Staff Attorney (German Law)

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Staff Attorney (German Law)

Berlin /
Complementary Pathways Team /
IRAP is seeking to hire a Staff Attorney to represent refugees seeking relocation through
family reunification, primarily to Germany. Some of this work will be conducted as part of
IRAP’s partnership with UNHCR to provide legal assistance to refugees in East Africa and
the MENA region seeking reunification with family members in Europe and the U.S. The
Staff Attorney’s main responsibility, in cooperation with the team’s caseworkers, will entail
the representation of clients in first-instance embassy proceedings, but may also extend to
representation in appeal proceedings. Casework will primarily be done remotely, as IRAP
clients are located throughout the world.
In addition to direct representation of clients, the Staff Attorney will provide guidance to
IRAP staff members and volunteers on German family reunification cases and will
participate in the strategic work of the team (e.g. organization of workshops, publications in
legal journals, etc.).
This position will report to the team’s Supervising Attorney for the Germany caseload.
This is an exciting opportunity for an individual interested in refugee rights to be part of a
new and rapidly growing team in an international legal aid organization. The position will initially be a one-year contract with the possibility of renewal based on funding.


  • Directly representing clients in family reunification cases to Germany (including conducting intake interviews and research, developing strategies, informing clients of their rights and applicable procedures, drafting submissions, and ensuring follow-up and advocacy with adjudicating bodies)
  • Working in collaboration with partner NGOs and German lawyers on family reunification cases to Germany (including coordination on both cases and advocacy work)
  • Overseeing work of other IRAP staff, caseworkers, and volunteers on individual
  • German family reunification cases (including trainings and review of intake interviews and submissions)
  • Ensuring detailed and accurate record-keeping regarding all potential and active cases
  • Keeping up to date on legislative and caselaw-related developments on family reunification and asylum law at European and German domestic levels
  • Participating in drafting legal manuals and pro se guides for family reunification cases to Germany
  • Other duties as assigned


  • 2nd German law degree required (2. Staatsexamen)
  • Demonstrated experience providing legal assistance to refugees and/or asylum-seekers in Germany (experience in family reunification procedures preferred)
  • Sound knowledge of European and German legislative framework and jurisprudence regarding refugees and/or human rights
  • Strong research, writing, and analytical skills
  • Strong interpersonal and communications skills and prior experience interviewing and counseling clients in a legal setting
  • Highly organized and flexible, able to multi-task and manage a high-volume workload, and excellent time management skills
  • Sensitivity to client empowerment and to working with clients of all backgrounds, including LGBTQI clients, survivors of trauma, and other vulnerable populations
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office and Google Suite
  • Excellent written and spoken German and English skills required; excellent skills in other languages (particularly Arabic, Farsi, French, Somali, Swedish, Tigrinya) a plus but not required
Location: The candidate will work in IRAP’s office in Berlin. Remote work candidates will be
The annual full-time equivalent salary range for this position is €62,867 - €66,677
commensurate with experience and office location.
IRAP’s benefits vary across office locations, and IRAP seeks to offer equitable and generous
benefits to all employees. Benefits for IRAP’s employees in Germany include:
* Supplementary company health insurance for staff as well as their partners and
* Berlin transport pass (A, B, C)
* Daycare reimbursements
* A wellness reimbursement twice per year
* Generous professional development opportunities
* 25 vacation days
* Office closure December 25-January 1
* Approximately 20 additional paid office closures throughout the year (incl. Public
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