Legal Officer NGO Jobs – Refugee Law Project (RLP)

Job Title:     Legal Officer
Organization: Refugee Law Project (RLP)
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Programme Manager, Access to Justice
About US:
Refugee Law Project (RLP) is an outreach project of the School of Law, Makerere
University. Our Mission is to empower asylum seekers, refugees, deportees, IDPs
and host communities to enjoy their human rights and lead dignified lives.
Refugee Law Project’s work is currently structured in five thematic areas:
Access to Justice; Conflict, Transitional Justice & Governance (CTJ&G),
Gender & Sexuality; Mental Health & Psychosocial Wellbeing; and Media
for Social Change.
Job Summary: The Legal Officer provides direct legal support
to victims of forced migration and carries out policy advocacy on forced
migration. The Legal Officer also provides technical support to RLP in relation
to Legal work through an active contribution in defining Legal priorities on
research, partnership, alliance building and advocacy.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
Direct Legal Aid:
  • As a direct legal service provider, the Legal
    Officer represents forced migrant clients before the courts of law and
    other institutions;
  • Provide legal advice to forced migrants and
    support migrant groups;
  • Identify and make referrals for resettlement
    of clients as per established procedure;
  • Actively facilitate Alternative Dispute
    Resolution among conflicting parties;
  • Conduct Legal aid clinics to the refugee
    settlements to provide on-spot legal aid services; and make appropriate
    referrals for legal and alternative support
Research and Advocacy:
  • The Legal Officer will conduct research,
    documentation, and publication on issues of access to Justice as they
    relate to forced migrants and forced migration;
  • Prepare legal opinions and advice on general
    issues of forced migration that may arise from time to time;
  • Carry out trainings for government duty
    bearers and forced migrants;
  • Develop information, Education and
    Communication Materials relating to Access to Justice
  • The Legal Officer will organize and
    facilitate information sessions and dialogues with forced migrants and
    other stakeholders;
  • The incumbent will coordinate networking with
    other stakeholders in the provision of legal aid, including but not
    limited to Government institutions, UNCHR, among others;
  • Initiate, review and advice on MOUs between
    the RLP and other partner organizations as necessary.
  • As a sustainability mechanisms, the Legal
    Officer will support in fundraising through in developing technical
    narratives for purposes of project design;
  • Actively participate in identification of new
    lines of intervention that facilitate fundraising;
  • Work in liaison with Grants team to identify
    funding sources relevant to the programme work
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The applicant for the Refugee Law Project
    (RLP) Legal Officer career vacancy should hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Law
    from a recognized university
  • Completion of a Bar Course and possesses a
    Practicing certificate
  • Previous experience in representing clients
    before courts of law any other governing bodies.
  • Prior exposure and experience in engaging
    with key partners on legal related issues
  • Ability to think and write conceptually,
    convincingly and strategically;
  • Ability to engage in advocacy at both local
    and national level
  • Ability to give timely report on activities
  • Ability to work under pressure with minimum
  • Creative and innovative skills;
  • Great interpersonal skills and high level of
  • Computer literacy skills i.e. proficiency in
    MS Office applications
  • Excellent communication and presentation
  • Good touch typing skills of at least 30Words
    Per Minute;
  • Fluency in Kiswahili and/or any other
    language spoken in refugee communities will be an added advantage
How to Apply:
you meet the above requirements and are interested, we encourage you to address
motivation letter and updated CV to the Human Resources Manager via E-mail to Please indicate the position applied for in
the subject line of the email. Copies of certificates should not be attached,
but will be requested for from short-listed candidates only.
Deadline: Friday 29th July 2016 by 5.00pm
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