Fresher Legal Officer Careers – Refugee Law Project (RLP)

Organization: Refugee
Law Project (RLP)
Duty Station:
Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Programme
Manager, Access to Justice
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 Officer provides direct legal
support to victims of forced migration and carries out policy advocacy on
forced migration. The Legal Officer also provides technical support to RLP in
relation to Legal work through an active contribution in defining Legal
priorities on research, partnership, alliance building and advocacy..
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
Direct Legal Aid
  • As a direct legal service provider, the Legal Officer represents
    forced migrant clients before the courts of law and other institutions;
  • Provide legal advice to forced migrants and support migrant groups;
  • Facilitate Alternative Dispute Resolution among conflicting parties;
  • Conduct Legal aid clinics to the refugee settlements to provide
    on-spot legal aid services;
  • Make appropriate referrals for legal and alternative support
Research and
  • The Legal Officer will conduct research, documentation, and publication
    on issues of access to Justice as they relate to forced migrants and
    forced migration;
  • Prepare legal opinions and advice on general issues of forced
    migration that may arise from time to time;
  • Conduct trainings for government duty bearers and forced migrants;
  • Develop information, Education and Communication Materials relating
    to Access to Justice: Networking
  • The Legal Officer will organize and facilitate information sessions
    and dialogues with forced migrants and other stakeholders;
  • Coordinate networking 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 Officer will support in
    fundraising through in developing technical narratives for purposes of
    project design;
  • Participate in identification of new lines of intervention that
    facilitate fundraising;
  • Work with Grants team to identify funding sources relevant to the
    programme work
  • Account for funds advanced for activity implementation and reports
    on as per set guidelines

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The applicant must hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Law from a recognized
  • Completion of a Bar Course and possesses a Practicing certificate
  • Experience in representing clients before courts of law or any other
    governing bodies.
  • Experience in engaging with key partners on legal related issues
  • Ability to think and write conceptually, convincingly and
  • Ability to engage in advocacy at both local and national level
  • Ability to give timely report on activities undertaken;
  • Ability to work under pressure with minimum supervision;
  • Creative and innovative skills; Great 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
  • Knowledge of any 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:
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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