Fresher Legal Assistant US NGO Jobs – ALIGHT

Job Title:    Legal Assistant (Fresher NGO Jobs)

Organisation: ALIGHT

Duty Station: Uganda

 

About US:

ALIGHT, formerly the American Refugee Committee (ARC), is an international nonprofit, nonsectarian organization that has provided humanitarian assistance and training to millions of beneficiaries over the last 40 years. In 2011, Alight helped nearly 2.5 million people get essential services to regain their health and take back control of their lives. Alight works with its partners and constituencies to provide opportunities and expertise to communities of refugees and internally displaced persons in seven countries in Africa, Asia and Europe, including Iraq, Kosovo, and in the Darfur region of Sudan and is currently providing for emergency relief and recovery in Haiti. Alight provides shelter, clean water and sanitation, health care, skills training, microcredit education, protection to help survivors of war and natural disasters to rebuild their lives with dignity, health care, security and self-sufficiency.

 

Job Summary:  Reporting to the Legal Officer, the Legal Assistant will be responsible for supporting the smooth running of the daily activities of Legal sector at Kyangwali Refugee settlement in Kukuube District, including client management and follow up, facilitation of alternative dispute resolution and to contribute to legal awareness raising activities and legal trainings.

 

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 

Program Implementation and planning:

  • Receive and register clients.
  • Undertake initial interviews & summarize essential facts for sharing with Legal officer.
  • Support Legal Officers in locating relevant witnesses for cases and also.
  • Support in interviewing clients and witnesses and prepare relevant reports.
  • Accompany clients to record statements at police.
  • Provide support in basic Legal & Psychosocial counseling for clients.
  • Keep clients updated by communicating case progress.
  • Actively participate in community legal education and raising awareness.
  • Participate in prison visits & document findings of visits for action.
  • Work with the police & settlement authorities in developing legal information & education topics.
  • Assist the Legal Officer in mobilizing & facilitating legal trainings.
  • Work with local refugee leaders to mobilize communities for awareness sessions.
  • Work with local refugee leaders to display legal information materials in the community.
  • Work closely and monitor the Paralegal community based workers in identification and follow up of cases at the community level.
  • Establish contacts and empower community based structures through regular meetings so as to effect community based protection approach.

Information Management Support and Reporting:

  • Keep cases organized by organizing and establishing files; documenting actions, monitoring calendars; inputting information into case management software and file database
  • Support the Legal Officer in prompt filing & compiling files due in court
  • Support Legal Officer prepare for court cases.
  • Contribute to the weekly, monthly and quarterly reporting processes and assist Legal Officer in preparation of these reports
  • Contribute to project planning, development of proposals and lessons learned processes.
  • Prepare and submit weekly action plan to the supervisor.
  • Perform any other duties assigned to you.





Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

  • The ideal candidate must hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Law and a Certificate in Uganda Paralegal Advisory Services (PAS) training.
  • At least two years of working experience in a similar field.
  • Previous exposure and experience in representing clients before any Quasi-Judicial and other governing bodies.
  • Previous experience in engaging with key partners on legal-related issues.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Experience of riding a motorcycle and a valid riding permit is a MUST.

 

How to Apply:

All applicants should apply online at the link below.

 

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