2 International Non-profit Career Opportunities – Legal Officer at Lutheran World Federation (LWF)

Organization: Lutheran World Federation (LWF)
Duty Station: Uganda
About US:
Lutheran World Federation (LWF) is part of the Lutheran World
Federation Department for World Service (LWF-DWS), an international
humanitarian and development agency. LWF Uganda works to reduce people’s
vulnerability, supporting them to realize their potential, to build on their
assets, and to respond to their own problems and needs. LWF Uganda currently
has five areas of operation in Pader, Kitgum, Adjumani, Katakwi, Sembabule,
Kampala and Kamwenge Districts:
Job Summary: The Legal officer will provide legal advisory
services to 
Lutheran World Federation (LWF).
Key Duties and Responsibilities:          
  • The Legal Officer shall expeditiously
    follow-up refugee matters before the courts of law and offer advisory
    services to refugee.
  • The Officer will work collaboratively with
    other sectors and partners shall carry out prison visits and give legal
    counseling to suspects.
  • The job holder will work in close collaboration
    with other partners, sector and government entities shall organize,
    facilitate and support the mobile court within the assigned area of
  • The incumbent will develop and foster
    professional relationships with other NGOs and human rights organizations
    in Uganda and elsewhere.
  • Providing legal sensitization for staff,
    local communities and LWF stakeholders;
  • Legal Officer shall provide the best
    possible legal aid including preparation of legal documents, legal
    assistance and in accordance with the aims and principles of LWF;
  • The Legal officer will work closely with
    communities; peer groups (including elders, youth, children and women),
    community based organizations, local partners, government departments and
    other organisations;
  • The Legal Officer shall actively encourage
    protection mainstreaming and a rights-based approach throughout all of LWF
    including gender sensitivity;
  • Prepare and submit
    weekly/monthly/quarterly and feature reports on legal issues in the
    settlement as required;
  • Actively collaborate with other LWF
    sectors and implementing partners in order to ensure smooth implementation
    of legal activities and coordination of efforts;
  • The Legal Officer shall advocate on behalf
    of beneficiaries to government authorities and civil society on issues
    related to rights of refugees, asylum seekers and other persons of
  • Advocate, particularly with UNHCR and
    relevant authorities on salient protection issues relating to, refugees,
    and stateless persons in Uganda.
  • Identify legal areas appropriate for
    national or regional advocacy efforts.
  • Work in liaison with the CR to develop
    capacity building programmes in advocacy/ protection related issues for
    staff in the camp
Qualifications, Skills and Experience:  
  • The ideal candidate for the LWF Non-profit
    Legal Officer Jobs should hold a University degree in law preferably with
    specialization in criminal or international law
  • Diploma in Legal Practice;
  • At least three years’ experience working
    with or representing asylum seekers/refugees before either a national or
    international adjudicating body is strongly preferred;
  • Working knowledge or familiarity with
    UNHCR guidelines and procedures, an added advantage;
  • Proven ability to exercise sound legal
    judgment, well organized, self-motivated and reliable with a demonstrated
    interest in international & National human rights;
  • Demonstrated compassion for refugees,
    asylum seekers, displaced people;
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team as
    well as individually;
  • Must be an enrolled advocate with a valid/
    current practicing certificate
  • Ability to deal with complex legal issues
    into reader-friendly and policy relevant language
How to Apply:  
All suitably qualified and interested candidates should send their
applications via email to recruitment@lwf.or.ug addressed to the Office of Administration/Human
The body of the email message must include the following information: (Names,
Highest academics earned, Years’ experience, Salary expectations, earliest date
The attachments must include:
  • One page cover letter, explaining the
    candidate’s suitability for the position
  • Curriculum vitae (CV): do not include
    certificates for education, trainings, etc.
  • List of three professional references
    (name, title, , telephone number, email address)
NB: Only short-listed candidates will be
Deadline: Tuesday, 19th May, 2015 by 4 PM EAT
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