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  • Reflections on Future Challenges to Housing, Land and Property Restitution for Syrian Refugees

    NLC reflection syriaNRC interviewed 580 Syrian refugee households in Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq to assess their potential Housing, Land and Property (HLP) claims inside Syria if they were to return home.

    The findings indicate a complex situation. There are high levels of ownership assertions which are not matched by supporting documents for a variety of reasons, including loss during forced displacement and historical cultural practices regarding transfer of title within families. Future restitution and compensation processes will therefore need to take into consideration the complexity of the pluralist nature of HLP rights prior to the conflict and also ensure that there are remedies for HLP violations that have occurred during the conflict.

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  • NRC Briefing Note: Housing, Land and Property in the Syrian Arab Republic

    NRC Syria HLP brief May 2016This note explains why housing, land and property (HLP) rights are relevant to the current humanitarian response inside the Syrian Arab Republic (Syria). While attention must remain focused on immediate life-saving actions, steps to address HLP issues should also be considered and included at the outset of any response. The failure to do so can undermine the efficacy and durability of humanitarian assistance and long-term recovery.

    The briefing provides an overview of the country’s pre-crisis land governance, HLP legal framework, and current HLP issues; and offers recommendations for action and remedy.

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  • NRC VA: Information Counselling and Legal Assistance (ICLA) Project Manager - Syria

    For this exciting role our ideal candidate is:

    A university post-graduate (preferably in law) with a focus on international human rights, international humanitarian or refugee law.  A minimum of 3 years of relevant project management and/or technical advisory experience in a humanitarian/recovery context, and particularly in the protection / legal assistance field. A strategic thinker, who can identify, plan and oversee the implementation of key ICLA activities needed. Technical experience with Housing, Land & Property (HLP) rights or civil documentation issues desirable. 

    All NRC employees are expected to work in accordance with the organization’s core values: dedication, innovation, inclusivity and accountability. These attitudes and believes shall guide our actions and relationships.

    Role and responsibilities

    Generic responsibilities

    • Line management for project staff
    • Adherence to NRC policies, guidance and procedures
    • Contribute to the development of Country, Area and ICLA strategies, initiate and participate in the development of relevant ICLA projects
    • Coordinate and manage ICLA project implementation (activities, budget and project documentation) in line with proposals, strategies and donor requirements
    • Provide technical direction to ICLA team, and ensure high technical quality of projects
    • Provide regular progress reports to the Area Manager and the ICLA Specialist, highlighting operational successes and challenges                            
    • Ensure that projects target beneficiaries most in need of protection, explore and assess new and better ways to assist
    • Develop and manage project budget, in cooperation with Area Manager
    • Ensure capacity building of project staff and partners and transfer key skills
    • Liaise and collaborate with relevant local authorities and other key stakeholders in coordination with Area Manager
    • Promote the rights of displaced persons in line with the advocacy strategy

     Specific responsibilities

    • Participate in relevant project start-up, progress review, and closing meetings
    • Ensure accurate and consistent development and implementation of ICLA case management and M&E tools
    • Ensure the development and implementation of a capacity building plan for the ICLA team including a learning by doing component
    • Actively participate in relevant humanitarian coordination meetings particularly those related to housing, land and property and the protection and shelter sectors 
    • Actively promote and operationalize synergies between ICLA and other NRC programmes and relevant humanitarian organizations
    • Any other task relevant to the position as requested by the Area Manager or ICLA Specialist

    Salary/benefits: According to NRC’s salary scale and terms and conditions

    Duty station: Damascus, Syria

    • Please note this is non-family duty station 
    • Approved health certificate will be requested before contract start
    • NRC may be required to verify the identity of its partners and to check that its partners have not been involved in illegal activities. NRC reserves the right to use electronic screening tools for this purpose.


    NB:Please note that you are required to enter the geographical location in the"Company name" field for both company and location.

