Fresher Legal Assistant UNHCR Project Jobs – Humanitarian Initiative Just Relief Aid (HIJRA)

Job Title:       Legal Assistant
Organisation: Humanitarian
Initiative Just Relief Aid (HIJRA)
Funding Source: UNHCR
Duty Station: Uganda
Reports to: Legal
About US:
Humanitarian Initiative Just
Relief Aid (HIJRA) is an international African humanitarian and development
organization that positively contributes towards improving the living standards
and conditions of those adversely affected by disasters and conflict in the
Horn, East & Central Africa by implementing WASH, Health, Education,
Livelihoods, Community service & development and Protection programs in the
region for a period of more than 20 years.
About UNHCR Project:
HIJRA with funding from the
UNHCR in Uganda is implementing a multi-sectoral Program for refugees in
Oruchinga settlement (Isingiro district), Nakivale settlement (Isingiro
district) and Nyakabande Transit Center (Kisoro district).
Job Summary: The Legal
Assistant provides specific legal assistance to the assigned Legal officer and
office in the provision of direct legal support to victims of forced migration
and in carrying out policy advocacy on forced migration. The Legal Assistant
has regular interaction with clients, conducting sensitization on national and
international laws regarding refugees, providing legal counsel, and
collaborates with the Judiciary, Police and other stakeholders to ensure
refugee protection.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Work in close relation with Legal
    protection to ensure the protection of populations of concern is met
    through the application of the relevant UN/UNHCR protection standards and
    IASC principles
  • Ensuring that protection incidents are
    immediately identified and addressed.
  • Ensure the people of concern have access
    to legal and fair hearing in court through court follow ups, prison
    monitoring etc.
  • Sensitize the Community and Local
    authorities on Refugee law and Human Rights relating to refugees and
    others persons of concern to UNHCR, in order to ensure that national
    legislation is in compliance with International Legal Standards.
  • Analytical reports of Legal protection
    related trends and issues are produced on a monthly and ad hoc basis
  • Stay abreast of political, social,
    economic and cultural developments that have an impact on Legal protection
    related issues
  • Actively promote International and
    National Law and applicable UN/UNHCR and IASC policy, standards and codes
    of conduct
  • Assists in dealing with police concerning
    asylum-seekers and refugees to provide them protection to remain safely in
    country of asylum.
  • Provide follow up to court cases involving
    asylum seekers/refugees, visits judges, public prosecutors, and explains
    IC’s refugee status. If necessary arranges for a lawyer.
  • Guides on domestic legal issues including
    immigration and alien laws regarding asylum seekers/refugees.
  • Provide counseling to asylum
    seekers/refugees on their legal problems. Explain legislation and their
    status in order to act accordingly.
  • Advocate for legal aid services from the
    different legal aid service providers and Pro bono services from legal
    practitioners for the purpose of disposing of refugee cases at court
  • Assists in assessing welfare and providing
    assistance to the refugee caseload in prisons.
  • The incumbent also compiles monthly
    statistics of refugees in various prisons in the region.
  • Actively contribute to the design, implementation
    and evaluation of legal related activities within the newly established
    protection response framework
  • Providing capacity building to RWCs and
    community members.
  • Perform any other duties assigned by the

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The
    ideal candidate for the HIJRA
    Legal Assistant job opportunity must hold a Bachelor’s
    in Law (with specialization in criminal or human rights or
    any other related comparable line of specialization in law)
  • Two years of work experience in the same
    field of development and humanitarian work and NGOs’.
  • Ability to produce high-quality legal
  • Excellent presentation and communication
    skills and the ability to interact with a number of different partners and
    contacts, including governmental authorities, UNHCR, victims and their
    families etc.
  • Excellent communication and mediation
  • Strong judgments skills are also a
  • Ability to act ethically and make moral
  • Sociable and open minded
  • A person who can keep confidential
  • Broad working knowledge of the local law
    and be able to grasp new concepts with ease and accuracy
  • Good time management skills
  • Ability to speak more than one indigenous
    language would be desirable
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested
candidates should send an application letter and Curriculum Vitae including
telephone and email contacts of three referees including your current/most
recent employer.
Application should be addressed
to the:
Country Program Manager,
Humanitarian Initiative Just
Relief Aid (HIJRA),
P.O. Box 37703, Kampala,
Email to:
The subject line should read: “
Legal Assistant.”
Please note that interviews will be done on a rolling basis given the urgency
of the positions.
Deadline: 3rd March 2018
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