Work with Fenix
International Legal Officer, Volunteer
Open until Apr 17, 2023

About Fenix

Fenix – Humanitarian Legal Aid is a US non-profit organization and Greek MKO, federally registered with Greece’s Ministry of Migration and Asylum.

Our multidisciplinary team of lawyers, protection officers, legal assistants, translators, psychologists and experts from different academic backgrounds, provides legal aid, protection and psychosocial services to refugees and asylum seekers on Lesvos, while advocating for a more just and equitable asylum system.

About the role

Many people who arrive on Lesvos do not have proper access to information or legal aid before going into their asylum interview. Based on our conviction that knowledge is the most important tool for empowerment, Fenix works to fill this gap by providing legal information sessions to asylum seekers. Moreover, we train other actors on the asylum procedure to ensure enhanced service provision. The International Legal Officer will:

  • Provide legal information sessions to people seeking asylum
  • Conduct outreach for the information sessions
  • Arrange the logistics of the information sessions
  • Provide capacity bridging training on the asylum procedure to other actors
  • Support with the screening of potential new clients
  • Support with background research for other teams

Fenix prides itself for always adapting to the changing context and needs, and tasks may change during the time of the agreement.

What we are looking for

  • An independent and adaptable person with excellent communication skills
  • Bachelor and/or Master degrees in law, preferably with a focus on Asylum Law. Being a licensed lawyer is a great asset
  • Experience with working with people who seek asylum is an asset
  • Strong professional ethics
  • Positive and professional attitude
  • Ability to work under pressure and to coordinate multiple tasks while maintaining attention to detail
  • Fluency in English. Good spoken command of French, Farsi/Dari, Arabic, Somali or Greek are a strong asset
  • Experience with working with cultural mediators is an asset
  • Able to self-sponsor their stay

We are committed to ensuring a diverse and inclusive workplace, and encourage people from diverse backgrounds to apply.

What we offer

  • Being part of a team of professionals committed to justice
  • Supervision and learning from our Head of Holistic Legal Aid
  • Training and development opportunities
  • Access to mental health resources
  • 6 months agreement
  • Based on Lesvos
  • Fenix is able to submit the required documentation for people who join our team as part of an internship scheme with universities, bar associations or Erasmus sponsorship

Safeguarding Commitment

Fenix is committed to conducting our work with a high level of professionalism and ethical standards. Protecting the communities we work with and our staff from any deliberate or accidental harm is our highest priority. Fenix expects all staff to share this safeguarding commitment by following our Code of Conduct and Policies and attending safeguarding training.

6+ months, full-time
6 months, full-time
Lesvos, Greece
Start date: Immediately
Start date: Jun 06, 2023

Please submit your CV and motivation letter through the application procedure on our website, and select ‘International Legal Officer’. We will be reviewing applications after the closing date.

In line with our safeguarding commitment, all offers are conditional on positive reference and background checks.

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