International Rescue Committee Legal Officer Jobs in Uganda

International Rescue Committee Legal Officer Jobs in Uganda

Requisition ID: req5020
Job Title:
  • Legal Officer
  • Legal
    Employment Category:
  • Regular
  • Yumbe, Uganda

    Job Description

    The supervision of Senior Legal Officer, 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.

    Key duties and Responsibilities:

  • Work with Community Paralegals to support community leadership groups, especially Neighborhood Watch Committees to support advocacy at the community level along with Protection Officers.
  • 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 training as directed by the Senior Legal Officer
  • Perform any other duty as requested by the senior legal officer.
  • Support Community Paralegals to conduct legal information sessions on rights and obligation of refugee, key offences and punishments in Uganda,
  • International human rights laws relating to refugees and other persons of concern.
  • Support Senior Legal Officer to analyze data, highlight trends and legal protection needs of refugees and other persons of concern.
  • Supervise community Paralegals in undertaking mediation and other aspects of alternative dispute resolutions.
  • Support Senior Legal Officer in delivering legal trainings on national and international legal frameworks to targeted audiences.
  • Raise PRs to support procurement processes.

    Key Working Relationships:
  • Position Reports to: Senior Legal Officer
  • Position directly supervises: Community Paralegals

  • At least two (2) years of prior professional experience in a similar post, preferably with an international
  • Organization for degree holders. Diploma holders who can provide a significant experience of working with refugee communities and demonstrate an awareness of the challenges in this role may be considered.

    Demonstrated Skills and Competencies:
  • Belief in human rights including gender equality.
  • Strong communication skills including ability to gain trust and build relationships with new


  • Bachelor Degree of Law or a Diploma in Law from a recognized university

    Work Experience:

  • Good understanding of International Human Rights and Refugee Law;
  • Basic computer skills including Microsoft Word 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.

    Language Skills:
  • Good standard of spoken and written English language skills essential

    How to Apply
  • Interested and qualified candidates should apply online by 23rd June 2019
  • For more information and job application details, see; International Rescue Committee Legal Officer Jobs in Uganda

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