The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) is an international Catholic organisation with a mission to accompany, serve and advocate on behalf of refugees and other forcibly displaced persons. JRS undertakes services at national and regional levels with the support of an international office in Rome. Founded in November 1980 as a work of the Society of Jesus, JRS w...
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Supervisor: Project Director
Technical Head: Head of Programmes
Country of Assignment: Nigeria
Regional Directorate: West Africa
Place of Assignment: Taraba
The Legal Advisor is expected to provide on-call Legal Advice and have an experience and knowledge of the anticorruption and human rights fields with a strong commitment to human rights, protection of refugees, transparency and accountability.
The Legal Advisor defends and explains complex issues and advocates on these positions, think legally, analytically, strategically and effectively as he/she implements these attributes to support JRS Nigeria.
- Provide legal advice to JRS Nigeria and its beneficiaries through research, drafting legal notes, providing legal representation, participating in meetings and drafting minutes, on a broad range of legal issues, especially pertaining to the right of refugees in Nigeria.
- Provide legal advice to JRS Nigeria concerning contracts as well as other legal queries.
- Provide interpretation of international legal frameworks applicable in Nigeria to JRS Nigeria.
- Conduct research and analysis on specific legal matters to support JRS Nigeria’s operations, as needed.
- Assist the Project Director in carrying out comprehensive reporting of external activities, meetings, record keeping, and internal communication.
- Maintains and expands a strong network amongst governmental authorities and other organizations (civil society organizations, NBA, etc.)
- Facilitate trainings/workshops with relevant authorities on topics related to field activities.
Have a university degree in law and a member of the Nigerian Bar.
Experience and skills
- 4-5 years relevant work experience, preferably in international humanitarian law, international human rights law, and Nigerian criminal law.
- Studied international law with a strong understanding of international humanitarian, human rights and criminal law.
- Relevant work experience in international organizations and Nigerian organizations (e.g. civil society organizations, law firm).
- Proven research and analytical skills; able to think critically and articulate legal arguments in a structured and professional manner.
- Demonstrate leadership skills, active listening skills, initiative and personal discipline, etc.
- Have good computer skills and mastery of MS Office tools.
- Mastery of English (fluency in spoken and written language).
- Adhere to JRS values and abide by the code of conduct and other policies.
- Ability to maintain confidentiality and handle sensitive information.
- Have a knowledge of a local language preferably Hausa.