    For more information/how to apply

  • NRC VA: Information Counselling and Legal Support (Legal Aid) – Talent Pool (Middle East Region)

    NRC currently has more than 2,000 staff in the Middle East region assisting people displaced by conflict in Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan and Palestine. As a leading humanitarian organization, we support displaced persons by implementing programs across the Shelter, Education, Food Security, Information Counseling and Legal Assistance (ICLA) and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) sectors with strong protection and resilience focus integrated into our programs.

    We are now opening a call for resumes to create a talent pool for ICLA professionals interested in the Middle East Region!

    If you would like to be considered for our Middle East Region’s talent pool, we welcome your application.

     

    Purpose of the Talent Pool

    As an organization NRC is committed to recruiting the right people at the right time and place. To help meet this goal, we are seeking experienced technical experts with a background in humanitarian aid to join us by becoming a part of our talent pool. The talent pools were created as a way to engage and maintain relationships with high-potential, qualified professionals who are motivated to be part of our team!

    All applications will be reviewed and, based on your background and experience, one of our recruiters may contact you for a pre-screening interview. If your skills are a good fit then your profile will be added to our talent pool and we may reach out periodically to explore your interest in new positions that open within NRC.

    We also encourage you to visit NRC’s job site where new openings are added regularly.

     

    Position overview:

    Whether they have just fled from their homes, have been displaced for a long time or are preparing to return home, displaced people often experience rights violations.

    NRC's legal assistance (ICLA) programmes support refugee and IDP women and men in 20 conflict-affected countries to claim their rights by giving access to information and support with regards to Housing, Land and Property (HLP) Rights, Legal Identity, support to apply for refugee status, support to register as an internally displaced person (IDP).  Our aim is to empower people to survive displacement and build new lives.

     

    More Information/Apply Here

  • NRC Vacancy - ICLA Specialist - Ethiopia

    Deadline for applications : 26.05.2016

    All NRC employees are expected to work in accordance with the organisation’s core values: dedication, innovation, inclusivity and accountability. These attitudes and beliefs shall guide our actions and relationships.

     

    Job description

    • Develop CC strategy, technical SOPs / guidelines and Macro LFAs
    • Compliance and adherence to NRC policies
    • Contribute to identifying funding opportunities, and develop and revise funding proposal, budget and donor reports
    • Responsible for following up on compliance with contractual commitments within CC, and ensure high technical quality and synergies
    • Provide technical direction and project implementation support
    • Identify trends in conditions/standards and donor priorities and assess better ways to assist
    • Ensure key learnings are extracted from CC implementation, and incorporate them in CC development processes
    • Provide systematic training and build capacity of technical staff
    • Represent NRC in relevant forums/clusters, including with national authorities
    • Promote the rights of IDPs/returnees in line with the advocacy strategy
    • Study ICLA -specific contextual aspects and issues in Ethiopia and produce strategic and programing analysis to initiate ICLA programme for NRC Ethiopia.
    • In support of the regional ICLA Adviser and the HoP, ensure that the necessary funds and resources are mobilized for the growing ICLA needs
    • Ensure compliance and adherence to NRC policies within the ICLA CC (re the CC that will be initiated)
    • Ensure that the ICLA strategy and projects to be initiated will promote and protect the rights of refugees, IDPs, host community and returnees and will contribute to the NRC Ethiopia advocacy strategy.
    • Represent NRC in relevant forums/clusters/sector coordination, including local authorities
    • Assess ICLA -specific contextual analysis as well as potential programming aspects in Addis-Ababa, Tigray and Somali region (Dollo) and share/preened findings
    • Develop High level quality ICLA project proposals and reports for potential programming in those areas.
    • In support of the HoP, CD and the regional/Global ICLA advisers ensure that relevant donors are targeted for fund raising.
    • In support of the HoP and CD assist in establishing required capacities for ICLA programme for Ethiopia including recruiting national staff where needed.
    • Develop CC strategy and LFA’s that will be applicable for ICLA programme in Ethiopia.
    • Represent NRC in relevant forums/clusters/sector coordination, including local authorities
    • Ensure designing and implementation of high quality ICLA interventions
    • Ensure generation of timely and high quality project reports

