12 Entry Level Paralegal Officer Job Opportunities - Justice Centres Uganda (JCU)


Organization: Justice Centres Uganda (JCU)
Duty Station: Masaka, Fort Portal, Mukono, Mubende, Rukungiri, Mbale, Kasese, Uganda

About US:
Justice Centres Uganda (JCU) is a Project of the Justice Law and Order Sector(JLOS) hosted and supervised by the Judiciary to provide Legal Aid. The Justice Centres are a one stop-stop shop with a broad range of legal aid services to all categories of vulnerable people within the community, identified through a means and merits test. Some of these services include; legal representation, alternative dispute resolution, referrals, awareness creation and outreach, as well as psychosocial support. The model used seeks to bridge the gap between the demand and supply sides of justice while at the same time empowering individuals and communities to claim their rights and demand for policy change. Justice Centres Uganda operates offices in Kampala, Mengo, Tororo, Lira, Hoima, Masaka, Jinja and Fortportal; serving the Central, Eastern, Northern and Bunyoro regions respectively in Uganda.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Receive clients and manage front desks.
  • Conduct detailed interview to establish facts, issues.
  • Conduct Means and Merit Test to ascertain eligibility for legal aid.
  • Manage filing system in office.
  • Draft legal documents for Legal Officers.
  • Undertake investigation and research to provide legal officers with information when required. Supervise Community Based Volunteers.
  • Carry out paralegal clinics in communities. Attend court to identify persons who need legal aid.
  • Participate in awareness sessions for clients e.g. in communities.
  • Prepare regular reports.
  • Maintain data base of referrals for follow up.
  • Maintain data base of Lawyers on Pro bono and appointment schedule. 
  • Maintain data base of key service providers e.g. hospitals, schools.


Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • One year of related work experience particularly in a Legal Aid organisation or a Law firm.
  • Good communication skills in English.
  • Fluency in any Local language
  • Demonstrable knowledge of MS Office and web-based applications.
  • Good planning and mobilisation skills.
  • Previous experience in public speaking an asset.
  • Good team player.
  • Ability to ride and possession of valid riding documents.
  • Willingness to be in the field for up to 60% (or what?) of the time.
  • Dedication to working for and with the poor.
  • Demonstrable computer knowledge and applications,
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and;
  • Ability to ride a motor cycle is a key requirement for a Paralegal Officer.
  • Age: 25 – 40 years


How to Apply: 
All suitably qualified and interested candidates are encouraged to send their application letters, updated CVs and copies of their academic/professional certificates and a copy of their current Practicing Certificate. Applications should indicate a daytime telephone contact, email address and include three professional referees.

The complete applications should be addressed to the National Coordinator, Justice Centres Uganda, Chamber F6 High Court Building, P.O. Box 26365 Kampala, Uganda.  Please clearly indicate on the envelope the position title you have applied for.

Deadline: Friday, 2nd March, 2018 by 5.00pm

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