Staff Attorney - Kampala, Uganda

The Mission

International Justice Mission (IJM) is a global organization that protects the poor from violence throughout the developing world, by partnering with local authorities to rescue victims of violent abuse, bring the criminals to Justice, restore the survivors to safety and strength and strengthen the public justice system to end the targeted abuse.  

The nature of abuses we intervene in include slavery, child sexual exploitation, property grabbing against widows and orphans, police abuse of power to mention a few. In Kampala Uganda, our casework focus is on eliminating property grabbing against widows and orphans through an effective and efficient public justice system. 


The Need

International Justice Mission is seeking an experienced Advocate to assist its Legal casework team as a Staff Attorney working to reinstate the rights of widows and orphans victimized through property grabbing, bring the criminals to Justice, document the survivors rights and participate in initiatives to improve the Public Justice Systems response to the targeted abuse.

This position is based in Kampala, Uganda, requires regular travel to and from areas within Mukono District and Jinja during work hours, and reports to IJM Kampala’s Legal casework Manager.


Intervention Strategy and Management

  • Evaluate, develop, and implement intervention strategies for IJM cases.
  • Encourage and support State Attorneys in the prosecution of property grabbing perpetrators.
  • Coordinate and lead mediations, negotiations, and other forms of alternative dispute resolution to resolve IJM cases.
  • Represent IJM clients in civil litigation and in the administration of estates.
  • Ensure that government offices (Lands Registry, Administrator General, etc.) take necessary action leading to the processing of clients documentation.
  • Conduct legal research and draft correspondence, memorandums, and legal briefs.
  • Track case related data in paper and electronic case tracking management systems.

Team Support

  • Supervise, mentor, and manage the efforts of Associate Attorneys, Law Clerks and/or Volunteer Attorneys.
  • Coordinate with IJM Investigators to investigate allegations of property grabbing and ensure all evidence is collected in an admissible form.
  • Cooperate with IJM Aftercare Specialists in identifying psychosocial needs of victims.
  • Conduct case intake and client screening based on established criteria.
  • Assist in hosting guests, visitors, and volunteers.
  • Perform other tasks as assigned.

Professional Development

  • Participate in IJM programs in professionalism and Christian spiritual formation.
  • Maintain Practicing Certificate and participate in CLEs relevant to IJM’s casework.



Required Skills and Experience

  • Degree in law, successful completion of LDC and current Practicing Certificate. 
  •  3 or more years of experience as a practicing attorney.
  • Excellent critical thinking, legal analysis, and oral and written advocacy skills.
  • Fluency in English and Luganda, with excellent writing and speaking in both.
  • Computer literate with proficiency in MS Word, Outlook, and Excel.
  • Experience in civil and/or criminal litigation preferred.
  • 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.


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