International Rescue Committee Legal Officer Jobs in Kenya

International Rescue Committee Legal Officer Jobs in Kenya

Job Overview/summary

Under the supervision of Program Manager, she/he will identify legal needs in the field; provide counseling, information and legal options.

The Legal Officer will be responsible for conducting legal information sessions, legal case management and follow ups, detention facility visits, awareness creation on rights and obligations of refugees under Ugandan Laws.

She/he will work with communities particularly Paralegals to ensure access to legal assistance is accessible by all. You will be part of an integrated protection team, working on issues on general protection and sexual and gender based violence issues.


  • Monitor and support Community Paralegals in alternative dispute resolution activities and legal case management.
  • Together with Protection Officers support community leadership structures, especially the Neighbourhood watch committees in their crime prevention and response functions.
  • Undertake regular monitoring and visits of detention and prison facilities
  • Provide legal counseling, information and available legal options to refugees and other persons of concern.
  • Conduct legal information sessions on human rights and key Laws relating to protection of refugees and other persons of concern.
  • Conduct case management and follow up on legal cases with relevant authorities.
  • Closely work with Police to provide necessary assistance to survivors and witnesses.
  • Submit daily and weekly data, including narrative of high risk cases to inform appropriate actions.
  • Participate in legal trainings for state and none state actors as directed by the Senior Legal Officer
  • Support Senior Legal Officer to analyze data, highlight trends and legal protection needs of refugees and other persons of concern.
  • Work on budgets and raise PRs to support procurement processes.
  • Ensure CommCare is used efficiently
  • Participate in external meetings aimed at promoting access to justice for refugees and legal assistance such as district coordination committee meetings, Zonal meetings involving UNHCR, OPM and partners.
  • Work closely with the Protection Officers to ensure linkages and referrals are done in a safe, effective and timely manner.

    Key Working Relationships:

  • Position Reports to: Program Manager
  • Position directly supervises: Community Paralegals and community based volunteers assigned to legal team

    Requirements/ Qualifications:


  • University degree in Law from a recognized university. Diploma holders in law from a recognized institution with demonstrable work experience in the field of law may be considered.


  • At least two years of prior professional experience in a similar post, preferably with an international organization, a law firm or human rights organization

    Skills and Abilities

  • Understanding of human rights and issues relating to gender equality
  • Strong written and verbal communication ability in English
  • Ability to gain trust and build relationships with new


  • Good understanding of Ugandan and Refugee Law;
  • Basic computer skills including Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook.
  • Experience in regular report writing.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work as part of a team, as well as independently.
  • Flexible and able to work in a dynamic and diverse environment

    How to Apply:

  • Please send filled IRC application form , cover letter, and CV in one PDF attachment clearly indicating the position - location that you have applied for “Legal Officer – Kyaka II” to:
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
  • Deadline Friday 31st January, 2019.**
  • Please note that if you do not follow the above instructions your application will be automatically disqualified.
  • All applications will be assessed strictly on individual merit.

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

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