Legal Fellow Job Legal Action Worldwide

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LAW is an independent, non-profit organisation comprised of human rights lawyers working in fragile and conflict affected areas in the Africa, Middle East and South Asia. We have a particular focus on gender equality and sexual and gender-based violence, natural resource exploitation, rule of law and accountability, and transformative justice, working to bring justice to those who need it most. LAW’s ground-breaking work has received international and local media coverage, and recognition.

LAW’s Africa team delivers creative legal assistance programmes in South Sudan, Uganda and Somalia, with plans to expand. LAW Africa’s thematic areas of focus include sexual and gender-based violence, transitional justice and the women, peace and security agenda, accountability for serious human rights violations and female genital mutilation (FGM).

This is an exciting time for LAW as we are expanding with multiple and diverse projects and if you would like to be part of a committed and dedicated team, join us and lead by providing legal, human rights skills and experience.

LAW seeks an enthusiastic Legal Fellow, preferably for a one-year, full time period to play a role in our Africa Programme to be based in Nairobi with travel within the region (once travel is possible).


Reports to: Duration:

Programme Manager(s) Up to 12 months – subject to funding

Location: Hours:

Nairobi, Kenya, with regional travel Full-time / 40 Hours per week**

Functions/Key Results Expected: 

The Legal Fellow will perform duties and responsibilities in accordance with the objectives and activities set out below:

Programme-related tasks

· In-depth research and analysis of the contexts of Somalia, South Sudan, Uganda and other African countries as needed.

· In-depth research and analysis of international law – in particular, international human rights law, international criminal law, international humanitarian law.

· Preparation of research briefs, legal documentation and factsheets on thematic topics including sexual and gender-based violence, conflict-related sexual violence, female genital mutilation (FGM) and the Women, Peace and Security Agenda.

  • Monitoring and analyse developments of new legal trends and keep abreast with legal, political and governance related developments in areas that touch on LAW’s mandate and draft updates for LAW’s global team.
  • Prepare social media and advocacy messaging for LAW’s Africa team and updating LAW’s website relating to Africa.
  • Contribute to preparing training materials, organising and delivering training on human rights law, criminal law or other similar topic to justice actors in conflict-settings.
  • Contribute to drafting project proposals, collating project data, and drafting donor reports. Identification of new funding and partnership opportunities.
  • Any other duties as directed by the Programme Manager(s), or the Head of Africa Office.

Skills and Qualifications Required:

  • Degree in law, preferably with a focus on human rights, international criminal law, conflict, access to justice; Master’s degree is an asset.
  • Knowledge and experience of delivering legal assistance in fragile or conflict-affected settings.
  • Excellent research and drafting skills.
  • Experience practising law is preferred.
  • Excellent organisational skills and analytical skills.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and strong technical literacy.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills and ability to work on own and take initiative; demonstrated experience working remotely.
  • Experience working with international NGOs is strongly preferred.**
  • Candidates from the region preferred.

How to Apply

If you can add value with your experience and excellent skills in drafting complex documents, we would like to hear from you. **

Deadline for applications: 10 October 2020

Start date: 1 November 2020

Please email your CV and statement of interest (neither exceeding 2 pages of A4) in English to . The subject of the application should read ‘**Legal Fellow: Africa’**

· LAW can provide a modest stipend for the fellowship and encourages potential fellows to secure funding from other sources (e.g. a law school, outside fellowship etc.) that should include health care coverage and any other costs. Please note that LAW will also not be able to provide housing although we may be able to make suggestions for accommodation options.

· No applications will be accepted after the closing deadline

· Only shortlisted candidates who meet the criteria will be invited for interviews.

· LAW is an equal opportunity employer.

· Women lawyers with experience representing at-risk clients are particularly encouraged to apply.