Legal Officer BRACED Program Jobs – Mercy Corps

Job Title:     Legal Officer
Organization: Mercy Corps
Duty Station:  Uganda
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:
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. Among the many
country programmes is the Building Resilience and Adaptation to Climate
Extremes and Disasters (BRACED) whose implementation period is 2015-2019.
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
Officer’s 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 structures
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
    sensitizations
  • Carry out community awareness on Land
    Rights
  • 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
    Karamoja
  • 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 mission; Other
    duties as assigned
  • Perform any other function as shall be
    incidental to the above mentioned roles



Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The ideal candidate for the Mercy Corps Legal
    Officer job placement should hold a degree in Law, LLB or its equivalence
    from a recognized institution
  • At least two 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
  • A strong team player, with good
    communication and diplomatic skills.
  • Very good analytical and information
    management skills.
  • Good organizational skills and ability to
    work under/manage Stress.
  • Flexible and creative in planning and
    problem solving.
  • Attention to detail, ability to follow
    procedures and meet deadlines and work independently and cooperatively
    with team members.
  • Skill 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: ug-mcjobs@mercycorps.org
Deadline:  30th March 2018
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