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Aug 07, 2018

Paralegal / Legal Officer

  • Lawyers against Abuse
  • Diepsloot, South Africa
Full time Legal

Job Description

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

Please quote the source of this advertisement in your application

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.

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.

Salary

Negotiable

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