DPF Senior Officer – Legal Affairs Jobs in Uganda

DPF Senior Officer – Legal Affairs Jobs in Uganda


Job Purpose

  • To support the activities of the Fund’s Legal Department and Board Secretariat through providing legal advice, interpretation, and guidance to senior management and officers regarding contracts, government regulatory requirements, intellectual property and other business matters.

    Key Responsibilities

  • Briefing staff and Board members on legal issues, potential liabilities and possible courses of action. This involves translating complicated legal jargon into a simple language as well as taking all possible legal problems into consideration before making any recommendations.

  • Frequently write and review settlement documents, contracts, agreements, stock certificates or any other documentation as necessary.

  • Continuously research legal resources such as articles, codes, statutes, judicial decisions in order to stay up to date on all current laws and make well-educated legal recommendations.

  • Regularly analyze the actions and decisions of the Fund in order to identify problem areas, suggest alternative courses of action and mitigate risk as much as possible.

  • Coordinates all claim adjusters, liability attorneys to ensure clarity, efficiency and confidence in handling legal matters swiftly.

    Duties

  • Follows up with various stakeholders to ensure that contracts are executed within the required time-frame.

  • Follows up on matters under litigation and prepare the requisite briefs.

  • Assists the Head of Department in preparation of responses to legal notices.

  • Ensure that employees and relevant parties understand and comply with Fund contracts.

  • Originates and draft contracts for the supply of goods and services (including employment contracts) and arranging their execution.

  • Participates in negotiations and reviewing commercial contracts and other requisite agreements for the operations of the Fund.

  • Contacts the customers and obtain all the necessary contract-related information and verify accuracy.

  • Confirms all requisite documents accompanying contracts.

  • Analyzes potential risks involved with specific contract terms.

  • Participates in drafting of loan agreements.

  • Carries out legal research and analysis, identifying important issues and appraising the Fund of emerging legal trends and tendering advice to avoid unnecessary litigation, etc.

  • Renders effective legal assistance in the preparation of legal opinions, studies, reports and correspondence, as required from time to time by various Heads of Departments.

  • Represents the Fund before courts, administrative and other authorities, based on the powers granted by the Head Legal and Board.

  • Liaises with Government Departments such as land office, company registry and courts registries, Uganda Revenue Authority, insurance companies etc.

  • Maintains a database of the status of all court matters involving the Fund.

  • Processes various Fee Bills of advocates and settlements of fees etc., for external law firms.

  • Performs other work-related duties as assigned, within your scope of practice.

    Expected Outputs

  • Properly and effectively manage contracts and agreements.

  • Effective management of legal matters, records
    and documentation.

  • Robust relationships with clients and government agencies.

  • Reports on legal matters arising from research and analysis of issues relevant to the Fund.

    Competencies

    Technical Competencies

  • Litigation and legal drafting.

  • Lease/contract agreements.

  • Strong research, writing and presentation skills.

  • Project management and financial controls.

  • Focus and precision.

  • Negotiating skills.

    Behavioral Competencies

  • Accountability and Dependability Takes personal responsibility for the quality and timeliness of work and achieves results with little oversight.

  • Transparency and Integrity Earns others’ trust and respect through consistent honesty and professionalism in all interactions.

  • Team Spirit and Collaboration Promotes cooperation and commitment within the team to achieve the Fund’s organizational goals and deliverables. Builds constructive working relationships characterized by a high level of acceptance, cooperation, and mutual respect

  • Adaptability and Flexibility Adapts to changing needs, conditions, and work responsibilities.

  • Self-Management and Thoroughness effectively manage own time, priorities, and resources to achieve goals. Ensures that work is complete and accurate and independently follows up with others to ensure that agreements and commitments have been fulfilled.

  • Communication Shares and receives information using clear oral, written and interpersonal communication skills.

  • Stress Tolerance and Tact Maintains composure in highly stressful or adverse situations, diplomatically handles challenging or tense interpersonal situations.

  • Employee Engagement and Enthusiasm Demonstrates commitment to the job, colleagues, the Fund and its mission by acting in ways that further the accomplish its goals.

  • People Management Leads and engages people to maximize organizational and individual performance through alignment with the Fund’s mission and attainment of strategic and operational goals.

  • Coaching and Mentoring Enables co-workers to grow and succeed through feedback, instruction, and encouragement. Influences others to be excited and committed to furthering the Fund’s objectives. ability to gain other’s support for ideas, proposals, and solutions.

    Minimum Qualifications and Experience

  • A first-class or upper second-class bachelor’s degree in law from an accredited institution, is essential.

  • Postgraduate diploma in legal practice is essential.

  • Valid practicing certificate is essential.

  • 3+ year’s proven experience in commercial law practice in a busy law firm, company or government agency is essential.

  • Demonstrated proficiency of MS office packages is desirable.

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; DPF Senior Officer – Legal Affairs Jobs in Uganda


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