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Brief Description of the Role:
The Global Strategic Litigation Council (‘the Council’) was founded in September 2021 to empower civil society to advance the rights of refugees and migrants through coordinated strategic litigation and legal advocacy. The Council supports its members to share knowledge, collectively identify priorities, and execute litigation and legal advocacy strategies. In January 2023, the Council and Kituo Cha Sheria co-hosted a regional consultation at the University of Nairobi School of Law to bring together key NGOs, litigators, refugee leaders, advocates and academics in East Africa. This led to the development of the Council’s Africa regional network and to the Council supporting on key refugee and migrant rights litigation in the region.
We are now recruiting a Regional Litigator to strengthen and expand the Council’s regional network; develop and implement litigation strategies; and bring/provide support on cutting-edge refugee and migrants’ rights litigation and advocacy in the region. The Regional Litigator will work collaboratively with the Council’s global team to identify trends and opportunities for cross-regional collaboration. This is a very exciting opportunity to be part of a growing organization at the forefront of protecting and advancing refugee and migrant rights worldwide.
The Council’s Regional Litigator will be housed by Kituo Cha Sheria. This will ensure the staff member is closely connected to the issues on the ground and has the resources, capacities, network and support to carry out their work in the most efficient way. While hosted by Kituo Cha Sheria, they will work full-time on implementing the Council’s mission and priorities.
12 months, with likelihood of extension
Full-time; will also consider 0.8 FTE (4 days per week)
Nairobi (with regional travel)
The Regional Litigator’s duties will include tasks such as:
- Supporting or bringing litigation and legal advocacy of Council members, including Kituo Cha Sheria, in East and the Horn of Africa
- This includes but is not limited to supporting with: litigation strategy, legal research, evidence gathering, brief writing, drafting of pleadings, sourcing expert affidavits and amicus interventions.
- Working to maintain and build the Council’s regional network and membership, including through outreach, hosting regional events and maintaining regional listservs/Whatsapp groups and other communication platforms as required
- Organizing capacity-building trainings for members based on their needs
- Working together with other members of the Council’s Secretariat team to share insights from their work, identify opportunities for cross-regional collaboration and implement a global strategy to advance refugee and migrant rights in the Council’s priority areas of Detention & Due Process, Legal Status & Lawful Stay and Climate Displacement (including new priority areas)
- Fostering collaboration and establishing key partnerships with new stakeholders including lawyers, academics, organizations, refugee leaders and activists working to advance refugee and migrants’ rights within the region and across regions
- Mapping trends, precedents and lessons to amplify impact within the region and globally
- Leading, contributing and supporting precedent-setting cases in regional human rights courts and/or using UN mechanisms
- Contributing to and developing monitoring & evaluation systems for the Council’s work
- Reporting responsibilities including producing quarterly reports and an annual report
- Other duties as assigned
- Bachelor’s degree in Law or equivalent qualification
- Advocate of the High Court of Kenya or another jurisdiction in East or the Horn of Africa
- In possession of a current valid practicing certificate
- At least seven years of legal experience with a reputable public interest organization/NGO or law firm
- Strong experience in litigation relating to refugee and/or migrant rights in the region (post-admission)
- Experience conducting public interest litigation in national courts (post-admission)
- Strong understanding of the issues facing refugees and migrants in the region
- Strong understanding of international human rights law and refugee law
- Commitment to the Council and Kituo’s mission
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English and Kiswahili
- Understanding of the importance of refugee and migrant-centered approaches
- Ability to take initiative, work effectively both independently and collaboratively as part of a team
- Proven ability to maintain and build partnerships with other lawyers, advocates and/or organizations
Applicants must also have the right to work in Kenya.
- Lived experience as a migrant/refugee
- Fluency/professional proficiency in other languages in the region and/or French
- LLM or advanced study in a relevant subject/field
- Experience of taking cases to regional human rights courts and/or using UN mechanisms
- In-depth understanding and/or experience conducting strategic legal work on the Council’s priorities, including legal status & lawful stay; detention and due process; and climate displacement
- Experience organizing and running events and/or managing a network
- Experience conducting capacity-building trainings for civil society
- Experience in successful public interest legal advocacy/campaign work
Please send your cover letter, CV and a recent writing sample to firstname.lastname@example.org. The first stage of the recruitment process will be a written test. We will then shortlist candidates for interviews with the Director of the Council and the Executive Director of Kituo Cha Sheria.
Thursday 28th September 2023 at 5pm EAT
About Kituo Cha Sheria
Kituo Cha Sheria (hereinafter referred to as “KITUO”) is the oldest human rights organisation in Kenya, East, Central and the Horn of Africa. It was established in 1973 to promote access to justice for the poor and marginalised communities. KITUO uses direct legal services, public interest litigation, advocacy and paralegalism as strategies for legal empowerment. The organization runs a specialized programme on forced migration that focuses on the protection of refugees and asylum seekers.
