Entry Level Paralegal Officer Jobs – African Prisons Project (APP)

Job
Title:         Paralegal Officer
Organisation: African
Prisons Project (APP)
Duty Station: Kampala,
Uganda
About US:
The African Prisons
Project (APP) is a community of people passionately committed to bringing
dignity, hope and justice to men, women and children in African prisons,
ensuring equitable access to justice, health and education. Our 2020 strategy
focuses on developing change makers amongst prison staff and inmates who use
the law to bring justice to the most vulnerable in society; to begin assembling
world-class law teachers, law makers and practitioners to aid the training and
development of our people; and to plan our expansion as we look to establish
ourselves as a social enterprise, offering legal education and legal services
in Africa and beyond. 
APP has a Christian
ethos which leads us to serve all regardless of their religion, background,
offence, sentence, race, gender or any other factor. We believe every person’s
life is fundamentally valuable; our past need not define our future. We are
inspired by Jesus’ example of bringing justice and compassion to those rejected
by society and seeing great value in those that others have written off.
Job Summary:  The Paralegal Officer will ensure that
vulnerable persons in incarceration have access to advice and information about
their legal rights and the opportunity to seek redress. The incumbent will use
the evidence gathered from the work of the Auxiliary Paralegals to inform the
relevant government bodies about the impact of laws and policies and to make
recommendations for improvement.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Advise and offer counselling to persons in incarceration on the law
    especially the criminal justice system, making referrals to lawyers when necessary;
  • Coordinate activities of the legal aid clinics in prisons and
    distribute awareness raising materials to educate the public on human
    rights, Uganda’s laws and how to navigate the criminal justice system;
  • Follow up of cases on behalf of persons under incarceration in
    prison from among state and non-state actors in the justice system;
  • Screen remand prisoners, juveniles and women, and other persons in
    conflict with the law, in places of custody and carry out a prisons
    census;
  • Trace and orient witnesses, relatives, parents/guardians and those
    who have stood as sureties, of persons in incarceration;
  • Assist in organising and managing coordination meetings for relevant
    justice sector institutions.
  • Record cases supported by the Legal Aid Clinic into the Organisation’s database
  • Any other tasks given by APP’s Legal Aid Officer and Justice Change
    Maker Services Manager.



Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The applicant must hold a Bachelor of Laws from a recognised
    University in Uganda.
  • Diploma in law from the Law Development Centre.
  • Ability and willingness to travel within Uganda.
  • Desire and demonstrated passion to assist the vulnerable;
  • Experience working with vulnerable populations and people in need;
  • Knowledge of Uganda’s law and criminal justice system.
  • Excellent analytical skills;
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Proven ability to communicate legal matters in a clear and concise
    manner to non-legal colleagues;
  • Self-motivated and ability to prioritise and handle various projects
    in a highly challenging environment;
  • Ability to be self-servicing, including work processing skills, and
    to work flexibly in a small multi-disciplinary team;
  • Fluency in English with excellent writing and speaking skills;
  • Computer literate with proficiency in MS Word, Outlook, and advanced
    Excel.
  • Mature, faithful and professional approach to the task and the team;
  • Have the highest level of integrity and standard of excellence;
  • Demonstrable servant leadership qualities;
  • Work relationally and collaboratively with teammates and
    stakeholders;
  • Be self-aware, be comfortable with vulnerability and remain
    resilient;
  • Personal values align with African Prisons Project’s mission,
    values, and goals;
  • Be creative, adaptable, take initiative and be comfortable with
    risk;
  • Be comfortable working in an organisation whose approach to bringing
    justice and compassion is inspired by Jesus.
How to Apply:
Please send all
applications and queries to info@africanprisons.org
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