Erbil, Iraq

Job Title: Lawyer
Location: Sulaymaniyah
Type of Position: Full-time
Length of Contract: 12 Months
Compensation And Benefits: Competitive salary and benefits commensurate with skills and experience. Local compensation package.

Application Deadline: 14/03/2024

About SEED Foundation:
SEED Foundation is a locally registered NGO in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. SEED’s mission is to protect, empower, and support the recovery of survivors of violence and others at risk. SEED is committed to delivering quality and holistic approaches, combining international expertise and local know-how to achieve results for the people of Iraq and Kurdistan. SEED’s programming focuses on three key objectives: 1) the delivery of transformational, comprehensive services including case management, mental health, and legal services, as well as psychosocial support activities; 2) strengthening the capacity of service providers through education, training, and capacity-development programs; and 3) ​promoting policy and social change to strengthen rights and protections for vulnerable populations through public awareness, technical assistance, and advocacy.

SEED carries a broad program portfolio focused on Technology-Facilitated GBV (TFGBV) focused on services to survivors and those at risk; policy and advocacy focused on legislative, policy, and institutional strengthening; prevention and awareness; and training and capacity building.

Role of the Lawyer: 

The purpose of the lawyer position is to provide legal information, counseling and representation to survivors of GBV and/or human trafficking and those at risk of violence. The lawyer reports to the Protection and Service Delivery Manager (PSDM) with technical support from the Legal coordinator.

Specific Tasks:

Legal Service Delivery - 80%:

  • Provide legal information, counseling and representation (court and administrative) services in regard to gender-based violence, human trafficking and other protection violations. 
  • Conduct legal awareness sessions and help individuals realize and claim their rights.  
  • Advocate on behalf of individual clients with relevant stakeholders including courts and the governmental offices to ensure that rights are upheld and protected. 
  • Ensure that internal and external referrals are well received and followed up in a timely manner. 
  • Prepare and proceed all paperwork for legal fees and transportation allowances in line with SEED policies. 
  • Identify case management and mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) needs of clients and refer them. This requires close work with case managers-CMs and psychologists to ensure that clients’ needs are met.
  • Adhere to all SEED policies including the policies for the legal services policies and SOPs and human resources, finance, security and procurement and logistic policies and procedures. 
  • At the request of the PSDM/ line manager, attend and represent SEED at meetings and working groups, and ensure coordination with stakeholders and the communities. 
  • Any other relevant task as assigned by the line manager. 

Documentation and Reporting - 15%:

  • Maintain electronic and physical archiving of legal cases as per the SEED SOPs. 
  • Provide regular monthly reports on legal activities, cases and challenges to the line manager. 
  • Identify legal and protection trends and properly document and report them to the legal Coordinator. 
  • Develop individual weekly and monthly work plans and share them with the line manager. 
  • Provide legal analysis and input on the existing laws and policies in KRI at the request of the line manager.
  • Prepare monthly case presentations to the line Manager 

Monitoring and Evaluation - 5%:

  • Assist in the supervision and monitoring of legal services, as well as maintaining accurate records in accordance with MEAL’s data gathering. 
  • Follow SEED’s data collection approaches and ensure systematic gathering and accuracy of legal data. 

SEED staff are expected to perform job duties and responsibilities professionally, respecting SEED’s Code of Conduct Policies. SEED is committed to ensuring that all individuals we come into contact with through our work, whether team members, community members, program participants, or others, are treated with respect and dignity. We will not tolerate child abuse, sexual exploitation, abuse, or harassment by or of our team members as part of our commitment to a safe and harmonious work environment.

Essential criteria: 

  • A bachelor or advanced degree in law 
  • Membership of Kurdistan Bar Association (Iraqi Bar Association if confirmed s/he is allowed to practice law in KRI). More than 3 years of experience working as a lawyer in the KRI and/or Iraq. NGO work experience is desirable, and work experience at the camps
  • Language requirements: Kurdish (Fluent) and Arabic (Advanced). A working knowledge of English is required for the TIP program and desirable for other programs. 

Core Competencies: 

  • Professionalism 
  • Ownership and commitment
  • Technical proficiency 
  • Communication and working relationships 
  • Understanding policies and procedures 


  • Strong belief in human rights and gender equality. 
  • Strong commitment to SEED values and mission. 


  • Interested candidates are invited to submit their cover letter and resume via this LINK.
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
  • Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.