4 Entry Level Community Paralegal Job Placements – Refugee Law Project (RLP)

Organization: Refugee Law Project (RLP)
Duty Station: Nakivale and Kyangwali Refugee Settlement, Uganda
Reports to: Field Office Coordinator, Access to Justice
About US:
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.
Refugee Law Project’s work is currently structured in five thematic areas:
Access to Justice; Conflict, Transitional Justice & Governance (CTJ&G),
Gender & Sexuality; Mental Health & Psychosocial Wellbeing; and Media
for Social Change.
Job Summary: The Community Paralegal will provide substantive
legal, administrative secretarial work, research and provision of legal
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Client Support:
    • The Community Paralegal will receive
      clients and visitors, carryout initial needs assessment and direct them
      to the relevant officer(s); Provide research support to the Legal
      Officers on cases;
    • Assist the Legal Officers in
      Investigations including locating relevant witnesses for cases and also
      support in interviewing clients and witnesses and prepare report(s) on
      the interview for the Legal Officer and providing quotes to clients.
  • Networking, Local advocacy and Awareness Raising: Actively
    participate in community education and raising awareness on forced
    migration, International Human Rights, Refugee Law and also participate in
    relevant field visits to refugee and IDP settlements and other places such
    as police stations and prisons.
  • Information Management Support: The
    Community Paralegal will conduct other clerkship responsibilities
    including; filing, taking and responding to legal related correspondences
    as necessary; support in basic psychosocial counseling for clients;
    prepare legal documents; research cases and any pertinent legal
    information needed and also help legal officers prepare for court cases, including
    opening and closing arguments and aiding in court pleadings or motions
  • Others:
  • Uphold the RLP’s code of conduct
  • Any other roles as may be assigned 
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The applicant for the Refugee Law Project
    (RLP) Community Paralegal job placement should hold a Diploma in Law.
  • Computer literacy skills
  • Fluency in Kiswahili and/or any other
    language spoken in refugee communities will be an added advantage
How to Apply:
you meet the above requirements and are interested, we encourage you to address
motivation letter and updated CV to the Human Resources Manager via E-mail to
recruitment@refugeelawproject.org. Please indicate the position applied for in
the subject line of the email. Copies of certificates should not be attached,
but will be requested for from short-listed candidates only.
Deadline: Friday 29th July 2016 by 5.00pm
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