Uganda: (1 ) Legal Officer Based in Moroto- (Open to Uganda Nationals )

Organization: Mercy Corps
Country: Uganda
Closing date: 30 Mar 2018

PROGRAM/DEPARTMENT SUMMARY:

Mercy Corps has been operating in Uganda since 2006. It has and continues to implement programs in Karamoja, Acholi and West Nile 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. 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.

GENERAL POSITION SUMMARY:

The Legal officers’ 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

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

  1. Offer Legal advice to people on their Land Rights for during community outreaches and those who report to seek for advice in office

  2. Provide information on women’s Land Rights to the community, through radio talk shows and during community sensitizations

  3. Carry out community awareness on Land Rights

  4. Refer intricate cases to other Legal Aid providers and courts of Laws

  5. Pass on information materials on Land Rights/policies/law to clients

  6. Systematically maintain proper records of clients visits to the Office for advise and mediation

  7. Write and submit reports on a routine basis, (weekly, monthly, quarterly reports)

  8. Liaise 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

  9. Perform any other function as shall be incidental to the above mentioned roles

  10. 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

    KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:

    • Preferably a degree in Law, LLB or its equivalence from a recognized institution
    • Between 2-5 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

    SUCCESS FACTORS:

    The successful candidate will have the following characteristics:
    * 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:

Applications: Submit your application including a cover letter CV (with 3 referees), and latest copy of academic qualifications/certificates to the Senior HR & Legal Manager, Kampala Head Office, E-mail applications to ug-mcjobs@mercycorps.org

Deadline for Submission: Close of business by 5:00pm March 30, 2018 Only short-listed candidates will be contacted by Mercy Corps. ‘Mercy Corps Uganda is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. Any canversing will lead to disqualification. *Qualified women are encouraged to apply**

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