Jiyan Foundation for Human Rights



Legal support

  1. Works with clients and represents them in front of courts and other state institutions, if necessary;
  2. Legal education and information sharing in camps, women shelter, places where people deprived of their liberty are held, and orphanages;
  3. Legal counseling including cases of domestic violence;
  4. Supports with missing documents of clients;
  5. Provides legal advice in relevant internal decision-making processes;
  6. Provides training and support to staff of the organization, interns, paralegals and external partners;
  7. Organizes trainings, information and legal empowerment events.

Liaison with public authorities

  1. Monitors prisons and police stations to ensure human rights standards are being kept;
  2. Provides counsel and general legal information to persons deprived of their liberty, and drafts reports following visits to closed institutions;
  3. Provides training to police officers, prison staff, holders of judicial functions and other public officials in Iraq on human rights standards;
  4. Administrative tasks (e.g., dealing with the authorities for registration and access).

Advocacy, awareness, training and networking

  1. Public advocacy /outreach (radio, TV, newspapers);
  2. Networking (attend different, meetings, establish contacts) and collaborates with other stakeholders and networks working on similar purposes;
  3. Represent the Jiyan Foundation, if necessary, vis-à-vis the public authorities, in all legal affairs;
  4. Works with community facilitators/paralegals to enhance legal education.


Project and administrative tasks

  1. Regular and complete documentation of client data into the client files and the database;
  2. Monthly documentation of all activities in a report;
  3. Makes purchases related to the work of the organization and brings invoices.

Qualifications & Preferred Skills


  1. Fluent in Arabic and English, Kurdish is an advantage;
  2. Law degree and a license to practice law before Iraqi institutions, Master degree in human rights is desirable;
  3. Basic knowledge of international human rights law and institutions;
  4. Experience in working with national and international organizations;
  5. Outstanding written and verbal communication skills;
  6. Ability to work independently and deliver reports within a tight timeframe;
  7. Active interest in promoting human rights and social justice; awareness of current events both nationally and internationally.

How To Apply


Please submit a motivation letter, your curriculum vitae, references and certificates via this link:

Please note that applications who do not meet the requirements or that are incomplete will not be considered! Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.



  1. Participation in staff-to-staff trainings as well as seminars with external trainers;
  2. Access to special library with large collection of literature on human rights, torture, mental and physical health etc. for self-study;
  3. Paid holidays (24 days for full-time position) plus 15 statutory holidays. Additional paid holidays, especially on the occasion of religious festivals, may be agree upon;
  4. Voluntary pension scheme with employer contributions;



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