Emergency Legal Protection Coordinator, Ukraine Regional Response At HIAS


HIAS seeks experienced Emergency Technical Coordinators to join its global external surge roster. HIAS established its emergency roster to access a pool of experienced and qualified candidates with a demonstrated background in emergency response and complex humanitarian programming.

The Emergency Technical Coordinators will be responsible for providing specialized expertise across a range of sectors/topics. This will include sector experts to provide emergency surge capacity in HIAS’ Signature Approaches1 as well as other areas of expertise, such as proposal writing, assessments and/or M&E, communications, among others. Additionally, if/when other sectors outside of the Signature Approaches are being considered as part of HIAS’ emergency response (including when such sectors will be implemented through partners), the Emergency Technical Coordinators will also include relevant sector experts (e.g. WASH, Food Assistance/Distribution, NFIs, Protection, etc.). The Emergency Technical Coordinators will be responsible for ensuring the quality and effectiveness of HIAS’s emergency responses for which he/she is selected and contracted/deployed. He/she will provide leadership in his/her area of expertise, and will support rapid assessments, response strategy and design, humanitarian coordination, and start-up of emergency activities where requested.

Emergency Technical Coordinators will report to the Emergency Team Lead on the ground; or, in situations in which there is no Team Lead but there is an existing HIAS Country Office, the Emergency Technical Coordinators will report into the HIAS Country Director (or his/her designated Manager). Emergency Technical Coordinators will also work closely with the Emergency Department, relevant Technical Directors, Strategy & Measurement Department, Public Affairs, and/or other HIAS departments or divisions relevant to their area of expertise.

In order to join HIAS’ emergency roster, candidates will need to apply as instructed through the website and then will undergo a shortened selection process. All roster members will be requested to keep HIAS updated as to their interest and availability to be deployed and/or remotely support on emergency responses. If/when opportunities arise that meet a roster member’s skill set, they will be contacted and will go through an expedited selection and contracting process, including salary agreement based on the role and location of the roster surge support placement. While on the roster and not working/deployed, roster members will not receive compensation or benefits of any kind, but may potentially have access to trainings.


  • Acts as a senior member of the Emergency Team on the ground, providing leadership and expertise in his/her area of technical specialty.
  • Provides technical guidance for rapid needs assessment and contribute to the development of an integrated emergency response plan, and support start-up of emergency programming where requested, working closely with HIAS’ Emergency Department, Technical Directors, and Strategy & Measurement teams (or other HIAS departments and divisions as needed), or working closely with HIAS’ existing Country Office (in contexts where HIAS already has a presence).
  • Coordinates and manages HIAS project implementation (activities, budget, and project documentation) in line with proposals, strategies, and donor requirements while delivering high technical quality projects.
  • Regularly gathers information on relevant and changing laws, policies, and practices throughout the country and/or region and ensure HIAS teams and humanitarian partners have access to such information.
  • Leads the exchange, documentation, and dissemination of best practices and lessons learned with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Develops and maintains relationships with key stakeholders and partners to advocate for and promote the rights of refugees, asylum seekers, and migrants.
  • Where response implementation will be conducted through partners, support the Team Lead and/or existing HIAS Country Office to assess, identify, and select implementing partners with demonstrated technical capacity to deliver quality emergency programming.
  • Identifies country/regional program priorities, problems, and challenges, and adopts a problem-solving approach, solving them in collaboration with other core program areas, programs staff, and senior management.
  • Actively promotes synergies between HIAS’ Legal Protection programs and other core program areas.
  • Through program design and behavior, ensures clients participate in the design and implementation of HIAS legal protection programs.
  • Represent HIAS in relevant coordination groups and Clusters as requested and coordinate closely with implementing partners, other international NGO’s, UN agencies, host government, bilateral and multilateral donors, and other principle stakeholders.
  • Leads on HIAS’ efforts to deliver rights-oriented protection services while mitigating barriers for diverse populations with specific needs, including the provision of quality responsive information, inclusion efforts and humanitarian access, and working with other HIAS sectors to reduce risk of further harm to affected populations.
  • Through program design and implementation, ensure beneficiaries are empowered to access documentation, basic rights, and protection services, and that meets the immediate needs of the affected population in line with HIAS’ refugee rights framework.
  • Ensure implementation in accordance with international standards and in close coordination with HIAS’ Technical Directors and Emergency Department, and contribute to monitoring and reporting of emergency activities.
  • Manages grant/program implementation including staff recruitment and training, work plan development, monitoring and evaluation systems, and ensures reporting and analysis of results are used to enhance program effectiveness and quality and are in line with donor requirements.
  • Ensures projects target beneficiaries most in need of protection.
  • Where applicable, explores and assesses new and better ways to assist.
  • Supports the transfer of responsibilities and knowledge to replacement or long-term staff to ensure the continuity of HIAS legal protection programming and operations.
  • Where appropriate, provide timely and accurate information to the Public Affairs team in support of Communications, Media, and Advocacy efforts around the humanitarian emergency. This will include ensuring that all information, publicity, and fundraising material recognizes and respects the dignity of those affected by disasters or emergencies.


