Job available in these locations:

  • Bidibidi – Yumbe District, Uganda
  • Palabek Kal, Uganda

Requisition ID: req11817

Job Title: Justice and Peace Officer

Sector: Protection and rule of law

Employment Category: Regular

Employment Type: Full-Time

Open to Expatriates: No

Location: Bidibidi, Uganda

Job Description


1.Organization Description

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the worlds worst humanitarian crises and helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and gain control of their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC works with people forced to flee from war, conflict and disaster and the host communities which support them, as well as those who remain within their homes and communities. At work today in over 40 countries and 22 U.S. cities, we improve outcomes in the areas of health, safety, economic wellbeing, education and power. Given the disparity faced by women and girls,  IRC seeks to narrow gender inequalities and further ensure social inclusion of all vulnerable groups in programmes, processes and actions affecting their lives. Currently, the IRC’s Protection and Rule of Law team works to promote the human rights, safety and protection, and access to justice for refugees and asylum seekers in Yumbe, Lamwo, Kyegegwa and greater Kampala utilising rule of law and multilevel governance approaches.

2. Job Overview

IRC Uganda is currently looking for a Justice and Peace Officer to carry out activities under the EU-funded program Strengthening Integrated Systems to Accelerate Access to Gender, Child and Youth Justice with the goal of promoting peaceful and safe co-existence under the rule of law in Yumbe and Lamwo districts.  The ideal candidate has a Bachelor’s degree in law, international development or peace studies  with previous experience working on legal aid or peacebuilding programmes. S/he has strong coordination and networking skills and is          pragmatic with the capacity to solve problems efficiently and creatively.  S/he will have strong communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to gain trust and build strong connections with clients and communities. 

The Justice and Peace Officer reports to the Senior Justice and Peace Officer and is based in Lamwo.  This position supervises two Justice and Peace Officers based in Lamwo.  

3.  Major Responsibilities:

  • Carry out day-to-day implementation and monitoring of work plans ensuring that activities reflect donor and other commitments.

▪ Provide legal aid case and ensure that legal aid and peacebuilding data are consistently     collected, analyzed and aggregated for program refinement and advocacy purposes.

▪Strengthen capacity of paralegals to provide legal information, legal counseling and  other legal services to refugees and other persons of concern.

▪ Conduct case management and follow up on legal cases with relevant authorities.

▪Support mobilization of youth peacebuilders and conduct systematic trainings and mentorship on conflict resolution and advocacy aimed at empowering youth to            influence peace, justice and security-related decisions and actions.

▪Submit daily and weekly data, prepare weekly and monthly reports, and gather other information, as directed by the Senior Justice and Peace Officer.

▪ Analyze data, highlight trends and legal protection needs of refugees and other persons of concern.

▪  Support Senior Justice and Peace Officer in delivering trainings and mentoring sessions vis-à-vis legal aid and youth peacebuilding.

▪ Ensure that all interventions are fully aligned to national frameworks and systems, as well as broader policy developments relevant to legal aid.

▪ Contribute to monthly PRoL field team meetings which review Budget vs. Actual expenditures, log frame deliverables and monitor targeted cash support.

▪ Establish and maintain good working relationships with JLOS actors, OPM, local government authorities, UN agencies,  I/NGOs, CSOs, refugee leadership, youth leaders and community based networks, including paralegals.

▪ Maintain close collaboration with other PRoL teams and IRC’s Women’s Protection and Empowerment (WPE) to promote robust coordination and leverage synergies. 

▪ Perform any other duty as requested by the Senior Justice and Peace Officer.


Position reports to:  Senior Justice and Peace Officer

Direct reporting:   N/A

Other internal contacts: PRoL National and Field Teams, Field Coordinators (Yumbe and          Lamwo) , Finance Officers, MEAL Officers, Grants Team and other Technical Field Teams

Standards of Professional Conduct:

The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in the IRC Way – Code of Conduct. These are Integrity, Service, and Accountability. In accordance with these values, the IRC operates and enforces policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Harassment-Free Workplace, Fiscal Integrity, Anti-Retaliation, Combating Trafficking in Persons and several others.

Gender Equality & Equal Opportunity

We are committed to narrowing the gender gap in leadership positions. We offer generous benefits that provide an enabling environment for women to participate in our workforce including parental leave, 

gender-sensitive security protocols and other supportive benefits and allowances. We welcome and strongly encourage qualified female professionals to apply.

IRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. IRC considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, colour, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, disability or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

 This position is contingent upon contract award.

Deadline for receiving applications is January 19th,2021




  • University degree in law, criminal justice, international development, peace studies or other related field;
  • At least two years of relevant experience in the access to justice, legal empowerment, peacebuilding or rule of law sector, preferably in displacement contexts;
  •  Previous experience working on legal aid or peacebuilding preferred;
  •  Strong understanding of International Human Rights and Refugee Law;
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills with excellent analysis and writing skills;
  •  Excellent analytical, writing skills and fluency in English;
  • Experience in working and coordinating with the UN, donors, INGOs and other stakeholders preferred;
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team, as well as independently.
  • Flexible and able to work in a dynamic and diverse environment.
  • Basic computer skills including Microsoft Word.

National Candidates:  We strongly encourage national candidates to apply for this position. The IRC strives to attract, motivate and retain qualified national staff in our programs.