Fresher Legal Officer Career Jobs – Danish Refugee Council (DRC)

Job Title:         Legal Officer
Organisation: Danish Refugee
Council (DRC)
Duty Station: Uganda
Reports to: Livelihood &
Gender Officer
About US:
The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is a private, independent,
humanitarian organization working on all aspects of the refugee cause in more
than 36 countries throughout the world. The aim of DRC is to protect refugees
and internally displaced persons (IDPs) against persecution and to promote
durable solutions to the problems of forced migration, on the basis of
humanitarian principles and human rights. DRC works in accordance with the UN
Conventions on Refugees and the Code of Conduct for the ICRC and NGOs in
Disaster Relief.
Job Summary: The Legal
Officer will support the quality, timely implementation of legal assistances
project activities in compliance with DRC standards and budgets.
Key Duties and
Responsibilities:  
Coordination and Representation:
  • Build relationships with a range of key
    stakeholders including donors, Local Government and other stakeholders on
    this specific thematic area.
  • Coordinate and follow up with legal
    service provision and service providers.
  • Representation of DRC and active
    participation in the local working groups and any other meetings as
    requested.
  • Close co-ordination in project
    implementation with partners, especially UNHCR legal officers and other UN
    agencies and national/international NGOs, including referrals, protection
    gap analysis, and advocacy.
Project development, implementation and reporting:
  • Ensure the day to day implementation of
    the legal assistance activities
  • Support the preparation of refugee legal
    dossier in coordination with OPM and UNHCR and when applicable represent
    them in courts.
  • Ensure information dissemination to
    Persons of Concern on legal issues
  • Support and guide the development of
    relevant IEC materials and ensure the dissemination of main information on
    legal concerns for refugees and host community.
  • Under the supervision of the Protection
    and Community Services Coordinator, contribute to the strengthening of the
    thematic area in DRC programming. Also identify legal assistance gaps with
    a view to generating ideas for future projects with strong impact
  • Support the protection assessment and
    ongoing risks analysis in order to design adequate integrated protection
    responses.
  • Provision of technical support to staff
    members in linking DRC Adjumani’s programme to relevant international
    framework, conventions, and national legal documents and articles.
  • Under the supervision of the Protection
    and Community Services Coordinator, ensure that all the approaches and
    tools are developed in synergy with the overall DRC’s protection
    initiatives at the programme level.
  • Work closely with the other programme
    components to maximize programme output and impact.
  • Ensure quality implementation, monitoring
    and evaluation for this related component in West Nile.
  • Ensure that all the legal assistance work
    adheres to protection standards and principles as well as DRC guidelines
    and accountability standards.
  • Develop advocacy points based on
    assessment of situation and risks.
  • Work in close collaboration with the
    Adjumani Programme Manager/Head of Adjumani Operation and the Protection
    and Community Services Coordinator proactively contribute to quality and
    timely monthly, quarterly and annual reports.
Staff Development and Management:
  • Provide technical and programmatic
    leadership for the DRC protection staff members and community based
    mechanisms in Adjumani operational area.
  • Develop staff performance measurement and
    targets and appraise them based on the set targets, as needed.
  • Conduct daily field visits to support
    field staffs – mentoring – through technical back stopping and to train
    duty bearers.
  • Uphold DRC’s code of conduct and
    principles of accountability.
Logistics /Finance:
  • Assist the Protection and Community
    Services Coordinator to monitor financial commitments and expenditures
    against budgets and provide timely feedback on budget follow ups.
  • Initiate procurements and ensure their
    execution
  • Plan and coordinate proactively logistics
    and movements of staff from and to different clusters.
Qualifications, Skills and
Experience:
  • The ideal candidate for the Danish Refugee
    Council (DRC) Legal Officer job opportunity should hold a University
    degree in law, human rights or related fields
  • Possession of a post graduate diploma in
    legal practice
  • At least two years’ experience working
    with vulnerable communities, basic needs and distribution programming
    experience, and/or advocacy programmes.
  • Previous experience of managing and
    supervising staff.
  • Experience of working with UN or Non‐Governmental organizations.
  • Good communication skills and ability to
    conduct training and awareness.
  • Broad knowledge and understanding of
    gender, protection and human rights.
  • Good computer skills.
  • Good organizational and people management
    skills.
  • Knowledge of the local languages spoken in
    the operation area is an asset.
  • Familiarity with Monitoring &
    Evaluation for UN-funded projects desired.
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates should send their
applications including;
  • A cover letter (1 page) in which you
    explain why you are interested in the position and how you meet the
    qualities and qualifications criteria
  • Concise and accurate CV (maximum 3 pages).
    The CV should include information about your qualification, relevant
    training courses, Work experience, name and contact details of 3 relevant
    references.
  • All applications should be sent to
    administrator@drcuganda.org clearly indicating position name in the
    subject line.
Deadline: 20th April 2017

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