- Company: HIAS
- Location: Kenya
- State: Nairobi
- Job type: Full-Time
- Job category: Legal Jobs in Kenya
HIAS is the global Jewish nonprofit organization that protects refugees-including women and children, and ethnic, religious, and sexual minorities-whose lives are in danger for being who they are.
HIAS seeks to recruit an Assistant Resettlement Officer; the incumbent will be expected to contribute towards meeting the departmental goals, aimed at promoting resettlement as a durable solution for the most at risk refugee populations. The Assistant Resettlement Officer is responsible for intake interviews, resettlement interviews, the analysis of claims and need for resettlement and the drafting of Refugee Resettlement Forms (RRFs). The Assistant Resettlement Officer should be qualified to represent HIAS resettlement clients in the Kenyan courts and provide legal information and assistance as it pertains to the client’s resettlement case. The Assistant Resettlement Officer will contribute to reporting for both internal HIAS purposes at the country and HQ levels and to donors. As part of the case management process, the Assistant Resettlement Officer with liaise with external referral stakeholders and partners and will conduct thorough case conferencing.
Duration: 7 months’ contract with possibility of renewal subject to availability of funding and performance.
Main Duties & Responsibilities
- Conduct resettlement interviews, analyse claims, and apply applicable international law in accordance with HIAS Standards Operating Procedures.
- Advise and represent clients in court for child custody matters.
- Draft Resettlement Referral Forms and send to the Resettlement Coordinator for review;
- Complete resettlement forms for submission to relevant Embassies;
- Follow up on status of cases from submission to departure; ensure effective in-country communication on the status and follow-up on persons of concern being considered for resettlement; ensure that records on individual cases are kept up-to-date;
- Keep the Resettlement Coordinator abreast of weekly resettlement activities during weekly departmental meetings and by-weekly case tracking;
- Conduct individual counselling to clients on the HIAS internal resettlement process and HIAS anti-fraud policy;
- Provide timely and accurate feedback and information to HIAS resettlement partners and stakeholders;
- Provide technical and administrative support for resettlement-related training activities
- Attend case counselling sessions for individual clients with the aim of providing clients with timely and accurate feedback on the status of their cases;
- Maintain a database and an individual case management strategy for cases under resettlement consideration;
- Update status of resettlement cases on the Case Management System
- Maintain accurate resettlement statistics as well as up-to-date records on individual cases; assist in the preparation of reports.
- Conduct follow up for cases referred to external referral partners and provide timely updates on the status of the follow ups;
- Attend theme group meetings with various stakeholders and report back during weekly departmental meetings;
- Assist in preparing a budget for resettlement activities as well as monitoring expenditures and accounting for the sam
- Facilitate and participate in trainings on resettlement and anti-fraud, including but not limited to preparing training materials and conducting research;
- Assist in the development of IEC materials on anti-fraud and resettlement case processing; and,
- Perform other duties as and when required;
- University Degree in Law.
- Must be an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya.
- Minimum of 3 years’ professional experience in working in refugee related context or in an NGO related context. Refugee Resettlement experience is preferred;;
- Knowledge of international legal framework governing refugees, human rights/human rights law preferred,
- Excellent written and oral communication skills, excellent interviewing and counselling skills and ability to interact with refugee populations, strong interpersonal and diplomacy skills,
- Strong computer skills, in particular Microsoft Office, excellent organizational and time management skills.
- Proficiency in English and Swahili required.