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20 Mar 2017

Full-Time Legal Officer

International Commission on Missing Persons – Posted by admin Den Haag, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands


Job Description

Legal Officer

Syria Program

ICMP is launching a program to establish the foundations for an effective and sustainable mechanism to address the issue of the missing in a future post-conflict Syria. The program will focus on 1) contributing to increased understanding among victims, civil society and key stakeholders regarding processes, standards and rights of victims and survivors who are involved in accounting for missing persons; 2) establishing the conditions to launch a participative process of data collection that empowers and engages families of the missing; and 3) increasing the capacity of Syrian families, legal experts and other stakeholders to foster an impartial and law-based approach to accounting for missing persons in post-conflict Syria. The primary beneficiaries of the Syria program are families, in particular women, with relatives missing from the conflict, who are currently displaced in neighboring countries and, also where possible, those who are still in Syria.

Vacancy Background

The Legal Officer will be based in The Hague, the Netherlands, at ICMP Headquarters. The position will involve travel to Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey. The successful candidate will be primarily tasked with assisting the Legal Unit and the Office of the Director-General in reviewing and evaluating program and operational legal requirements, including data processing and protection regulations affecting Syrian refugees, as well as advising and facilitating consultations on missing persons with Syrian legal experts, and monitoring international accountability measures. The position requires an internationally recognized university degree or equivalent qualification in law, in addition to diplomatic skills and political awareness, and a commitment to reinstating the rule of law and upholding human rights in Syria.

Under the overall guidance of Headquarters and as part of the Legal Unit, the duties of the Legal Officer will in particular include, but may not be limited to:

  • Conducting a review of legislation and jurisprudence with a view to better elucidating the rights of refugee populations in respect of missing and disappeared persons, including international norms and standards related to missing persons, identifying gaps and developing recommendations for legal reform;
  • Providing support to legal professionals and to legislative initiatives by civil society organizations directly engaged in missing persons issues and assisting them in developing their professional capacities;
  • Participating in training and capacity-building activities organized by ICMP related to the rights of families of the missing;
  • Providing legal advice and support in developing cooperation agreements between ICMP and authorities in countries accommodating refugees from Syria;
  • Providing legal advice with respect to administrative and fiscal issues related to ICMP’s presence in the aforementioned countries; and
  • Other related duties, as assigned.


  • University or equivalent degree in Law;
  • Minimum of two years of relevant professional experience;
  • Sound knowledge of human rights and public law;
  • Strong interpersonal and organizational skills;
  • Ability to work in an international environment;
  • Proficiency in Microsoft office applications;
  • Written and verbal proficiency in English and a good working knowledge of Arabic are essential.

How to Apply

TO APPLY: Send a Curriculum Vitae with cover letter and the names and contact details of three work referees by email to: Please state the vacancy number in the subject line. Salary will be commensurate with experience and educational qualifications required for the position. In addition to a competitive base salary, this position is eligible for expatriate related entitlements and allowances. ICMP is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to diversity. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position. We thank all applicants for their interest. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Job Categories: Legal jobs. Job Types: Full-Time.

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