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  • Organization: IRC - International Rescue Committee
  • Location: Kampala
  • Grade: Mid level - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Legal - Broad
  • Closing Date:

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Legal Officer (3 positions)

Kampala (Uganda)

Requisition ID: req5503

Job Title: Legal Officer (3 positions)

Sector: Protection and rule of law

Employment Category: Regular

Employment Type: Full-Time

Open to Expatriates: No

Location: Kampala, Uganda

Job Description

Under the supervision of the Programme Manager, she/he will identify legal issues and provide legal counselling and case management for individuals in the community and in detention facilities. They will facilitate referrals for legal representation to bona fide legal practices who offer pro bono services. Working with community structures, detention facilities, the Police and other stakeholders in the urban environment organize legal information sessions in various environments responding to needs and concerns of refugees in the urban context.  You will be part on an integrated protection team and working in a consortium with other actors.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Work with Community Paralegals, Community leaders, the Police and other stakeholders in the legal sphere to identify issues impacting on urban refugees needing legal interventions
  • Undertake regular monitoring and visits of detention and prison facilities
  • Provide legal counseling and case management support to refugees and other vulnerable individuals.
  • Conduct legal information sessions on human rights and key Laws relating to protection of refugees and other affected persons.
  • Facilitate referrals for legal representation from pro bono agencies
  • Closely work with Police to provide necessary assistance to survivors and witnesses.
  • Submit daily and weekly data\reports, including narrative of high risk cases to inform appropriate actions.
  • Participate in legal trainings as directed 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.
  •  Analyze data, highlight trends and legal protection needs of refugees and other persons of concern.
  • Support training of state and non- state actors on national and international legal frameworks to targeted audiences.
  • Undertake other administrative duties as directed by the Programme Manager, required for the functioning of programme and implementation, that are consistent with the role of Legal Officer.

Key Working Relationships

Position Reports to: Programme Manager

Position directly supervises:Community Volunteers


  • 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.
  • Strong understanding of 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, Refugee Law, Ugandan national laws and policies relating to refugees.
  • 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.

Please note:

  • This position is open only to Ugandan nationals
  • Deadline for receiving applications is Monday 8th July 2019
  • Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis

We do our best to provide you the most accurate info, but closing dates may be wrong on our site. Please check on the recruiting organization's page for the exact info. Candidates are responsible for complying with deadlines and are encouraged to submit applications well ahead.
Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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