Work with Fenix
Legal Officer, Volunteer

About Fenix

Fenix’s vision is that every person who has been forced to flee has real and dignified access to the right to asylum. Our mission consists of three interconnected Programs, aimed at positively impacting the cases of people who seek safety, other actors providing support to asylum seekers, and the Greek and European asylum systems at large. All our work is underpinned by our holistic philosophy, providing tools for empowerment with an integrated, trauma-informed and person-centred approach that considers the general well-being, needs, skills and hopes of individuals in their search for safety.

About the role

Many people who arrive on Lesvos in search of refuge do not have proper access to information about their asylum procedures. Based on our conviction that knowledge is the most important tool for empowerment, Fenix works to fill this gap by providing legal information sessions and consultations. Moreover, we train teams of other NGOs to ensure their understanding of the legal procedure and their role in it. Finally, we use our experience on the ground to raise awareness of the situation for asylum seekers on the island in pursuit of structural change. Working under the supervision of our International Legal Expert, the Legal Officer will support all three aspects of our legal work on Lesvos by;

  • Provide group legal information sessions on the asylum process and people’s rights and family reunification, to people seeking asylum both in camp and in collaboration with NGOS outside of camp within community centres 
  • Be responsible for the updating and maintenance of the content of the above information sessions
  • Conduct outreach for the information sessions and register peoples attendance
  • Arrange some logistics of the information sessions
  • If it is decided to create new sessions or workshops to meet people's needs, the ILO will support the creation and present new content. 
  • Where required, support the ILE in updating and delivering Capacity Bridging training to other NGOs on the asylum procedure. 
  • Be involved in advocacy and communication tasks such as gathering data, writing or reviewing reports and contributing towards social media and other communication channels. 
  • All field based roles within Fenix are responsible, where required, to conduct Human Rights Monitoring in order for Fenix to be able to support up to date information about the context 
  • Supporting with general operational tasks of the Fenix Lesvos Office

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

What we are looking for

  • An independent and adaptable person who can work in a rapidly changing and unstable environment 
  • Someone 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 vulnerable populations is essential, and having worked in a camp context is an asset
  • Due to the complex nature of the role and context, ideally someone who can stay for six months, but a minimum of three months is required
  • Ability to work under pressure and to coordinate multiple tasks while maintaining attention to detail
  • Fluency in English is essential with a dual fluency in French being a benefit. Additional competence in Arabic, Farsi/Dari, Somali or Greek is an asset
  • Strong professional ethics
  • Positive and professional attitude
  • Experience with working with cultural mediators is an asset
  • Able to self-sponsor their stay
  • Candidate must have the right to stay in the EU for three months or longer 
  • Candidate with a valid driving licence is a benefit

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 the promotion of access to rights
  • Supervision and learning from our team of experts
  • Training and development opportunities 
  • Access to mental health resources
  • 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

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Safeguarding Commitment

Fenix is committed to conducting our work with a high level of professionalism and ethical standards. We are committed to preventing any type of unwanted behavior at work including sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse, lack of integrity and financial misconduct. Protecting the communities we work with and our staff from any deliberate or accidental harm is our highest priority. Fenix expects all staff, including volunteers, to share this commitment by following our Code of Conduct and Policies and attending our internal training. 

We place a high priority on ensuring that only those who share and demonstrate our values are recruited to work for us. For this reason, this post is subject to a range of vetting checks including satisfactory references and a criminal records disclosure. Staff might also be requested to complete a self declaration on PSEA.

3+ months, full-time
3 months, full-time
Lesvos, Greece
Start date: Immediately
Start date:

Please submit your CV and motivation letter by clicking on 'Apply' below, and select ‘Legal Officer’. We review and accept applications on a rolling basis, and will get back to you as soon as possible.

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

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