Legal Officer Careers – Refugee Law Project (RLP)

Job Title:   Legal Officer
Organization: Refugee Law
Project (RLP)
Duty Station: Kampala,
Reports to: Programme
Manager, Access to Justice
About US:
The Refugee Law
Project (RLP) is an outreach project of the School of Law, Makerere University.
Our Mission is to empower asylum seekers, refugees, deportees, IDPs and host
communities to enjoy their human rights and lead dignified lives.
Job Summary: The Legal
Officer provides direct legal support to victims of forced migration and
carries out policy advocacy on forced migration. The job holder also provides
technical support to RLP in relation to legal work through an active
contribution in defining legal priorities on research, partnership, alliance
building and advocacy.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
Legal Aid:
The incumbent will represent forced migrant clients
before the courts of law and other institutions as necessary
Offer legal advice to forced migrants and support
migrant groups
Identify and make referrals for resettlement of
clients as per established procedure
Facilitate Alternative Dispute Resolution among
conflicting parties
Carry out legal aid clinics in the refugee
settlements to provide on-spot legal aid services
Research and Advocacy:
Carry out research, documentation, and publication
on issues of access to justice as they relate to forced migrants and forced
Prepare legal opinions and advice on general issues
of forced migration that may arise from time to time
Organize and carry out trainings for government duty
bearers and forced migrants
Develop Information, Education and Communication
(IEC) materials relating to access to justice
Organize and facilitate information sessions and
dialogues with forced migrants and other stakeholders
Build and strengthen working relationships with
other stakeholders in the provision of legal aid, including but not limited to
government institutions, UNCHR, among others
Initiate, review and advise on MoUs between the RLP
and other partner organizations as necessary.
The incumbent will assist the Programme Manager in
developing technical narratives for purposes of fundraising, as required
Actively participate in identification of new lines
of intervention that facilitate fundraising.
Work in liaison with the Grants team to identify
funding sources relevant to the programme work
Make appropriate referrals for legal and alternative
Prepare and submit individual reports about the
progress of activities as planned
Qualifications, Skills and
The ideal candidate should preferably hold a good Bachelor’s
Degree in Law from a recognized university
Completion of a Bar Course and possesses a
Practicing Certificate
A minimum of three years’ experience in practicing
law in a recognized firm
The applicant should have experience in representing
clients before courts of law or any other governing bodies.
Previous experience in engaging with key partners on
legal related issues
Possess the ability to think and write conceptually,
convincingly and strategically
Ability to engage in advocacy at both local and
national level
Ability to give timely reports on activities
Ability to work under pressure with minimum
Highly creative and innovative skills
Excellent interpersonal skills and high level of
Computer skills in MS Office applications and good
communication and presentation skills.
Good touch typing skills of at least 30 Words Per
Fluency in Kiswahili and/or any other language
spoken in refugee communities will be an added advantage
How to Apply: 
All suitably
qualified and interested candidates must send a motivation letter and
curriculum vitae electronically to: The
position applied for MUST be indicated in the subject line of the email. Copies
of certificates SHOULD NOT be attached, but will be requested for from
short-listed candidates only.
Attention: The
Human Resources Manager
Refugee Law
Project, School of Law, MUK
Plot No. 7
& 9 Perryman Gardens,
P. O. Box
33903, Kampala. Uganda
Deadline: 13th November 2015 by 5.00pm
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