Research Officer

Centre for Public Interest Law (CEPIL) 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 Legal Aid Service Providers Network (LAPSNET), CEPIL aims to be the leading catalyst for social change in the political and economic sphere through research, advocacy, public interest litigation, technology and legal aid for vulnerable groups in Uganda.
Formed in 2009, CEPIL’s vision is a Uganda where rule of law is practiced and nurtured in public interest. CEPIL seeks to accomplish its mission through legal aid; public interest litigation; lobbying and advocacy; action-oriented research and training; and review of major economic policies and law.

Job Type:
Full Time

Job Description & Responsibilities

  • Conduct research on legal issues relating to CEPIL’s thematic programme areas and prepare written opinions, working papers and reports.
  • Undertake extensive review of legal documents, instruments, other materials and identify issues and propose amendments.
  • Prepare briefs and preliminary drafts of legislative legal material pertaining to CEPIL’s programmes.
  • Develop and maintain an up to date repository of laws, judgements and other related material pertinent to CEPIL’s programmes.
  • Contribute to the review and formulation of recommendations to amend legislation pertinent to CEPIL’s programmes.
  • Assist in drafting CEPIL notes on legal matters.
  • Assist in drafting of legal documents such as contracts, agreements, opinions, briefs, memoranda, letters and other documents.
  • Represent CEPIL on Committees and at meetings, conferences, workshops and dialogues.
  • Liaise with internal and external stakeholders regarding CEPIL work.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience

The ideal candidate for the Research Officer vacancy must have:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Law, Social Work or a related field.
  • Knowledge of legal research principles and techniques.
  • Knowledge of legal drafting principles.
  • Knowledge of court procedures of Uganda
  • Knowledge of laws of Uganda pertinent to CEPIL programme thematic areas
  • Experience in using computers for a variety of tasks and competency in Microsoft Office.
  • Ability to use internet for research purposes
  • Ability to analyse and interpret laws & legal issues.
  • Ability to present & explain statements of fact and law orally and in writing.
  • Experience working with social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram.
  • Proven capacity to prioritize tasks, plan and organize individual efforts to meet objectives and deadlines.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, and experience in working with a partner-based approach.

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. The applications should be sent to:

The Executive Director
Centre for Public Interest Law
Please indicate the position in the subject line.

Please note that only emailed submissions to the above address will be accepted.

For inquiries related to this application, please contact:

Lydia Angwech
Centre for Public Interest Law
Plot 4 Jinja Road, Social Security House,
Northern Wing 5thFloor
+256 3930224509