Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ) is a non-profit, non-partisan human rights and social justice organization. JFJ provides legal support to victims to secure justice and conducts research and advocacy. JFJ works heavily on policing, children’s rights, state accountability, and access to justice especially for marginalized people. JFJ employs attorneys with strong commitment to human rights and public law to execute varied legal activities.
Start: January-February 2019
Scope of Work
The legal officer will be an attorney who participates in all aspects of JFJ’s work where intersections with law and policy exist. They will support all the legal activities of JFJ in accordance with the strategic goals of the organization including legal services to victims of human rights violations, public interest litigation, legal education and legislative and policy advocacy. Key responsibilities include:
- Delivering legal services to protect and promote human rights, equality, accountability and access to justice.
- Performing specific legal functions including:
- Legally assessing complaints/reports from persons
- Conducting legal assessments/investigations necessary to case management
- Conducting necessary legal research and writing
- Preparing legal documents and other material pertinent legal proceedings Â
- Providing legal advice to persons
- Representing JFJ and its clients in legal matters in courts across Jamaica, other legal settings, before public authorities, or in other forums.
- Participating in public interest litigation
- Maintaining correspondence on behalf of JFJ or its clients in respect of legal matters
- Preparing reports pertinent to effective case management and internal governance
- Executing legislative and policy initiatives to advance human rights, good governance, accountability and access to justice. Specific functions include but are not limited to:
- Conducting legislative and policy analysis
- Preparing opinions, submissions or reports on legislation, policies and practices to impact decision-making processes
- Conducting advocacy to impact legislative and policy outcomes
- Providing legal advice and opinions
- Providing appropriate training on legal and policy matters when required
- Participating in organizational activities, meetings, and planning exercises as required.
Qualifications and competencies
The legal officer must be able to work with diverse people; be able to work independently, flexibly, in a fast-paced environment; and possess:
- A certificate of Legal Education
- A valid practicing certificate from the General Legal Council of Jamaica
- At least 3 years practicing experience
- a valid Driver’s License
Interested candidates should email their CVs and letters to firstname.lastname@example.org by December 14, 2018. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview.