Job title: Legal Counselor based in Bucharest
Project: "Advocacy on access to territory, child protection and refugee integration", funded by UNHCR
Main location: Bucharest
Employee category: Full-Time
Duration of contract: February, 2022 – 31st of December, 2022


Assignment
The Romanian National Counsel for Refugees (CNRR), under its UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) funded project "Advocacy on access to territory, child protection and refugee integration", is looking for a Legal Counsellor.

Background information
The Romanian National Council for Refugees (CNRR) has over twenty years of experience in successfully developing and implementing projects concerning migrants` assistance. CNRR provides specialized legal assistance to asylum seekers, refugees and other categories of foreigners through a specialized network of legal counsellors and lawyers.

The Legal Counsellor will work in close cooperation with other colleagues in the project and will be supervised by the Project Coordinator.

Main responsibilities and duties
The successful candidate will:
• Monitoring and analyzing the impact of relevant national, EU and international developments in the area of refugee integration with the aim to identify new venues for advocacy (monitoring updates published on platforms aimed to ensure decision making transparency, review proposals of legal amendments on a weekly basis);
• Proposes targeted interventions to mainstream refugee integration and address the gaps in legislation and practice (participate in public consultations on amendments brought to laws and policies, formulate recommendations, submit comments, organize meetings with authorities etc);
• Liaises and intervenes with local authorities, including municipalities, on the legal issues pertaining to refugee integration in order to facilitate their access to rights and carries out advocacy interventions to increase coordination mechanisms at local level in priority fields, including education, labor, social assistance, data collection etc., through coordination meetings, monitoring missions and regular correspondence;
• Acts as focal point with the Prefecture (participates at local coordination meetings held by local support group with the aim to influence decisions in support of refugee integration, keeps evidence of the local support groups meetings and makes recommendations on a monthly basis);
• Provides refugees with legal counselling on access to rights and services and analyses recurrent needs, challenges and/or gaps, as well as best practices/integration opportunities in assistance to support evidence based advocacy;
• Identifies and documents cases with potential for improving practice or policy and allocates legal aid accordingly and provides lawyers with assistance to support the cases ;
• Coordinates with the integration counselor and provides updates on new opportunities for advocacy, law and policy changes, gaps identified in practice and suggests targeted actions to close gaps.

The successful candidate is expected to:
• Travel as required for monitoring visits and other activities – the availability to travel within the country is a must for applicants;

Requirements
• Good command of spoken and written English and Romanian languages. Knowledge of other languages is a plus;
• Persons with a Bachelor’s degree in Legal studies and with prior experience in projects/ organizations assisting disadvantaged groups are strongly encouraged to apply;
• Cultural awareness, communication skills, the availability to travel inside and outside Bucharest if and when needed;
• Good drafting skills (in both English and Romanian);
• Experience in advocacy on refugee integration is an advantage;

The candidate must also possess the following abilities:
• Communicate effectively orally and in writing, in a multicultural environment;
• Ability and/or demonstrated experience in working with disadvantaged groups in a non-discriminatory manner;
• Proven ability to work effectively as a member of a team and to exercise independent judgment responsibly;

CNRR complies with applicable laws governing non-discrimination in employment.

Application process
The application process consists of two phases as outlined below:

PHASE 1: Applicants are kindly requested to send a CV and a letter of intent in English.
Deadline for applications: 17th of January 2022.

PHASE 2: The selected applicants will be invited for an interview and a written test: between the 23rd and 28th of January 2022
Please apply at: office@cnrr.ro,
For additional information, please contact us by using the email address provided or by phone at +4 021 312 62 10.