    Qualifications

    • ICLA Core Competency (CC) expertise, with a minimum 4 years of experience within ICLA (or similar fields) in a humanitarian/ recovery context
    • Solid ICLA expertise on household level
    • Experience from working in complex and volatile contexts
    • Documented results related to the position’s responsibilities
    • Knowledge about own leadership skills/profile
    • Fluency in English, both written and verbal
    • Valid driver’s license
    • Experience with project development, especially from an emergency and post-emergency phases
    • Experience in working with ECHO, DFID, NMFA, SIDA and UN agencies UNHCR, UNICEF etc ;
    • Knowledge of the context in Somalia and preferable Horn of Africa
    • Experience in capacity building and community mobilization;
    • Experience in advocacy work
    • Experience with coordination mechanisms (cluster and sectorial)
    • Knowledge of Somali language is an asset

     

    Education field

    • Law

     

    Education level

    • College / University, Master / Phd grade

    More information and application, click here

     

  • NRC Vacancy : ICLA Specialist - Kenya

    Deadline for applications 31.05.2016

    THIS POSITION IS RE-ADVERTISED 

    The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is a non-governmental, humanitarian organization with 60 years of experience in helping to create a safer and more dignified life for refugees and internally displaced people. NRC advocates for the rights of displaced populations and offers assistance within the shelter, education, emergency food security, legal assistance, and water,sanitation and hygiene sectors. 

    The Norwegian Refugee Council has approximately 4000 committed and competent employees involved in projects across four continents. In addition, NRC runs one of the world’s largest standby rosters -NORCAP, with 650 professionals, ready to be deployed on 72 hours notice when a crisis occurs 
    The NRC in Kenya has its country office in Nairobi and has refugees and IDP operations in Dadaab, Kakuma and Mandera respectively 

    The purpose of the Core Competency Specialist position is technical development of the specific core competency, strategic direction and quality assurance, the core competency strategy and quality control. The Core Competency Specialist is responsible for mentoring, training, and building the capacity of staff in the core competency. 

    The Information Counselling and Legal Assistance Specialist will report to the Head of Programme for Kenya.

    Job description

    • Develop Core Competence strategy, technical guidance and Macro LFAs
    • Compliance with and adherence to NRC policies, guidance and procedures
    • Contribute to fundraising, develop and revise funding proposal, budgets and donor reports
    • Identify trends technical standards and donor priorities
    • Follow up on compliance with contractual commitments within Core Competence, ensure high technical quality and synergies in project implementation
    • Provide technical direction and project implementation support
    • Ensure that key learnings are extracted from Core Competence implementation, and incorporate them in Core Competence and staff development processes
    • Provide systematic training and build capacity of technical staff
    • Represent NRC in relevant forums/clusters, including with national authorities and donors
    • Promote the rights of IDPs/returnees in line with the advocacy strategy
    • Provide hands-on technical assistance to Collaborative Dispute Resolution (CDR), Housing Land and Property (HLP) and Legal identity and Civil Documentation (LCD) programming in Mandera
    • Travel regularly to Dadaab, to assist the Information Counselling and Legal Assistance team in the development of programming associated with the Voluntary Returns (Volrep).
    • Represent the Kenya Country Programme in relevant fora and meetings.
    • Act as the main gender advisor to the Kenya Country Programme
    • Assist in the development of cross-border programming (principally with Somalia) and fundraising

    Qualifications

    • Bachelors degree in LAW and any other related field
    • Minimum 4 years of experience within technical expertise area in a humanitarian/ recovery context
    • Legal background and experience managing legal assistance projects
    • Experience and knowledge on HLP, CDR, LCD programming
    • Experience in engaging with both statutory and customary justice systems
    • Knowledge of the context in Northern Kenya an advantage
    • Previous experience from long-term refugee contexts
    • Experience from advocacy work
    • Understanding of gender mainstreaming
    • Experience from working in complex and volatile contexts
    • Core competency expertise
    • Documented results related to the position’s responsibilities
    • Knowledge about own leadership skills/profile
    • Fluency in English, both written and verbal

