Refugee Law Project Legal Assistants Jobs in Kenya

Refugee Law Project Legal Assistants Jobs in Kenya

Legal Assistant

Reports to Legal Officer

Job Summary

The Legal Assistant provides specific legal assistance to the assigned Legal Officer and office in the provision of direct legal support to victims of forced migration and in carrying out policy advocacy on forced migration.

Key Result Areas and Tasks

KPA 1: Client Support

  • Prepare documentation for proper representation of forced migrant clients before the courts of law and other institutions
  • Provide legal advice to forced migrants and support migrant groups
  • Identify and make referrals for cases that need the Legal Officer’s attention
  • Facilitate Alternative Dispute Resolution among conflicting parties
  • Participate in conducting legal aid clinics in refugee settlements to provide on-spot legal aid
    services
  • Make appropriate referrals for legal and alternative support to other partner organisations
    and service providers

    KPA 2: Research and Advocacy

  • Participate in conducting legal research for cases presented to court
  • Identify and document access to justice cases as they relate to forced migrants and forced
    migration
  • Participate in the preparation of legal opinions and advice on general issues of forced
    migration;
  • Conduct trainings legal and rights dimensions of forced migration
  • Conduct training to empower forced migrants for sustainability
  • Participate in training government duty bearers
  • Participate in the development of Information, Education and Communication materials
    relating to Access to Justice

    KPA 3: Networking

  • Conduct information session on identified issues amongst the forced migrant community
  • Participate in dialogues with forced migrants and other stakeholders
  • Support in coordinating networking meetings with other stakeholders in the provision of
    legal aid, including but not limited to Government institutions and UNCHR
  • Initiate, review and advise on MOUs between the RLP and other partner organizations as
    necessary

    KPA 4: Fundraising

  • Support fundraising through developing reports to be reviewed and submitted to donors
  • Identify new issues in the area of operation for further funding
  • Prepare for donor visits and ensure that all the needed feedback is available
  • Account for funds advanced for activities in the stipulated timeframe

    KPA 5: Information management support

  • The Legal Assistant will carry out other clerkship responsibilities including; filing, taking and responding to legal related
    correspondences as necessary
  • Support in basic psychosocial counseling for clients
  • Open and close arguments and aid in court pleadings or motions

    Desired Competences
  • Ability to operationalize legal assignments;
  • Ability to give timely report on activities undertaken;
  • Ability to work under pressure with minimum supervision;
  • Creative and innovative skills;
  • Great interpersonal skills and high level of self-motivation;
  • Excellent skills in MS Office applications and
    good communication and presentation skills;
  • Good touch typing skills of at least 30 Words Per Minute;
  • Fluency in Kiswahili and/or any other language spoken in refugee communities will be an added advantage

    Necessary Education and Experience
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Law from a recognized university
  • Experience in engaging with key partners on legal related issues
  • Possession of a practicing certificate will be an added advantage
  • Knowledge of Kiswahili and/or any other language spoken in refugee communities will be
    an added advantage

    How to Apply
  • For all positions listed, please submit an application cover-letter and up-to-date Curriculum Vitae, as well as links to any publications you wish us to consider.
  • Copies of academic credentials are NOT
    required at this stage.
  • Applications should be sent by email addressed to the Human Resources Officer at
    recruitment@refugeelawproject.org with the title of the position applied for in the subject-line.
  • All applicants must be submitted by 11.59pm on Friday 10th May 2019.
  • Applications received after this time and date will not be considered.
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
  • Candidates must be in a position to cover their own travel expenses to interview.
  • Refugee Law Project is a human-rights based organization with strong Anti-Discrimination policies.
  • For more information and job application details, see; Refugee Law Project Legal Assistants Jobs in Kenya

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