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Advocate (Independent Consultant)

IJM - Institut Jacques Monod

Fort Portal, Uganda

The Need

International Justice Mission Uganda (IJM) is seeking a talented advocate to work as an independent consultant with IJM to bring relief to child victims of sexual violence in the Kamwenge and Kabarole Districts of Uganda. IJM seeks an individual who is passionate about justice and highly motivated to use their legal skills and experience to effect positive change. The consultant will be part of a small start-up team working in Kamwenge and Kabarole Districts, and will play a central role in developing and implementing a unique pilot project to provide multi-disciplinary services to child survivors of sexual violence, and to build the capacity of the public justice system (the “Pilot Project”).

The advocate will serve as an independent consultant and not an employee of IJM. The duration of the contract will be approximately 15 months, for the duration of the Pilot Project. This position is based in Fort Portal, Uganda, requires regular travel in Kamwenge and Kabarole Districts, and may require travel to Kampala, Uganda. The position reports to the Project Manager and the National Director of IJM Uganda.

Responsibilities

Litigation, case management and leadership

  • Represent child victims of sexual violence in court to secure their legal interests, and provide legal counseling and accompaniment to victims and those at risk of sexual violence;
  • Liaise with police and prosecutors to ensure the effective investigation and prosecution of child sexual offence cases;
  • Draft, file and pursue petitions, well-researched submissions and other legal documents;
  • Identify, evaluate and select the most appropriate redress method for each case;
  • Work with internal team and other stakeholders to evaluate cases referred through the referral system to be activated by the Pilot Project and other sources;
  • Work with internal team and other stakeholders to plan and implement case strategies and manage related investigative efforts; and
  • Participate in performance monitoring of police officers, prosecutors and magistrates in order to identify system gaps, training and reform needs within the justice sector.

Networking and advocacy

  • Work with stakeholders to strengthen the medico-legal response to sexual violence against children by building linkages among justice, police and health workers on forensic evidence collection, filling Police Form 3A, and preparing for court hearings;
  • Working with internal team and other Pilot Project stakeholders, support the establishment of District Action Centers in Kamwenge and Kabarole;
  • Develop and maintain close working relationships with District Action Center staff and other Pilot Project stakeholders to ensure effective case management and seamless provision of services to child victims of sexual violence;
  • Support inter-institutional dialogue and coordination for cases of sexual violence;
  • Develop and maintain an effective network of contacts within the public justice system; and
  • Develop and maintain close working relationships with the IJM Kampala office.

Training

  • Support joint training programs with the police, judiciary and medical staff on case management, including ethical and safety considerations for child survivors of sexual assault;
  • Participate in the development and delivery of training curricula; and
  • Provide training on case management and service provision to District Action Center staff.

Information management, monitoring and evaluation

  • Analyze and document cases of sexual violence against children that can contribute to updated case management protocols;
  • Work with the Pilot Project team and M&E team in Kampala to monitor and evaluate the Pilot Project, including monitoring and reporting of project targets, results and outputs; and
  • Perform other tasks as assigned by the Project Manager, the National Director, and other IJM leaders.

Requirements

Required Skills and Experience

  • Law degree from an accredited University;
  • Admitted Advocate of the High Court of Uganda with a current practicing certificate;
  • Minimum five (5) years legal experience;
  • Experience in criminal prosecution, human rights or legal aid required; experience with violence against children or other forms of gender-based violence strongly preferred;
  • Prior leadership and/or management experience preferred;
  • Valid certificate of good conduct;
  • Fluent in written and oral communication in English, with working knowledge of Runyakitara required; and
  • Computer literate with proficiency in MS Word, Outlook and Excel.

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