International Rescue Committee GBV Legal Officer Jobs in Tanzania

International Rescue Committee GBV Legal Officer Jobs in Tanzania

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster.

At work today in over 40 countries and 22 U.S. cities, we restore safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure. The IRC leads the way from harm to home.

IRC provides protection and basic assistance in the areas of gender-based violence / women’s protection and empowerment, child and youth protection and development, community-based rehabilitation for persons with disabilities and special needs, livelihoods, mental health services and primary health care at the border posts and reproductive health for the Burundian and Congolese in refugee camps in the Kigoma region.

The Women’s Protection and Empowerment program in Tanzania has worked to strengthen gender-based violence (GBV) service delivery, help survivors heal, mobilize communities to prevent violence, and promote women and girls’ inclusion.

The IRC works to ensure GBV survivors have access to life-saving care, improved protection and envisions a country in which women and girls are respected, have access to essential services and opportunities, and live free from violence. The IRC Tanzania has been implementing GBV programs in refugee camps.

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) coordinates the provision of services across a broad spectrum of sectors in Kigoma Region, Tanzania. This position is responsible for providing legal counseling and support to survivors of gender-based violence in the Burundian camp, as well as host communities if required.

This position reports to the GBV Response Manger and works in close collaboration with the psychosocial and outreach officers, and WPE M&E Manager. The position is based in the assigned camp.


  • GBV survivors must be provided services with supportive environment in which there are respected and treated with dignity, following survivor-centered approach that survivor are engaged, and their best interest, rights, needs and wishes of the survivors are respected, as outlined in the IRC’s WPE Case Management Guidelines.
  • Adhere to GBV guiding principles: ensure the safety of the survivor and their children; and staff involved at all times, respect the confidentiality of the information provided by GBV survivors, if using interpreters, interpreters must be trained on respecting confidentiality, and conduct interviews in private settings. Maintain a non-judgmental manner and respect the survivor decision.
  • Provide legal counselling for GBV survivor regarding potential avenues of legal response; Respect the right to be informed on the details of the legal procedures,
    including available options, time frame and the consequences.
  • Provide and facilitate legal access to all GBV Survivors who opt for legal action include accompany and escort GBV Survivors to Police station and Court whenever requested i.e. by ensuring GBV Survivors and witness summoned to court attend court sessions; Respect the right to legal aid, including the right to refuse legal aid at any time prior or -depending on the type of the crime committed- during legal process.
  • Coordinate with the Prosecutor, pre court legal counseling and preparation support to GBV Survivors, witnesses and medical experts before court sessions i.e. District Courts, Primary Courts.
  • Continually update the GBV Psychosocial Officer about the survivors’ case and link the survivor with the case worker for ongoing psychosocial support or referral to additional services.
  • Monitor GBV survivors overall security risk as a result of pursuing legal action; ensure the survivor is protected against any risks of further offence that the alleged offender may cause and link the survivor with the Psychosocial Officer / GBV Case Workers to provide adequate response/referral to ensure needs and security concerns of the survivors are met.
  • In collaboration of GBV Response Manager and Psychosocial Support Supervisor monitoring the situation of the survivor even after the finalization of legal proceedings to prevent retaliation or secondary victimization at the hands of the perpetrator, the perpetrator’s family or friends, as well as to address stigmatization by the community.
  • Conduct different trainings to different groups in the camp on Tanzanian and international law, as it relates to women and girls protection from GBV to the Police, Sungusungu, women’s representatives, Zone Leaders, religious leaders, other community representatives, service providers and implementing partners.
  • Conduct GBV related-legal information dissemination (legal aid clinics) or other targeted legal activity in different zones in the camp to increase awareness in preventing and responding to GBV incidents.


  • Bachelor degree in law with at least 3 year’s relevant work experience, particularly in women’s rights.
  • Experience working on gender based violence issues desirable.
  • Experience working with camp-based populations/ rural communities desirable.
  • Commitment to working confidentially, responsibly and with respect for legal ethics.
  • Ability to work independently with a high degree of initiative required.
  • Good IT skills: knowledge of MS Word; Excel and Outlook required.
  • Swahili and good English written and oral skills required. French and Kirundi a plus
  • Ability to work as part of a team that shares the common goal of helping stop GBV.

    How to Apply

    Interested and qualified candidates should apply online by 10th October, 2019

    For more information and job application details, see; International Rescue Committee GBV Legal Officer Jobs in Tanzania

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