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The Public Association “Law Centre of Advocates” is looking for a qualified person for a vacant position of Legal Counselor to support the “Legal assistance to refugees and asylum-seekers in Moldova” Project.

This is full-time employment.

The timeframe for the work of the Legal Counselor will be started in June 2019 to 31 December 2019.

The proposal should be submitted by e-mail:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Start date of the job: as soon as possible.

 

TERMS OF REFERENCE

Job title:

Legal Counselor to support the “Legal assistance to refugees and asylum-seekers” Project.

Duty station:

Chisinau, Moldova

Contract type:

Employment, full-time

Expected Duration of assessment:

Fixed term, 1 June to 31 December 2019, with the possibility of extension

Location:

Chisinau

Date of publication:

15 May 2019

Application Deadline:

28 May 2019

 Background

 

Law Center of Advocates (LCA) is a public association founded in 1997. LCA’s mission lies in the implementation of the projects and programs aimed at promoting Rule of Law, human rights, institution development, commenting on draft legislation; developing continuous training programs; and delivering legal assistance to all refugees, asylum seekers, beneficiaries of humanitarian protection and stateless persons.

LCA is a partner to UNHCR since 1998. With UNHCR support, LCA implements a legal assistance project aimed at the rights and well-being of people in need of international protection are in line with international and European standards.

The overall goals of the Project in 2019 are to improve authorities’ capacities to process asylum claims in line with international standards and increase the protection space for asylum seekers, refugees, and beneficiaries of humanitarian; maintain and further improve access to territory and asylum procedure of people in need of international protection; reduce the detention of asylum-seekers and end the detention of children; promote refugees’ integration; promote positive public attitudes towards UNHCR’s persons of concern; and improve relevant national capacities to support refugees and asylum seekers in Moldova.

 

Key areas of accountability

LCA is seeking job applications for a Legal Counselor in anticipation of a forthcoming 6 months UNHCR-funded Project.

- Assist all persons of concern ensuring timely high-quality protection information, counseling, assistance and representation at administrative stages of asylum/statelessness procedure; 

- Regularly visits for legal counseling sessions at Temporary Accommodation Centre for asylum-seekers (TAC);

- Conduct individual/family visits, interviews, and counseling in order to assess in practice the situation of asylum-seekers, refugees, beneficiaries of humanitarian protection and stateless persons;

- Refer persons of concern to relevant state authorities for any type of available assistance and monitor the access to the national social, legal, educational and medical assistance;

- Facilitate the communication between persons of concern and state institutions;

- Communicate with persons of concern and explain how to access the state services (legal; social; educational and medical assistance).

 

Institutional arrangements:

All communications and documentation related to the assignment are in English and Romanian.

 

Management Arrangements:

The legal counselor will work under the guidance of LCA Project Coordinator and LCA Executive Director.

 

Qualifications and skills required:

Academic Qualifications:

  • University degree, preferably in international law or human rights law.

Experience and knowledge:

  • Knowledge of Word, PowerPoint, and Excel (using for reporting and presentation)
  • Good organizational and time-management abilities.

Competencies:

  • Good analytical skills and good oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work effectively under stress and in crisis situations.
  • Cultural and gender awareness.
  • Fluency in Romanian, Russian and English languages.
  • Driver license.

 

Proven commitment to the core values of the United Nations, in particular, respecting differences of culture, gender, religion, ethnicity, nationality, language, age, HIV status, disability, and sexual orientation, or another status.

 

The LCA is committed to workforce diversity. Women and men, persons with disabilities, Roma and other ethnic or religious minorities, persons living with HIV, as well as refugees and other non-citizens legally entitled to work in the Republic of Moldova, are particularly encouraged to apply.

 

Documents to be included when submitting the application:

Interested applicants are invited to send their curriculum vitae and cover letter in English to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  by 28 May 2019 (16:00, local time) or Address for submission: 8, Vlaicu Parcalab str., Chisinau, Republic of Moldova, with the subject line: “Legal Counselor, UNHCR Project”.

 

For additional information, please contact us by using the email address provided or by phone at 022 240-898, contact person – Natalia Postaru – Project coordinator.

 

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