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RCBCs will maintain regular contacts with the lawyers of his/her region and provide training and guidelines on implementation methodology, relevant thematic areas and other deliverables of the UNHCR Umbrella Project.

Who we are?

The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) has responded to the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine by re-entering the country in the autumn of 2014 and launching emergency humanitarian assistance for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Berdyansk (Zaporizhia Oblast), Mariupol (southwestern Donetsk Oblast) and Dnipropetrovsk city (Dnipropetrovsk Oblast). In the de facto Donetsk People’s Republic, DRC provides emergency support for conflict-affected persons. The specialized unit of the Danish Demining Group (DDG) has a national mine risk education (MRE) programme based out of Severodonetsk. The representative office is located in Kyiv.

In a new protection programme called the UNHCR Protection Umbrella Programme, the Danish Refugee Council (DRC) in partnership with UNHCR and the Right to Protection (R2P), will work to strengthen the protective environment for IDPs and other affected populations throughout Ukraine. This project envisions a comprehensive initiative focused on individual rights, community-based capacities, and legislative and policy frameworks, and will provide free legal assistance to IDPs in 20 regions of Ukraine as well as community protection monitoring and outreach in sixteen regions.

The legal aid component of the Protection Umbrella Programme is managed and supervised by a DRC Capacity Building Coordinator (CBC). CBC reports to the Programme Manager. The role of the CBC is to establish a network of legal aid provider and launch a comprehensive legal aid program for IDPs covering 20 oblasts. The CBC is also responsible for providing technical guidance on legal aid methodology and develop capacity of the lawyers. The CBC will be assisted, among others, by 4 Regional Capacity Building Coordinator (RCBC). RCBC will directly report to the CBC

About the role of RCBC

The main role of the RCBC will be to assist the CBC in providing technical guidance and training  to all lawyers of the legal aid network. For the purpose of conveniently reaching out to the network lawyers, the four RCBCs will geographically divide the 20 oblasts among themselves. RCBCs will maintain regular contacts with the lawyers of his/her region and provide training and guidelines on implementation methodology, relevant thematic areas and other deliverables of the UNHCR Umbrella Project.

RCBC will participate in mobile clinic organized by the lawyers and provide on job training. It is expected that the RCBC will have to travel 12 to 15 work days during a month. Most travel will be day trips. On average each RCBC will travel 4,000 km by car per month. 

Duties & Responsibilities:

Project Implementation

  • Assist the Capacity Development Coordinator (CBC)  in the overall management of the training and capacity building activities of the legal aid component of the UNHCR Umbrella Project.
  • Liaise with the protection monitoring teams in the region to develop a protection referral network.
  • Support national Grants Manager in the selection of small grants recipients and monitoring of small grants implementation.

 Capacity Building

  • Work with the CBC to develop workplan, tools and methodology for training of all lawyers and other relevant stakeholders covered by the UNHCR Protection Umbrella Project.
  • Conduct training for lawyers, follow up with lawyers after training and assess further training needs.
  • Join lawyers in mobile clinic and provide on job training to lawyers in accordance to the methodology established for the programme.
  • Work in close coordination with Project Coordinators (PC) of the respective network partners and ensure that mobile outreach plans undertaken by the PC are good enough to reach out the most vulnerable beneficiaries.
  • Provide regular remote support and guidance, as well as monitoring, to all regional offices.
  • Provide remote (or, when required, direct) guidance and support to local partners in developing strategic litigation in IDP rights claims.
  • With support from the CBC support the work of the Advocacy Coordinator by providing direct expert input in legal analysis, drafting of recommendations for legislative amendments, and advocacy.

Coordination and Representation

  • Ensure effective communication, coordination and information-sharing between partners NGOs, implementing lawyers and all components of the UNHCR Protection Umbrella Programme.  
  • Establish and maintain cooperation with key stakeholders and duty bearers.

 Reporting & Accountability

  • Prepare and submit to the CBC weekly workplan every Friday containing work schedule for the following week.
  • Collect monthly progress report and statistics from all field offices/oblasts of his/region by the 5th  day following the end of the month.
  • Review reports, compile statistics and forward to CBC by the 7th day.
  • Provide input for donor reports and other periodic reports.
  • Strictly maintain vehicle log book and submit to the CBC along with the weekly workplan.

 Required qualifications

  • University degree in law (preferred), political/social sciences, international relations, public administration, development, or a relevant equivalent.
  • Experience and knowledge in one of more of the following areas: legal aid, protection monitoring, community-based protection outreach.
  • Ability and willingness to maintain regular presence at project sites and to work during irregular working hours.
  • Strong computer skills (Excel, Microsoft, PowerPoint and Outlook). Skill in graphic designs is a plus.
  • Fluency in English, Russian and Ukrainian.

Reporting Line

RCBC reports to the Capacity Building Coordinator

We offer

DRC will offer the successful applicant a 6-month contract of official employment, renewable dependent on funding and performance.



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