Advisor on securing housing, land and property claims in Syria

Amman, Jordan
Apply by 3 September 2018
Senior-level , Full-time staff position
Posted on 4 August 2018

Job Description

As a federal company, GIZ supports the Federal Government in achieving its goals in international cooperation for sustainable development.

Job description

Many Syrian refugees and internally displaced persons (especially women and orphans) do not have recognised ownership, property or usage rights, or corresponding evidence for housing, land and property (HLP) in their places of origin.

The lack of documentation of these ownership, property and usage rights hinders future restitution or compensation based on international law. The Securing Claims of Syrian Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons to Housing, Land and Other Property project addresses a key challenge for developing new prospects for Syrian refugees and internally displaced persons. The project aims to improve the knowledge of internally displaced persons and refugees from Syria to enable them to secure evidence of their ownership, property and usage rights. It also promotes links among Syrian internally displaced persons and refugees, and Syrian legal experts.

Your tasks
  • Supporting all commission-management tasks that contribute to implementing the project successfully
  • Planning, organising and assisting with studies involving various Syrian, regional and international partners
  • Establishing a network of Syrian and international lawyers and experts and occasional commissioning of this network for the preparation of (legal) statements
  • Monitoring, on an ongoing basis, international discourse on refugees’ and internally displaced persons’ ownership, property and usage rights to housing, land and other property, especially in the MENA region
  • Actively participating in the group of international organisations working on the ownership, property and usage rights of refugees and internally displaced persons in Syria
  • Incorporating the knowledge and experience generated in the project into this network and into international discourse
  • Assuming responsibility for selecting, managing and supporting implementation partners and national and international consultants
Your profile
  • University degree in political science, law or a similar degree
  • Extensive knowledge of international agreements, guidelines, principles and standards relating to the ownership, property and usage rights of refugees and internally displaced persons to housing, land and other property
  • Several years’ experience of cooperating with international organisations, including the United Nations
  • Extensive experience in setting up and supporting network
  • Excellent social and diplomatic skills with strong communication skills
  • Business fluency in German and English, knowledge of Arabic is desirable
  • Willingness to travel frequently in the region



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GIZ would like to increase the proportion of employees with disability, both in Germany and abroad. Applications from persons with disabilities are most welcome.

About the Organization

We create prospects for people and with people. As GIZ has an international mandate, we offer a multicultural working environment. We are committed service providers and dedicated professionals, even under difficult circumstances. We take pride in enabling our employees to develop their professional and personal skills. There are plenty of reasons to join our motivated team – ranging from the diverse challenges you will face on a daily basis in one of our 130 partner countries, to the broad scope you will have for shaping your work.

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