Director of Legal Career Opportunity – International Justice Mission (IJM)

Job Title:   Director of Legal
Organization: International Justice Mission (IJM)
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Director of Casework
About US:
International Justice Mission is a global organization that protects the poor
from violence throughout the developing world. International Justice Mission
partners with local authorities to rescue victims of violence, bring criminals
to justice, restore survivors, and strengthen justice systems.  The International Justice Mission (IJM)
Uganda is working to eliminate property grabbing in Uganda by bringing rescue
and restoration to individual victims, accountability to their perpetrators,
and transformation to the public justice system as a whole.
Job Summary: The Director of Legal will lead a team of
professionals to intervene on behalf of widows and orphans victimized by
property grabbing, assist the Director of Public Prosecutions to charge and
prosecute perpetrators, and inform efforts to strengthen the public justice
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
Legal Team Leadership and
  • Lead and manage the casework and training
    activities of the Legal Department;
  • The incumbent will delegate assignments,
    workload, and tasks among members of the Legal Department;
  • Improve work product of Legal Department
    through training, mentoring, and oversight;
  • Supervise, support, and manage the efforts of
    the Legal Team;
  • Supervise case intake and client screening
    based on established criteria; and
  • Represent interests of the Legal Department
    to other departments and staff.
Direct Intervention:
  • Evaluate, develop, and implement intervention
    strategies for IJM cases;
  • Encourage and support State Attorneys in the
    prosecution of property grabbing perpetrators;
  • Coordinate and lead mediations, negotiations,
    and other forms of alternative dispute resolution in IJM cases;
  • Ensure that government offices (Lands
    Registry, Administrator General, etc.) take necessary action;
  • Represent IJM clients in civil litigation and
    in the administration of estates;
  • Supervise legal research and conduct brief
    writing and oral advocacy on behalf of victims of property grabbing; and
  • Track case related data in paper and
    electronic case tracking management systems.
Casework Team Support:
  • The incumbent will coordinate with IJM
    Investigators to investigate allegations of property grabbing and ensure
    all evidence is collected in an admissible form;
  • Cooperate with IJM Aftercare Specialists in
    identifying psychosocial needs of victims;
  • Assist in hosting guests, visitors, and
    volunteers; and
Professional Development
  • Participate in IJM programs in
    professionalism and Christian spiritual formation; and
  • Maintain Practicing Certificate and
    participate in CLEs relevant to IJM’s casework.
  • Perform other tasks as assigned.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The ideal candidate must hold a Degree in
    law, successful completion of LDC, and current Practicing Certificate;
  • At least five years’ experience as a practicing
  • A minimum of two years of experience leading
    a team or organization preferred;
  • Excellent critical thinking, legal analysis,
    and oral and written advocacy skills;
  • Computer literate with proficiency in MS
    Word, Outlook, and Excel;
  • Previous experience in civil and/or criminal
    litigation preferred;
  • Driver’s License preferred.
  • Mature Christian faith as defined by the
    Apostles’ Creed;
  • Passionate commitment to IJM’s mission and
  • Professional in demeanor, appearance, writing
    and oral communication;
  • Works well under stress with a sustained
    positive attitude;
  • Exceptionally high level of honesty and
  • Intelligent, organized, creative and
    proactive problem solver; and
  • Ability to cooperate effectively in a
    multi-cultural environment.
  • Fluency in English and Luganda, with
    excellent writing and speaking in both;
How to Apply:
suitably qualified and interested candidates who wish to join the International
Justice Mission (IJM) in the aforementioned capacity are encouraged to Apply
Online by clicking on the link below.
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