Fresher Legal Officer US NGO Job Careers – International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Job Title:    Legal Officer (Fresher Job Opportunities)

Organisation: International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Duty Station:  Kampala, Uganda

About US:

Founded in 1933, the International Rescue Committee is a world leader in relief, rehabilitation, and post-conflict development services for those uprooted or affected by violent conflict and oppression. The IRC is currently working in over 40 countries around the world, addressing both the immediate and lifesaving needs of conflict affected people in emergencies and the reconstruction needs of post-conflict societies.

Job Summary:  Under the supervision of Senior Protection Officer, the legal officer will identify legal needs in the field; provide counseling, information, and legal options. The Legal Officer will be responsible for conducting legal information sessions, legal case management and follow ups, detention facility visits, awareness creation on rights and obligations of refugees under Ugandan Laws. She/he will work with communities particularly Paralegals to ensure access to legal assistance is accessible by all.

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Work with Community Paralegals to support community leadership groups, especially Neighborhood Watch Committees to support advocacy at the community level along with Protection Officers.
  • Undertake regular monitoring and visits of detention and prison facilities.
  • Provide legal counseling, information and available legal options to refugees and other persons of concern.
  • Conduct legal information sessions on human rights and key Laws relating to protection of refugees and other persons of concern.
  • Conduct case management and follow up on legal cases with relevant authorities.
  • Closely work with Police to provide necessary assistance to survivors and witnesses.
  • Submit daily and weekly data, including narrative of high-risk cases to inform appropriate actions.
  • Participate in legal trainings as directed by the Supervisor
  • Perform any other duty as requested by the Protection Manager.
  • Support Community Paralegals to conduct legal information sessions on rights and obligation of refugee, key offences and punishments in Uganda, International human rights laws relating to refugees and other persons of concern.
  • Support Protection Manager to analyze data, highlight trends and legal protection needs of refugees and other persons of concern.
  • Supervise community Paralegals in undertaking mediation and other aspects of alternative dispute resolutions.
  • Support Protection Manager in delivering legal trainings on national and international legal frameworks to targeted audiences.
  • Raise PRs to support procurement processes.
  • Any other duties as assigned by supervisor.





Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

  • The applicant for the International Rescue Committee Legal officer must hold a Bachelor’s degree of Law from a recognized university.
  • At least two (2) years of prior professional experience in a similar post, preferably with an international Organization for degree holders. Diploma holders who can provide a significant experience of working with refugee communities and demonstrate an awareness of the challenges in this role may be considered.
  • Belief in human rights including gender equality.
  • Strong communication skills including ability to gain trust and build relationships with new communities.
  • Good understanding of International Human Rights and Refugee Law.
  • Basic computer skills including Microsoft Word and Outlook.
  • Experience in regular report writing.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work as part of a team, as well as independently.
  • Flexible and able to work in a dynamic and diverse environment.
  • Good standard of spoken and written English language skills essential.

How to Apply:

All candidates should apply online at the link below.

 

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Deadline: 22nd  September 2021

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