21 July 2016

Legal Officer NGO Careers - Platform for Labour Action (PLA)

Job Title:       Legal Officer
Organisation: Platform for Labour Action (PLA)
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda

About US:
Platform for Labour Action (PLA) is a National Civil Society Organization that was founded in the year 2000. PLA is focused on promoting and protecting the rights of vulnerable and marginalized workers through empowerment of communities and individuals in Uganda. Our target population are; vulnerable and marginalized workers, majority of who are women, youth and children. This includes children in exploitative forms of work and those at risk of exploitation; vulnerable and marginalized workers infected and affected by HIV and AIDS, persons with disability, women, youth and the low income earners (below UGX. 400,000 or 120 US dollars per month) and other groups defined as vulnerable and marginalized.

Job Summary: The Legal Officer is responsible for attending to clients under primary legal aid and offering secondary legal aid services to all Platform for Labour Action (PLA) areas of operations and ensuring that the services are offered accurately and effectively and reflect the mission and vision of PLA.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:  
  • Receive and screen clients for direct legal aid support
  • Using Right based Approach, provide timely legal aid services through direct one-on-one and legal outreach mobile clinics to vulnerable, marginalized and undocumented workers in PLA’s areas of operation as may be required, ensure follow up and logical conclusion of cases handled.
  • The incumbent will refer cases which do not meet the eligibility criteria to other legal aid service providers.
  • Hold consultations with the legal officers and manager for the next steps and appropriate action.
  • Represent clients in courts of law and other dispute resolution processes including the labour office and prepare summary briefs.
  • Draft legal documents and prepare submissions for PLA cases.
  • Conduct legal research and prepare briefs.
  • Provide legal advice, technical support and mentoring to the Community Based Organizations and partners of PLA to leverage community access to legal aid services
  • Work closely with program staff and provide legal advice and legal awareness to the communities.
  • Create awareness to PLA’s target group through use of SMS, Media and ICT -Community
  • Enter data in the PLA Legal aid services information system.
  • Attend staff meetings and represent the organization at meetings and workshops.
  • Assign clerk documents for service, cases for filing and fixing hearing dates and ensure that a weekly report is provided.
  • Stay abreast with contemporary and emerging issues of vulnerable and marginalised workers including precedents, ILO and UN Conventions, African Commission and the East African Community and prepare briefs.
  • Prepare analytical weekly, monthly and yearly reports taking cognisance of gender, nature of claims reported and action taken.
  • Maintain a record of complaints received and action taken and follow up of cases/disputes handled.
  • Prepare monthly, quarterly and annual work plan and file time sheets to supervisor
  • Update and manage the clients’ database on a regular basis.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:  
  • The applicant must hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Law and Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice.
  • Admitted, or eligible to be admitted, as an advocate of the High Court of Uganda
  • Broad knowledge and understanding of issues of vulnerable and marginalized groups.
  • Previous experience of working with disadvantaged groups is an added advantage.
  • Proven ability to manage and exercise responsibility of a large number of files and case load.
  • Proven experience providing community education (sensitization, awareness raising, workshops, seminars, trainings) and responding to and supporting community initiatives, including using gender mainstreaming approaches;
  • Prior experience working within a legal aid service provider.
  • Demonstrated analytical and empathetic skills, creativity and innovation.
  • Ability to adopt to PLA’s values of professionalism, commitment to work, transparency and accountability, team work, respect for Human Rights and zero tolerance of corruption.
  • Previous experience working with NGOs or development organizations shall be an added advantage.
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution.
  • Good negotiation and mediation skills.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Excellent computer skills.
  • Strong team work skills.
  • Excellent time and project management skills and attention to detail.
  • Ability to meet tight deadlines.
  • Ability to work under minimum supervision.
  • Keen interest in and knowledge of labour related laws.
  • Good computer skills, good written and oral communication.
  • Languages: Thorough knowledge of English and Luganda are mandatory; working knowledge of Swahili and Langi, Lusoga is a distinct advantage.

How to Apply:  
All suitably qualified and interested candidates should send an application in writing, including a motivation letter, curriculum vitae, and three references to info@pla-uganda.org

Handwritten applications can be delivered to Plot 68 Kanjokya Street, Kamwokya P.O Box 9714 Kampala - Uganda

Deadline: 25th July 2016 by 5 p.m.

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