Minority Rights Group International (MRG) Deputy Director, Claire Thomas, writes this opinion piece for the Thomson Reuters News Foundation.+ LEARN MORE
MRG Job Opening: Legal Officer – East and Central Africa
MRG Job Opening
Legal Officer – East and Central Africa
Salary: Grade C (3,117,647 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 2018 in the first instance with the possibility of extension. This post is based in the MRG Africa Office in Kampala, Uganda.
Closing date: Friday 18th November 2016.
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 see the attached Job Description and Person Specification.
Closing date: Friday, 18th November 2016 17.00 BST. Please send your Application and Equal Opportunities forms to firstname.lastname@example.org. Interviews are likely to take place on the 24th or 25th November 2016.
Should you have any queries about the post, please contact Human Resources: email@example.com.
MRG values diversity. Applicants from ethnic, religious or linguistic minority communities are particularly encouraged to apply.