  • Dynamic individual with a proven ability to achieve results in a demanding, fast-paced, and often insecure environment.
  • Minimum of 3-5 years of experience in emergency/humanitarian legal protection work, of which at least two must be in the field in complex, challenging, and/or insecure environments.
  • Demonstrated experience in a technical and/or management-level role in field-level emergency programming.
  • Clear career trajectory reflecting a deep level of emergency technical expertise within his/her specific specialty area, including knowledge and understanding of the latest standards and best practices among international humanitarian and emergency actors.
  • Demonstrated experience conducting rapid needs assessments and designing technically-sound programs to respond to identified needs on the ground.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and implement capacity building training of staff on emergency legal protection.
  • Experience in both direct implementation as well as sub-partner management preferred.
  • Experience designing programs and contributing to proposals and budgets for standard institutional emergency donors.
  • Willingness to relocate for up to three months and at short notice (within 1-2 weeks).
  • Ability to work well with others and rapidly adapt to new countries/contexts.
  • Flexibility to work in challenging environments and with high workloads, potentially with limited mobility.
  • Excellent English language skills (verbal and written) required; proficiency in a third language, Spanish and/or French preferred.
  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree required, Master’s Degree preferred.
  • Completion of Hostile Environment Awareness Training (HEAT) within the past three years preferred.


Over one hundred years ago, the Jewish community founded HIAS (originally the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society) in New York City, the immigrant gateway to America. Supporting Jews fleeing persecution and poverty in Eastern Europe, our founders were guided by the traditions, texts and history of the Jewish people—a history of oppression, displacement and diaspora. HIAS has since helped generations of Jews facing violence because of who they were, and HIAS remains committed to helping Jewish refugees anywhere in the world. Today, our clients at HIAS come from diverse faiths, ethnicities and backgrounds, as do our staff. We bring our experience, history and values to our work across five continents, ensuring that refugees today receive the vital services and opportunities they need to thrive.

HIAS is a learning community, committed to diversity and inclusion. We do our work with integrity, accountability, transparency and a commitment to the highest ethical standards. We seek employees from diverse backgrounds and life experiences to join our teams located in the United States and across the globe. People who identify as BIPOC, people with disabilities, people from the LGBTQ+ community and people with lived experiences of forced displacement or immigration are all encouraged to apply. We are committed to building a diverse workforce that reflects our vision, mission and values.


HIAS stands for a world in which refugees find welcome, safety and opportunity.


Drawing on our Jewish values and history, HIAS provides vital services to refugees and asylum seekers around the world and advocates for their fundamental rights so they can rebuild their lives.


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HIAS is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. As an equal opportunity employer, all qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, ethnic background, ancestry, citizenship status, religious creed, age, sex, gender, sexual orientation, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, registered domestic partner or civil union status, familial status, pregnancy, childbirth, military status, protected veteran status, political orientation or other legally protected status.

How to apply

Please submit your CV, application, and cover letter to our website: Emergency Legal Protection Coordinator Ukraine Regional Response – Careers At HIAS Inc. (hrmdirect.com).

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