Senior Legal Officer

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Senior Legal Officer

The Uganda Association of Women Lawyers, FIDA (U) is a non-governmental organization that promotes and defends human rights with an emphasis on women and children as beneficiaries. FIDA was formed in 1974 as the Uganda chapter of Federacio Internationales de Abogadas or the International Federation of Women Lawyers. FIDA Uganda was formed as a membership association for female lawyers with a primary objective of promoting the professional growth of its members and helping women access their rights. The FIDA Uganda office is located on Plot 4, Robert Mugabe Road, Mbuya, Kampala district.

Available Position: Senior Legal Officer (1 vacancy) in Moroto
Job Title: Senior Legal Officer
Department: Legal Aid Clinic
Level: Senior Officer
Reports to: Aid Clinic Manager/ Program Manager

Main purpose of the post:
The Senior Legal Officer is responsible for providing FIDA-Uganda’s clients with legal advice and representation according to high standards of professionalism and best practice and guiding and supervising the Legal Officers; aiming to empower vulnerable women and children to enjoy their rights as equals.
Main Duties and Responsibilities
 Take on personal client work load as appropriate
 Support and supervise Legal Officers; giving them the necessary guidance and coaching to ensure that our clients receive the best services as per the FIDA Uganda policy and best practice standards
 Act as a point of referral for the Legal Officers on challenging cases and issues.
 Support in the development of project implementation detailed plans; including participating in stakeholder analysis and research
 Support in engaging with the media, influencing and enabling them to promote the changes in attitudes and behaviours identified as goals in the project plan
 Coordinate planning, setting targets and implementing the different activities
 Building relationships with key stakeholders in the community; ensuring that the
duty bearers are legally empowered to protect rights of community members
 Ensuring that community members are continuously sensitised on the basics of the law and given effective legal counselling on any legal matters that may arise
 As directed by FIDA Uganda’s Influencing, Advocacy and Strategic Litigation Plan; circulating publicity and IEC campaign material
Person Specifications
 Bachelor of Laws. Possession of a Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice is a must.
 Must be computer literate.
 Possession of a Practicing Certificate will be of added advantage
 A Masters in Law will be an added advantage
 At least 5 years’ experience in the related field with at least 2 of them in a
senior role.
Personal Attributes
 Good spoken Ngakarimojong will be added advantage
 Strong writing skills
 Reporting Skills
 Strong Interpersonal skills
 Good Customer Care
 High Communication skills
 High integrity
 Ability to uphold secrecy of correspondence

Candidates with the necessary qualifications and experience should submit an application letter, current CV and copies of their professional certificates to the Human Resource and Administrative Officer at Applicants should indicate the preferred station, a daytime telephone contact, email address and include three professional referees. Deadline for submission of applications is Thursday, 2nd May, 2019 at noon.