Legal Assistants (6 Fresher Placements) – Justice Centres Uganda (JCU)

Organization: Justice
Centres Uganda (JCU)
Duty Station: Kampala, Jinja,
Hoima, Masaka, Tororo, Lira and Fortportal, Uganda
Reports to: Legal
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: 
  • Support
    the Legal Officers in managing clients at the Centre.
  • Assist
    the Legal Officers in conducting outreach campaigns.
  • Conduct
    while you wait sessions at the Centre.
  • The
    incumbent will mediate disputes as recommended by the Legal Officer.
  • Carry
    out legal research, investigations and fact finding operations to
    establish underlying causes of the legal disputes in order to facilitate
    dispute resolution.
  • In
    charge of documenting and analyzing human rights abuses within the region
    covered by the JC.
  • In
    charge of preparing for court cases; draft legal documents and file
    documents for court where litigation is an option.
  • Attend
    internal meetings with Legal Officer and JC Manager to discuss merits of
    cases, strategy and alternative options.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The
    applicants for the Legal Assistant vacancies should hold a University
    degree in Law.
  • Possession
    of a Diploma in legal practice;
  • The
    applicant must also be an enrolled advocate of the High Court with a Valid
    practicing certificate.
  • At
    least a year of relevant experience in legal practice/ Court room
  • Prior
    experience with Legal Aid  service
    provision; Proven experience working on legal aid issues and /or legal aid
  • Past
    experience working with indigent is an added advantage.
  • Working
    knowledge of human rights and alternative dispute resolution
  • Excellent
    interpersonal skills
  • Good
    writing skills
  • Excellent
    communication and presentation skills
Willingness to Work upcountry
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 31st July, 2015 by 5.00pm
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