Law Jobs – Legal Officer, Regulation and Compliance at National IT Authority (NITA-U)

Reports to: Manager, Regulation and Compliance
Directorate: Regulation and Legal Services
Department: Litigation and Enforcement
Duration: 3 years
Salary Scale: NOF/N5
Organisational Background:
The National Information Technology Authority-Uganda (NITA-U) was established as a statutory body under the National Information Technology Authority, Uganda Act, 2009 as one of the key players in the Information and Communications Technology Sector. Its mandated is to coordinate, promote and monitor IT development within the context of national social and economic development, with a vision as “a facilitator of a knowledge-based, globally competitive Uganda where social transformation and economic development is supported through IT enabled services”.
Job Summary:  Provide regulatory guidance and monitor compliance by the Authority, management, employees and various stakeholders in the Information Technology (IT) Sector with IT Laws, Regulations, Standards, Policies, Procedures and Guidelines, Policies, Procedures and other relevant Laws in order to achieve the regulation objectives of government.
Duties & Responsibilities:
·         Participate in the development and or implementation of regulation policies and procedures to ensure that regulatory compliance is maintained, enhanced and are in accordance with the Laws and Regulations in force and business practices;
·         Conduct research on the legal and regulatory regime, and identify emerging industry trends and suggest changes to policies and procedures to improve regulation and compliance in the Sector;
·         Represent the organization before domestic or international regulatory agencies on various matters or decisions regarding regulation of the IT Sector to ensure compliance with domestic and international regulations and standards;
·         Participate in various activities pertaining to ensuring compliance with national regulatory requirements, business best practices including but not limited to quality systems auditing, inspections and field corrective actions;
·         Conduct legal research and prepare legal opinions on various matters;
·         Prepare reports on the Authority’s and stakeholders’ compliance highlighting emerging issues, potential risks, and audit results in order to identify strengths and control weaknesses with compliance and plan for remedial action;
·         Implement or monitor complaint processing systems to ensure effective and timely resolution of all complaint investigations;
·         Advise on the implementation of legal risk management and control practices within the organization;
·         Prepare position papers for presentation at various stakeholder workshops;
·         Regularly update the Directorate’s library resources or database;
·         Assist in the follow up of requests to stakeholders and government agencies;
·         Participate in stakeholder engagements seminars;
·         Provide secretarial services at stakeholder engagements;
·         Prepare responses to stakeholder inquiries, claims and complaints in accordance with the laws in force in Uganda;
·         Conduct legal research relating to the mission and objectives of Authority and recommend necessary reforms in line with the applicable law;
·         Liaise and collaborate with all relevant government ministries and departments with respect to regulatory matters;
·         Perform any other duties, which may be assigned from time to time.
Academic Qualifications:
·         Honours degree in Law (LLB) with Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice is essential;
·         Enrolment as an advocate;
·         Master’s degree in Information Technology (IT) Law, or other relevant discipline will be an added advantage;
·         Computer literacy is a must.
Personal Skills/Competencies:
·         Good analytical skills;
·         Knowledge of changing and international regulation;
·         Ability to produce results with minimal supervision and handle multiple tasks simultaneously;
·         Soft skills like presentation, and listening skills;
·         Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Experience:
·         A minimum of 3 (Three) years’ experience in direct work within the regulatory environment in a large or busy organisation;
·         Experience in arbitration and or mediation will be an added advantage ;
·         Demonstrated knowledge of Information Technology (IT) laws and practices.
Character:
·         Ability to work and produce accurate results in a dynamic environment with multiple and challenging tasks;
·         Results oriented;
·         Excellent interpersonal skills;
·         High level of Integrity.
How to Apply:
Interested applicants who meet the job requirements/specifications and with the right personal attributes are invited to submit their application form (which can be down loaded from the NITA-U official website www.nita.go.ug ), with a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and must specify day time telephone contact, postal and email addresses of both the applicant and three referees –, copies of certificates and testimonials to the address below. The Deadline for applications is 29th November 2012
The Executive Director,
National Information Technology
Authority – UGANDA (NITA-U),
Palm Courts, Plot 7A, Rotary Avenue (Former Lugogo Bypass)
P.O. Box 33151, Kampala-Uganda
Tel: 0417 801 038
NB: Only successful candidates will be contacted. Any form of solicitation, influence peddling and or any other “backdoor” attempt, of whatsoever nature, to influence the selection process in ones favour, will automatically lead to disqualification of a candidate without any recourse.
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