Legal Protection Program Manager at HIAS Refugee Trust of Kenya

Legal Protection Program Manager at HIAS Refugee Trust of Kenya

TITLE: Legal Protection Program Manager


DEPARTMENT: Legal Protection

SUPERVISOR: Program Director


START DATE: 27th June 2022

END DATE: 14th September 2022 (Renewable contract subject to availability of funds and performance)



HIAS’ legal protection work directly supports refugees’ and other forcibly displaced individuals’ ability to access territory, legal status, and other basic legal rights, as provided for in key instruments of international law (e.g., Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Convention on the Rights of the Child, International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights). Within the Refugee Rights Framework, this work contributes to the broader set of legal and civil rights that support refugees’ ability both to rebuild their lives in safety and dignity after displacement and to contribute to society through sustained legal and systemic change.

The overall goal of HIAS Legal Protection programming is for refugees and other forcibly displaced people to be able to access territory, legal status, and other basic legal rights in the country of asylum. HIAS achieves this goal through three key outcome areas:

(1) Refugees and forcibly displaced people can safely access territory

(2) Refugees and forcibly displaced people can access and secure asylum or other protective legal status

(3) Refugees and forcibly displaced people can access basic rights to health, shelter, education, and work.

HIAS seeks to recruit a Legal Protection Program Manager who will oversee the day to day running of the Legal Protection Program, supervise protection staff and provide leadership. The incumbent will also spearhead provision of timely, effective, and quality Legal protection responses to persons of concern. He or she will be required to provide technical oversight and supervision to Legal Protection program staff to ensure all activities supported are designed and conducted in accordance with HIAS Standard Operating Procedures and within the local and global guidelines.


· Provide leadership to protection staff and manage unit’s workflow relating to refugee protection activities, whilst ensuring adherence to relevant national and international laws and sector standards.

· Lead the implementation of HIAS Legal Protection program through provision of strategic direction and technical advice on program design and development.

· Collaborate with Technical Advisors to reinforce guidance and strategize new approaches to plan and implement program activities and for quality programming.

· Provide mentoring and on the job training to Legal Protection staff to become experts in protection and mainstreaming in line with the accredited standards.

· Develop interventions including, but not limited to creating awareness of HIAS activities on Legal Protection.

· Oversee the overall case management of the program and supervise case workers and community-based protection monitors to implement tracking and reporting of rights violations effectively.

· Facilitate establishment of community-based protection mechanism and support

· Maintain and develop relationships with Key stake holders and partners to advocate for rights of refugees

· Ensure timely reporting and contribute to resource mobilization and other organizational development efforts;

· Ensure implementation of protection related Age, Gender, Diversity in the program

· Monitor and report program activities to ensure quality of work vis-a-vis contractual and grant commitments while ensuring impact is realized

· Contribute to initiatives to enhance national and local protection capacities.

· Undertake routine correspondence, draft reports and compile statistics for the protection program.

· Develop strategic partnerships in Legal Protection through participation in co-ordination meetings

· Participate and contribute to the identification of grants for funding opportunities for Legal Protection Projects.

· Contribute to the drafting of concept notes, project proposals, monitoring of periodic activity reports.

· Take lead in project planning and oversee budget expenditures to ensure effective use of resources against planned activities and outputs related to HIAS Legal Protection work.

· Senior Management team. As a member of the SMT you will be required to attend meetings, ensure alignment of major policies and procedures, advise the country leadership on matters pertaining to Legal Protection, participate in the recruitment and management of staff in the department, collaborate with other departments in ensuring that the HIAS goals are met.

· Performing other duties as required


· Bachelor’s Degree in Law

· Certified by the Bar to represent clients in Court

  • Master’s degree in Gender Studies, Community Development Studies, Social Science and/or other related fields of study is an added advantage.

· A minimum of 7 years working experience in a management position with at least 3 years in Project Management, monitoring, and evaluation with a specific focus legal protection.

· Demonstrated experience working directly with refugees

· Knowledge of international legal frameworks governing refugees, human rights/human rights law preferred,

· Excellent written and oral communication skills, excellent interviewing and counselling skills and ability to interact with refugee populations, strong interpersonal and diplomacy skills.

· Strong analytical, managerial, leadership and team building skills.

· Strong computer skills, in particular Microsoft Office, excellent organizational and time management skills.

· Proficiency in English, knowledge of Kiswahili

· Ability to work and supervise a team, maintain respect for diversity, uphold integrity, respect and accountability

· Self-starter with an ability to work with minimal supervision, in a culturally diverse team

· Excellent Analytical, Communication and Report writing skills

· Strong interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to establish effective working relations with local staff, beneficiaries, and other stakeholders

· Knowledge in Accountability to Affected Populations

· Knowledge in PSEA


This job description is intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. It is not an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, skills required or permanent location. Location is subject to change based on programmatic needs. Flexibility is essential as we grow and develop. The successful candidate must be comfortable in a fast-paced, changing work environment with many crucial deadlines. All team members may be required to perform duties outside of their normal work hours of responsibilities as needed.


We are committed to a fair and respectful hiring process, and we do our absolute best to respond to every applicant. We prioritize communication and transparency with all candidates, even those who are not moving forward. Here’s a snapshot of our hiring process:

Step 1: Submit your application!

Step 2: Phone screen with a Human Resources staff person.

Step 3: Interview with the hiring manager.

Step 4: Interview with a panel of HIAS employees.

Step 5: Reference check.

Step 6: Offer and background check.

Step 7: Start your professional journey with HIAS!

Note: Some of our hiring processes may vary, and not all candidates will advance to each step.


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.


Welcome • Acogimiento • Hospitalité • אורחיםהכנסת(Hachnasat Orchim)

We Welcome the Stranger

Justice • Justicia • Justice • צדק(Tzedek)

We Pursue Justice

Empathy • Empatía • Empathie • חסד(Chesed)

We Approach our Clients with Empathy

Partnership • Compañerismo • Coopération • חברותא(Chevruta)

We Believe in Changing the World through Partnership

Courage • Coraje • Courage • אומץ(Ometz)

We Act with Courage to Build a Better World

Resilience • Resiliencia • Résilience • רוח(Ruach)

We Adapt and Thrive, Continuously Demonstrating our Resilience


HIAS is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. 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.

Please submit a cover letter and resume through the link, quoting the position title: Legal Protection Program Manager on the subject. Indicate your salary expectation as well.

Closing date: 14th June by 5.00pm.

Important: Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

HRTK is an equal opportunity employer, does not charge candidates for recruitment and dissociates itself from any entity defrauding candidates.**


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