Legal Assistant

Job Ref No LegAss/OCT/2021 | Published on Oct 14, 2021 06:00 PM

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Job Category:

 Program

Duty Station:

 Kyangwali, UG

Employment Type:

 Contract

Salary Scale:

 Not Specified

Deadline:

 Oct 26, 2021 02:00 PM

Number of Positions:

 1

Age Limit:

 Not Specified

Description

Hello Hello!  Alight is recruiting a Legal Assistant for our program in Uganda to be based at Kyangwali Office You’re interested in joining us? Welcome, we’re happy you’re here!

If you join us, you will find…

A team with deep experience in co-designing solutions that create new value around the world. We know we need to always be better, and we believe in the power and abundance of everyday people, everywhere, to change the world with us.

A culture of radical accountability to our customers –as we help build a meaningful life for and with the displaced, we ask them what they want and then deliver on it. 

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 & Responsibilities

Program Implementation and planning:

  • Receive & 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.

Requirements

  • A Bachelors Degree in Law and a Certificate in Uganda Paralegal Advisory Services (PAS) training. 
  • At least 2 years 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.

Others/Extra Details

Alight is an Equal Opportunity Employer offering employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, citizenship, physical or mental disability, or protected veteran status.  Alight complies with all applicable laws governing nondiscrimination in employment. Any form of canvassing in the recruitment process will lead to automatic disqualification. 

\\\\"By applying to this job, I understand and acknowledge that ALIGHT is committed to ensure compliance of its code of conduct by staff and any other persons working on behalf of ALIGHT  with zero tolerance to GBV acts and Protection against Sexual Exploitation and Abuse. ALIGHT requires its staff and any other person working on behalf of ALIGHT to treat all people with dignity and respect and to actively prevent harassment, abuse and any nature of exploitation. Further, I understand that if I am a successful candidate, I will be subject to a comprehensive background check, and my personal/professional references will be asked to evaluate my behaviors related to the above safeguarding related topics. 

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