Kituo Cha Sheria is a Steering Committee member of the Global Strategic Litigation Council and will be hosting the Council’s Regional Litigator role at their offices. The Regional Litigator will be supervised by Kituo Cha Sheria on a day-to-day basis but will report regularly to the Council’s Director. The Regional Litigator will also meet and strategize with the Council’s global team and identify opportunities for cross-regional collaboration.
About the Global Strategic Litigation Council (‘the Council’)
The Global Strategic Litigation Council (the Council) was founded in September 2021 to empower civil society to advance the rights of refugees and migrants through coordinated strategic litigation and legal advocacy. The Council has now connected over 300 litigators, refugee leaders, advocates, organizations and academics from every inhabited continent. The Council supports its members to share knowledge, collectively identify priorities, and execute litigation and legal advocacy strategies. In doing so, it aims to support the consistent and progressive development of international law relating to displacement worldwide.
Members pursuing two initial thematic priorities – legal status and lawful stay, and detention and due process – have identified eight specific global litigation priorities where legal work stands to advance refugee and migrants’ rights. A new thematic priority relating to climate displacement is also being developed. To further these priorities, the Council supports its members in a number of ways, including litigation strategy, research, brief writing, and drafting of pleadings. It also intervenes as amicus on international law matters in courts across the world. The Council has convened in-person regional consultations in East Africa, Central America, South America and the Caribbean and Europe to create key knowledge-sharing and collaboration spaces; and also provides regular capacity-building trainings to its members.
Over the next year, the Council is hiring a global team of regional litigators to further empower the Council’s regional networks, implement legal strategies and coordinate, bring and support strategic legal work across the world.
LEGAL OFFICER (Ref: KCS/LPO-HQ/APP)
Kituo Cha Sheria-Legal Advice Centre (KITUO) is a non-governmental organization (NGO) whose mission is to empower the poor and marginalized people to effectively access justice and realize their human and people’s rights. This is done through advocacy, networking, lobbying, legal aid and education, legal representation and research.
KITUO seeks to recruit a qualified, energetic, dynamic, result-oriented and capable person to fill the Legal Officer position in the Legal Aid and Education Program in the Head Office in Nairobi. He/she will report to the Coordinator, Legal Aid and Education Programme and will primarily be responsible for direct legal services provision through legal aid, advice and representation.
Key Duties and Responsibilities
- Provide legal aid including advice and court representation to KITUO clients in single-welfare and public interest cases.
- Conduct legal research that informs litigation strategies.
- Conduct legal awareness and education outreaches to communities in matters relating to KITUO’s core mandate areas i.e. housing, land, labour, succession and human rights generally.
- Support fundraising initiatives for the Legal Aid and Education Programme
- Provide legal counselling for clients and communities on their cases.
- Support self-representing litigants in self-representation and drafting of court pleadings
- Prepare detailed programme and donor reports on interventions undertaken, cases and trends
- Recruit private practitioners and work with those who are enlisted into the volunteer advocates’ scheme
- Support the community and prisons justice centres with direct legal services where necessary
- Represent the organization in stakeholder meetings on access to justice and human rights
- Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree.
- Must be an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya with a current practising certificate
- At least 3 years professional working experience in civil and criminal litigation, with a reputable human rights organization or law firm.
- At least 1 year’s experience in public interest litigation.
- Excellent written and verbal skills in English and Kiswahili
- Good working knowledge of modern information, communication and technology systems
- Knowledge in alternative dispute resolution mechanisms
Applications indicating the job reference number above, including a detailed curriculum vitae with at least three referees and copies of relevant testimonials, day telephone number, email address and an indication of present and expected remuneration should be addressed to:
THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
KITUO CHA SHERIA LEGAL ADVICE CENTRE
P.O. Box 7483 – 00300
The application must reach us on or before 25th September 2023. Only short-listed applicants will be contacted.
The Inaugural Annual Edition of the Legal Empowerment Journal
The Legal Empowerment Journal is a peer reviewed publication of Kituo Cha Sheria (Legal Advice Centre) prepared by the Editorial Committee. The Committee invites members to submit papers for consideration for the inaugural edition from Eastern and Southern Africa.
The Editorial Board welcomes commentaries or opinion pieces, case studies, book reviews, articles and short stories on the theme: “Legal Empowerment; Linking Theory and Practice.”
Only submissions written in accordance with the Legal Empowerment Journal (LEJ) Instructions to Authors will be considered. The Instructions can be accessed via the link: https://kituochasheria.or.ke/wp-content/uploads/2023/08/CALL-FOR-PAPERS.pdf
Abstracts and their full papers are to be sent to email@example.com not later than Friday, September 1st and Friday, September 29th 2023 respectively.
All submissions must be in English and should have reliable telephone numbers and emails for ease of communication with the Editorial Committee.
Plagiarism is unacceptable and will lead to automatic rejection of the submission.