UNRA Job Placements – Legal Officer

Job Title:  Legal Officer
Organisation: Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA)
Duty Station:  Kampala,
Uganda
Reports to: Legal Counsel
About UNRA:
The Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) was established by an Act of
Parliament; The Uganda National Authority Act, No. 15 of 2006. UNRA became
operational on 1st July 2008.  The
mandate of UNRA is to develop and maintain the national roads network, advise
Government on general roads policy and contribute to addressing of transport
concerns, among others.
Job Summary: The Legal Officer will be responsible for assisting
the Authority’s Legal Counsel in executing his duties.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Offers legal advice as and when required
    on various matters arising out of the day to day operations of the
    Authority;
  • Drafts contracts and other legal
    instruments to which the Authority is party to;
  • Actively participates in resolving
    contractual disputes/litigation in Courts of Law as well as ADR/ Out of
    Court settlements;
  • Supports in developing and implementation
    of the litigation strategy;
  • Prepares legal briefs/opinions as and when
    required;
  • Compiles and keeps proper custody of
    registers of all legal documents including Agreements, Bonds, Guarantees,
    signed contracts, insurances etc;
  • Performs any other duties assigned by the
    Legal Counsel of the Authority
Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The ideal candidate for the Legal Officer
    career opportunity must possess a degree in Law (LLB) from a recognized
    University with a minimum of a Lower Second with a Post Graduate Diploma
    in Legal Practice from The Law Development Center (LDC);
  • Possession of a Master’s degree in law
    (LLM) from a reputable University
  • Hold a valid Practicing Certificate.
  • Membership with both the Uganda Law
    Society and the East African Law Society
  • The applicant should have practiced law in
    a common-law East African Country as an Advocate or a lawyer in a busy
    Government Legal Department or Judicial body for a minimum of 04 (four)
    years 02 (two) of which should be in handling litigation relating to land
    and contractual claims.
  • Practical experience in handling and
    adjudication of procurement matters preferably in the field of Land
    Acquisition, Road Construction Works and related Services.
  • Practical experience in providing advisory
    role of a busy Organization or Government office preferably in areas of
    contracts, Guarantees, Bonds and Insurance.
  • Practical experience in drafting,
    interpreting and litigating on Works and related Service contracts.
  • Detailed working knowledge of laws
    governing roads, Public Procurement and Disposal of Assets, Land,
    Arbitration, Financial Accountability and Ugandan law in general
  • Good knowledge and understanding of the
    Government and its working Mechanisms
  • Demonstrated ability to interpret and
    apply relevant laws
  • Good working knowledge of the principals
    and practice relating to litigation and case management
  • A structured approach to dealing with
    complex and variable work environments in an independent manner
  • Possess the ability to work under minimum
    supervision and deliver under tight deadlines
  • Proven Integrity, Service ethics and
    Credibility
  • The applicant must be a Team player
Age: Above 35 years of age
How to Apply:
All candidates should send their applications accompanied by:
  • A capability statement detailing the
    applicant’s general qualifications, adequacy for the post and illustrated
    personal experience
  • Copies of testimonials (the applicant must
    endorse on each copy of the submitted testimonials);
  • Detailed curriculum vitae duly signed by
    the applicant on each and every page and showing previous positions held;
  • Current salary;
  • Names of three referees; and
  • Contact addresses and day time telephone
    contacts of applicant should be submitted to:
The Secretary of the Board of Directors,
Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA),
Plot 5, Lourdel Road,
P.O. Box 28487,
Kampala, Uganda.
NB: Only short-listed candidates will be
contacted. Canvassing or lobbying by applicants or their representatives will
lead to disqualification.
Deadline: 30th April 2015 by 17.00 hours

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