Transitional Justice Lawyer Jobs – Refugee Law Project (RLP)

Justice Lawyer
Organization: Refugee
Law Project (RLP)
Duty Station:
Kampala, 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
Transitional Justice Lawyer is responsible for maintaining a consistent relationship
with targeted CSO’s to enhance capacity of local and national civil society
actors to engage in Peace and Transitional Justice processes, and by the
systematic establishment of a historical record.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
Community Engagement
  • Monitor and document on-going
    Transitional Justice initiatives including International Criminal Court
    and International Crimes Division trials
  • Conduct Victim consultations to enable
    them share perspectives to inform ICC & ICD justice processes;
  • Convene regular Justice Tafakari forums
    to provide platform for key stakeholders to reflect on justice
  • Engage in strategic litigation processes
    in identified communities
  • Organise and hold Annual Memorial
    Lecture series on Transitional Justice issues;
  • Organise regular Peace Film Festivals in
    Secondary schools, Tertiary Institutions and selected refugee settlements
  • Organise Women’s leadership camp to
    enhance capacity of local women leaders
  • Coordinate annual Institute for African
    Transitional Justice (IATJ)
  • Engage in local level reconciliation and
    TJ initiatives with relevant clan leaders to resolve existing conflict
    within communities
  • Conduct bi-monthly documentary screening
    and public discussions around key TJ and Forced Migration issues
  • The Transitional Justice Lawyer will
    also manage the Community screening of Live ICC trials and other TJ
    processes and documentaries;
  • Carry out legal research related to
    specific cases of serious human rights violations;
  • Conduct detailed analysis of transitional
    justice mechanisms in Uganda, including relevant legislation, regulations,
    and policies;
  • Design / prepare research plans,
    questionnaire/ reports and, tabulations;
  • Participate in data collection processes
    and activities through interviews and focus group discussion or using any
    another adopted data selection technique;
  • Participate in the analysis of data and
    writing final reports for publications;
  • Conduct various types of research
    (quantitative and qualitative) as thematically defined;
  • Design / prepare research plans,
    questionnaire/ reports and, tabulations;
Networking and
  • Hold sub-regional CSO TJ & Forced
    Migration(FM) platform meetings
  • Hold joint CSO TJ & FM advocacy
    events in Kampala, Luwero, Gulu, Kitgum, Arua, Lira, Soroti, Jinja and
  • Convene national level TJ & FM
    platform meetings on appropriate policy and legislative frameworks and
  • Organise high-level TJ retreat targeting
    key actors on policy, research and practice relating to emerging TJ issues
  • Ensure that RLP’s rules and regulations
    are implemented with relevance to the activities as well as policies and
  • Participate in necessary meetings and
  • Perform any other tasks that may be
    identified or assigned.
  • Ensure that RLP’s rules and regulations
    are implemented with relevance to the activities as well as policies and
  • Participate in necessary meetings and

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The ideal candidate for the Refugee Law
    Project (RLP) Transitional Justice Lawyer job opportunity must hold a
    Master’s degree in Law
  • At least five years of proven and
    relevant work experience in engaging with key partners on transitional
    justice issues
  • Good knowledge of international criminal
    law and/or human rights law and/or international humanitarian law and/or
    gender justice and sexual violence and/or transitional justice;
  • Good knowledge of the International
    human rights system;
  • Interest in promoting and defending
    human rights as well as enforcing the members of civil society;
  • Skills in written composition and legal
  • Ability to quickly assimilate domestic
    law concepts in order to harmonize them with knowledge of national or
    international law;
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:
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 only.
Deadline: 1st June 2018 by 5.00pm
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