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Legal Manager – Detention

  • Full-time
  • Iraq
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International Rescue Committee hiring: Legal Manager – Detention

Iraq is emerging from over three years of civil war against the Islamic State and remains one of the most complex operating environments in the world. The devastating human consequences to huge numbers of people will endure for decades and the destruction of communities, livelihoods, homes and infrastructure will take years to repair. Over 4 million Iraqis have returned in the past year, but 1.9 million remain displaced. 230,000 Syrians continue to seek refuge in the Kurdish region. The new government will struggle to rebuild trust and restore basic services.

A lead responder in Iraq since 2003, the IRC delivers aid and services that help communities survive, recover, and gain control of their future. The IRC is providing robust programming across five governorates through women’s protection and empowerment, child protection and protection and rule of law programming; cash distributions and livelihoods programming in support of economic recovery and development; education programming; and integrated early childhood development programming. Our work spans emergency response to long-term programming supporting our clients to rebuild their lives.


The protection environment in Iraq remains challenging, with persons of concern facing varied protection risks exacerbated by their protracted displacement. Newly displaced Iraqis, as well as those who were formerly displaced, often lack access to critical documentation, basic social services, legal assistance and key information about their civil rights. The IRC’s Protection and Rule of Law (PRoL) Team in Iraq works to safeguard the human rights and wellbeing of those most affected.

In response to the high prevalence of arbitrary detention, there is a significant imperative to develop a suitable targeted response of legal assistance and direct representation for the detainees and people at high risk of detention for terrorism related offenses. The IRC legal and detention program has been a priority protection sector in Iraq, and we are committed to strengthening our efforts. As such, IRC Iraq has dedicated resources to fund a full-time Legal Manager. The overall aim of this three month short term employment, with possibility of extension, is to provide legal technical support and guidance to the re-starting of our detention programming as a pilot in Anbar and Kirkuk.

Key Responsibilities

Oversee the detention program implementation and coordination:

• Directly manage and oversee work of seven detention lawyers, monitoring quality of work and adherence to IRC Legal Assistance and Detention SoPs including code of conduct of lawyers.

• Monitor due diligence when selecting cases through the applicability of the eligibility criteria as outlined in the SoP.

• Capacity build/coach detention lawyers on best approach for safety, confidentiality and do no harm approach for detention clients

• Lead on meetings between senior management staff and judicial officials, prison officials, court investigators, etc, to sensitize them to the work of IRC and the eligibility criteria. Facilitation letters obtained from the High Criminal Court in Baghdad for IRC lawyers to represent such clients should be obtained.

• Facilitate regular contact with security focal points and monitor events affecting representation of such clients

• Oversee information management of detention pilot program, specifically ensuring detention lawyers upload cases to Commcare database in an adequate and timely manner, checking quality of information and approach from opening of cases to closure, and advising on corrective measures if applicable.

• Oversee budget management, ensuring detention lawyers abide by all IRC financial procedures.

• Conduct a monthly satisfaction survey with clients and/or their family members, analysis data and recommend course correction as necessary.

• Ensure satisfaction surveys for detention cases included in regular M&E processes

• Technical support and guidance where requested and needed to achieve these actions.

Review the project implementation and pilot viability:

• Regularly review progress of successful cases during the pilot, mitigation of risk factors and ensure implementation of course correction

• On conclusion of employment, outline recommendations for continuing implementation of detention programming in the future

• Review and recommend potential strategic programming for legal sector strengthening.

Key Working Relationships:

Direct Supervision: Directly reports to the IRC Protection Coordinator.

Direct Reports: Seven Detention Lawyers in Kirkuk and Anbar.

Close working relationship with: IRC Legal Team Leader and IRC Lawyers.

Close collaboration with: Judicial and Legal Sector governmental staff in Kirkuk and Anbar. Legal and Protection national and international NGOs.


• Law Master’s and/or Bachelor Degree

• At least three years of prior professional experience as a practicing lawyer or in a position where legal advice, counseling and assistance was frequently provided to vulnerable clients.

• Strong knowledge in International Law (Refugee law, Human Rights, IHL)

• Good protection background and knowledge of IDP context

• Experience working on detention cases in the Iraq context strongly preferred

• Knowledge of Arabic essential

• Excellent drafting and oral communication skills in English

• Strong interpersonal, intercultural and communication skills

• Demonstrated analytical skills and report writing experience required

• Willingness to travel internally in Iraq 60%

Working Environment, Security and Travel: This position is an unaccompanied post based in Ramadi, Anbar Iraq with frequent travel to Kirkuk and occasional travel to Erbil, Iraq and must comply with all IRC security policies and procedures applicable to international staff. The overall security situation in Anbar and Kirkuk is currently fairly stable but subject to change at any time.

Standards of Professional Conduct: The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in the IRC Way – Code of Conduct. These are Integrity, Service, and Accountability. In accordance with these values, the IRC operates and enforces policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Harassment-Free Workplace, Fiscal Integrity, Anti-Retaliation, Combating Trafficking in Persons and several others.

Gender Equality: IRC is committed to narrowing the gender gap in leadership positions. We offer benefits that provide an enabling environment for women to participate in our workforce including parental leave, gender-sensitive security protocols and other supportive benefits and allowances.

Returning National Candidates: We strongly encourage national or returning national candidates to apply for this position. If you are an Iraqi national, are currently located outside of your home country and possess at least three years of international work experience, the Syria Response Region has introduced an attractive remuneration package. The package includes competitive compensation, return flight to post, shipping allowance, temporary housing and a relocation allowance. Certain restrictions may apply. IRC strives to attract, motivate and retain qualified national staff in our programs.

IRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. IRC considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, disability or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

Application deadline: 20 Dec 2019

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