Kyegegwa Town Council
Founded in 1933, the International Rescue Committee (www.rescue.org) is a world leader in relief, rehabilitation, and post-conflict development services for those uprooted or affected by violent conflict and oppression. The IRC is currently working in over 40 countries around the world, addressing both the immediate and lifesaving needs of conflict affected people in emergencies and the reconstruction needs of post-conflict societies.
The IRC began programming in northern Uganda in 1998 in response to mass displacement and devastation wrought by rebel group, the Lord’s Resistance Army. In 2002, the IRC expanded to the remote, conflict-affected region of Karamoja and in 2011, began working with refugees in Kampala. Monitoring the influx of South Sudanese refugees at the end of 2015, the IRC began scaling up its response to refugees arriving in the West Nile region. By promoting durable solutions that deliver on the interdependent aims of saving lives, strengthening institutions, and supporting social cohesion, the IRC in Uganda is laying the building blocks for long-term stability and development –bringing people from harm to home. The IRC currently works in 9 districts in Uganda, including Kitgum, Lamwo, Kyegegwa, Moroto, Amudat, Yumbe, Arua, Kasese and Kampala.
Under the supervision of Senior Protection 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.
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 trainings as directed by the Supervisor
•Perform any other duty as requested by the Protection 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.
•Support Protection Manager in delivering legal trainings on national and international legal frameworks to targeted audiences.
•Raise PRs to support procurement processes.
•Any other duties as assigned by supervisor.