IDYDC is a local Non-Governmental Organization based in Iringa region southern part of Tanzania with its headquarters in Iringa Municipal. In order to expand our services for the children and youth who are living and working on the street we intend to employ someone to fill in the positions below to support our response
Title: Legal Officer
Employment terms: Full time, permanent (after probation period)
The Legal officer reports to the Project Coordinator and he/she will work hand in hand with the project staff in generating legal literacy and legal awareness among children and youth living and working on the streets in marginalized sections of Iringa Municipal. Assisting the street Children in conflict with the Law in Legal Aid issue in need of legal opinion or any matter in need of Court Representation.
The Legal officer under the supervision of Project Coordinator is expected to attend into street children cases at the Court of Law for Legal representation, at police stations, at Local Government authorities especially Social Welfare Department, Probation officers, prison and the Retention Home Centers. The incumbent will ensure that IDYDC promotes and upholds sustainable legal aid services to the street Children in conflict and in contact with the Law.
- Provide legal advice and represent street connected children and youth in contact and conflict with the law
- Actively network with the police, Social Welfare Officers (SWO’s), Local Government Authority (LGA), service providers and CSOs to promote a coordinated response to protect children and youth living and working on the streets
- Support in establishing community care project along the main bus stands, by engaging targeted stakeholders to be Champions for Children and Youth Living and working on the streets.
- Facilitate and Support the formation of street Connected Youth Forums at the district level
- Establish and maintain strong working partnerships with social welfare department, police, police gender desk and other relevant government offices in support of children and youth living and working on the streets
- Create awareness and train child protection actors such as Police, Courts, LGA, Remand homes and SWO’s on the Law of the Child Act, 2009 and the Child Protection Guidelines especially as pertains to responding to reports of abuse against children
- Actively participate in district networks including child protection forums, among others to promote and advocate on issues related to children living and working on the streets
- Identify and advice on specific networking opportunities and build relationships for referrals to service providers within the districts for children and youth living and working on the streets issues.
- Support with the advocacy related work at National level to amend laws and policies in violation of the rights of children and youth on the streets
- To work as an active member of the street work team and engage in delivering street based activities for both children and youth as and when required, ensuring you are well known in the street community.
- Engage with staff across all CLWS programme areas to understand the challenges within their work and help identify areas that require some advocacy work at various levels to help address those challenges.
- To assist in the preparation and logistics arrangements during different meetings
- Assist in ensuring proper record keeping on the implementation of the street children activities
- To assist in generating legal literacy and legal awareness materials for street Children in conflict with the Law.
- To assist in undertaking research (whenever needed) aimed at promoting the implementation of the Legal Aid Act, 2017
- To do any other assigned tasks
- Applicant should be a holder of an LL.B degree. Having passed through the Law School of Tanzania or being an advocate is an added advantage.
- Extensive Computer skills with ability to use it for research, database management and must be familiar with the use of Microsoft office Programs and the use of Internet.
- Must be abreast with current information on children rights and laws in Tanzania
- The ideal candidate will have at least 1 year professional experience working preferably in a civil society organization.
- Some work experience supporting technical or programmatic activities with orphans and vulnerable children
- Experience with advocating for marginalized groups rights
- Ability to work effectively with community members, police and other Government offices.
- Positive attitude and non-judgmental attitude towards street connected children and youth
- Excellent written, oral and presentation skills in English and Kiswahili
- Excellent peoples and partnership skills.
- Collaborative team player with leadership skills
- Excellent research writing and analyzing skills
- Self-motivated and ability to work independently under minimum supervision
- Ability to organize and facilitate workshops and/or seminars
- Organizational skills and ability to pay attention to the details.
- Ability to multi task and work under the maximum pressure with willingness to work respectfully and effectively with people from disadvantaged backgrounds.
MODE OF APPLICATION
Interested and qualified candidates are invited to apply and send their applications enclosing detailed certificates copies of relevant education, professional qualifications, curriculum vitae and names of referees and their contacts using the below respective address and e-mail;
The Executive Director;
Iringa Development Youth Disabled and Children Care (IDYDC)
Post Office Box 795
Note; Dead line of applications is scheduled to be 17th, June 2018