Entry Level Legal Officer Career Jobs – International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Job Title:    Legal Officer
Organization: International
Rescue Committee (IRC)
Duty Station: Uganda
Reports to: Protection and
Rule of Law Manager
About US:
The International Rescue Committee helps people whose lives and
livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and
gain control of their future. It was created by Albert Einstein more than 80
years and has been working in Uganda since 1998. It has particularly working in
the conflict zones where tens of thousands of people have been kills and over
1.6 million displaced. Following a peace agreement in 2006, Ugandans are
returning home and looking to rebuild their lives. The IRC is there to protect
women and children from violence and exploitation by fostering a safe
environment and encouraging education, and is supporting farmers and small
businesses, and helping communities promote peace and long-term development.
IRC is working in collaboration with OPM, UNHCR and other agencies to
provide multi-sector assistance program in Bidibidi Refugee Settlement in Yumbe
District, which is now home to approximately 20,000 South Sudanese
Job Summary: The Legal
Officer will identify legal needs in the field, provide counseling and
assistance including representation in relevant administrative bodies in close
collaboration with the Protection and Rule of Law Manager. The Legal Officer
will be responsible for conducting legal information sessions on protection,
rights and entitlements, legal status and other issues, as dictated by the
needs at field level. The Legal Officer will work with protection committees to
support advocacy at the community level along with the Protection Officers.
Key Duties and
The incumbent will identify legal needs in the
field and provide on-site counseling to Persons of Concern;
Under the guidance of their direct supervisor,
assist persons of concern by representing them in relevant administrative
Carry out case intake on site utilizing digital
data collection system;
Deliver information sessions on protection,
rights and entitlements, legal status, statelessness and other issues as
dictated by the needs at field-level;
Engage in mediation and negotiation as needed
(e.g. on housing, land and property issues);
Keenly analyze data and highlight trends and
legal protection needs;
Under the guidance of direct supervisor,
facilitate one-on-one interviews and focus group discussions with refugees,
host community members, state actors and service providers in the field on
selected protection and legal concerns;
Keep records of the urgent legal needs
identified and the actions taken to assist affected PoCs;
Prepare and submit weekly reports on activities
based on IRC and UNHCR tools;
Work to strengthen IRC’s relationship with
refugees, refugee/host community leaders and municipal actors in order to
maintain good access to POCs; and
Perform any other duties as requested by the
Protection and Rule of Law Manager
Qualifications, Skills and
The ideal candidate for this vacancy must hold a
Law degree
A minimum of two years of prior professional
experience in a similar post, preferably with an international organization.
Belief in human rights including gender
Excellent communication skills including ability
to gain trust and build relationships with new communities.
Broad knowledge and understanding of
International Human Rights and Refugee Law;
Computer skills in MS Office
Previous experience in regular report writing.
Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work
as part of a team, as well as independently.
Flexible and able to work in a dynamic and
diverse environment.
Experience in assessments, report writing and
proposal development
Excellent analytical and problem solving skills
Language Skills: Good standard of
spoken and written English language skills desirable
How to Apply: 
All suitably qualified and interested candidates should send their
applications online at the link below.
Deadline: 8th
September, 2016
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