Jobs in Uganda - Legal Officer-Urban Programme Job at International Rescue Committee

Legal Officer-Urban Programme Job Post

Location:  Jobs in Uganda 2021 - 2022


Work Hours: Full-time, 08 hours per day

Salary: UGX

No. of vacancies: 01

Deadline: 02 June 2021

Hiring Organization: International Rescue Committee

Job Details:

Requisition ID: req15845
Job Title: Legal Officer-Urban Programme, Kampala
Sector: Protection and rule of law
Employment Category: Regular
Employment Type: Full-Time
Open to Expatriates: No
Location: Kampala, Uganda

Job Description
Founded in 1933, the International Rescue Committee (www.rescue.org) 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.
The IRC began programming in northern Uganda in 1998 in response to mass displacement and devastation wrought by rebel group, the Lord’s Resistance Army. In 2002, the IRC expanded to the remote, conflict-affected region of Karamoja and in 2011, began working with refugees in Kampala and Kiryandongo settlement. Monitoring the influx of South Sudanese refugees at the end of 2015, the IRC began scaling up its response to refugees arriving in the West Nile region. By promoting durable solutions that deliver on the interdependent aims of saving lives, strengthening institutions, and supporting social cohesion, the IRC in Uganda is laying the building blocks for long-term stability and development – bringing people from harm to home. The IRC currently works in the districts of Kitgum, Lamwo, Arua, Yumbe, Kyegegwa, Kiryandongo, Kyaka and Kampala including 7 districts in Karamoja region.


Job Overview
Under the supervision of the Senior Protection Officer, she/he will identify legal issues and provide; legal counselling and case management for individuals in the community and in detention facilities. He\She will facilitate referrals for legal representation to bona fide legal practices who offer pro bono services. Working with community structures, detention facilities, the Police and other stakeholders in the urban environment organize legal information sessions in various environments responding to needs and concerns of refugees in the urban context. You will be part on an integrated protection team and working in a consortium with other actors.

Duties and Responsibilities
• Work with Community based-Volunteers, Community leaders, the Police and other stakeholders in the legal sphere to identify issues impacting on urban refugees needing legal interventions.
• Undertake regular monitoring and visits of detention and prison facilities.
• Provide legal counseling and case management support to refugees and other vulnerable individuals.
• Conduct legal information sessions on human rights and key Laws relating to protection of refugees and other affected persons.
• Facilitate referrals for legal representation from pro bono agencies.
• Closely work with Police to provide necessary assistance to survivors and witnesses.
• Submit daily and weekly data\reports, including narrative of high risk cases to inform appropriate actions.
• Participate in legal trainings as directed by the Senior Legal Officer.
• Conduct legal information sessions on rights and obligations of refugees, key offences and punishments in Uganda, International human rights laws relating to refugees and other persons of concern.
• Analyze data, highlight trends and legal protection needs of refugees and other persons of concern.
• Support training of state and non- state actors on national and international legal frameworks to targeted audiences.
• Undertake other administrative duties as directed by the Senior Protection Officer required for the functioning of programme and implementation that are consistent with the role of Legal Officer.

Key Working Relationships
Position Reports to: Senior Protection Officer.
Position Indirectly Reports to: Urban Programme Manager.
Position directly supervises: Community based Volunteers.

Qualifications
• Bachelor’s Degree in law from a recognized Institution.
• At least two (2) years of prior professional experience in a similar post, preferably with an international Organization for degree holders.
• Strong understanding of 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, Refugee Law, Ugandan national laws and policies relating to refugees.
• 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.

Application procedure

The IRC and IRC staff must adhere to the values and principles outlined in IRC Way - Standards for Professional Conduct. These are Integrity, Service, and Accountability. In accordance with these values, the IRC operates and enforces policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Anti Workplace Harassment, Fiscal Integrity, and Anti-Retaliation.
We are committed to narrowing the gender gap in leadership positions. We offer generous benefits that provide an enabling environment for women to participate in our workforce including parental leave, gender-sensitive security protocols and other supportive benefits and allowances. We welcome and strongly encourage qualified female professionals to apply.
All staff, regardless of role, are required to create a culture of client responsiveness by requesting and using client feedback data to make decisions. In addition, all staff are expected to demonstrate inclusiveness when making programmatic decisions and working with clients, partners and colleagues from diverse backgrounds. You can read more about the IRC’s commitment to client responsiveness here: https://www.rescue.org/resource/client-responsiveness-introduction-and-faq 

IRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. IRC considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, disability or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.
Use the link to apply: https://rescue.csod.com/ux/ats/careersite/1/home/requisition/15845?c=rescue

Date Posted: 2021-05-20

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