Hiring: Legal Officer

 

Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ) is hiring a legal officer. JFJ is non-profit, non-partisan human rights and social justice organization. We provide legal support to victims to secure justice, delivers training, and conducts research and advocacy. JFJ works heavily on policing, children’s rights, and justice with marginalized people. Our Legal Department employs attorneys and paralegals with strong commitment to human rights and public interest law to execute varied legal activities.

Start date: April-May, 2018 (negotiable)

Scope of Work

The legal officer will be a junior attorney who participates in all aspects of JFJ’s work where intersections with the law exist They will support all the legal activities of JFJ in accordance with the strategic goals of the organization including legal support to victims of human rights violations, public interest litigation, legal education and legislative and policy advocacy. Key responsibilities include:

  • Supporting JFJ’s legal support programme to protect and promote human rights (and related initiatives) through legal research, writing and advocacy.
  • Performing legal functions in human rights and public interest matters in which JFJ is involved:
    • Legally assessing complaints/reports and providing advice
    • Conducting investigations necessary to case preparation
    • Conducting necessary legal research and writing
    • Preparing legal documents and other material pertinent legal proceedings, documentation, and case management
    • Representing JFJ and its clients in legal matters in courts across Jamaica, other legal settings, before public authorities, or in other forums.
    • Participating in strategic litigation to advance human rights and good governance
    • Maintaining correspondence on behalf of JFJ or its clients in respect of legal matters
    • Preparing reports pertinent to effective case management and internal governance
  • Participating in organizational activities, meetings, and planning exercises as required.
  • Providing appropriate training for JFJ agents in legal matters when required
  • Providing legal advice and opinions to the Executive Director and Board of JFJ

Qualifications and competencies

The legal officer must be able to work with diverse people; be able to work independently, flexibly, in a fast-paced and informal environment; and possess:

  • At least a Bachelor of Law Degree
  • A certificate of Legal Education
  • A valid practicing certificate from the General Legal Council of Jamaica
  • a valid Driver’s License

Application

Interested candidates should email their CVs and letters to admin@jamaicansforjustice.org by April 3, 2018. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview.