Legal Officer NGO Careers – Danish Refugee Council (DRC)

Job Title:           Legal Officer
Organisation: Danish Refugee
Council (DRC)
Duty Station: Uganda
Reports to: Community
Services & Protection Coordinator
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 is responsible for ensuring quality implementation of the legal
assistance component and synergy with the larger protection and community
services components which constitute the overall DRC programme.
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
  • 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:
  • The jobholder will also ensure the day to
    day implementation of the legal assistance activities
  • Identify and train para legal staff
  • 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
  • Provision of technical support to staff
    members in linking DRC Rhino/Arua 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.
  • Make sure 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.
  • In collaboration with Rhino camp Programme
    Coordinator and Protection and Community Services Coordinator proactively
    contribute to quality and timely monthly, quarterly and annual reports.

Staff development and management:
  • Offer technical and programmatic
    leadership for the DRC protection staff members and community based
    mechanisms in Rhino Camp 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:
  • Support 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
  • Plan and coordinate proactively logistics
    and movements of staff from and to different clusters.
Qualifications, Skills and
  • The ideal candidate for the Danish Refugee
    Council (DRC) Legal Officer job placement must hold a Bachelor’s Degree in
    Laws or any other related field
  • A minimum of three to five years of
    professional legal experience
  • Good analytical approach
  • Good team player, hardworking, energetic
    and enthusiastic Able to perform well under pressure and tight deadline
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates should send their
applications with the following documents to the E-mail address below;
  • 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
E-mail your cover letter, updated CV and academic credentials to:
Deadline: 21st September
2017 by 5:00 PM

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