Legal Officer – East and Central Africa


Salary: Grade C (45,014,400 Ugandan Shillings per annum approx. This is the pro-rated salary for 2.5 days a week)

This is a part-time post, 2.5 days per week, starting as soon as possible until 30th June 2021 (with possibility of extension). (Based on provisional funding decisions, we expect to have additional funding which might allow the successful candidate to work 4 days a week or even full time from early in 2019 but we are unable to confirm this at this time.)

This post is based in the MRG Africa Office in Kampala, Uganda.

However, if we are unable to find a suitable candidate based in Kampala, we are willing to consider individuals based elsewhere in Eastern Africa in a location with good communications. If you are not currently based in Kampala, please state where you would plan to be based in your application.

Do you have at least two years’ experience of litigation at the national and international level, as well as project management? Have you had a major role in drafting legal documents in at least three international human rights cases?  Do you have strong communication and organisational skills including a good working knowledge of French?

MRG is looking to recruit a Legal Officer focusing on East and Central Africa to help us achieve our mission to realise the rights of minorities and indigenous peoples around the world through the use of litigation, legal empowerment, legal tools and other advocacy. Specifically, the post-holder will work with local partners and lawyers to build communities’ legal skills, provide support for community-led litigation to address rights violations, enable activists to improve their advocacy, and pilot appropriate accountability mechanisms to increase decision-makers’ sensitivity to the concerns of marginalised minority groups. The post-holder may also work on improving the knowledge of legal professionals on international standards and national laws that address or impact on minorities and indigenous peoples.

We are seeking an individual who has detailed knowledge of international human rights and minority rights law including economic and social rights, collective and individual rights, as well as standards relating to minority communities and indigenous peoples. Candidates should have good knowledge of the regional context in East and Central Africa and the continent more broadly, as well as experience designing and running legal training programmes.

For more details please download the Job Description and Person Specification.

Application details:

Please send a completed MRG Application Form and Equal Opportunities Questionnaire to (NB we will not accept CVs).

Closing date:  Sunday 21st October midnight GMT.

Should you have any queries about the post, please contact Human Resources:

MRG values diversity.  Applicants from ethnic, religious or linguistic minority communities are particularly encouraged to apply as they are currently under-represented in this Department of our organisation.


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