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Lawyer (2 Positions) – Baidoa

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Job Description

Somali Community Action Group (SCAG)

External Vacancy Announcement

Position Title              :  Lawyer (2 Positions)

Date of issued                        :20th March 2020,

Closing Date              :  30th March2020,

Reporting                   :  Project Coordinator

Duty Station               :Baidoa with 10% travel to Huddur

Line Management Responsibilities:Justice Promoters

Duration of Initial Contract: 11months with possibility of extension.

Background

Somali Community Action Group (SCAG) is a non-political, non-partial and not for profit making organization established on 10th  April 2007 by a well prepared intellectuals who got their endeavors together that seeks to meet the humanitarian demand by vulnerable community and  initiate and undertake programs that promote, protect, and enhance Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights in Somalia for vulnerable and marginalized groups; and extensively specializes in these thematic areas of Protection, community straitening Programs, protection, Health, Food Security, peace promotion programs in the local community and find out the best way of solving the problems through free discussion and people participation in the decision making.

The lawyer will work on Expanding Access to Justice (EAJ) multi -year program funded by USAID. The program will strive to increase awareness and general knowledge of legal rights, human rights, and options for recourse, especially for Somali women, youth, and marginalized groups. It will respond to citizens’ needs by supporting civil society and government justice actors in sustainably improving the quality and scope of legal services. The focus is on developing services that assist citizens in achieving rights-based outcomes through both the formal and informal justice system. Working with government and civil society justice sector actors, EAJ’s ultimate goal is to increase the quality, reach, availability, and accessibility of legal aid services of legal aid service delivery in Somalia and Somaliland.

Activity Goals:

  • Improved access to legal information through research, analysis and policy interventions
  • Enhanced quality and reach of legal aid services
  • Increased organizational and technical capacity of justice actors
  • Increased sustainability of legal services.

Job Purpose

Represent beneficiaries in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise beneficiaries on legal transactions. The job holder is accountable for fulfilling his or her roles and responsibilities as outlined in this job descriptions (beyond as needed and or assigned by his/her line manager) in line with SCAGvalues and strategies.

Main duties and responsibilities

  • Analyze the probable outcomes of cases, using knowledge of legal precedents.
  • Advise beneficiaries concerning claim liability, advisability of prosecuting or defending lawsuits, or legal rights and obligations.
  • Select jurors, argue motions, meet with judges, and question witnesses during the course of a trial.
  • Interpret laws, rulings and regulations for beneficiaries and present evidence to defend beneficiaries or prosecute defendants in criminal or civil litigation.
  • Represent beneficiaries in court or before government agencies.
  • Present and summarize cases to judges and juries.
  • Study Constitution, statutes, decisions, regulations, and ordinances of quasi-judicial bodies to determine ramifications for cases.
  • Prepare, draft, and review legal documents, such as wills, deeds, patent applications, mortgages, leases, and contracts.
  • Negotiate settlements of civil disputes and supervise legal assistants.
  • Examine legal data to determine advisability of defending or prosecuting lawsuit.
  • Evaluate findings and develop strategies and arguments in preparation for presentation of cases.
  • Gather evidence to formulate defense or to initiate legal actions, by such means as interviewing beneficiaries and witnesses to ascertain the facts of a case.
  • Prepare legal briefs and opinions, and file appeals in state, region and federal courts of appeal.
  • Search for and examine public and other legal records to write opinions or establish ownership.
  • Confer with colleagues with specialties in appropriate areas of legal issue to establish and verify bases for legal proceedings.
  • Perform administrative and management functions related to the practice of law.
  • Probate wills and represent and advise executors and administrators of estates.
  • Act as agent, trustee, guardian, or executor for program beneficiaries.
  • Help to develop advocacy strategies and implement SCAG advocacy policies and strategies.
  • Supervise and lead justice promoters.
  • Perform trainings and mentorship activities
  • Any other reasonable duties assigned by your supervisor.

Minimum Qualifications, Skills & Skills Experience.

Skills and Knowledge Management:

  • Active Listening— Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Speaking— Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Reading Comprehension— Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Critical Thinking— Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Complex Problem Solving— Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Law and Government — Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
  • Oral and Written Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Getting Information— Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards— Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems— Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
  • Provide Consultation and Advice to Others— Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups on technical, systems-, or process-related topics.
  • Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others— Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.
  • Identify implications for cases from legal precedents or other legal information.
  • Provide legal advice to beneficiaries and represent the interests of clients in legal proceedings.
  • Interview claimants to get information related to legal proceedings.
  • Meet with individuals involved in legal processes to provide information and clarify issues.

Experience:

  • Substantial experience (at least three years working with a humanitarian/development organisation preferably in Somalia including significant experience as lawyer or legal affairs officer with highly reputable organisation.
  • University degree in related academic discipline (LLB with excellent ability to design and implement legal program for a progressive organization like INGOs or UN Body.
  • Skills, previous experience and knowledge of disability will add value.
  • Ability to produce high quality reports in English especially technical reports
  • Ability to work with limited supervision from line manager.
  • Experience of working with partners and a participatory approach.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English and computer literate, Somali is an advantage.
  • Commitment toand be to understanding of SCAG’s aims, values and principles, policies and procedures

APPLICATION PROCESS

  • SCAG is inviting applications from qualified/Motivated candidates who are interested to submit their CVs, qualification, recommendations and cover letters explaining, how they meet Job description.
  • Each application should be addressed to: Recruitment@scagsom.org

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. SCAG is an equal opportunity employer.

QUALIFIED FEMALE CANDIDATES ARE PARTICULARLY ENCOURAGED TO APPLY!!!

Note:Please make sure the job title in the mail subject line is clear.

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