Legal Officer in Abuja, Nigeria

Legal Services
Minimum Qualification
Master's Degree
Required Experience
3 - 5 years
Employment Type
Full Time
Male or Female
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Job Description


  • Advises ICRC on various topics, including Nigerian criminal law and the Nigerian criminal justice system (inter alia, criminal procedure and applicable law and standards)
  • Conducts research and analysis on specific legal matters relevant to IHL and IHRL
  • Maintains and expands a strong network amongst governmental authorities and civil society engaged in issues relating to IHL and IHRL
  • Assists in implementing the ICRC strategy on judicial guarantees for persons deprived of liberty
  • Monitors and informs the delegation about developments in national law and jurisprudence relevant to the ICRC’s work and international humanitarian law (IHL)/international human rights law (IHRL)

Required Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in international humanitarian law (IHL) with a strong understanding of international human rights law (IHRL) and Nigerian criminal law
  • Proven research and analytical skills; able to think critically and articulate legal arguments in a structured and professional manner
  • Computer literacy (competency in Microsoft Office and legal research databases)
  • Educational experience at foreign academic institution
  • 3-4 years relevant work experience, preferably in IHL, IHRL and/or criminal law
  • Fluent in spoken and written English; passive understanding of French an asset
  • Excellent writing skills in English and good oral communication skills

Personal Attributes

  • Passionate, motivated and good at taking initiative
  • Able to work closely and constructively with others




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