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The Justice, Law and Order Sector (JLOS) has been at the forefront of reforming Uganda’s justice system since its inception in 1999. Nineteen years on, the achievements, milestones and success stories are visible, challenges notwithstanding. From reforms in commercial justice to the good legislative and policy environment, unprecedented infrastructure development (construction of numerous justice centres across the country) to award-winning innovations and initiatives (small claims procedures, alternative dispute resolution mechanisms, sentencing guidelines, plea bargaining, etc,) – the sector is on course in its bid to create a pro-people justice system in Uganda.

It is, however, important to further examine how “pro-people” the workings of the sector are. Pro-people in this context is that JLOS has over the years strived to champion the cause of the vulnerable, the poor and generally those who are disadvantaged in different ways – financially, socially and even physically.




NOTE: This article was originally published in the Daily Monitor on 17th January 2019.


By Edgar Kuhimbisa / Published: January 17, 2019 

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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

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Justice Centres Uganda (JCU) was established in 2009 as a project of the Justice Law and Order Sector (JLOS) hosted and supervised by the Judiciary to provide legal aid. The Justice Centres are a one-stop shop with a broad range of legal aid 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, human rights awareness creation and outreaches, as well as psychosocial support. The model used seeks to bridge the gap between the demand and supply sides of justice while at the same time empowering individuals and communities to claim their rights and demand for policy change.

JCU has offices in different parts of Uganda covering various districts. These are served through 4 fully fledged Centres (Lira, Tororo, Hoima, and Mmengo) and 3 Service Points (Masaka, Jinja, Fort Portal) which are extensions of JCU to courts where the need for legal aid is greater than usual.

The Justice Centres project is jointly funded by the Democratic Governance Facility (DGF), JLOS and the Judiciary.

JCU would like to improve its effectiveness and efficiency to achieve its objectives and assure its relevance in the changing dynamics. The overall objective of the exercise is to carry out an organizational-wide capacity assessment (OCA) which would include identifying the strengths and gaps in management systems, structures, processes and people. JCU also seeks to utilize the key findings of the OCA to inform and guide the development of a five year strategic plan to focus efforts and resources to achieve its mandate



Terms of Reference For Conducting an organizational capacity assessment for Justice Centres Uganda (PDF)

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The media fraternity has been called upon to sensitize the public on the issue of legal aid as part of corporate social responsibility to society. This call was made by the Judiciary Chief Registrar, Mr. Paul Gadenya while opening a media workshop organized by Justice Centres Uganda at Hotel Africana held on May 7 2015. Mr. Gadenya asked the media to take advantage of its deeper reach and available platforms to advance the noble cause of legal aid. Mr. Gadenya who revealed that 90% of users of the legal system are poor and cannot afford a lawyer lauded efforts of Justice Centres Uganda for championing their rights of the indigent enshrined in the Constitution. “The law is made for the protection of all citizens, poor and rich alike. It is therefore the duty of the state to make its machinery work …for the rich and the poor”, he said.

The National Coordinator, Justice Centres Uganda (JCU), Ms. Christine Birabwa Nsubuga took participants through the basics of the National legal aid policy. She described the National Legal Aid Policy as an instrument that provides the foundation for Legal Aid to all deserving Ugandans and challenged the media to advocate for its approval by Cabinet and subsequent operationalization.

During the plenary discussions, participants engaged Justice Centre’s officials in interactive discussions on how issues of publicity and media advocacy of legal aid can be addressed. The media pledged to work closely with Justice Centres Uganda in legal aid outreach through consistent engagement on various platforms and forums. Officials from Justice Centres were also on hand to respond to questions raised by the media in regard to JCU’s legal aid service provision model.

Over 50 representatives of the Uganda media fraternity (print and electronic) participated in this event that set the stage for a concerted media campaign by Justice Centres to sensitize the public on matters of legal aid.


Send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for information on upcoming JCU media engagements.


By Edgar Kuhimbisa  | Published: May 8, 2015

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