22 April 2016

Legal Officer Non-profit Careers - Danish Refugee Council (DRC)

Job Title:      Legal Officer
Organisation: Danish Refugee Council (DRC)
Duty Station: Arua /Rhinocamp, Uganda
Reports to: Protection and Community Service Officer

About DRC:
The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is a private, independent, humanitarian organization working on all aspects of the refugee cause in more than 36 countries throughout the world. The aim of DRC is to protect refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) against persecution and to promote durable solutions to the problems of forced migration, on the basis of humanitarian principles and human rights. DRC works in accordance with the UN Conventions on Refugees and the Code of Conduct for the ICRC and NGOs in Disaster Relief.

Job Summary: The Legal Officer will primarily ensure quality implementation of the legal assistance component and synergy with the larger protection and community services components which constitute the overall DRC program. The incumbent will mainly be responsible to identify and train para-legal staff members, to develop relevant IEC material to disseminate main information on legal concerns for refugees and host community. The Legal Officer will also be responsible for representing refugees in courts and to support the preparation of their legal dossier in coordination with the OPM and UNHCR. The incumbent is also responsible to represent DRC in any relevant field based thematic meetings with stakeholders and otherwise as needed. In addition, Legal Officer will be responsible for complying with donors and internal DRC reporting and accountability policy and procedures. He/she is also tasked with providing technical assistance and guidance to mainstream the legal component across programs in all sectors.

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
1. General Duties:
  • Render support in advocacy efforts undertaken by DRC with a view to introduce and enlarge the protection of all refugees in Rhino camp refugee settlement.
  • Provide support in protection trainings and promoting the laws on the rights of children, women and Humanity in general.
  • Keenly analyses all cases that need legal support, document legal related information and advises on best solutions for criminal and no criminal    offences.
  • Carry out monthly prison visits in Arua, Koboko and other prisons within the region and make reports for any findings.
  • Make follow-ups on any court cases that have refugees involved and share information with partners and parties responsible.
  • Provide legal counseling to all persons of concern in need.
  • Support in conducting BIDs as well as signing foster agreements.
  • Coordinate all legal activities including attending court during hearings involving refugees.
  • Follow up with police on any referrals to any other station or prison.
  • Provide legal Education to the refugee communities.
  • Prepare and submit reports as and when they are supposed to i.e., weekly, monthly, quarterly, etc.
  • Write and follow up on any legal correspondence in the settlement.
2. Staff development and management:
  • Offer technical and programmatic leadership for the DRC protection staff members and community based mechanisms in Rhino camp operational area.
  • Develop staff performance measurement and targets and appraise them based on the set targets, as needed.
  • Carry out field visits to support field staffs - mentoring - through technical back stopping and to train duty bearers.
  • Uphold DRC’s code of conduct and principles of accountability.
3. Logistics /Finance:
  • The incumbent assists the Protection and Community Services Coordinator to monitor financial commitments and expenditures against budgets and provide timely feedback on budget follow ups.
  • Plan and coordinate proactively logistics and movements of staff from and to different clusters. 
  • Perform any other duties assigned.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The ideal candidate for the Danish Refugee Council (DRC) Legal Officer career placement must hold a Bachelor degree in any of the following: law, human rights, social sciences or related field.
  • At least three years of professional work experience in legal protection and assistance, especially for refugees and INGOs or UN.
  • Proven record of providing trainings and workshops on different protection areas: international law, refugee law and international humanitarian law including Uganda law.
  • Excellent analytical, strategic and communication skills.
  • Strong computer literacy and report writing skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to establish effective working relations with the other team members and other stakeholders.
  • Ability to work under pressure, culturally sensitive, and ability to work with minimal supervision.

How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates should send their applications including;
  • A cover letter (1 page) in which you explain why you are interested in the position and how you meet the qualities and qualifications criteria and please indicate your salary expectations
  • Updated and detailed -The CV should include information about your qualifications, relevant training courses, work experience, and name and contact details of three relevant references.

The complete application package should be uploaded online, Click Here

Deadline: 29th April 2016

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