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5 Justice Centre Manager Job Vacancies - Justice Centres Uganda (JCU)

Organization: Justice Centres Uganda (JCU)
Duty Station: Kasese, Mbale, Mubende, Rukungiri, Mukono, Uganda

About US:
Justice Centres Uganda (JCU) is a Project of the Justice Law and Order Sector(JLOS) hosted and supervised by the Judiciary to provide Legal Aid. The Justice Centres are a one stop-stop shop with a broad range of legal aid services to all categories of vulnerable people within the community, identified through a means and merits test. Some of these services include; legal representation, alternative dispute resolution, referrals, awareness creation and outreach, as well as psychosocial support. The model used seeks to bridge the gap between the demand and supply sides of justice while at the same time empowering individuals and communities to claim their rights and demand for policy change. Justice Centres Uganda operates offices in Kampala, Mengo, Tororo, Lira, Hoima, Masaka, Jinja and Fortportal; serving the Central, Eastern, Northern and Bunyoro regions respectively in Uganda.

Job Summary: The Justice Centre Manager will be in charge of managing the Regional Justice Centre.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Provide overall guidance and supervision of regional staff including Legal Officers.
  • Develop Work plans and budgets. 
  • Manage regional projects and programmes as well as their budget.
  • Handle public relations as a representative and official contact and spokesperson for JCU at regional level.
  • Oversee and ensure regular Monitoring and Evaluation of JC processes and activities. 
  • Provide legal advice to clients and to Legal Officers on complex matters.
  • Work closely with the Advocates at the Centre, determine which cases should go on to court.
  • Represent Clients in Court.
  • Manage staff at the Centre.
  • Support and provide legal and human rights education to clients and communities including participation in some outreach sessions to ensure quality and standards.
  • Ensure an effective and functional referral system is in place.
  • Handle referral of cases and clients.
  • Be in charge of regular in house training sessions for staff.
  • Keenly review trends on matters registered at the Centre, so as to form the basis for advocacy.
  • Spearhead advocacy initiatives at the regional level.
  • Spearhead research initiatives at the regional level to identify root causes of issues.
  • Build relationships with stakeholders and partners in the region.
  • Identify matters that can be used as test cases and advise NCO on way forward.
  • Attend and participate in District Coordination Committee meetings and activities
  • Prepare monthly, quarterly and annual reports for submission to the National Coordinator.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The applicant must hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Law. Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice; be an Enrolled Advocate MUST of the High Court with a VALID Practicing Certificate. Master’s Degree in Law or related field will be an added advantage. 
  • Any additional Course or Certificate in Management, Project Planning & Development or related field obtained from a recognised institution.
  • At least three to five years of relevant Legal and Management experience in similar /equivalent  position.
  • Previous experience in working in the area of Legal Aid service Provision with either government of development oriented organisation will be an added advantage.
  • Knowledge of legal frameworks, human rights frameworks, principles and standards and issues affecting poor and vulnerable communities/ populations.
  • A sound understanding of the legal policy and institutional framework for the protection of human rights in Uganda.
  • An open and result oriented approach to work.
  • Strong strategic thought and process facilitation skills.
  • Previous experience in managing a similar organization including law firm and Legal Aid Service Provider.
  • Planning, management and team building skills.
  • Proven experience as a team leader/in a management position.
  • Knowledge of Financial management will be an added advantage.
  • Previous experience working in the area of Legal Aid Provision.
  • Ability to work with multi-cultural groups and in a multi-ethnic environment and gender sensitive.
  • Ability to work under minimum supervision and be able to resolve operational issues at the Centre.
  • Ability to work as part of team and provide leadership, supervision and support to colleagues.
  • Good working knowledge and experience in using MS Office and web-based applications.
  • Dedication to working and with the poor.
  • Age: 30-40 years.

How to Apply: 
All suitably qualified and interested candidates are encouraged to send their application letters, updated CVs and copies of their academic/professional certificates and a copy of their current Practicing Certificate. Applications should indicate a daytime telephone contact, email address and include three professional referees.

The complete applications should be addressed to the National Coordinator, Justice Centres Uganda, Chamber F6 High Court Building, P.O. Box 26365 Kampala, Uganda.  Please clearly indicate on the envelope the position title you have applied for.

Deadline: Friday, 2nd March, 2018 by 5.00pm

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