
  • Ensure adherence to DRC national staff policy guidelines and Code of Conduct.
  • Ensure compliance with DRC AGD policy and AGD programmatic minimum standards.
  • Ensuring compliance with the zero-tolerance to Sexual Exploitation and Abuse policy.
  • Perform any other relevant tasks as requested by the Protection Team Leader.
Required experience and competencies:
  • Minimum 1 year of relevant work experience in the legal sector, with experience in INGOs/NGOs and Companies law, Labor law & workers' rights. Internship/work experience accrued during legal studies is also accepted.
  • Experience in facilitation of legal awareness session and the delivery of legal counseling to vulnerable groups is preferred.
  • Understanding of protection principles, protection minimum standards
  • Excellent IT skills (Microsoft Excel, Outlook, Word and PowerPoint)
  • Excellent communication and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and always prioritize the safety and dignity of beneficiaries.
  • Ability to work flexible hours.
  • Fluency in Arabic
  • Ability to communicate and write in English