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NRC has been active in Somalia since 2004 with four area offices in Kismayu, Mogadishu, Garowe and Hargeisa, providing protection and humanitarian assistance to refugees, internally displaced persons and returnees in Somaliland, Puntland, South Central and Jubbaland regions. NRC offers a comprehensive response for returnees and IDPs of high need, addressing their food security, livelihood, shelter, education, ICLA, and water, hygiene and sanitation needs and also responding to emergencies through NRC’s five core competences; Shelter, Education, Food Security and Livelihoods, WASH and Information, Counselling and Legal Assistance (ICLA).

NRC Somalia is part of NRC’s East Africa and Yemen regional operation which comprises of large-scale multi-country humanitarian and early recovery interventions spread across Ten countries (Kenya, Somalia, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Yemen, Eritrea, South Sudan, Uganda, Tanzania and Sudan). NRC’s overall strategy in the region is to enhance protection and promote the rights of displaced people in humanitarian need by improving living conditions and seeking durable solutions. The regional office is based in Nairobi and works with country programmes to ensure standardization of programmatic and operational approaches, promote multi country programming and ensuring quality and coordination.

The paralegal casual staff will work with the Information and Counselling Assistance (ICLA) team to provide quality information and counselling to beneficiaries and, through this work, better understand the protection situation for the communities affected.  The paralegal will assist with providing ICLA services in the community as outreach throughout the working area, as organized by the ICLA teams.


NRC has an established Information Counseling and Legal Assistance (ICLA) project for displaced Somalis in Somalia.  NRC is now in the process of strengthening its ICLA project to address Housing, Land and Property rights. The paralegal casual staff will reach out to displaced Somali families at risk of and affected by HLP rights violations in and around the areas in Jubaland. NRC seeks to provide information and counselling services relating to access to services; documentation and other related matters.  NRC also aims to strengthen the understanding of any protection and legal issues faced by those displaced and, in coordination with other actors, identify ways to address these issues.

The paralegal is expected to represent Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) in a respectful and professional manner and always act in accordance with the NRC Code of Conduct.

Key Responsibilities

In coordination with the ICLA team in Jubaland area office Somalia the paralegal:

Engage in extensive community outreach and monitoring exercises within selected settlements to identify, report and refer cases in line with ICLA project objectives The paralegal is responsible for preparing accurate, honest, and timely reports of their individual activities. In particular, this includes maintaining signed records of the engagement and activities with the community. The paralegal is also encouraged to prepare written reports of the results of their activities, assessments and observations.  Assist with provision of information and counselling for beneficiaries in the community through extensive outreach work in and around settlements, including throughout the working area. Conduct individual and group information sessions as outreach ICLA services with identified communities throughout the working area. Identify cases and document Housing, Land and Property cases Assist with preparation of outreach work and materials. Assist in conducting and preparing mapping of relevant services being provided and updating it on a weekly basis. Assist in preparing for and conducting regular assessments (including focus group discussions, interviews, questionnaires, etc.). Assist with provision of general group information sessions. Assist with using clear and strong referral mechanisms with counterparts in other organizations/agencies (national and international). Assist with planning work on weekly and monthly basis. Contribute to preparation of relevant documents (including brochures, information notes, information board updates) for target communities. Understand and be able to explain to others work of NRC core competencies. Work closely and coordinate with other NRC staff at field level. Receive technical input from ICLA Jubaland area office team. Work cooperatively with the beneficiaries and other relevant stakeholders to strengthen the project. Assist with monitoring and following-up on the quality of services provided at the community/settlements and as outreach. Report weekly & monthly (or more often, if required) on activities and results to the relevant NRC ICLA staff. Carry out administrative tasks as agreed upon. Perform any other task as assigned by NRC management.

Our Ideal Candidate:

Knowledge, Skills & Personal Attributes

Good communication and interpersonal skills Strong organizational and team working skills Good cultural awareness and sensitivity

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