A community based organisation operating in Makonde and Zvimba is seeking the services of a qualified Legal officer to lead in offering legal services for GBV survivors as part of the HB program non-clinical GBV core package to address the legal needs of survivors. Reporting to the programs manager, the Legal officer will support the HB program through strengthening the justice component for survivors of sexual abuse in Makonde and Zvimba Districts at multiple levels. The incumbent will be responsible for overseeing the implementation of all legal aid services to SGBV survivors. The incumbent will work in close collaboration with the Ministry of Justice (court), Department of Social Welfare and Victim Friendly Unit.
- The cadre will provide legal counselling to GBV survivors regarding potential avenues of legal response;
- Set up GBV help desks at courts in the district of operation to assist child survivors of sexual abuse;
- Accompany and escort GBV Survivors to police stations and courts whenever requested;
- Facilitate age estimation for survivors of sexual abuse without birth registration;
- Ensuring GBV Survivors and witnesses summoned to court attend court sessions;
- Coordinate with the Prosecutor, pre-court legal counseling and preparation support to GBV Survivors, witnesses and medical experts before court sessions;
- Conduct GBV related-legal information dissemination (legal aid clinics) or other targeted legal activities in the communities to increase awareness in preventing and responding to GBV incidents;
- Ensure survivors of sexual abuse are referred to clinical and other non-clinical services;
- Link and coordinate with other services providers to ensure integrated approaches to access to justices e.g. Department of Social Welfare, Ministry of Health and Child Care, Judiciary etc.;
- Participate in District GBV Coordination meetings to smoothen the process of access to legal justices to GBV Survivors.
The ideal candidate must have:
- A graduate degree in law or a related field and is registered with the Law Society of Zimbabwe with minimum of at least 1-year professional experience in GBV programming.
- Candidates must be able to work with various stakeholders, including supporting government bodies to reach minimum standards and advocate on steps required to adopt a comprehensive justice for children system.
- Experience working on gender based violence issues desirable.
- Experience working with rural communities is desirable.
Prospective candidates meeting the requirements and with demonstrated relevant experience should submit their application together with a detailed CV, electronically to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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