    Education field

    • Political science
    • Law

    Education level

    • Academy college / University

    For more information and application, click here

  • NRC vacancy: Consultant -Programme Strategic Assessment of Collaborative Dispute Resolution Activities

    A call for expression of interest

    Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) calls for expressions of interest for conducting a global assessment of how its ICLA program implements collaborative dispute resolution methodologies to address housing, land, and property disputes in displacement contexts. The assessment should look at the experience of country offices from 2014-2016, as well as review institutional practice and learning from 2010 until present.  

    NRC is looking for 1 consultant to lead the assessment, covering these qualifications:

    • Expertise in alternative/collaborative dispute resolution approaches
    • Thorough understanding of housing, land, and property matters in conflict contexts
    • Competency in legal assistance programs in humanitarian and displacement settings
    • Strong analytical skills and experience conducting humanitarian evaluations / research
    • Fluency in English
    • Familiarity with French is valued

    Budget

    Expressions of interest should include a proposed budget for the review, following the work plan detailed in the ToR (attached). The budget should propose consultancy fees, international travel, per diem, insurances and communication costs.

    Time frame:  

    Candidates will be taken by mid June, and should be available for field travel in September and October. Work must be completed by December 1st.

    Letter of interest must include:

    • CV
    • Work example – at least one example of a similar piece of work completed by the candidate
    • Proposed plan for the assessment, including notes on the methodology, work plan / dates available, and suggested budget. No more than 5 pages.

    Deadline for expression of interest:

    Forward expressions of interest to Fernando de Medina Rosales at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and copy Cara Winters atThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by June 1st.

    Click here for Terms of Reference and more information

  • NRC Vacancy: ICLA Specialist - Afghanistan

    Deadline for applications 30.05.2016

    NRC Afghanistan established operations in 2003, and currently maintains four area offices in Balkh, Nangarhar, Herat, and Kandahar Provinces, as well as field offices in hard-to-reach provinces: Kunduz, Khost, Faryab, Sar-i-Pul and Badghis. NRC interventions are based on the humanitarian principles, which are promoted to increase the acceptance of humanitarian assistance amongst target populations, as well as, to facilitate and enable access. Afghanistan is a protracted and complex emergency in which conflict and recurrent natural disasters combine, set against a back drop of the continued return of Afghan Refugees from Pakistan and Iran; the humanitarian context is characterized by multiple localised emergencies, striking communities and populations with low resilience and/or high vulnerability. The objective of the ‘Information, Counselling and Legal Assistance’ (ICLA) is to promote and facilitate durable solutions for conflict and natural-disaster affected IDPs and refugee-returnees in Afghanistan, assisting vulnerable displacement affected populations to claim and exercise their Housing, Land and Property (HLP) and civil documentation rights and reach durable solutions. 

    Therefore, NRC required an ICLA Specialist who would report to the Head of Program

     

    Job description

    • Develop ICLA strategy, technical guidance and Macro LFAs
    • Compliance with and adherence to NRC policies, guidance and procedures
    • Contribute to fundraising, develop and revise funding proposal, budgets and donor reports
    • Identify trends technical standards and donor priorities
    • Follow up on compliance with contractual commitments within ICLA, ensure high technical quality and synergies in project implementation
    • Provide technical direction and project implementation support
    • Ensure that key learnings are extracted from ICLA implementation, and incorporate them in ICLA and staff development processes
    • Provide systematic training and build capacity of technical staff
    • Represent NRC in relevant forums/clusters, including with national authorities and donors
    • Promote the rights of IDPs/returnees in line with the advocacy strategy
    • Strengthen ICLA’s regional approach to programming, exchange of information and sharing of best practices
    • In collaboration with the NRC Afghanistan protection and advocacy team, take steps to expand advocacy capacity to better build upon the demonstrated case expertise and information gathered by project staff
    • Ensure programming is done in close coordination with other actors and consider expanding collaboration with national partners for service provision and advocacy / policy work
    • Contribute to exploring alternative approaches to operating in insecure areas as part of the NRC Afghanistan humanitarian access work

