Mеждународна организация по миграция

Call for CVs -  Legal Counselor  

Position Title: Legal Counselor /s

Duty Station: Harmanli and Sofia

Classification: Ungraded position, attractive remuneration package

Type of Appointment: Consultancy contract

Estimated Start Date: As soon as possible

Closing Date: May 08th, 2017


Established in 1951, IOM is the leading inter-governmental organization in the field of migration and works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental partners. The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is committed to the principle that humane and orderly migration benefits migrants and society. As the leading international organization for migration, IOM acts with its partners in the international community to: assist in meeting the growing operational challenges of migration management; advance understanding of migration issues; encourage social and economic development through migration, and; uphold the human dignity and well-being of migrants.

In Bulgaria, IOM is focusing on responding to the current migration situation in the country, in support of the Bulgarian Government and in cooperation with all other agencies involved.

Context: Under the Project focused on Protecting Children in the context of the Refugee and Migrant Crisis in Europe, IOM Sofia is recruiting legal counselor/s to provide support to migrant children taking into account their specific needs.


Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. In coordination with IOM colleagues provide legal assistance for migrant children at arrival, transit and destination points to be informed about their rights and the procedures to be followed for child protection.

  2. Provide specialized assistance to recognize the unaccompanied children and their eligible family members within and outside of EU according to the family reunification procedures

  3. Refer interested migrants for further actions related to the voluntary return and reintegration programme.

  4. Assist in coordinating the provision of care to all refugees and migrants in line with IOM standards.

  5. Prepare case reports and coordinate activities with IOM protection and AVR teams.

  6. Undertake duty travels as required.

  7. Perform other duties as required for the successful implementation of the project.


Required Qualifications and Experience


  • Completed university degree or higher degree from an accredited academic institution in Law with 3 years of relevant work experience in the field.

  • Good level of computer literacy


  • Good knowledge of Bulgarian and EU migration related legislation

  • Previous experience in providing counselling to migrants and/or refugees and/or third country nationals

  • Awareness of refugees and migrants issues

  • Excellent communication and negotiation skills, personal commitment, efficiency and flexibility.

  • Ability to work with minimal supervision and difficult conditions


Fluency in English and Bulgarian is required.



Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment and verification of residency, visa and authorizations by the concerned Government, where applicable.

How to apply:

Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications (European Format CV and Cover Letter) in English, to iomsofia@iom.int email address, quoting the vacancy notice by 08th May 2017 at the latest, referring to this advertisement. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Posting period:

From 24.04.2017 to 08.05.2017