3 Fresher Legal Assistant Job Vacancies – Refugee Law Project (RLP)

Assistant (3 Job Vacancies)
Organization: Refugee
Law Project (RLP)
Duty Station:
Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Legal
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 provides specific legal
assistance to the assigned Legal officer and office in the provision of direct
legal support to victims of forced migration and in carrying out policy
advocacy on forced migration.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
Client Support
  • Prepare documentation for proper representation of forced migrant
    clients before the courts of law and other institutions;
  • Provide legal advice to forced migrants and support migrant groups;
  • Identify and make referrals for cases that need the Legal Officer’s
  • Facilitate Alternative Dispute Resolution among conflicting parties;
  • Participate in the Conduction of legal aid clinics to the refugee
    settlements to provide on spot legal aid services;
  • Make appropriate referrals for legal and alternative support to
    other partner organisation and service providers
Research and
  • Participate in conducting legal related research on cases presented
    to court;
  • Identify and document access to justice cases as they relate to
    forced migrants and forced migration;
  • Participate in the preparation of legal opinions and advice on
    general issues of forced migration that may arise from time to time;
  • Conduct trainings on pertent issues concerned with forced migrations
  • Conduct training to empower forced migrants for sustainability
  • Participate in training of government duty bearers
  • Participate in the development of information, Education and
    Communication Materials relating to Access to Justice
  • Conduct information session on identified issues amongst the forced
    migrant community.
  • Participate in dialogues with forced migrants and other
  • Support in coordinating networking meetings with other stakeholders
    in the provision of legal aid, including but not limited to Government
    institutions, UNCHR, among others;
  • Initiate, review and advice on MOUs between the RLP and other
    partner organizations as necessary.
  • As a sustainability mechanisms, the Legal Assistant supports
    fundraising through in developing reports to reviewed and submitted to
  • Identify new issues in the area of operation for further funding
  • Prepare for donor visits and ensure that all the needed feedback is
  • Account for funds advanced for activities in the stipulated
Management Support
  • The Legal Assistant will carry out other clerkship responsibilities
    including; filing, taking and responding to legal related correspondences
    as necessary;
  • Support in basic psychosocial counseling for clients;
  • Open and close arguments and aid in court pleadings or motions

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • 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 experience in engaging with key partners on legal related
  • Possession of a practicing certificate will be an added advantage
  • Knowledge of Kiswahili and/or any other language spoken in refugee
    communities will be an added advantage
  • Ability to operationalize legal assignments;
  • 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;
  • Excellent skills in MS Office applications and good communication
    and presentation skills;
  • Good touch typing skills of at least 30Words Per Minute;
  • Fluency in Kiswahili and/or any other language spoken in refugee
    communities will be an added advantage
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 vita in one file not exceeding 2MBs
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 only.
Deadline: 10th May 2019
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