Legal Officer

Website Women and Law in Southern Africa (WLSA) Zambia

Women and Law in Southern Africa, Research Trust -Zambia (WLSA) is part of a regional organisation working in seven countries in Southern Africa namely; Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe whose mission is to contribute to socio-economic, political and legal advancement of women. WLSA’s mission is to contribute to the socio-economic political and legal advancement of women especially within Southern African countries. This is achieved through a collaborative strategic and action oriented research in the social legal field and; lobbying for legal reforms and policy changes on laws and practices which discriminate and disadvantage women and girls.

Women and Law in Southern Africa is seeking for a highly motivated person to fill the role of Legal Officer. The legal officer will be reporting to the Chief of Party. The successful candidate will mainly work on the USAID/DFID Access to Justice and other Project Grants.

Main duties will include:

  1. Provide legal representation in court on behalf of clients who are unable to afford legal fees.
  2. Support Field Coordinators in various districts (21 Districts within Zambia) with legal matters and drafting and filing documents.
  3. Write and submit reports on legal intervention given to WLSA clients and GBV survivors
  4. Provide Legal aid to WLSA clients and GBV survivors, including but not limited to providing legal advice and civil criminal litigation
  5. Monitoring changes in Legislation, Regulation, Initiatives and relevant practices affecting women and child rights;
  6. Provide leadership to the WLSA legal department.
  7. Provide legal opinions on laws affecting women and children
  8. Monitor and follow up cases ensure GBV survivors cases are investigated and prosecuted.
  9. Monitor and follow up cases to assess any changes in service provided to GBV survivors.
  10. Support service providers to ensure GBV cases proceed to trial
  11. Draft proposals and concept notes for additional funding to donors
  12. Develop new and review existing training materials
  13. Prepare and facilitate workshops and seminars
  14. Speak on Radio and Television programs on behalf of WLSA when necessary
  15. Represent WLSA (Z) at partner and networking meetings
  16. Network with various government ministries and relevant stakeholders on matters affecting women and children as survivors.
  17. Promote and support the development of conducive policy, legal, and regulatory environment for gender equity and equality
  18. Participation at senior Management meetings and advising the National Director and the Chief of Party.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Degree in Law (LLB), Masters in Human Rights Law will be an added advantage.
  • Full Grade Twelve (12) Certificate.
  • Valid Practicing Certificate
  • An advocate of the High Court for Zambia with at least (two) 2 years post-bar qualification
  • Must be a member of the Law Association of Zambia
  • Ability to explain legal matters clearly
  • Proven track record of court appearances
  • Computer literate
  • Excellent communication skills
  • At least two (2) years relevant working experience in a busy law firm.

How to Apply:

Applications can be sent to:

Women and Law in Southern Africa
33 Joseph Mwilwa Road,
P.O. Box 34777
Rhodes Park

Or send electronic copies to [email protected] or [email protected]

The deadline line is Monday the 30th of January 2017 at 16:00hours.

Only shortlisted candidates will be communicated to. Original Certificates will be required from shortlisted candidates only. Applicants should send the above stated documents only. Women and Law in Southern Africa Zambia believes in gender equality and inclusion. Both men and women are encouraged to apply.

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