Justice Centre Manager Career Opportunity – Justice Centres Uganda (JCU)

Organization: Justice
Centres Uganda (JCU)
Duty Station: Kampala,
Reports to: Manager

About US:
Justice Centres Uganda (JCU) is
a Project of the Justice Law and Order Sector(JLOS) hosted and supervised by
the Judiciary to provide Legal Aid. The Justice Centres are a one stop-stop
shop with a broad range of legal aid services to all categories of vulnerable
people within the community, identified through a means and merits test. Some
of these services include; legal representation, alternative dispute
resolution, referrals, awareness creation and outreach, as well as psychosocial
support. The model used seeks to bridge the gap between the demand and supply
sides of justice while at the same time empowering individuals and communities
to claim their rights and demand for policy change. Justice Centres Uganda
operates offices in Kampala, Mengo, Tororo, Lira, Hoima, Masaka, Jinja and
Fortportal; serving the Central, Eastern, Northern and Bunyoro regions
respectively in Uganda.

Job Summary:  The Justice Centre Manager will take charge of
a regional Justice Centre.

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Provide
    overall leadership, guidance and supervision of all regional staff including
    legal officers.
  • In
    charge of managing regional projects and programmes as well as their
  • Responsible
    for developing work plans and budgets for the Centre.
  • Implementing
    and track developed work plans; oversee and ensure regular monitoring and
    evaluation of JC workplan, processes and activities.
  • In
    charge of preparing monthly, quarterly and annual reports for submission
    to the National Office.
  • Handle
    public relations as a representative and official contact and spokesperson
    person for the Justice Centre at regional level.
  • Keenly
    advocate for the principles, goals and objectives of the programme.
  • Offer
    legal support to clients and to legal officers on complex matters.
  • Work
    closely with Legal Officers, determine which cases should go on to court
    for representation.
  • Represent  Justice Centres clients in Court.
  • Technically
    support and provide legal and human rights education to clients and
    communities including participation in some outreach sessions to ensure
    quality and standards.
  • Ensure
    an effective and functional referral system is in place.
  • Handle
    referral of cases and clients.
  • Be
    in charge of regular in house training sessions for staff.
  • Regularly
    review trends on matters registered at the clinic, and provide analysis so
    as to form the basis for advocacy.
  • Oversee
    research initiatives at the regional level to identify root causes of
  • Spearhead
    advocacy initiatives at the regional level.
  • Build
    and strengthen working relationships with stakeholders and partners in the
    region of operation
  • Attend
    and participate in District Coordination Committee meetings and

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The
    ideal candidate should preferably hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Law.
    Possession of a Master’s Degree in Law or related field will be of added
  • Possession
    of a Diploma in Legal Practice/enrolled Advocate with a valid practicing
  • Any
    additional course or certificates in Management, Human Rights, Development
    studies and Alternative Dispute Resolution will be of added advantage.
  • A
    minimum of three to five years of relevant legal and management experience
    in a similar position and /or organization experience working in the area
    of Legal Aid provision and previous work with Government, development
    oriented organizations or Legal Aid Service Providers. 
  • Possess
    excellent leadership, management and interpersonal skills
  • Highly
    self-driven and team oriented
  • Mature
    individuals with sound judgement, good leadership skills, good analytical
    skills, ability to communicate both orally and in writing, ability to work
    as a team and motivate a team, ability to resolve operational issues and
    work under minimum supervision.
  • Working
    knowledge of legal frameworks, human rights frameworks, principles and
    standards and issues affecting poor and vulnerable communities/
  • Excellent
    financial management skills and experience from a similar
    organization/legal aid service provider
  • Good
    writing and organizational skills that lead to timely documentation and
    and submission of reports.
  • Excellent
    interpersonal skills
  • Excellent
    planning and organizing skills
  • An
    open and result oriented approach to work.
  • Strong
    strategic thought and process facilitation skills.
  • Strong
    Lobbying and Advocacy Skills.
  • Good
    mediation and ADR skills
  • Managing
    and supervisory skills.
  • Past
    exposure and experience working in the area of Legal Aid Provision.
  • Ability
    to work with multi-cultural groups and in a multi-ethnic environment and
    gender sensitive.

Willingness to Work upcountry

How to Apply: 
All suitably qualified and
interested candidates are encouraged to send their application letters, updated
CVs and copies of their academic/professional certificates and a copy of their current
Practicing Certificate. Applications should indicate a daytime telephone
contact, email address and include three professional referees.

The complete applications
should be addressed to the National Coordinator, Justice Centres Uganda,
Chamber F6 High Court Building, P.O. Box 26365 Kampala, Uganda.  Please clearly indicate on the envelope the
position title you have applied for.

Deadline: Friday 31st July, 2015 by 5.00pm

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