Vacancy: Legal Information Officer
Deadline: 20 September 2019
Date Published: 29 August 2019
Nasc is currently seeking applications for a Legal Information Officer position.
This is a full-time position with a fixed-term (12 months) contract. Salary range is between €32,000 and €35,000 depending upon experience.
Nasc, the Irish word for "link" empowers migrants to realise and fulfil their rights. Nasc works with migrants and refugees to advocate and lead for change within Ireland’s immigration and protection systems, to ensure fairness, access to justice and the protection of human rights.
Nasc operates a legal clinic offering a free walk-in service and an appointment-based service providing legal advice and information on a range of immigration and asylum issues at our office.
Overview of role
The Legal Information Officer will report directly to the Legal Service Manager.
Main responsibilities and tasks
- Providing advice and information on a one to one basis on a range immigration-related issues through the walk-in service;
- Providing ongoing assistance and support to clients in particular cases;
- Maintaining an up-to-date knowledge of Irish immigration and protection law;
- Assisting in the day to day running of Nasc’s Legal Service including supporting, advocating for, referring and advising clients on a one-to-one basis on a range of immigration and protection issues and completing any follow-up work which arises from the legal service work;
- Identifying case-work of strategic importance;
- Advocating on behalf of clients to government agencies and other organisations, e.g. Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service, Department of Social Welfare, HSE;
- Maintaining an individual caseload;
- Maintaining detailed records of clinic work and records of all client contact;
- Supervising interns and volunteers in the Legal Service and assisting in the training of interns and staff when necessary.
- Completing administrative tasks relevant to the operation of the Legal Service;
- Liaising with Government Agencies, other organisations and networks where appropriate;
- Updating staff members and board on key national policy developments relating to the work of the Legal Service;
- Supporting the work of Nasc Campaigns and Communications function in identifying cases and assisting in compiling a strong evidence base to support Nasc campaign goals and objectives;
- Representing Nasc at meetings or events as requested and reporting back on these meetings;
- Any other duties as may reasonably be required from time to time in connection with this position.
- A third level degree in law or other relevant field;
- Some knowledge of Irish immigration and protection law;
- Experience of working in a busy office environment & adhering to tight deadlines;
- Experience in advising and advocating on behalf of individual clients;
- Excellent written and oral communications skills (including the ability to communicate sensitively with vulnerable clients);
- Ability to work under supervision and on their own;
- Be a committed, flexible team player and have experience working as part of a team;
- Excellent computer skills (including typing skills);
- Have permission to work in Ireland.
- Experience working in a similar organisation preferably working with immigration, protection or human rights law;
- Experience managing his/her own case load;
- Experience drafting legal submissions;
- Experience undertaking advocacy work on behalf of clients with public bodies;
- Additional language.
Applicants must also be committed to working with immigrant, refugee and ethnic minority communities and seeking positive change for our client-base in Ireland.
Please send a copy of your CV and a letter of motivation by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include Legal Information Officer in the subject line of your email.
The closing date for applications is 5pm on 20 September. Applications received after this time cannot be considered. All applications will be acknowledged however only those applications shortlisted will receive any further notification. Interviews will be held on Wednesday 25th of September.
We welcome applications from people from all sections of the community, irrespective of race, colour, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, religion or belief.
This project is co-financed by the European Commission under the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund 2014-2020 and is supported by the Department of Justice and Equality.