Coordinator, Legal NGO Jobs – International Justice Mission


Job Title:    Coordinator, Legal

Organisation: International
Justice Mission

Duty Station:  Fort
Portal, Uganda


About US:

International Justice
Mission (IJM) is an international human rights organization that works to
ensure that all, especially the most vulnerable, have proper and appropriate
access to justice. IJM has been delivering ground-breaking partnerships with
justice sector actors and governments globally for over 20 years, offering
collaborative casework, mentoring and system reform to ensure that justice
systems work for all, especially the vulnerable and marginalized.


Job Summary:  Overview: As a Coordinator, Legal you will provide
legal support to IJM clients and lend expertise to external partners through
coaching and mentorship. The Coordinator, Legal is responsible to develop and
implement IJM’s strategy for legal for survivors of Violence against Women or
Children (VAW/C) specifically Sexual Violence against Children (SVAC) or
Intimate Partner Violence (IPV). IJM is committed to a trauma-informed and
multi-disciplinary response to violence against women and children; thus, the
Coordinator, Legal will work closely with internal and external stakeholders
across a range of professional disciplines, particularly law enforcement,
prosecution, and social services. The Coordinator, Legal will build strategic
partnerships with regional, district, and community-level Justice, Law and
Order Sector officials to strengthen the legal response to cases of VAW/C. They
will develop strategies to build the capacity of the Public Justice System
response to cases of VAW/C.


Key Duties and Responsibilities:  

Strategy &
Knowledge Development & Implementation:

  • Evaluate, develop, and implement legal intervention strategies for
    IJM cases.
  • Guide the Legal team in its efforts to effectively mentor State
    Attorneys in VAW/C cases, including through developing, implementing, and
    reviewing monitoring and mentoring tools.
  • Encourage and support State Attorneys in the prosecution of
    perpetrators of VAW/C.

Networking &

  • Support IJM’s advocacy efforts to build buy-in and political will
    for the prosecution of VAW/C crimes.
  • Build effective, trusting partnership relationships with justice
    system officials, social welfare officers, and other stakeholders within
    the district and national level.
  • Work closely with stakeholders to strengthen the medico-legal
    response to VAW/C by building linkages among justice officials, social
    welfare, police and health workers on forensic evidence collection,
    filling Police Form 3A, and preparation for court hearings.
  • Develop and maintain close working relationships with stakeholders
    to ensure effective case management and seamless provision of services to
    VAW/C survivors.
  • Convene and provide leadership in multi-disciplinary meetings with a
    variety of government and non-government stakeholders, and support
    inter-institutional dialogue and coordination on cases of VAW/C.
  • Develop and maintain an effective network of contacts within the
    Justice, Law and Order Sector.

Training and

  • Develop and deliver high-quality, professional training curriculum
    to multi-disciplinary stakeholders.
  • Conduct gap analysis to identify law enforcement, prosecution and
    health care worker training needs.
  • Support training programs with the police, judiciary, medical and
    probation and social welfare actors on case management and court
    preparation including ethical and safety considerations for VAW/C


  • Conduct legal research and draft correspondence, memos, and legal
  • Build effective, trusting case management partnerships with the
    Public Justice System actors and other stakeholders.
  • Understand trauma-informed and child-friendly approaches in VAW/C
    cases; and coach/guide all stakeholders on incorporation of
    trauma-informed approaches into their service delivery.
  • Represent IJM clients to meet their legal needs while engaging with
    the public justice system.
  • Coordinate with IJM multidisciplinary casework team and Uganda
    Police Force to investigate allegations of VAW/C, ensuring that all
    evidence is collected in an admissible form.

Reporting & Data Management:

  • Track case related data in paper and electronic case tracking
    management systems.
  • Analyze and document cases of VAW/C that can contribute to updated
    case management protocols.
  • Work with the internal team members to monitor and evaluate the
    project, including monitoring and reporting of project targets, results,
    and outputs.


Key Result Areas:

  • VAW/C Case Management: Legal support is provided in IJM assisted and
    IJM driven case management in partnership with JLOS actors and other
  • Partnership Management: Effective and fruitful partnerships are created
    and maintained with governmental and civil society actors ensuring
    effective investigation and prosecutions in cases of VAW/C.
  • Mentorship and Training: Government and civil society partners are
    well trained in multi-disciplinary and trauma-informed case management for
    VAW/C survivors that build capacity and knowledge of the Justice Law and
    Order Sector.


Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

  • The applicant must hold a Degree in law, successful completion of
    LDC, and current Practicing Certificate.
  • Five or more years of experience as a practicing attorney.
  • Excellent critical thinking, legal analysis, and oral and written
    advocacy skills.
  • Fluency in English and local languages, with excellent writing and
    speaking in both.
  • Computer literate with proficiency in MS Word, Outlook, and Excel.
  • Two or more years of experience in criminal litigation preferred.
  • Two or more years of experience as a public speaker, teacher, or
    similar duties preferred.
  • Driver’s License preferred.
  • Mature Christian faith as defined by the Apostles’ Creed.
  • Passionate commitment to IJM’s mission and values.
  • Professional in demeanor, appearance, writing and oral
  • Works well under stress with a sustained positive attitude.
  • Exceptionally high level of honesty and integrity.
  • Intelligent, organized, creative and proactive problem solver.
  • Ability to cooperate effectively in a multi-cultural environment.


How to Apply:

All suitably
qualified and interested candidates should email their Application, CV and
statement of faith to


Deadline: 4th March 2021 by 5:00pm


Only shortlisted Individuals shall be contacted.


**What is a
statement of faith? A statement of faith should describe your Christian faith
and how you see it as relevant to your involvement with IJM. The statement can
either be incorporated into the cover letter or submitted as a separate
document and should include, at a minimum, a description of your spiritual
disciplines (prayer, study, etc.) and your current fellowship or place of


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