Staff Attorney

Justice and Empowerment Initiatives - Nigeria

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Who We Are:

Justice & Empowerment Initiatives – Nigeria (JEI-Nigeria) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization based in Lagos and Port Harcourt, Nigeria. We empower poor and marginalized individuals and communities to lead the changes that they would like to see in their own communities -- whether greater access to justice for the poor, pro-poor urban governance and policy, or community-led in-situ upgrading and development. Our work is community driven, community owned, and community sustained. Partner communities identify their needs and set priorities – e.g. addressing violence, strengthening land tenure, or building drainages. These priorities feed into all aspects of our work.

 

We bring technical expertise in law, advocacy, and community organizing to inform, strengthen and support community-led efforts to solve justice and development problems. Our ultimate goal is to build the capacity of poor and marginalized individuals to set up sustainable community-level and inter-community structures to support and leverage their efforts and resources to bring about lasting change.

 

Job Description:

JEI-Nigeria is looking for a committed individual with significant civil litigation, criminal defense, and alternative dispute resolution experience to join our team as a Staff Attorney based in Port Harcourt. He/she will be an innovative thinker and with strong technical skills, who is committed to using the law as a tool for social change and supporting grassroots legal empowerment and access to justice. The Staff Attorney will work with members of JEI-Nigeria staff, community paralegals, and members of grassroots movements such as the Nigerian Slum/Informal Settlement Federation. 

 

Responsibilities:

Work with JEI-Nigeria’s legal team and community paralegals to provide grassroots legal aid and legal education to urban poor populations in Port Harcourt, with a focus on persons living in informal settlements and waterfronts, persons working in the informal economy, persons living with disabilities, and minorities.

  • Train, encourage, and supervise community paralegals in Port Harcourt.
  • Draft and file legal processes and make court appearances.
  • Conduct legal research in support of strategic litigation and advocacy.
  • Participate in project management and other responsibilities beyond paralegal supervision, litigation, and research as part of the JEI-Nigeria team.

 

Qualifications:

  • Strong candidates will have at least 5 years experience in civil litigation and criminal defense. Please describe the required experience in a short cover letter. Candidates with more than 3 years’ experience are encouraged to apply.
  • Degree in law and admission (current) to the Nigerian Bar.
  • Demonstrated ability to use law as a tool for social change.
  • Strong legal writing, legal research, and oral advocacy skills.
  • Training / teaching skills required.
  • Experience working with grassroots movements a significant plus.
  • Training and experience in human rights law a plus.
  • Training and experience in land law a plus.
  • NGO project management experience a plus.
  • Experience litigating cases before ECOWAS Community Court of Justice and/or the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights a plus.
  • Experience as an entrepreneur or in a startup environment a plus.
  • Fluency in “broken” / Pidgin English required. Fluency in other prominent languages spoken in Port Harcourt a significant plus.

 

Remuneration:

A competitive salary and benefits will be commensurate with experience.

 

How to Apply:

Please send a CV/résumé, cover letter, and two writing samples from relevant work with the words “PH Staff Attorney” in the subject line. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Summary

Company

Justice and Empowerment Initiatives - Nigeria

Job Level

Experienced (Non-Manager)

Location

Rivers

Specialization

Legal

Job Type

Full-Time

Minimum Qualification

Degree

Preferred Years of Experience

5 - 7 years