Entry Level Legal Assistant NGO Jobs – Refugee Law Project (RLP)

Job Title:         Legal Assistant
Organization: Refugee Law
Project (RLP)
Duty Station: Uganda
Reports to: Project Manager
About US:
The 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
Assistant will support in the provision of direct legal support to victims of
forced migration and to carry out policy advocacy on forced migration.
Key Duties and
Legal Aid:
  • Represent forced migrant clients before
    the courts of law and other institutions as necessary
  • Support in the provision legal advice to
    forced migrants and support migrant groups
  • Actively participate in the identification
    and in making referrals for resettlement of clients as per established
  • The jobholder will facilitate Alternative
    Dispute Resolution among conflicting parties
  • Participate in Legal aid clinics to the
    refugee settlements to provide on spot legal aid services
Research and Advocacy:
  • Actively participate in research,
    documentation, and publication on issues of Access to Justice as they
    relate to forced migrants and forced migration
  • Provide support in the preparation of
    legal opinions and advice on general issues of forced migration that may
    arise from time to time
  • Participate in conducting trainings for
    government duty bearers and forced migrants
  • Actively participate in the development of
    information, Education and Communication Materials relating to Access to
  • Organize and facilitate information
    sessions and dialogues with forced migrants and other stakeholders
  • Actively participate in coordinating
    networking with other stakeholders in the provision of legal aid,
    including but not limited to Government institutions, UNCHR, among others
  • Provide support in the initiation, review
    and advice on MOUs between the RLP and other partner organizations.
Fundraising and donor relations support:
  • Assist the Programme Manager in developing
    technical narratives for purposes of fundraising, as required
  • Actively participate in identification of
    new lines of intervention that facilitate fundraising.
  • Prepare and submit reports and accountability
    within the stipulated time frame
  • The jobholder will make appropriate
    referrals for legal and psychosocial support
  • Prepare individual reports about the
    progress of the planned activities as planned

Qualifications, Skills and
  • The ideal candidate for the Refugee Law
    Project (RLP) Legal Assistant job opportunity must hold a Bachelor’s
    Degree in Law from a recognized university
  • Previous exposure and experience in
    representing clients before any quasi-judicial or any other governing bodies
  • Previous experience in engaging with key
    partners on legal related issues
  • Possession of a practicing certificate
    will be an added advantage
  • Extensive knowledge of any language spoken
    in refugee communities will be an added advantage
  • Ability to operationalize legal
  • Ability to give timely report on
    activities undertaken;
  • Ability to work under pressure with
    minimum supervision;
  • Creative and innovative skills;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and high
    level of self-motivation;
  • Good computer skills with proficiency in
    MS Office applications
  • Excellent communication and presentation
  • Fluency in Kiswahili and/or any other
    language spoken in refugee communities will be an added advantage
  • Highly self-motivated, versatile and
    adaptable to different cultures and people
How to Apply:
All candidates who wish to join the Refugee Law Project (RLP) in this
capacity are encouraged to send a motivation letter and curriculum vitae
electronically to: recruitment@refugeelawproject.org
NB: The position applied
for MUST be indicated in the subject line of the email. Copies of certificates
should not be attached, but will be requested for from short-listed candidates
Deadline: 9th October
2017 by 5.00pm
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