LvA: Paralegal / Legal Officer

Lawyers against Abuse
Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
Opportunity closing date: 
Friday, 17 August, 2018
Opportunity type: 
Employment

Lawyers against Abuse (LvA) is an NGO based in Diepsloot, an informal settlement in the northern part of Johannesburg.  We provide direct legal and psychosocial services to victims of gender-based violence (GBV), including sexual violence, domestic violence, and child abuse.  LvA works closely with local state actors, including police officers, prosecutors, clerks, magistrates, and government health officials. LvA is also involved in empowerment-based community engagement initiatives school and community workshops.

LvA seeks to appoint a Paralegal / Legal Officer, based in Diepsloot, Johannesburg.

Start Date: As soon as possible

Salary: Negotiable, based on experience and qualifications

Responsibilities:

  • Assist clients in obtaining protection orders including the initial application, advising on submission and service, and supporting clients through final hearing
  • Provide comprehensive support in criminal cases including accompany client to court, regular engagement with police officers, prosecutors and other court personnel to ensure the law is being applied accurately and effectively
  • Maintain client files and update database
  • Provide general legal advice and make referrals to other service providers as needed
  • Engage with local state actors and community stakeholders as needed for purposes of relationship strengthening, accountability, and capacity building as needed
  • Work closely with therapists to implement LvA’s integrated services model
  • Write reports and other documentation

Requirements:

  • Paralegal qualification and/or LLB degree
  • Minimum of two years’ experience providing direct legal services within a community-based setting
  • Experience working with victims of gender-based violence or other vulnerable populations preferred
  • Fluency in isiZulu, Sepedi and / or Tshivenda
  • Flexibility, strong leadership skills, a clear sense of purpose, and problem-solving skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work efficiently, both individually and in a team
  • Analytical skills
  • Oral and written communication skills in English
  • Ability to exercise discretion and maintain the confidentiality required
  • Strong computer skills, especially with Microsoft Office suite

To apply, submit a CV and motivation letter to info@lva.org.za

Please quote the source of this advertisement in your application - NGO Pulse Portal

Late applications will not be considered.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview.

LvA reserves the right to not hire for this position should no suitable candidates apply.

To know more about Lawyers against Abuse, refer to www.lva.org.za

For other vacancies in the NGO sector, refer to www.ngopulse.org/vacancies

Location: 
Johannesburg

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