Legal Officer UNHCR Project Careers – Humanitarian Initiative Just Relief Aid (HIJRA)

Job Title:       Legal Officer
Organisation: Humanitarian
Initiative Just Relief Aid (HIJRA)
Funding Source: UNHCR
Duty Station: Uganda
Reports to: Project
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
Officer will identify legal needs in the field and provide counselling and
representation in relevant administrative bodies. The Legal Officer will work
with community leaders to support advocacy at the community level and engage in
mediation and negotiation as needed.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
  • The protection of populations of concern
    is met through the application of International and National Law, relevant
    UN/UNHCR protection standards and IASC principles.
  • The protection strategy incorporates a
    thorough age, gender and diversity (AGD) analysis and reflects the
    Organization’s global, regional and country level priorities.
  • The participation of persons of concern is
    assured through continuous assessment and evaluation using participatory,
    rights and community based approaches.
  • Protection incidents are immediately
    identified and addressed.
  • Analytical reports of protection 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 the protection
  • Promote International and National Law and
    applicable UN/UNHCR and IASC policy, standards and codes of conduct.
  • Foster their consistent and coherent
    interpretation and application through mainstreaming in all sectors and
    /or in clusters in applicable operations.
  • Contribute to the design, implementation
    and evaluation of protection related activities and partners in particular
    within the newly established protection response framework.
  • Compile data from the field and partners
    in a systematic manner. Draft consolidated reports on update impact of the
    protection response framework and legal issues.
  • Provide legal advice and guidance on
    protection issues to the operation and draft legal notes, as required.
  • Contribute to the design, implementation
    and evaluation of protection related AGD based programming with
    implementing and operational partners.
  • Contribute to and facilitate a program of
    results-based advocacy through a consultative process with sectorial and/or
    cluster partners.
  • Facilitate effective information
    management through the provision of disaggregated data on populations of
    concern and their problems.
  • Contribute to capacity-building
    initiatives for communities and individuals to assert their rights.
  • Participate in initiatives to capacitate
    national authorities, relevant institutions and NGOs to strengthen
    national protection related legislation and procedures. Authority
    (decisions made in executing responsibilities and to achieve results)
  • Decide in consultation with the supervisor
    and the protection unit issues to be researched and topics for thematic
  • Enforce compliance with, and integrity of,
    all protection standard operating procedures.
  • Line-manage the staff including day-to-day
    management, development and training, appraisals, etc.
  • Facilitate regular staff meetings to
    ensure awareness of project objectives, and opportunity for feedback.
  • Provide staff coaching and technical
    supervision to develop ownership / responsibility for activities.
  • Make sure all possible durable solutions
    are explored for persons of concern.
  • Take a lead role plan of action, to ensure
    the protection of refugees and asylum-seekers through interventions with
    local authorities and other entities on instances of arbitrary arrest and
    detention. 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 of concern to UNHCR, in order to ensure that national legislation
    is in compliance with International Legal Standards.
  • 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.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The
    ideal candidate for the HIJRA
    Legal Officer job opportunity must hold a Law degree/ human rights or a
    comparable discipline
  • Three years of work experience in the same
    field of development and humanitarian work and NGOs’
  • Ability to produce high-quality legal
  • Ability to present and defend cases in a
    court of law
  • 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.
  • Must possess communication and negotiation
  • Strong judgments skills are also a
  • Someone who can make ethical and moral
  • Sociable and open minded
  • A person who can keep confidential
  • Must have a solid knowledge of the local
    law and be able to grasp new concepts with ease and accuracy
  • Very organized and need to have good time
    management skills to meet deadlines on time.
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 Officer.”
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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