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PO BOX 604
Windhoek, Namibia
email: info@lac.org.na

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Although we are a donor-based organization, we look after our staff well. We believe that people are our dearest asset. That is why we have good medical arrangements, a comprehensive pension package and great study compensation.

The LAC is currently accepting applications for the following position(s). To make an enquiry, please email info@lac.org.na

Legal Assistance Centre, Vacancy: DIRECTOR

The Legal Assistance Centre (LAC) invites qualified, dynamic persons to apply for the position of Director. The LAC is a public-interest law centre based in Windhoek and was established in 1988 to provide legal services to indigent individuals and communities. The LAC has a proud history of fighting human rights violations during the apartheid era and is now playing a major role in the building of a constitutional democracy and a human rights culture in Namibia.

The successful candidate:

  • will have the overall responsibility for the management of human and financial resources, project and programmes of the LAC, in order to successfully implement the mission of the LAC;
  • will have to conduct fundraising activities and ensure that the requirements of the clients, donor partners and other service providers are met;
  • would be responsible to assess the impact of the mission and activities of the LAC to ensure that the LAC is responding to the needs of the most marginalised and indigent in the Namibian society;
  • should have a postgraduate law degree or other suitable management qualification, with at least 10 years experience as a legal practitioner, lecturer or legal researcher or other appropriate management experience. It will be an added advantage if the candidate has substantive experience in senior management positions of non-governmental organisations;
  • should have an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the human rights, legal, social, economic and political environment in Namibia and beyond;
  • should have a keen interest in human rights and developmental issues;
  • shall be an advocate for human rights for the most vulnerable and marginalised in the Namibian society; and
  • should have good skills for communication, planning, human resources administration, financial administration, inter-project coordination, exceptional inter-personal and leadership qualities.

The LAC is offering a competitive salary and benefits include pension fund, free membership of a medical aid scheme, and generous annual and sabbatical leave.

In terms of its affirmative action policy the LAC will give preference to suitably qualified women, persons from disadvantaged backgrounds and persons with disabilities.

Applications accompanied by a covering letter detailing the suitability for the requirements of the job, a detailed curriculum vitae, certified copies of academic qualifications and contact details of three references should be addressed to Norman Tjombe at P O Box 604, Windhoek, Namibia or e-mail to apply-director@lac.org.na.

Please, direct your telephone enquiries to Norman Tjombe at (061) 223356 during office hours.

The closing date for applications is Thursday 15 October 2009 at 17h00.
Kindly take note that only the shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Vacancy: Legal Assistance Centre, Legal Practitioner
Land, Environment and Development Project

The Land, Environment and Development Project (LEAD) of the Legal Assistance Centre (LAC) is inviting dynamic applicants to apply for the above position commencing as soon as possible. The LAC is a public-interest law centre based in Windhoek and was established in 1988 to provide legal services to indigent individuals and communities. The LAC has a proud history of assisting clients to resist unfair apartheid legislation in the past and is now playing a major role in the building of a constitutional democracy and a human rights culture in Namibia.

The successful candidate will have the following duties and functions:

  1. Conduct litigation on behalf of individuals and communities in land, environment and developmental litigation matters, with a particular focus on social, economic and cultural rights, which includes:
    - appearing in courts of law and other tribunals on behalf of clients
    - consulting with clients
    - legal research
    - drafting correspondence
    - drafting pleadings
    - file maintenance
    - liaise with counsel and other experts in litigation matters.
  2. Provide assistance with the development of legal publications and legal research documents.
  3. Supervise paralegals and advice offices in rural areas.
  4. Represent the LAC and or the LEAD Project at different fora.
  5. Submit case reports to the Co-ordinator and LAC management.
  6. Provide assistance with the development of community educational materials.
  7. Workshops and lectures on human rights and other issues related to the work.

JOB SPECIFICATION:

MINIMUM TERTIARY EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS
LL.B degree or other recognized Law Degree with 2-3 years related experience & admission as a legal practitioner

MINIMUM PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE REQUIRED IN ORDER TO FULFILL JOB DEMANDS

  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Good drafting skills
  • Good oral and written English communication skills
  • Good oral Afrikaans and at least one other indigenous language skills (competency in more than one indigenous language will be an added advantage)

REQUIRED SKILLS (EMOTIONAL AND MANUAL)

  • Ability to deal and negotiate with people
  • Systematic methodical approach to work
  • Ability to communicate at all levels
  • Willingness and ability to travel out of town and to rural areas on short notice Good judgement of character

PERSONALITY TRAITS REQUIRED BY THE JOB INCUMBENT

  • Absolute honesty & integrity
  • Respect for confidentiality
  • Well-developed sense of responsibility
  • Tolerance and respect for diverse viewpoints and choices

PROFESSIONAL REGISTRATION
Member of the Law Society of Namibia

OTHER REQUIREMENTS NOT MENTIONED ABOVE
Namibian citizen and/or permanent residence
Driver’s license (Code 08) or the willingness to obtain a driver’s license

The LAC is offering a competitive salary and benefits include membership of a medical aid scheme and pension fund and generous annual leave.

Applications accompanied by a detailed Curriculum Vitae, certified copies of academic qualifications and details of three references should be addressed to Willem Odendaal at the Legal Assistance Centre, PO Box 604, Windhoek, or faxed to (061) 234953 or email to wodendaal@lac.org.na. Please direct your telephone inquiries to Sophie van Wyk at (061) 22 33 56.

 

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