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Job Title: Senior Programmes Officer – Legal

Department: Programmes                                              

Reports To: Head Programmes

Organisational Background:

The Human Rights Centre Uganda (HRCU) is a non-profit, non-partisan and non-governmental organisation that was established in November 2008 with the main aim of contributing to the protection and promotion of the rights of human rights defenders in Uganda. It works towards improving the environment in which human rights defenders operate in Uganda. HRCU carries out its mandate throughout Uganda through regional networks and coalitions. From the time of its formation, the Centre has had steady growth and registered success at different levels.

 Broad Function:

The officer will be responsible for the spearheading the legal aid function of HRCU. HRCU is a registered Legal Aid service Provider by the Uganda Law Council and as such is mandated to provide legal aid, referrals and representation of HRCU clients.

He/she will provide additional support when requested by the Executive Director who is the solely authorised person to speak on behalf of HRCU.

 Specific Duties and Responsibilities:

1.       Legal Research and Analysis

a.       Conducts extensive legal research and analysis and prepares studies, comparative studies, briefs, reports and correspondence.

b.      Undertakes basic or extensive review of legal documents, instruments, or other material; identifies important issues, similarities, and inconsistencies, etc.

c.       Prepares background papers, studies, reports, legislative texts and commentaries on those texts.

d.      Provides advice on different legal issues and drafts legal opinions, briefs, memoranda and other legal documents.

e.      Prepares or assists in the preparation of agreements and contracts with CSOs and other public or private entities.

f.        Reviews, advises on and drafts legal motions/submissions.

g.       Participates in investigations, truth visits, rapid response, and assesses evidence for relevance and admissibility.

h.      Prepares and assesses briefs of evidence.

i.         Provides legal advice on human resources matters; reviews administrative matters.

j.        Provides legal aid, referrals and representation to HRCU clients.

 2.       General duties

a.       Organise and facilitate at regional dialogues, community dialogues, workshops and capacity building workshops on highlighted HR issues;

b.      Organise and participate in media campaigns that include but are not limited to radio talk shows and television debates;

c.       Create and maintain partnerships with key stakeholders;

d.      Contribute to the development of fundraising proposals and maintain strong working relationships with donors if required

e.      Represent HRCU at different for a as may be assigned from time to time.

 3.       Other duties

a.       Undertake other duties as reasonably assigned by the Head of Programmes or Executive Director from time to time.

 Skills and Competencies

a.       Bachelors’ degree in law or equivalent;

b.      Possession of a Masters’ degree will be an added advantage

c.       Possession of a post graduate diploma in Legal Practice and general experience in legal practice

d.      Must be an advocate of the High Court, Possession of a practicing certificate is an added advantage

e.      Knowledge of, and ability to apply, legal principles, concepts and procedures and terminology for review, examination, and processing of a range of legal documents.

f.        Knowledge of various legal research sources, including electronic, and ability to conduct research and analyze information on a wide range of legal issues.

g.       Knowledge of the Laws and Acts of Uganda especially those pertaining to the operating environment of civil society organisations.

h.      Ability to interpret and apply legislative instruments, develop and present results, recommendations, and opinions clearly and concisely.

i.         Ability to draft legal papers and work under pressure.

j.        Ability to apply good legal judgment in the context of assignments given.

k.       Fluent written and spoken English;

·         Excellent communication and follow up skills including the ability to develop and present effective presentations to partners and other key stakeholders.

·         Excellent writing, copy editing, and proofreading skills.

l.         Excellent computer literacy (primarily in Microsoft Office packages) and ability to apply in assignments;

m.    Excellent interpersonal and team working skills; and ability to work independently with minimal supervision;

n.      Excellent time and project management skills with proven ability to  work under pressure and meet deadlines;

o.      Strong problem-solving skills, capacity to analyze information and recommend necessary recourse for maximizing project progress and impact;

p.      Ability to cope with high levels of responsibility and with confidential matters and a high degree of professional ethics and integrity.

Your can send your cover letter, CV and support documents to info@hrcug.org








 
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