Posted: 21/Apr/2020

The American University of Nigeria was founded in response to the need for a world-class university in sub-Saharan Africa. The University’s mission is to provide quality education to Nigeria and Africa’s future leaders in order to equip them with the skills needed to solve development issues on the continent, and give them the knowledge needed to create solutions that will benefit their community, their country and, ultimately, the world.

In collaboration with a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), the American University of Nigeria, Yola, is seeking for prospective candidates for the anticipated prevention of gender-based violence and livelihoods support project.

Applications are invited for the position below:

Job Title: Legal Protection Specialist

Location: Maiduguri, Borno
Department: Atiku Center
Nature of Employment: Project Assignment
Duration: 1 (One) Year

Position Background

  • The Legal Protection Specialist is responsible for supervising effective protection responses for legal needs of beneficiaries, including civil documentation issues and legal counselling.
  • S/he will work with beneficiary communities including persons with specific needs, IDPs, returnees, and persons with specialized protection concerns.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Provide legal assistance to ensure beneficiaries have access to legal counselling and assistance in addressing civil documentation issues
  • Prepare legal case files and referrals, and provide counselling services for beneficiaries in need of legal support, particularly in regards to civil documentation.
  • Ensure information dissemination to beneficiaries regarding legal services and legal issues.
  • Support the development of information dissemination materials regarding legal issues and legal support services in area of operation
  • Update case files, referral tracking mechanisms, and any other administrative tracking systems developed; ensure beneficiaries’ data is protected.
  • Prepare all legal case files, documents, legal counselling intake forms, and referrals for weekly review.
  • Provide daily verbal and written feedback to supervisor on progress, lesson learnt, achievements and gaps, issues and problems.
  • Writing regular narrative and quantitative reports for the donor on activities conducted
  • Maintain and promote a positive image of Human Appeal and its activities.
  • Any other duties assigned by the supervisor.

Position Requirements

  • Relevant University degree in Law
  • Minimum of 2 year of experience working as a Lawyer, with in-depth knowledge of civil documentation cases
  • Relevant professional experience, preferably in emergency and/or development context.
  • Familiarity with international protection and human rights legal standards
  • Good report writing skills.
  • Good verbal & oral communication skills in English Language.
  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills and respect for people from different cultures and backgrounds and especially those with special needs and other vulnerability.
  • Flexibility and ability to work under pressure, manage time and prioritise work to deadlines.
  • Well-developed organisational skills.
  • Punctuality and respect for rules and procedures.
  • Must have strong ethos of working as a team player.
  • Must be able to maintain the highest level of confidentiality regarding work-related information and data.

Description of Benefits

  • Salary and benefits are commensurate with experience and job classification as approved by the Project.

Application Closing Date
21st April, 2020.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should Click Here (doc) to apply online and submit their Resumes, Cover Letters and references on a single file to: in a word document or PDF format

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  • The project is to be implemented in two target LGAs in Borno state that are currently accessible. The position is a local position and is open to indigenous and/or legal residents of Nigeria.
  • The position is contingent on the award of the project to the American University of Nigeria.
  • The position is for a year, renewable based on performance and continued donor funding.
  • The position being applied for should be the subject of the email. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
  • AUN is an equal opportunity employer and strives to provide a culturally diverse workforce; we do not discriminate in employment on the basis of race creed, colour, nationality, origin, age, sex, religion and marital status. For information on AUN, visit our Web site at