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The Norwegian Refugee Council oPt Seeks Legal Administrative Officer

In 2011, The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) established an international legal component in New York, United States which supports its presence in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt). The long term objective of the programme is to contribute to improved protection and living conditions for refugees and internally displaced persons in the oPt.

The International Component undertakes strategic litigation, legal research, training and advocacy and now requires a Legal Administrative Officer based in New York to provide administrative and financial assistance for the NRC oPt New York office.  The Legal Administrative officer will directly work with the Senior Justice Expert in the NRC oPt office space in New York.

Functions/Key Results Expected: 

The Legal Administrative Officer will perform duties and responsibilities in accordance with the objectives and activities mentioned below:

Administrative/Financial: 

Organize and provide support to the Senior Justice Expert regarding financial and administration management of NRC oPt NY office.  The Senior Justice Expert will be responsible for the overall managing of budgets and finances.  Support will include:

  • Drafting of contracts, copying and filing of partnership agreements;
  • Daily management of the cashbox and bookkeeping monthly financial reporting to the Senior Justice Expert and NRC oPt;
  • File all documents on the computer according to NRC filing tree;
  • Fill out Purchase requisitions and other financial documentation to be approved by the Senior Justice Expert and NRC oPt;
  • Make sure that procurement done in NY on behalf of the Senior Justice Expert follows NRC’s procurement rules;
  • Maintain an inventory list with equipment bought in NY and submit the report to the Senior Justice Expert and NRC oPt on a monthly basis;
  • Sending original documents (receipts/contracts) to NRC oPt on a monthly basis;
  • Schedule weekly international component meetings and conference calls;
  • Prepare relevant material including advocacy briefing packs;
  • Take minutes at relevant meetings;
  • Undertake all logistical and travel arrangements both within the US and externally, including flights, in liaison with NRC oPt;
  • Contribute towards NRC and Donor reporting as required.

Legal/Advocacy: 

  • Manage the online legal platform;
  • Assist with organization of legal trainings, seminars and workshops both within the USA and abroad;
  • Prepare, proofread and edit legal and other documents;
  • Conduct legal research;
  • Attending various meeting representing NRC;
  • Any other duties as specified by the Senior Justice Expert and appropriate NRC international staff.

Skills and Qualifications Required: 

  • Relevant degree in law/human rights;
  • Strong understanding of the context of occupied Palestinian territory;
  • Must have excellent organizational skills and be detail-oriented;
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite;
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills and ability to work on own and take initiative;
  • Strong research and writing skills;
  • A demonstrated understanding international human rights work and international NGOs’s is strongly preferred. 

Must be eligible to work in the USA. 

Commencement:                   As soon as possible.

Contract period:                   6 months

Salary/benefits:                     NRC offers a competitive salary.

Letter of application and CV in English are to be submitted by email.  Please ensure that you mark clearly the title of post that you are applying for.

Closing date: 28 June 2012.