Job Title: ASC Lawyer Team Leader – Eπικεφαλής Δικηγόρων
Status: Full Time (morning or evening shift)
Start date: ASAP
Child Safeguarding Policy
|Level 2||The job holder will have sporadic contact with children|
Position Summary: The leader of the ASC lawyers team will provide legal counselling and case management for all walk-in ASC beneficiaries or referred beneficiaries, including from SN’s mobile teams.
The team leader will identify vulnerabilities in order to link up eligible cases with support and aid available, and will facilitate the implementation of SN’s protection program. The team leader will also be responsible for monitoring the attendance of other lawyers of the ASC legal team.
Legal Services Provision
- Provide legal counselling in areas of civil, criminal and family law to walk-in beneficiaries, irrespective of background.
- Provide individual counselling on the asylum procedure/international protection/refugee laws and individual rights, follow up on cases regarding the European Relocation scheme, Family Reunification, and other cases that need legal assistance. Provide legal assistance in administrative procedures regarding issuing of birth certificate, tax number, work permits etc., Handle the identified legal cases from the sites.
- Plan, Organize and Supervise the provision of legal consulting/aid
- Undertake legal cases and legally represent to the court (depending on the availability of resources in this area)
- Identify cases for strategic litigation
- Ensure referrals internally and externally
- Identify vulnerabilities and facilitate their access to available aid
- Monitor attendance of other lawyers of the ASC legal team and consolidate attendance sheets
Data base and Case related info management
- Filling and registering all cases and actions to the database
- Brief and Full Legal History intake
- Updating the hard and electronic files per case
- Maintain hard and electronic files archive updated
- Perform entries in the data base system as required by the aforementioned tasks
Networking and collaboration
- Cultivate and maintain an active collaboration link with other Social Services, NGOs, and Governmental Actors within the scope of the project
- Monitor and consolidate information collected from weekly and staff activity reports, case management supervision records etc.
- Ensure the provision of high-quality reports on activities, indicators and achievements within the established framework (narrative and statistics) to the Solidarity Centre Welfare Coordinator
- Represent Team in external Meetings and Working Groups as requested by Supervisor
- Collaborate with appointed persons for CASH Support, Accommodation, in kind aid or any other additional provision available
- Work with SN’s mobile teams to provide basic outreach information on refugee legal rights to beneficiaries
- Participate to Field Trips and Assessments as requested and directed by Supervisor
- Brief and debrief beneficiaries for running programs availability and inform for any relevant change
- Perform other duties, related to the basic Job Description as requested by the Supervisor
Required qualifications and skills
- Law Degree
- Lawyers Permission of Work
- Minimum 5 years working experience in practicing Law (at least 2 years in project serving refugees and migrants population)
- Familiar with Refugee and Migration Law (Asylum regulations and procedures, Relocation Scheme, Dublin procedures)
- Cross-cultural awareness and sensitivity
- Awareness and ability to work with survivors of gender-based violence, including the sensitivities and confidentiality measures involved
- High professional ethics, including strict client confidentiality
- Dedication to promoting gender equality and understanding of the different vulnerabilities, needs and capacities of men, women, boys, and girls
- Computer literate
- Well-organized and efficient
- Good inter-personal, team-working, and communications skills
- Native in Greek
- Fluent in English (both written and spoken)
- Good knowledge of criminal and/or family law
- Working Experience in Field entry points, Camps/Temporary Settlement or mobile units serving refugee population
- Specific Studies or Proven Engagement in Refugee Focused Projects (e.g., Assessments, Surveys, Missions on the islands or to the borders)
- Previous working experience with local or international NGOs and /or supervising legal teams will be considered as a strong advantage
- Knowledge of French language
If you are interested in applying, please fill send your CV and motivation letter to firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, January 01, 2018, mentioning in the email subject “SN ASC Lawyer Team Leader”.
SN is an equal opportunity employer. Persons with disabilities and from vulnerable and disadvantaged groups are strongly encouraged to apply.
Recruitment processes reflect SN’s commitment to keeping children safe from harm and abuse. Employment is subject to SN Child protection standards, including background checks and adherence to SN Child Safeguarding Policy.
Due to the urgency of recruitment, SN reserves the right to complete the process even before the deadline for CV submissions.
The Athens Solidarity Centre (ASC), a joint initiative of the Open Society Foundations and SolidarityNow (SN), is an innovative operational response to the complex and varying needs of vulnerable populations in Athens. The intervention’s ultimate objective is to enhance vulnerable populations’ integration into the Greek society by empowering them and cultivating feelings of solidarity, tolerance, and respect among the different communities living in the centre of the city. The ASC along with the Thessaloniki Solidarity Centre – successfully operating since January 2014 – consist the backbone of SN’s strategy to alleviate the suffering of the needy while actively working towards a more proactive, open, and democratic society. The ASC offers space to new and existing civil society organizations in Greece, facilitating community solutions to pressing social and economic problems. The ASC addresses the unique needs of local communities it operates within and caters for all regardless of their nationality, religion, origins and social status. Addressing these needs demands an innovative and holistic approach, including strong synergies amongst partners.
SN manages the centre, provides services directly, and coordinates activities implemented through 5 NGO partners (PRAKSIS, “Network of Children’s Rights”, “Together for Children”, Babel and Fainareti) and the Greek Asylum Service. Services provided at ASC encompass the following areas: Welfare support (SN), Legal Aid (SN), Medical, Employability, Child Care Centre (SN), Counselling Centre and the Advice Helpline of “Together for Children” (11525). The overall effort is being implemented with the support of and in close coordination with the Municipality of Athens, and is financed by the Open Society Foundations and the EU Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI) programme. The ASC is based opposite the Athens Railway Station (known as “Larissa Station”).
Remarks: Before submitting your CV, please read carefully the employees’ privacy notice on the processing of personal data pursuant to Regulation (EU) 2016/679 and the respective Greek legislation.
For roles that will have regular contact with vulnerable populations SolidarityNow is obliged to seek information about criminal convictions and offences, and selected candidates will be requested to provide a recent copy of criminal record.
Following the preventive measures against COVID-19, holding a vaccination certificate or undergoing Covid-19 antigen tests as per government directions is mandatory.