     

    Qualifications

    • Minimum 4 years of experience within technical expertise area in a humanitarian / recovery context
    • Law degree in the field of international humanitarian or human rights law OR other relevant educational background combined with relevant professional experience
    • Political and cultural awareness and experience of working where insecurity is a major issue
    • Very strong understanding of protection principles. Previous experience working with customary law systems is an asset
    • Experience with IDP /refugee related programmes
    • Experience from working in complex and volatile contexts
    • Core competency expertise
    • Documented results related to the position’s responsibilities
    • Knowledge about own leadership skills/profile
    • Fluency in English, both written and verbal

    For more information and application , click here

     

  • NRC Vacancy: ICLA Specialist - Somalia

    Deadline for applications 31.05.2016 

     

    The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is a non-governmental, humanitarian organization with 60 years of experience in helping to create a safer and more dignified life for refugees and internally displaced people. NRC advocates for the rights of displaced populations and offers assistance within the shelter, education, emergency food security, legal assistance, and water,sanitation and hygiene sectors. 

    The Norwegian Refugee Council has approximately 4000 committed and competent employees involved in projects across four continents. In addition, NRC runs one of the world’s largest standby rosters -NORCAP, with 800 professionals, ready to be deployed on 72 hours notice when a crisis occurs 

    The purpose of the ICLA Specialist position is technical development of the ICLA, strategic direction and quality assurance, the ICLA strategy and quality control. He/She is responsible for mentoring, training, and building the capacity of staff in the sector. 

    The Information Counselling and Legal Assistance Specialist will report to the Head of Programme for Somalia.

    Job description

    • Develop Core Competence strategy, technical guidance and Macro LFAs
    • Compliance with and adherence to NRC policies, guidance and procedures
    • Contribute to fundraising, develop and revise funding proposal, budgets and donor reports
    • Identify trends technical standards and donor priorities
    • Follow up on compliance with contractual commitments within Core Competence, ensure high technical quality and synergies in project implementation
    • Provide technical direction and project implementation support
    • Ensure that key learnings are extracted from Core Competence implementation, and incorporate them in Core Competence and staff development processes
    • Provide systematic training and build capacity of technical staff
    • Represent NRC in relevant forums/clusters, including with national authorities and donors
    • Promote the rights of IDPs/returnees in line with the advocacy strategy
    • Provide hands-on technical assistance to Collaborative Dispute Resolution (CDR), Housing Land and Property (HLP) and Legal identity and Civil Documentation (LCD) programming
    • Travel regularly to other parts of Somalia to assist the Information Counselling and Legal Assistance teams in the development of programming associated with the Voluntary Returns (Volrep).
    • Represent the Somalia Country Programme in relevant fora and meetings.
    • Assist in the development of cross-border programming (principally with Kenya) and fundraising

    Qualifications

    • Bachelors degree in LAW and any other related field
    • Minimum 4 years of experience within technical expertise area in a humanitarian/ recovery context
    • Legal background and experience managing legal assistance projects
    • Experience and knowledge on HLP, CDR, LCD programming
    • Experience in engaging with both statutory and customary justice systems
    • Knowledge of the context in Somalia an added advantage
    • Previous experience from long-term IDP contexts
    • Experience from advocacy work
    • Understanding of gender mainstreaming
    • Experience from working in complex and volatile contexts
    • Documented results related to the position’s responsibilities
    • Knowledge about own leadership skills/profile
    • Fluency in English, both written and verbal

    Education field

    • Political science
    • Law

    Education level

    • Academy college / University

     

    For more information and application, click here

     

  • NRC: Housing, Land and Property Rights for Somalia’s Urban Displaced Women

    NRC Somali women This paper examines women’s HLP rights in Somali systems of land management, specifically within marital property and inheritance customs found in religious and traditional structures, and whether women can actually access these rights. The conclusion offers observations and recommendations for actors wishing to empower Somali women in exercising their HLP rights.

