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Legal Officer
Organization: International
Rescue Committee (IRC)
Duty Station: 
Reports to:
WPE 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.
Job Summary:   The WPE Legal Officer will identify legal
needs in the field; provide counseling, information and legal options. The
Legal Officer will be responsible for conducting legal information sessions,
legal case management and follow ups, detention facility visits, awareness
creation on rights and obligations of refugees under Ugandan Laws. She/he will
work with communities particularly Paralegals to ensure access to legal
assistance is accessible by all.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Work with Community Paralegals to support community leadership
    groups, especially Neighborhood Watch Committees to support advocacy at
    the community level along with Prevention Officers.
  • Undertake regular monitoring and visits of detention and prison
  • Provide legal counseling, information and available legal options to
    refugees and other persons of concern.
  • Carry out legal information sessions on human rights and key Laws
    relating to protection of refugees and other persons of concern.
  • Conduct case management and follow up on legal cases with relevant
  • Closely work with Police to provide necessary assistance to
    survivors and witnesses.
  • Submit daily and weekly data, including narrative of high risk cases
    to inform appropriate actions.
  • Participate in legal trainings as directed by the WPE Manager
  • Support Community Paralegals to conduct legal information sessions
    on rights and obligation of refugee, key offences and punishments in
    Uganda, International human rights laws relating to refugees and other
    persons of concern.
  • Support the WPE Manager to analyze data, highlight trends and legal
    protection needs of refugees and other persons of concern.
  • Supervise community Paralegals in undertaking mediation and other
    aspects of alternative dispute resolutions.
  • Support WPE Manager in delivering legal trainings on national and
    international legal frameworks to targeted audiences.
  • Raise PRs to support procurement processes
  • Perform any other duty as requested by the WPE Manager

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The applicant for the International Rescue Committee (IRC) WPE Legal
    Officer job must hold a Bachelor’s Degree of Law or a Diploma in Law from
    a recognized university.
  • A minimum of two (2) years of prior professional experience in a
    similar post, preferably with an international Organization for degree
    holders. Diploma holders who can provide a significant experience of
    working with refugee communities and demonstrate an awareness of the challenges
    in this role may be considered.
  • Belief in human rights including gender equality.
  • Strong communication skills including ability to gain trust and
    build relationships with new communities.
  • Good understanding of International Human Rights and Refugee Law;
  • Basic computer skills including Microsoft Word and Outlook.
  • 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
How to Apply:
All suitably
qualified and interested candidates should send updated CVs, cover letters and
filled application form, download
, clearly indicating “Legal Officer SouthWest” as the subject to: (The Human Resource and Administration department,
International Rescue Committee)
Deadline: 22nd January 2019
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