Legal Officer Job – International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Job Title:  Legal Officer (Fresher Jobs)

Organisation: International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Duty Station:   Uganda

 

About US:

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and gain control of their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC works with people forced to flee from war, conflict and disaster and the host communities which support them, as well as those who remain within their homes and communities. At work today in over 40 countries and 25 U.S. cities, we improve outcomes in the areas of health, safety, economic wellbeing, education, and power.

 

Job Summary:  Under the supervision of Protection Manager, the Legal Officer 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 Peaceful Co-existence committees/Safety Action 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, advice, and information on 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.
  • Participate in SGBV, Legal Sub sector working and DCC meetings
  • 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 as directed by the Senior National PRoL Manager
  • 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 Protection Manager 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.
  • In co-ordination with JLOS actors and other legal stake actors, mobilize and facilitate Mobile Courts in the settlement
  • Support Protection Manager in delivering legal trainings on national and international legal frameworks to targeted audiences.
  • Raise Item Forecast to support procurement processes.
  • Perform any other duty as requested by the Protection Manager.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

  • The applicant must hold a Bachelor’s degree of Law or a Diploma in Law from a recognized university.
  • 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.
  • Belief in human rights including gender equality.
  • Strong communication skills including ability to gain trust and build relationships with new communities.
  • 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.
  • Good standard of spoken and written English language skills essential.

 

How to Apply:

All suitably qualified and interested applicants should apply online at the link below.

 

Click Here

 

Deadline: 21st July 2022

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