Job Title: Lawyer (National)

Location: Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (KRI), with frequent travel to Dohuk and Sulimaniyah

Type of position: Full time

Length of Contract: Twelve months

Posted: June 6, 2018

Start Date: ASAP


About SEED Foundation:

SEED Foundation (SEED) is a registered charity organization in Erbil, Kurdistan Region of Iraq, whose mission is to promote the Kurdistan Region’s (KRI) social, educational and economic development, human rights, and to address the humanitarian needs of the residents of the region. SEED works with survivors of violence, trafficking, and conflict in the KRI to help them rebuild their lives. SEED takes a comprehensive approach to recovery, integrating psychotherapy and case management services with a range of vocational, educational, and recreational activities to reduce symptoms of trauma, empower and protect survivors, and improve individual and family well-being. SEED also works to improve the skills of local psychologists and other service providers through education, training, and supervision programs to better equip providers to help individuals and communities heal. Finally, SEED works with local institutions and others to promote laws, policies, and procedures that promote human rights and the protection of the most vulnerable. Our work reflects international best practices and expertise, combined with local know-how and understanding.

Role of the Lawyer:

We are seeking to hire a national lawyer to advise, assist, and represent vulnerable individuals including survivors and those at-risk of rights violations and advocate for government reform to build better systems of protection for those vulnerable to and survivors of violence. The successful candidate will be an experienced lawyer with prior experience in advising, assisting, and representing vulnerable clients in criminal, civil, and personal status matters including securing legal documentation to access government benefits. Additionally, the successful candidate will have experience reviewing legislation, government regulations and policies, and making recommendations for changes, and working with the government offices and ministries. We are looking for a compassionate, confident, dynamic person who is able to independently manage policy and government reform initiatives as well as a caseload with minimal supervision. The successful candidate will have a strong understanding of human rights and value client confidentiality in all matters.

Specific Tasks:

  • Provide information to clients regarding their rights, explain options, advise on legal matters and expectations, and assist clients in meeting their protection goals
  • Use trauma informed interviewing techniques to understand clients’ circumstances and needs
  • Manage legal protection cases for individual clients including setting case plans, drafting representations on behalf of clients, preparing client statements, thoroughly preparing for and representing clients in court, drafting appeals, and maintaining detailed and accurate case notes and files
  • Interview witnesses and prepare witness statements
  • Instruct expert witnesses and expert reports
  • Liaise closely with multidisciplinary team including social workers and doctors to obtain all required information and ensure clients’ needs are comprehensively met
  • Conduct legal research and draft legal memos
  • Assist in developing and implementing public awareness campaigns and trainings regarding human rights, government benefits available, and other relevant protection topics
  • Lead legislative review and work with multidisciplinary team to make policy and regulatory recommendations to ensure robust human rights legislation and strengthen implementation of the law; as well as policies and procedures of government institutions
  • Identify gaps in knowledge and supervision in legal services among key stakeholders and provide training, as assigned
  • Represent SEED Foundation in meetings, as assigned, and maintain relationships with key stakeholders
  • Ensure monitoring and evaluation activities and reporting requirements are met, per SEED’s standards
  • Perform other relevant duties, as assigned

Essential criteria

  • Degree in Iraqi law and 3 years of experience, experience in human rights law required.
  • Strong knowledge of criminal, civil, and personal status law.
  • At least 2 years experience in working on human rights at an international or local NGO
  • Ability to think creatively to solve problems and devise innovative legal arguments.
  • Highly motivated and able to exercise initiative in a fast-paced environment.
  • Excellent organizational skills, ability to multi-task, and pay attention to detail.
  • Strong belief in human rights and gender equality.
  • Good interpersonal skills including ability to gain trust and build relationships.
  • Excellent written and oral English, Arabic and Kurdish language skills.
  • Good computer skills.
  • Ability to work in a stressful setting and adapt quickly to changing environments.

To Apply

Please email the following to using “Lawyer” and “Your FULL NAME” as the subject of your email.

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • three references with complete contact information

Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Only complete applications will be reviewed.

NO CALLS PLEASE. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.