@WLAMalawi is hiring!

Recruiting Legal Administrative Assistant/ Legal Intern

Job Title:

Legal Administrative Assistant/ Legal Intern


Within the context of its objectives of providing legal assistance and legal empowerment to women and children survivors of GBV; to support the documentation of women’s human rights violations, and to facilitate advocacy for accountability and redress to survivors, the Women Lawyers Association of Malawi seeks to recruit a Legal Intern / Paralegal/Legal Administrative Assistant who will be based at the Women Lawyers Association Secretariat to provide support to the Secretariat.

Reports To:

WLA President / National Executive Committee

Job Location:

WLA Secretariat in Lilongwe, Area 47/3

Job Purpose:

To manage and oversee day to day running of the WLA secretariat. Specifically the intern/administrative assistant will:

  • Assist in the reception and registration of complainants at the Secretariat (including through electronic and telephonic means);
  • Assist in collecting affidavits and other information from complainants seeking to register with the Secretariat, and ensure proper filing of all documents collected;
  • Develop and maintain an electronic database of complainants’ stories/experiences;
  • Assist with organizing sensitization and advocacy activities of the Secretariat;
  • Perform other cognate duties assigned by supervisors.

Required Qualifications & Capabilities:

The ideal candidates should meet the following criteria:

  • MSCE or its equivalent;
  • Be based in Lilongwe;
  • Have basic computer skills, notably Microsoft Office pack; social media skills will be an added advantage;
  • Have good proficiency in English;
  • Time management and multitasking skills:-ability to prioritize and track time;
  • Ability to exercise high sense of professionalism and ethics in dealing with victims of human rights violations;
  • Willingness to learn and work in a team;
  • Ability to work independently as well as in a team;
  • Client Confidentiality.

The following qualifications will be of an added advantage:

  • A diploma or training in law will be an added advantage;
  • Being conversant with the Malawian legal system, as well as international law;
  • Have experience interviewing complainants and collecting information on their cases;
  • Having good legal research and writing skills will be an added advantage;
  • Knowledge of one or more of the local languages spoken in Malawi is desirable;
  • Experience developing and/or managing electronic databases will be an added advantage;
  • Valid driving licence for light passenger vehicles;
  • Strong social media skills are especially desirable.


Include but are not limited to:

  • General administration and management of the WLA secretariat;
  • General administration and management of the WLA social media platforms;
  • Providing secretarial and administrative support to the Secretariat;
  • Servicing the National and Chapter Executive Committees and the membership of the Association;
  • Conducting some light bookkeeping, including issuing of invoices and receipts for the WLA subscription fees;
  • Attending to stakeholder enquiries and communication;
    Complaint handling and management
  • Record keeping;
  • Various other duties as assigned from time to time


The internship/fellowship is a period of 12 months, to begin as soon as possible.


The successful candidate will be receive a modest monthly stipend of MWK50,000 per month. Training in women’s and children’s rights, specialized training in social media management and an opportunity to engage in hands on legal empowerment initiatives.

Submission of Application:

To apply, please submit your motivation letter, curriculum vitae and copies of relevant academic records by Friday, 9 February 2018 to info@womenlawyersmalawi.com with the subject matter “Recruitment Legal Intern”
WLA is an equal opportunity employer; women and men are equally encouraged to apply. Persons with disabilities are particularly encouraged to apply.

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