ASSISTANT PROGRAMME OFFICER – LEGAL

DIVISION / DEPARTMENT: LEGAL & PSYCHOSOCIAL SUPPORT PROGRAMME

LOCATION: GARISSA

REPORTING LINES:  

Post holder reports to:     Assistant Program Manager – Garissa

Staff reporting to this post: Interns/Volunteers

RCK MISSION: To safeguard and protect the rights and dignity of forced migrants and host-communities through provision of legal aid, psychosocial support, advocacy, capacity building and promotion of inclusive governance.
JOB PURPOSE: To provide legal advice and procedural support to the organization on issues relating to and affecting displaced persons as well as administrative legal matters in an effective and efficient manner.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Attend to clients at the legal aid clinic and asses cases for intervention.
  •  Seek access to clients in detention, ascertaining the conditions under which such clients are being detained, and provide them with appropriate legal and other assistance in accordance with RCK policy.
  • As requested by the Programme Officer-Legal and Social Justice, conduct investigations, participate in boards of inquiry and advising on appropriate action to be taken.
  • Prepare legal briefs and studies on a variety of legal issues and instruments.
  • Provide legal representation to refugees especially unaccompanied and separated minors, GBV survivors in court, in police stations and child protection cases.
  • Prepare responses to enquiries on legal issues on laws relating to refugees and other forced migrants from RCK staff, governments, inter-governmental organizations, institutions, and the public.
  •  Participate in capacity building of RCK’s stakeholders in relation to domestic and international laws that relate to refugees and other forced migrants.
  • Develop and maintain a database of and relations with internal /external referral partners.
  • Update and manage the client databases.
  • Prepare monthly reports and donor related reports within schedule.
  • Support the development of proposal for fundraising for program work.
  • Coordinate and carry out program budgetary and administrative tasks.
  • Such other duties temporarily or on a continuing basis, as may reasonably be required, commensurate with your grade.

QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE:
1) Bachelors degree in Law
2) Advocate of the High Court of Kenya with a current practicing certificate.
3) At least one year experience in civil and criminal litigation.
4) Experience working with an NGO/Humanitarian field is an added advantage.
5) Knowledge of the Kenyan Legal system and of regional & international instruments
on refugees and human rights.
6) Knowledge of the devolved system of government in Kenya is an added advantage

WORKING CONDITIONS
The Job is complex, sensitive and stressful. Work requires willingness to work a flexible schedule and travel.

Behaviour Competencies:

  • Professionalism: In-depth theoretical knowledge of and significant experience in relevant fields of refugee law, Strong analytical, problem solving and drafting skills. Discretion and sound judgment in applying legal expertise to sensitive, complex legal issues.
  • Communication: Strong interpersonal and communication (written, spoken and presentational) skills. Proficiency in English and Kiswahili. Knowledge of French is desired.
  • Technology Awareness: Fully proficient computer skills and ability to use relevant software applications, in particular information databases, internet/intranet services, library sources, etc.
  • Teamwork: Ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with people of different national and cultural backgrounds with respect for diversity.
  •  Managing Performance: Ability to supervise, coach, mentor and develop junior staff as required

To submit your application, send a cover letter along with a detailed Curriculum Vitae indicating expected salary, 3 professional referees including your last supervisor and their email contacts, to be received by 5.00pm, Friday 19th September 2019.

Email: careers@rckkenya.org

Only successful candidates will be contacted.
RCK is an equal opportunity employer.