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Associate Attorney

Ghana

The Need

International Justice Mission (IJM) Ghana is working to eliminate trafficking on the Volta Lake by bringing rescue and restoration to individual victims, accountability to their perpetrators, and transformation to the public justice system as a whole.  As an Associate Attorney, you will have the opportunity to bring relief to vulnerable children by providing support to government partners in their investigation and prosecution of trafficking offences, developing and participating in trainings for public justice system leaders and community members, and implementing efforts to reform the public justice system.  

Reports to:  Head of Legal

Responsibilities 

Legal Intervention  
• Assist in evaluating, developing, and implementing intervention strategies for IJM cases.
• Support the Ghana Police Service and Attorney Generals’ Department in the prosecution of trafficking cases.
• Coordinate with IJM Investigators to investigate allegations trafficking and ensure all evidence is collected in an admissible form.
• Conduct case intake and client screening based on established criteria.
• Ensure that the Field Office is compliant with the relevant legal regime.
• Conduct legal research and writing. 
• Watching brief on behalf of IJM clients or as directed.
• Track case related data in paper and electronic case tracking management systems.

Travel Requirements

• This position requires travel to and from Greater Accra, Volta, Eastern and Northern Region.

Required Skills and Experience

• A Bachelors’ degree in Law and any other related disciplines.
• Professional Certificate in Law and should be a member of the Ghana Bar Association in good standing.
• Current Practicing Certificate.
• At least one year of experience as a practicing attorney.
• Excellent critical thinking, legal analysis and oral and written communication skills.
• Fluency in English. Fluency in any of the local languages on the area of operation would be an added advantage.
• Computer literate with proficiency in MS Word, Outlook and Excel.
• Driver’s License preferred.

Critical Qualities

• Mature Christian faith as defined by the Apostles’ Creed.
• Passionate commitment to IJM’s mission and values.
• Professional in demeanor, appearance, writing and oral communication.
• Works well under stress with a sustained positive attitude.
• Exceptionally high level of honesty and integrity.
• Intelligent, organized, creative and proactive problem solver.
• Ability to cooperate effectively in a multi-cultural environment.

The Mission 
To protect the poor from violence by rescuing victims, bringing the criminals to justice, restoring survivors to safety and strength, and helping local law enforcement build a safe future that lasts.

Send Resume, Cover Letter & Statement of Faith*

By E-mail (preferred method):ghanarecruiting@ijm.org 

By Mail:
International Justice Mission
Attn: Human Resources

*What is a statement of faith?
A statement of faith should describe your Christian faith and how you see it as relevant to your involvement with IJM. The statement can either be incorporated into the cover letter or submitted as a separate document and should include, at a minimum, a description of your spiritual disciplines (prayer, study, etc.) and your current fellowship or place of worship

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