Job Title Legal Consultant
Type Internal/External
Type Of Contract Individual Contractor

Vacancy Notice Internal/ External Vacancy Notice IC/001/2019
Position Number IC/001/2019
Number Of Vacancies 1
Location Kampala
Position Grade Local Individual Contractor
Closing Date 2019-08-22
Organizational Context

The Uganda Operation is embarking on an analysis of national legislative frameworks that address the enjoyment of rights by populations of concern to UNHCR using the Legal Mapping Tool. The Legal Mapping Tool is an electronic tool for data collection and the analysis of the legal environment in a country. The purpose of the tool is to map the existing legal environment in a country operation and how it affects the ability of persons of concern to enjoy their rights. Mapping is intended to enable the identification of areas where UNHCR will need to seek law and policy changes in order to facilitate the enjoyment of rights and the take up of solutions.  The mapping and analysis of law, policy and practice should also inform the design of comprehensive strategies that take advantage of structural opportunities and address any obstacles to advancing protection and solutions. In addition, the information compiled is intended to enable UNHCR staff – both in the field and at HQ – to quickly obtain an accurate overview of the legal framework and protection environment in a participating country.

Functional Statement

Scope of Assignment

  • Use the UNHCR online legal mapping tool to collect information on the legal environment in Uganda and the impact thereof on access to rights of Persons of Concern;
  • Compile and analyse relevant domestic and international legal instruments with emphasis on the rights and obstacles that are preventing individuals from enjoying the rights;
  • Consult with Persons of Concern to ensure that their experiences and priorities are included in data collection and incorporated into the analysis; 
  • Populate the UNHCR online tool for Uganda and provide feedback to UNHCR on the users experience and suggestions on how the tool can be improved, including issues related to reporting.

Specific deliverables

  • Completed data entry - with relevant data collected and analysed – for all parts of the country section of the online legal mapping tool prototype, with an analysis report produced;
  • Feedback report to UNHCR (in written and oral form) on the user experience of the tool, suggestions for improvements, suggestions for reporting outputs, etc.  
  • A validation workshop at the end of the consultancy, with key stakeholders in the area of refugee protection.


    Required Competencies
    • Judgement and Decision Making
    • Analytical Thinking
    • Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
    Essential Minimum Qualifications and Professional Experience
    • University degree in Law, International Law, political Sciences or related field. A master’s degree will be an advantage.
    • Minimum 5 years relevant professional experience in Law, International Law, political Sciences or related field.
    • Excellent knowledge of English is essential.
    • Lateral thinkerable to apply global guidance and policies in country settings;
    • Highly structured and organised;
    • Excellent analytical skills and ability to identify problems and propose solutions;
    • Efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results;
    • Strong inter-personal skills;
    • Ability to build trust and develop and maintain effective work relationships with sensitivity and respect for diversity and inclusive participation;
    • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written;
    • Team Work/Communication/Self-Management
    Desirable qualifications & competencies
    • Previous experience working on UNHCR projects will be an added advantage.
    Operational Context
    The envisaged time frame for the consultancy is three (03) months.