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3 weeks ago

Job Summary

JEI 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 Lagos or Port Harcourt. He/she will be an innovative thinker with strong technical skills, who is committed to using the law as a tool for social change.

  • Minimum Qualification:Degree
  • Experience Level:Mid level
  • Experience Length:3 years

Job Description/Requirements

Responsibilities:

  • Work with JEI’s legal team and community paralegals to provide grassroots legal aid and legal education to urban poor populations in Lagos and Port Harcourt, with a focus on persons living in slums/informal settlements, persons working in the informal economy, persons living with disabilities, and minorities.
  • Train, encourage, and supervise community paralegals in Lagos and 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 team.

 

Requirements:

  •  At least 5 years of experience in civil litigation and criminal defense. Please describe the required experience in a short cover letter. Candidates with more than three years of experience are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Minimum academic qualification of a Degree in law and admission (current) to the Nigerian Bar.
  • Demonstrated ability to use the 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 is a significant plus.
  • Training and experience in human rights law are a plus.
  • Training and experience in land law are a plus.
  • NGO project management experience is a plus.
  • Experience litigating cases before the ECOWAS Community Court of Justice and/or the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights is a plus.
  • Experience as an entrepreneur or in a startup environment is a plus.
  • Fluency in “broken” / Pidgin English required. Fluency in Hausa, Egun, and/or Yoruba language skills is a significant plus.


Remuneration: A competitive salary and benefits will be commensurate with experience.

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