Legal Officer NGO Jobs – Penal Reform International

Job Title:       Legal
Officer
Organisation: Penal
Reform International
Duty Station: Kampala,
Uganda
About US:
Penal Reform
believes in a fair and effective criminal justice system where offenders are
held to account, sentences are proportionate, and the primary purpose of prison
is rehabilitation not retribution. We want to see:
  • A reduction in unnecessary imprisonment
    through greater use of non-custodial alternatives
  • The improvement of prison conditions and
    the prevention of torture and ill-treatment
  • Child-friendly criminal justice systems
    which use detention only as a last resort
  • Proportionate and gender-sensitive
    responses to women offending
  • The abolition of the death penalty and
    the introduction of humane alternative sanctions.
Job Summary:   The Legal Officer will provide legal support
to indigent defendants under the torture prevention project
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Interview, counsel, mediate and provide general legal support to
    detainees.
  • Research and make regular updates on detention conditions of
    suspects.
  • Support the organisation of conferences or workshops.
  • Contribute to memoranda, position papers, reports, briefing papers
    to relevant bodies on torture related issues
  • Undertake advocacy at national and regional level
  • Track the results indicator with respect to torture related work and
    submit monthly monitoring response to line manager. represented the
    organization at different meetings organised by PHI partners.
  • Provide support wherever required.


Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The applicant must hold a degree in law from a reputable
    institution.
  • Three years of experience working with an NGO on human rights
    related issues.
  • Previous experience in organising meetings.
  • Good writing and research skills.
  • Strong commitment to human rights issues.
  • Ability to work independently, multi-task and respect strict
    deadlines.
  • Good interpersonal skills.
  • Willingness to work outside Kampala
  • Flexibility.
How to Apply:
All candidates
should send their cover letters (max1 Page) describing the reasons for applying
for the particular position and relating to the content of this announcement.
Curriculum Vitae detailing educational history and work experience. All
applications should be sent to: africaoffice@penalreform.org
Deadline: 8th March 2019 
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