Non-profit Careers – Associate Attorney at International Justice Mission (IJM)

Job Title:   Associate
Organization: International Justice Mission (IJM)
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: IJM Staff Attorney
About US:
The International Justice
Mission is a global organization that protects the poor from violence
throughout the developing world. International Justice Mission partners with
local authorities to rescue victims of violence, bring criminals to justice,
restore survivors, and strengthen justice systems.  The International Justice Mission (IJM)
Uganda is working to eliminate property grabbing in Uganda by bringing rescue
and restoration to individual victims, accountability to their perpetrators,
and transformation to the public justice system as a whole. 
Job Summary: The Associate Attorney will have the
opportunity to bring substantive relief to widows and orphans by intervening in
individual cases of property grabbing, assisting the Director of Public
Prosecutions to charge and prosecute perpetrators, and informing efforts to strengthen
the public justice system.
Key Duties and
1. Legal Intervention:
  • Render
    support in evaluating, developing, and implementing intervention
    strategies for IJM cases;
  • Technically
    support and encourage State Attorneys in the prosecution of property
    grabbing perpetrators;
  • Assist
    with mediations, negotiations, and other forms of alternative dispute
  • Support
    IJM clients to obtain Letters of Administration, complete property
    transfers, and effectuate property distributions;
  • Conduct
    case intake and client screening based on established criteria;
  • Conduct
    legal research, writing, and filing on behalf of IJM clients or as
    directed; and
  • Keenly
    track case related data in paper and electronic case tracking management
2. System Reform:
  • Mentor
    public justice system officials in the law and best practices in
    responding to property grabbing;
  • Support
    the IJM System Reform Department in designing reforms to the public
    justice system; and
  • Support
    IJM in advocacy efforts for positive change in the public justice system.
3. Casework Support:
  • Works
    closely with and pursue action from government offices (Lands Registry,
    Administrator General, etc);
  • Coordinate
    meetings with relevant parties, attorneys and power actors;
  • Coordinate
    with IJM Investigators to investigate allegations of property grabbing and
    ensure all evidence is collected in an admissible form;
  • Cooperate
    with IJM Aftercare Specialists in identifying psychosocial needs of
    victims; and
  • Assist
    in hosting guests, visitors, and volunteers.
4. Development:
  • Actively
    participate in IJM programs in professionalism and Christian spiritual
    formation; and
  • Maintain
    Practicing Certificate and participate in CLEs relevant to IJM’s work.
Qualifications, Skills and
  • The
    applicant should hold a Degree in law, successful completion of LDC and
    current Practicing Certificate;
  • At
    least three or more years of experience as a practicing attorney or legal
    assistant preferred;
  • Past
    experience in criminal litigation preferred;
  • Excellent
    critical thinking, legal analysis, and oral and written advocacy skills;
  • Computer
    literate with proficiency in MS Word, Outlook, and Excel; and
  • Driver’s
    License preferred.
  • Be
    a mature Christian faith as defined by the Apostles’ Creed;
  • Passionate
    commitment to IJM’s mission and values;
  • Professional
    in demeanor, appearance, writing and oral communication;
  • Works
    well under stress with a sustained positive attitude;
  • Exceptionally
    high level of honesty and integrity;
  • Intelligent,
    organized, creative and proactive problem solver;
  • Possess
    the ability to cooperate effectively in a multi-cultural environment.
  • Fluency
    in English and Luganda, with excellent writing and speaking in both;
How to Apply: 
All suitably qualified and
interested candidates who wish to join the International Justice Mission (IJM)
in the aforementioned capacity are encouraged to Apply Online by clicking on
the link below.
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