Centenary Bank Jobs – Senior Legal Officer

Job Title:     Senior Legal Officer
Organization: Centenary Bank
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Legal Manager (Litigation)
About US:
Centenary Bank is the leading Commercial Micro Finance Bank in Uganda
serving over 1,300,000 clients (a quarter of the banking population) in 58
branches spread countrywide. We are one of Uganda’s top three financial
organisations, employing more than 1,900 people. Joining Centenary Bank is an
opportunity to use your skills and experience in tackling real world problems.
Job Summary: The Senior Legal Officer will support Centenary
Bank by drafting and reviewing legal documents including pleadings, contracts,
credit facilities and securities, provide legal advice, conduct research and
represent the Bank in Courts of Law in line with divisional standards and
targets on legal risk management and best practice standards.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Carry out legal research and offer legal
    advice and guidance on proactive compliance of the Bank with new
    legislation and or best practices likely to affect the Bank’s business,
    policy and operating environment.
  • Regularly review fraud investigation
    reports and findings and make recommendations for appropriate legal action
    to redress the Bank; hold watching briefs for the Bank in criminal
    proceedings in courts of law in respect of matters reported by the Bank
    and accordingly report progress.
  • In charge of preparing responses to
    notices of intention to sue and liaise with the relevant
    Divisions/Branches for timely compilation of information required for the
    Bank’s response thereto in compliance with the Legal requirements,
    consumer protection standards and Divisional Service Level Agreements.
  • The Senior Legal Officer will be tasked
    with submitting weekly/monthly reports on new and existing legal suits by
    and against the Bank, progress of credit recovery cases assigned for
    collection, trend and exposure analysis thereof, and recommend strategies.
  • Manage Centenary Bank’s external advocates
    and branches on, information required for progress of any court
    proceedings in which the Bank has an interest and advice on measures to be
    taken for their efficient and effective management.
  • Draft and review contracts entered into by
    the Bank for procurement of goods and services in line with the Bank’s
    requirements, policy and best practice on prudent risk management.
  • Regularly review and perfect documentation
    for Credit facilities to Bank customers in line with Bank policy, relevant
    legislation and divisional Service Level Agreements.
  • Represent the Bank in courts of law.                
  • Prepares responses to notices of intention
  • Perform any other duties as assigned by
    the Legal Manager (Litigation)
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The prospective Centenary Bank employee
    should hold an Honors’ Bachelor of Laws degree and a Post Graduate Diploma
    in Legal Practice.
  • Be enrolled as an Advocate of the High
    Court of Uganda.
  • Possession of an additional or
    professional qualification in any area of law, ICSA or Management will be
    an added advantage.
  • A minimum of four years’ post-enrolment
    experience in either active legal practice (litigation bias) in a reputable
    law firm, OR as in-house counsel in a financial institution or large
    reputable institution.
  • Familiarity with the Banking, Finance and
    Insurance Laws and best practices in the respective fields will be an
    added advantage.
  • Good drafting, writing, communication and
    reporting skills.
  • Excellent analytical skills with proven
    ability to provide prompt and sound legal advice.
  • Ability to execute various tasks at the
    same time and meet deadlines.
  • Be a good team player, who pays special
    attention to detail and is  able to
    embrace the Bank’s mission and values
  • Self-driven with a high level of
    confidentiality
  • Excellent communication and presentation
    skills
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • A good team player 
NB: Applicants with pass degrees need not
apply.
How to Apply:
All candidates who desire to join Centenary Bank should send their
applications by following the instructions below; downloading an application
form for employment, download
here
, filling it and enclosing an application letter, Curriculum Vitae
(CV) with three professional referees and copies of academic
testimonials/certificates and send the application to:
General Manager Human Resources, Centenary Bank, P.O. Box 1892 —
Kampala, Uganda.
Note: While we thank all applicants for your
interest. Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted. Only shortlisted
applicants will be contacted.
Deadline: 17th July 2015 by 5:00 pm
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