Legal Action Worldwide Legal Fellow: Africa Jobs in Kenya

Legal Action Worldwide Legal Fellow: Africa Jobs in Kenya


  • Legal Action Worldwide (LAW) is a unique non-profit network and think tank of lawyers which provides creative legal assistance in fragile and conflict-affected areas and places national lawyers at the forefront of legal change.

  • LAW uses advocacy, research, legal empowerment and strategies to bring about this change.

  • LAW’s thematic focuses include: Addressing Sexual and Genderbased Violence; Accountability; Natural Resource Exploitation/displacement; and Transitional Justice.

  • LAW’s Advisory Council and Board are comprised of senior international lawyers who advise LAW on the development of innovative casework and legal strategies.

  • LAW’s groundbreaking work has received international media coverage, including in the New York Times, the Times of London, the Guardian, Al-Jazeera, France24, Voice of America, Huffington Post and Foreign Policy

  • LAW’s Africa team delivers creative legal assistance programmes in South Sudan, Uganda and Somalia, with plans to expand, including to Mali.

  • LAW Africa’s thematic areas of focus include sexual and gender-based violence, transitional justice and the women, peace and security agenda, accountability for serious human rights violations and female genital mutilation (FGM).

  • LAW seeks an enthusiastic Legal Fellow to play a leading role in our Africa Programme to be based in Nairobi with travel within the region.


    Position Description
    Reports to: Overall reporting to LAW’s Head of Africa

    Functions/Key Results Expected: The Legal Fellow will perform duties and responsibilities in accordance with the objectives and activities set out below:

    Programme-related tasks


  • In-depth research and analysis of the contexts of Somalia, South Sudan, Uganda and other African countries as needed.

  • In-depth research and analysis of international law – in particular, international human rights law, international criminal law, international humanitarian law.

  • Preparation of research briefs, legal documentation and factsheets on thematic topics including sexual and gender-based violence, conflict-related sexual violence, female genital mutilation (FGM) and the Women, Peace and Security Agenda.

  • Monitoring and analyse
    developments of new legal trends and keep abreast with legal, political and governance related developments in areas that touch on LAW’s mandate and draft updates for LAW’s global team.

  • Prepare social media and advocacy messaging for LAW’s Africa team and maintaining LAW’s website relating to Africa.

  • Contribute to preparing training materials, organising and delivering training on human rights law, criminal law or other similar topic to justice actors in conflict-settings.

  • Contribute to drafting project proposals, collating project data, and drafting donor reports.

  • Any other duties as directed by LAW’s Head of Africa or LAW Executive Director.


    Skills and Qualifications Required

  • Degree in law, preferably with a focus on human rights, international criminal law, conflict, access to justice; Master’s degree is an asset.

  • Knowledge and experience of delivering legal assistance in fragile or conflict-affected settings.

  • Excellent research and drafting skills.

  • Experience practising law is preferred.

  • Excellent organisational skills and analytical skills.

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and strong technical literacy.

  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills and ability to work on own and take initiative; demonstrated experience working remotely.

  • Experience working with international NGOs is strongly preferred.

    How to Apply

  • Please email a CV and statement of interest (neither exceeding 2 pages of A4) in English on to: ojodo@legalactionworldwide.org.

  • The subject of the application should read ‘Legal Fellow: Africa.’

  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interviews. LAW is an equal opportunity employer


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