    Get it here

     

  • NRC: Housing, Land and Property Rights of Displaced and Conflict-Affected Communities in Eastern Ukraine - Jan 2016

    NRC Ukraine Jan 2016Based on research conducted by NRC´s ICLA programme in Ukraine, the paper highlights a range of shelter and housing, land and property (HLP) challenges. These require urgent attention in order to prevent a further deterioration in conditions for over three million conflict-affected people in Eastern Ukraine, including at least 1.7 million registered IDPs.

    The paper focusses on the following main topics:

    • Contradictory legal and policy framework
    • Restricted definition of an IDP
    • Lack of sufficient and adequate housing
    • Fear of losing property in conflict-affected areas
    • Military occupation of civilian property and mine/UXO contamination of farmland
    • Lack of security of tenure for IDPs in rented accommodation
    • Lack of access to legal services

    NRC provides recommendations in order to strengthen HLP rights of displaced and conflict-affected populations and to serve as a basis for durable solutions.

    The report is also available in Russian and Ukrainian. All versions can be found on the NRC Website here 

  • NRC: The Importance of Addressing Housing, Land and Property (HLP)

    NRC HLPThis report by the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) outlines eight reasons why it is important to address HLP issues from the outset of a humanitarian response, including:

    • Saving lives, preventing further displacement and human rights violations
    • Adapting humanitarian response to complex urban environments
    • Ensuring equal access to humanitarian assistance
    • Promoting access to justice in crises contexts and contributing towards durable solutions
    • Addressing loss of land and inability to return to land and homes after disasters
    • Supporting women’s recovery through the protection of their HLP rights
    • HLP as a tool for conflict prevention and peace building
    • Supporting local systems and bridging transition / development gap 

    Following collaboration with the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to housing, the paper also explains how the international human rights framework can inform both disaster and conflict response, enhancing protection for those affected. 

    A Roundtable held in Geneva on the 2nd March 2016 provided the opportunity to discuss how to tackle HLP challenges from a practitioners’ perspective. Key highlights and recommendations from the event have been incorporated into the report, which proposes how the global HLP Area of Responsibility (AoR), co-chaired by NRC and IFRC, and its partners can take these into operational responses in the future. 

    For more information on this paper and the HLP AoR please contact Monica Sanchez Bermudez (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Victoria Stodart (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

    Download it here

     

     

  • NRC:Displaced women at risk of homelessness

    Screen Shot 2016 07 07 at 11.07.30 213x300The most recent report of the Special Rapporteur on the right to housing, Leilani Farha, has shown how homelessness has become a global human rights crisis. She highlights the risks faced by 59.5 million people who have been forcibly displaced by armed conflicts,[1] and over 19.3 million newly displaced due to disasters worldwide.

    Get it here

  • Planting the Seeds for housing land and property rights protection and peace in Myanmar

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    Myanmar is undergoing fast, deep and multiple transitions in the economic, political and legal fields, including a peace process to end decades of civil wars. However, these complex and uneven processes are playing out at a slower pace when it comes to improving the protection environment for persons affected by conflict. It is therefore a key moment to plant the seeds for the restitution of housing, land and property (HLP) rights, as this will benefit the peace process, protection and development.

    While some significant steps forward have already been taken and authorities have sought to improve the HLP situation after decades of “land grabbing” and forced displacement, much needs to be done to address the needs of the most vulnerable.

    NRC in Myanmar, in co-operation with Displacement Solutions has recently developed three publications.

     

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