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Kampala, Uganda



January 8, 2024 at 2:00:00 PM

About the Organisation

The International Rescue Committee is a global humanitarian aid, relief, and development nongovernmental organization.

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world's worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. The International Rescue Committee provides vital support to Ugandans who are rebuilding from decades of war while hosting a growing influx of refugees from South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Founded in 1933, the International Rescue Committee ( is a world leader in relief, rehabilitation and post-conflict development services for those uprooted or affected by violent conflict and oppression. The IRC is currently working in over 40 countries around the world, addressing both the immediate and lifesaving needs of conflict affected people in emergencies and the reconstruction needs of post-conflict societies.

The IRC began programming in northern Uganda in 1998 in response to mass displacement and devastation wrought by rebel group, the Lord’s Resistance Army. In 2002, the IRC expanded to the remote, conflict-affected region of Karamoja and in 2011, began working with refugees in Kampala. Monitoring the influx of South Sudanese refugees at the end of 2015, the IRC began scaling up its response to refugees arriving in the West Nile region. By promoting durable solutions that deliver on the interdependent aims of saving lives, strengthening institutions, and supporting social cohesion, the IRC in Uganda is laying the building blocks for long-term stability and development –bringing people from harm to home. The IRC currently works in 9 districts in Uganda, including Kitgum, Lamwo, Kyegegwa, Moroto, Amudat, Yumbe, Arua, Kasese and Kampala.

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Job Title

Paralegal model Toolkit and Training Manual Development Consultant job at International Rescue Committee

Job Description

Background of the project
In times of crisis, access to justice by affected populations – whether to informal or formal justice systems – is often deprioritized. Access to justice is frequently considered a development issue or a very sensitive type of programming. During crisis, particularly those characterized with rights violations, there are often perceptions by humanitarian actors that the existing systems may not be of interest or even harmful to victims of violence, and can reinforce discrimination, inequality and practices of violence.[1] And yet still, even in these situations, women, girls, boys, men, person with disabilities and LGBTQIA+ continue to seek justice through these structures which in some instances can lead to more harm. Because humanitarian actors are either unwilling or lacking capacity and understanding on how to navigate the justice mechanisms, humanitarian action tends to exclude access to justice or include it in a very limited way at the onset of a crisis and in humanitarian response plans.
The IRC has launched a new two-year initiative entitled, ‘Strengthening capacity to deliver access to justice programmes for crisis affected populations’ funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) – from April 2023 – March 2025. This project aims to strengthen capacity to deliver A2J programming in crisis. The project will support analysis of formal and informal A2J systems with linkages to operational action in prevention and response to protection risks in crisis contexts. This initiative will deliver improved protection to crisis affected people through strengthening legal protection programming and ensuring that tools are available for A2J programming in humanitarian responses that are grounded in high quality needs analysis.

The project will take the global conceptual framework of A2J programming and develop operational crisis response A2J tools reinforcing community driven approaches for A2J programming. The project aims to achieve two major results:
Result 1: Strengthened capacity to understand justice systems in times of crises.
• Deliverable: Access to Justice Toolkit that enables in-depth analysis of justice systems.
Result 2: Adapted paralegal approach to humanitarian crises.
• Deliverable: Community Empowerment Paralegal Toolkit and Training Manual

Duties and Responsibilities

The consultant will develop a suite of tools for a paralegal model and training toolkit as per the attached annex, that will support:

  • Defining which paralegal models and modalities to adopt.

  • Capacity and skills training for paralegals.

  • Implementation of paralegal programs.

  • Sustainability of paralegal programs.

  • Monitoring, evaluation and supervision of paralegal programs.

  • The suite of tools shall include guidelines on engaging with and service provision to women and girls, children, persons with disabilities and minority groups.

Qualifications and Competencies


Consultant qualifications and experience

  • Advanced degree in humanitarian law, international law or related field.

  • At least five years of experience implementing and managing protection, rule of law and access to justice programming in humanitarian contexts;

  • Demonstrated experience developing paralegal program tools and training manuals in crisis and post-crisis contexts.

  • Strong technical and previous experience in developing protection guidance, operational protection tools and training curriculum

  • Demonstrated experience with humanitarian emergency contexts (MENA; West Africa; East Africa preferable)

  • Knowledge and experience in developing and implementing access to Justice strategies desirable.

  • Experience delivering similar consultancies for rights focused international NGOs or development organizations, preferably in similar contexts.

  • Experience working online and coordinating with multiple technical actors and countries.

  • Good communicator with strong organizational, time management and analytical skills

  • Excellent inter-personal, cultural and diplomatic skills

  • Flexibility to adapt to changing requirements.

  • Fluency in French and English, with strong working knowledge in both

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How to Apply

Qualified consultants are encouraged to submit financial and technical proposals to Tito Byenkya by January 8, 2024, specifying:
Methodology for implementing the assignment, including estimated number of days to deliver the assignment.
Workplan for implementing the assignment.
Budget, including daily consultant rate.

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