Legal Officer NGO Career Opportunities – Danish Refugee Council (DRC)

Job Title:         Legal Officer
Organisation: Danish
Refugee Council (DRC)
Duty Station: Uganda
About US:
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 support the quality, timely implementation of legal assistance
project activities in compliance with relevant rules, laws, instruments, and
DRC standards and budgets.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
Coordination and Representation:
  • Build relationships with a range of key
    stakeholders including donors, Local Government and other stakeholders on
    this specific thematic area.
  • Coordinate and follow up with legal
    service provision and service providers.
  • Representation of DRC and active
    participation in the local working groups and any other meetings as
  • Close co-ordination in project
    implementation with partners, especially UNHCR legal officers and other UN
    agencies and national/international NGOs, including referrals, protection
    gap analysis, and advocacy.
Project development, implementation and reporting:
  • Ensure the day to day implementation of
    the legal assistance activities
  • Support the preparation of refugee legal
    dossier in coordination with OPM and UNHCR and when applicable represent
    them in courts.
  • Ensure information dissemination to Persons
    of Concern on legal issues
  • Support and guide the development of
    relevant IEC materials and ensure the dissemination of main information on
    legal concerns for refugees and host community.
  • Under the supervision of the Area manager,
    contribute to the strengthening of the thematic area in DRC programming.
    Also identify legal assistance gaps with a view to generating ideas for
    future projects with strong impact
  • Support the protection assessment and
    ongoing risks analysis in order to design adequate integrated protection
  • Offer technical support to staff members,
    linking DRC Kiryandongo’s programme to relevant international framework,
    conventions, and national legal documents and articles.
  • Under the supervision of the Area
    manager/team leader, ensure that all the approaches and tools are
    developed in synergy with the overall DRC’s protection initiatives at the
    programme level.
  • Work closely with the other programme
    components to optimize programme output and impact.
  • Ensure quality implementation, monitoring
    and evaluation for this related component in West Nile.
  • Make sure that all the legal assistance
    work adheres to protection standards and principles as well as DRC
    guidelines and accountability standards.
  • Develop advocacy points based on
    assessment of situation and risks.
  • In collaboration with the Area manager
    contribute to quality and timely monthly, quarterly and annual reports.
Staff development and management:
  • Provide technical and programmatic
    leadership for the DRC protection staff members and community based
    mechanisms in Adjumani operational area.
  • Develop staff performance measurement and
    targets and appraise them based on the set targets, as needed.
  • Conduct daily 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.
Logistics /Finance:
  • Support the Area manager to monitor
    financial commitments and expenditures against budgets and provide timely
    feedback on budget follow ups.
  • Initiate procurements and ensure their
  • Plan and coordinate proactively logistics
    and movements of staff from and to different clusters.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The
    ideal candidate for the Danish Refugee Council (DRC) Legal Officer job placement must hold a Bachelor’s
    Degree  in law, human rights
    or related fields
  • Possession of a post graduate diploma in
    legal practice
  • At least four (4) years’ experience
    working with vulnerable communities, basic needs and distribution
    programming experience, and/or advocacy programmes.
  • Experience of managing and supervising
  • Experience of working with UN or Non‐Governmental organizations.
  • Good communication skills and ability to
    conduct training and awareness.
  • Understanding of gender, protection and
    human rights.
  • Computer skills.
  • Good organizational and people management
  • Knowledge of the local languages spoken in
    the operation area is an asset.
  • Familiarity with Monitoring &
    Evaluation for UN-funded projects desired.
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
  • Concise
    and accurate CV (maximum 3 pages). The CV should include information about
    your qualification, relevant training courses, Work experience, name and
    contact details of 3 relevant references.
All applications should be sent
to clearly indicating position name in the subject
Deadline: 28th January 2018 by 5:00pm

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