Legal Officer Non-profit Jobs – Mercy Corps

Job Title:     Legal Officer
Organization: Mercy
Duty Station: 
About US:
Mercy Corps is an international
non-profit organization which implements high-quality, analytical development
programmes in very difficult places. Mercy Corps has been operating in Uganda
since 2006. It has and continues to implement programs in Acholi and Karamoja
sub regions. Mercy Corps is taking a community-led, market driven approach to
address poverty and food insecurity needs through interventions that get to the
root causes and contributing factors of economic vulnerability. Donors include
the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), DFID,
Mastercard Foundation, WALMART Foundation, Coca Cola Africa Foundation, US
Depart of State (DOS) /PEPFAR, ECHO and Nike Foundation.
About BRACED Program:
BRACED is being implemented in the Karamoja Region of Uganda, as well
as Wajir County Kenya. The BRACED Mercy Corps programme is designed around
three integrated thematic focus areas – Lands/NRM, Market Systems Development
and Governance. Mercy Corps recently received an 18-month extension operating
from January 2018-June 2019.
Job Summary: The Legal
officers’ role and responsibilities mainly will be categorized into: Legal
awareness on land laws and policies, Alternative dispute resolution through
legal aid clinics, Capacity building of land administrative and management
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Provide legal advice to people on their
    Land Rights for during community outreaches and those who report to seek
    for advice in office
  • Provide information on women’s Land Rights
    to the community, through radio talk shows and during community
  • Carryout community awareness on Land
  • Refer intricate cases to other Legal Aid
    providers and courts of Laws
  • Pass on information materials on Land
    Rights/policies/law to clients
  • Systematically maintain proper records of
    clients visits to the Office for advise and mediation
  • Write and submit reports on a routine
    basis, (weekly, monthly, quarterly reports)
  • Work closely with other relevant
    institutions and departments of government that deal with land matters in
    order to optimize protection of peoples Land Rights of the people in
  • Perform any other function as shall be
    incidental to the above mentioned roles
  • Conduct himself/herself both
    professionally and personally in such a manner as to bring positive
    recognition to Mercy Corps and to avoid endangering the organization’s

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The
    ideal candidate for the Mercy Corps Legal Officer job placement should hold a Bachelor’s
    degree in Law, LLB or its equivalence from a recognized institution
  • Three to five years of legal practice
  • Certificate in legal practice will be
    added advantage
  • Familiarity of land laws and policies will
    be added advantage
  • Understanding of land tenure systems with
    specific focus on Karamoja and traditional land management structures in
    Karamoja is a great asset
  • Good
    team player
  • Excellent communication and diplomatic skills.
  • Very good analytical and information
    management skills.
  • Good organizational skills and ability to
    work under/manage Stress.
  • Highly flexible and creative in planning
    and problem solving.
  • Keen attention to detail, ability to
    follow procedures and meet deadlines and work independently and
    cooperatively with team members.
  • Skills in maintaining professional
    internal and external relationships.
  • Maintain confidentiality of sensitive
    information both for the staff and the organization
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and
interested candidates should send their E-mail applications including a cover
letter clearly stating the salary requirements, updated CV (with three
professional referees), and copies of academic qualifications/certificates
addressed to the Senior HR and Legal Manager, Mercy Corps Uganda to:
Deadline:  24th January 2018
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