Call for applications for Project Officer

Centre for Public Interest Law is a non-profit, non-partisan, non-religious organization that aims to protect public interest in Uganda using law as a tool. As a member of the Legal Aid Service Providers Network (LAPSNET), CEPIL aims at ensuring equal access to social, economic, and political opportunities without discrimination on the basis of their ethnicity, social standing, religion, political opinion or membership of a political party or organization.

Formed in 2009, CEPIL envisions a Uganda the rule of law is practiced and nurtured in public interest. CEPIL seeks to be the leading catalyst for social change in the political and economic sphere through action-oriented research and training; advocacy and lobbying; public interest litigation; legal aid; and review of major economic policies and law.

Under this project, CEPIL intends to expand its objective in seeking to enhance the performance of the Judiciary through empowering the bar and bench across the East African Region. The project involves 3 major components – Establish a strategy to promote EACJ as a forum for promoting civic spaces; Empower Bench nurtured to be agents of good governance and rule of law in East Africa; Increase regional collaboration and partnerships in EAC between the Bar and Bench to enhance civic space in governance and the rule of law issues.


Centre for Public Interest Law (CEPIL) is implementing a project with the East African Court of Justice (EACJ) aimed at improving the protection and promotion of the civic spaces and the rule of law through training to build the capacity of members of the Bench and the Bar in East Africa. CEPIL seeks to recruit a Project Officer to offer programmatic, administrative, and financial support for the effective implementation of the project.

Job Description & Responsibilities

  1. In collaboration with the EACJ, undertake the implementation of the project activities to achieve intended outcomes and outputs.
  2. Project operational planning; in collaboration with the EACJ, undertake periodic planning for implementation of the project activities,
  3. In collaboration with EACJ, develop both activity-specific and quarterly project work plan;
  4. Actively assist in the setup and participate in project events (meetings/workshops/trainings) with the various targeted actors;
  5. Undertake other project administration and financial tasks as and when necessary
  6. Report on project activities according to project timeframes including preparation of monthly, quarterly, and annual reports.
  7. Perform other duties as may be required.

Qualifications, Skills, and Experience
Education and Work:

  • University degree in Law
  • Postgraduate qualification in the same
  • Five years’ experience in project management and implementation of good governance/human rights and rule of law-related projects or legal services
  • Three years’ work experience in the East African Community


  • High proficiency in spoken or written English.

Computer Literacy:

  • High proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).


  • High professional and personal integrity;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills;
  • Possession of excellent organizational, analytical and problem-solving skills; and attention to detail; and the ability to concurrently handle multiple assignments;
  • Ability to collaborate effectively with diverse stakeholders and implementing agencies;
  • Basic monitoring and evaluation skills desirable;
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a team;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability in a diversity characterized working environment;
  • Demonstrates strong oral, presentation and written communication skills;
  • Internet and social media competent with the ability to communicate project milestones on such forums.

How to apply:
All suitably qualified and interested should send an application letter and curriculum vitae including telephone and email contacts of three referees including current/most recent employer and salary expectations not later than 21st August 2020 5:00 pm East African Time. The applications should be sent via email to:
The Executive Director
Centre for Public Interest Law
Please indicate the position in the subject line.

For inquiries related to this application, please contact:
Lydia Angwech
Centre for Public Interest Law
Plot 4, Social Security House
+256 393224509