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Job Opportunity at Justice Centres Uganda: National Coordinator

Justice Centres Uganda (JCU) is a Project of the Justice Law and Order Sector (JLOS) hosted and supervised by the Judiciary to provide Legal Aid Services to the poor, vulnerable and marginalized people in Uganda. Justice Centres are a one stop-shop with a broad range of legal services to all categories of vulnerable people within the community, identified through a means and merits test. Some of these services include; legal representation, alternative dispute resolution, referrals, awareness creation and outreaches, as well as psychosocial support.  We are looking for a competent, highly motivated and committed individual to fill the key position of the National Coordinator that is available at the National Secretariat. 


Position : National Coordinator 

Duty Station : National Secretariat, Kampala 

Accountable to : The Chairperson, JCU Steering Committee 


The National Coordinator will be directly responsible for the effective functioning of the Justice Centres Uganda Programme and will report to the Steering Committee through the Registrar High Court who is the Chairperson of the Steering Committee. The National Coordinator will:


Major Responsibilities:

As the Accounting Officer of the Organization, be responsible for providing overall strategic leadership to the organization in line with the organization’s Mission, Vision, Objectives as well as Values. 


The key specific responsibilities attached to this position include the following;


  1. Provide leadership, management and overall operational oversight of the entire JCU Programme.
  2. Implement Decisions of the Steering Committee 
  3. Implement policies and offer specific and general policy guidance to the NCO and the Justice Centres
  4. Ensure the development and coordination of relevant and appropriate programmes and interventions for JCU as well as their effective and efficient execution at all levels.
  5. Support the Steering Committee in developing and implementing appropriate policies and systems for the proper governance and management of the JCU; as well ensuring the effective implementation of the decisions of the Steering Committee.
  6. Maintain excellent and productive relations with JCU external stakeholders and partners including government institutions, donors, other civil society actors and agencies.
  7. Lead/support research & advocacy initiatives at JCU
  8. Present regular progress reports on the implementation of the Project to the Steering Committee.
  9. Attend and Present Programme reports to the JLOS Technical Committee meetings & other stakeholder meetings.
  10. Document lessons learned and share with other stakeholders.



  1. As Secretary to the Steering Committee carry out delegated functions of the Steering Committee
  2. Develop and maintain operational systems and structures for the Justice Centres with support from other staff of the National Coordination Office and stakeholders.
  3. Spearhead the mobilization of adequate financial and other resources to support programmes and operations of the JCU and generally ensuring a sustainable financial resource base for the organization.
  4. Ensure accountable utilization and management of the organization’s financial resources including maintaining strict adherence to established financial management policies/procedures as well as sound financial management practices.
  5. Maintain a highly performing, well motivated and productive team of staff and generally ensuring effective management of the organization’s human resources.



  1. Manage information flow and communication on matters relating to the public image of JCU 
  2. Carry out any other task(s) as may be assigned to you. 


Job requirements and specifications  

  • Masters Degree in Law, Social Sciences, Management & leadership Peace studies Social Work, Development Studies or related field.
  • Degree in Law with Diploma in Legal Practice 
  • Any additional course or certificates in Management, Human Rights, Development studies and Alternative Dispute Resolution will be of added advantage. 
  • Previous work with Government, development oriented organizations or Legal Aid Service Providers working in the area of legal aid service provision.  
  • Specialized training in any of the following fields namely; human rights protection, financial management etc. will be an added advantage.
  • At least nine (9) years experience in a senior management position in a reputable national or international organization working in the fields of Law, human rights and/or social development.
  • Relevant experience and interest in working on rights issues with vulnerable groups.
  • Well developed and demonstrable Leadership and Management competences 
  • A High level of integrity and commitment to working with the poor.
  • Capability in analyzing complex problems and issues, building broad team consensus and leading teams forward towards a clear direction.
  • Excellent writing and oral communication skills ( English) 
  • Computer proficiency  
  • Age Limit: Between 35-50 years. 


How to apply:

Please send your application letter including a brief (not more than two pages) statement of your motivation for seeking this position. Also send an updated copy of your CV including names of three competent referees and their contact details. 

All application documents should be addressed to the ChairpersonJustice Centres Steering Committee, Chamber F6, High Court Building, P.O. Box 26365 Kampala, Uganda.  For further information about Justice Centres, visit our website     


Deadline for submission of application: 17th March 2017 at 5pm. Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.


NOTE: This advert was revised to reflect new information on job requirements and specifications