Legal Services Manager NGO Careers – Justice Defenders formerly African Prisons Project (APP)

 

Job Title:    Legal Services Manager

Organization:   Justice Defenders formerly
African Prisons Project (APP)

Duty Station:
Kampala, Uganda

Reports to:  Country Manager

 

About US:

Justice Defenders
formerly The African Prisons Project (APP) is a community of defenders,
increasing access to legal services and improve application of criminal law to
all. Our work betters the entire criminal justice system, helping defenseless
people protect their rights and address wrongs. The increased capacity
ultimately promotes more equitable, just, and peaceful societies.

 

Job Summary:  The Legal Services Manager is responsible for
delivering the charity’s strategic legal initiatives including setting up of
Justice defender law office and supervising the quality of legal services
provided in the Justice Defenders legal Aid office. This includes ensuring that
the operations of the legal Aid Office are effective and efficient and that the
operating model is easily transferable from prison to prison, and to a public
law clinic or law firm. The legal services Manager will identify and coordinate
new development, such as those relating to the legal advice clinics and the law
firm, and develop models of delivery and partnership working, through regular
review and investigation of new opportunities. The Manager will work within the
prison rules and the Charity’s policies and procedures and the Law Council
Regulations.

 

Key Duties and Responsibilities:  

·       
Ensure
that Justice Defenders (JD) has a viable and world class legal services
programme with a law firm and legal Aid clinics in prisons.

·       
Establish
a robust quality assurance framework for the casework and experience of clients
in JD legal Aid Clinics

·       
Guide JD
on the processes to be taken to register as a legal Aid provider and draw up a
road map for JD to establish a similar service in other criminalized community
such as refugee camp or slum.

·       
Ensure
lessons are learnt and widely shared and validate across the organization

·       
Represent
the interests of JD’s legal services programme in terms of litigation and the
administration of justice, within the organization and externally, and support
the legal services team to ensure government offices (prison Officers, State
Attorneys) take necessary action.

·       
Develop
and manage an annual budget and plan, in liaison with the Country Manager, and
finance team.

·       
Lead
and/or contribute to the local fundraising strategy including making funding
applications, building relationships, reporting /presenting to Donors, Uganda
Senior Management Team and the Boards of Trustees.

·       
Provide
supervision, mentorship and guidance to the legal services team.

·       
Offer
Legal Representation to JD clients in court.

 




Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

·       
The
ideal candidate for the Justice Defenders Legal Services Manager job must hold
an Honours Degree in Law with a practicing certificate in Uganda.

·       
Postgraduate
Diploma in Legal Practice.

·       
Enrolled
Advocate of the High Court with 7 years post admission

·       
Experience
in programme design and management.

·       
At least
five years working experience in criminal litigation and at least 3 years in
management/supervision role

·       
Understanding
of, and commitment to, the aims of providing legal services to the poor

·       
Awareness
of current local social and legal issues in the criminal justice system.

·       
Experience
in conducting strategic, complex and high-profile litigation to a high
standard.

·       
Experience
in making public funding applications and understanding of the recent legal aid
reforms, with a knowledge and understanding of other options for funding
litigation and casework.

·       
Experience
of in-depth financial budgets and cost analysis.

·       
Proficiency
in working with Microsoft office suite.

 

Key competencies and abilities

·       
Initiative
and independence

·       
Teamwork

·       
Analytical
ability

·       
Attention
to detail

·       
Logical
reasoning

·       
Persuasiveness

·       
Sound
judgment

·       
Writing
ability

·       
Ability
to work under pressure

·       
Excellent
verbal and written communication skills

 

How to Apply:

All candidates
should Email their updated CVs and cover letters only to
saidikaren@justice-defenders.org and clearly indicate the position you are
applying for.

 

Deadline: 19th October 2020 by 5:00pm.

 

NB:

·       
Only
shortlisted applicants will be contacted for interviews.

·       
Applications
will be received on a rolling basis

·       
Justice
Defenders accepts no liability for incomplete submission, late or misdirected
transmission of applications

·       
Any form
of canvassing will lead to automatic disqualification.

·       
Justice
Defenders is an equal opportunity employer

 

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