Legal Aid Officer
Danish Refugee Council (DRC)
The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is recruiting a Legal Aid Officer,
to be based in Larisa, Greece.
- The Danish Refugee Council assists refugees and internally displaced persons across the globe: we provide emergency aid, fight for their rights, and strengthen their opportunity for a brighter future. We work in conflict-affected areas, along the displacement routes, and in the countries where refugees settle. In cooperation with local communities, we strive for responsible and sustainable solutions. We work toward successful integration and – whenever possible – for the fulfillment of the wish to return home.
The Danish Refugee Council was founded in Denmark in 1956 and has since grown to become an international humanitarian organization with more than 8,000 employees and also 8,000 volunteers, while managing a turnover of over 400 million Euro. Based in Copenhagen (Denmark) and present in forty countries, the Danish Refugee Council is a non-profit-making, politically independent, nongovernmental and non-denominational relief organization. The Danish Refugee Council is Denmark’s largest humanitarian NGO and has been ranked the 3rd best NGO in the world in 2018 (for the six consecutive years, the organization is among the top five of the NGO Advisor Annual List).
Our vision is a dignified life for all displaced. All our efforts are based on our value compass: humanity, respect, independence and neutrality, participation, and honesty and transparency.
DRC has been operating in Greece since November 2015, providing support to the Greek Ministry of Migration Policy in ensuring dignified reception conditions for refugees and migrants arriving on Lesvos island. In March 2016, DRC expanded its operations in Athens, in response to the changing context and the build-up of refugee population on mainland Greece.
- DRC Greece is looking to recruit a qualified, flexible and enthusiastic professional to work for its office in Larissa (Central Greece) as a Legal Aid Officer. Under the line management of the Legal Aid Team Leader, and under the supervision of the Field Protection Manager, the Legal Aid Officer will receive referred cases to be followed up on site, provide individual counselling and case management as well as deliver info sessions on asylum related legal matters and assist with different cases regarding the rights of applicants of international protection and refugees, in close coordination with the DRC Protection Teams. Furthermore, the Legal Aid Officer will develop and maintain good relations with the persons of concern, relevant stakeholders and other humanitarian actors, to support high quality implementation and coordination of DRC’s Protection and Legal Aid activities.
- Work in close cooperation with our legal aid partners and thereby continuously monitor and document the needs of the persons of concern.
- Identify cases in need of legal aid to be referred.
- Collaborate with legal aid partners to provide individual counselling and information about international protection, including access to asylum, and asylum and immigration procedures.
- Provide individual counselling and legal assistance to Persons of Concern in asylum and family reunification related cases as well as in administrative procedures regarding issuing birth certificate, tax number, work permit and the like.
- Monitor and analyse the legal procedures followed by the implementation of law 4357/2016 within Central Greece for management, program and advocacy purposes.
- Provide group legal info sessions regarding the asylum procedures, rights and obligations of international protection applicants or other relevant legal topics.
- Provide legal aid statistics.
- Represent DRC in Protection meetings as required.
- Any other duties as may be assigned, relevant to the achievement of protection objectives.
- Law degree and relevant experience with refugee/migration law and humanitarian law.
- Excellent verbal and written English and Greek skills.
- Working knowledge of French, Arabic or Farsi is an added advantage.
- At least three years working experience in a related field; previous working experience with local or international NGOs will be considered as a strong advantage.
- Strong computer skills.
- High professional ethics.
- Striving for excellence.
- Taking the lead.
- Demonstrating Integrity.
- Ability to work in a multinational and multicultural environment.
- Proactivity, with a sound commitment to teamwork and with a spirit of genuine collaboration.
- Strong initiative and self-motivated, with a strong commitment to humanitarian principle and high sense of ethics.
- Excellent communication skills, as well as patience and politeness, are needed.
- Ability to cope with high workload and stress and identify priority activities and assignments, and adjust priorities as required.
- Multi-tasking and organizational skills are must.
- The contract will be under the Greek Labor Law, and all allowances will be provided to the employees (Christmas, Easter, Vacation bonus).
- Additionally, the employee will be entitled to receive a DRC mobile phone and a laptop.
- DRC provides training opportunities to develop and strengthen the quality of its services as well as its staff members’ professional and personal development.
- The position will be based in Larisa (Central Greece) and national terms and conditions apply.
- All applicants must send a cover letter and an updated CV (no longer than four pages). Both must be in English.
- Indicate the source of the job vacancy in your application: douleuw.gr.
- Due to the urgency of the position DRC reserves the right to recruit a candidate who matches the required profile before the above deadline.
- DRC provides equal opportunity in employment and prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of race, sex, color, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability. DRC encourages all applicants to apply and does not practice any discrimination in any recruitment process. However, applicants must be aware that DRC cannot systemically sponsor non-EU citizen or non-Greek resident for all the steps of legal process to get a work permit and/or a residency permit in Greece.