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Thursday, August 29, 2019

Legal Officer Job at Rakai Health Sciences Program - Career Opportunity in Uganda

Vacancy title:
Legal Officer [ Type: FULL TIME , Industry: Nonprofit, and NGO , Category: Legal ]

Jobs at: Rakai Health Sciences Program

Deadline of this Job:
5:00pm, Friday, 13th September 2019
Duty Station:
Within Uganda , Kalisizo , East Africa

Summary
Date Posted: Thursday, August 29, 2019 , Base Salary: Not Disclosed
JOB DETAILS:
Rakai Health Sciences Program is a collaborative Bio-medical research and service delivery organization. It strives to improve the quality of life of the local population through a combination of community-based research, curative services and prevention strategies in the districts of Greater Masaka region in Uganda.
GENERAL POSITION SUMMARY
The incumbent will play a leading role in both long-term strategic planning processes as well as in short-term project planning. The Legal Officer will provide key legal expertise, including offering legal guidance to various sections in RHSP, Policy development and standard-setting and monitoring new developments. He/ she will Forge strong partnerships and collaboration with local governmental and non-governmental organizations.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
• Provide legal advice on regulatory and legal matters for RHSP operations and innovations
• Review and draft major contracts as well as develop templates and standard commercial agreements across our different geographical and operational areas of work
• Support contract negotiation and collaborate with business teams on developing effective relationships with contractors and vendors
• Perform due diligence and risk assessment on all major transactions
• Maintain and manage relationships with outside counsel, vendors, and other organizational partners
• Support our internal investigations team as needed.
• Advise human resources teams on employment law requirements
• Advise on and institute systems for external compliance
• Develop internal policies and standard operating procedures for managing legal and operational risk across different areas of business and operations
• Assist with general legal tasks as needed to meet departmental and organizational priorities
• Undertake such other reasonable tasks as may be assigned by the Finance & Administration Director

QUALIFICATIONS, SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE
• Law degree from a top university, PGD Legal Practice.
• Must be an enrolled advocate of High Court of UG with Valid practicing certificate
• 3+ years of legal work experience preferably as an associate/partner with an in-house legal team or international law firm.
• High degree of professional flexibility and ability to coordinate many unrelated projects at the same time. You need to be very comfortable working across all areas where RHSP needs legal support and mixing those areas daily.
• Highly professional and commercial approach to problem-solving. We operate as a business and need to facilitate transactions in a proactive and efficient manner.
• Proven ability to manage complex transactional work in a corporate, non-profit or in-house practice setting.
• A strong team work ethic and excellent people skills. We have a big team and are looking for someone to collaborate with to achieve our organizational goals.
• Outstanding interpersonal skills, including both verbal and written communication. You need to be an excellent and concise writer who can explain complex legal issues to non-lawyers a quick and accurate manner.
• A willingness to commit to living in Kalisizo with frequent travel to rural areas for at least two years this is a long-term, career-track position and a great opportunity to step in as a senior legal member of a quickly growing team.

Job Education Requirements: Law degree from a top university, PGD Legal Practice.

Job Experience Requirements: 3+ years of legal work experience preferably as an associate/partner with an in-house legal team or international law firm.

Job application procedure
All interested Candidates possessing the above attributes can send their applications including a cover letter, latest Copy of CV (with 3 referees), copies of academic qualifications/certificates addressed to the HR Manager to jobs@rhsp.org. Kindly indicate the Job title under subject of the mail. Only Online applications will be considered
Deadline for Submission: Close of business by 5:00pm, Friday, 13th September 2019 Only short-listed candidates will be contacted by Rakai Health Sciences Program. Any form of lobbing and canvassing will lead to disqualification

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