Legal Officer – Licensing Jobs – Electricity Regulatory Authority (ERA)

Organisation: Electricity
Regulatory Authority (ERA)
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
About US:
The Electricity
Regulatory Authority (ERA) is a statutory body established in accordance with
the Electricity Act, 1999 (Cap. 145 of the Laws of Uganda). The Act empowers
ERA to regulate the Generation, Transmission, Sale, Export, Import and
Distribution of electrical energy in Uganda.
Job Summary: The Legal
Officer – Licensing will be responsible for the following:
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Review and process licence and permit applications
and documentation.
·        
The incumbent will carry out due diligence of
licence and permit applications to ascertain the validity of their legal
documentation.
·        
Draft license and permit documentation in line with
the Authority’s licensing terms and conditions, guidelines, procedures and
practices.
·        
Draft, review and process contracts in line with
procedures and practices applicable to the Authority.
·        
Actively monitor and liaise with the licence and
permit applicants to ensure completeness of documentation submitted for permit
and licence applications.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
·        
Technically support the formulation of licensing
policy and procedures for the regulation of the Electricity Supply Industry.
·        
Serve as the primary focal point of drafting,
coordinating and dispensing of all statutory and licensing notices, complaints,
directives, modifications and amendments.
·        
Draft and review all contracts and agreements to
which ERA is a party.
·        
Routinely review and carry out due diligence on
applications for permits and licences and advise and escalate issues of
potential legal and regulatory nature related to the applications.
·        
Work closely with other departments and support
routine licensing and permit administration, management and processing through
filing, record keeping, maintaining licensing and permit databases and other
related tasks.
·        
Conduct research and provide legal opinions, inputs
and assessments on the review and interpretation of policies, laws, terms and
conditions related to licensing and policy regulatory obligations in the
electricity supply industry as need arises.
·        
Co-ordinate and support the work and activities of
the Licensing and Projects task team in regard to new and existing
projects/applications.
·        
Routinely review existing and new licences for
appropriateness and compliance with conditions and related obligations.
·        
Develop, maintain and update databases on status of
licence and permit applications and related filings and records.
·        
Responsible for the renewal of existing licences,
permits and contracts in a timely manner prior to expiration.
·        
Handle requests for legal support and advice from
other departments related to licensing and contract management.
·        
Regularly review, interpret, assess, compose and
negotiate contracts and legal documents effectively with all internal and external
national and international parties.
·        
Offer support to the management of Public Hearings.
·        
Actively monitor developments in legal, regulatory,
public private partnerships, business laws and policies that relate to the
Electricity Supply Industry.
·        
Perform any other related and incidental duties as
may be reasonably assigned.
Qualifications, Skills and
Experience: 
·        
The applicant should hold an honour’s degree in Law
(LLB).
·        
Possession of a Diploma in legal practice from the
Law Development Centre.
·        
The incumbent must be an enrolled Advocate of the
High Court of Uganda with a valid practicing certificate.
·        
Hold professional qualification like ICSA and
Masters in Law will be an added advantage.
·        
A minimum of three (3) years of relevant
post-enrollment working experience in a busy law firm, reputable organization,
government/regulatory agency.
·        
Working knowledge about the Electricity Supply
Industry in Uganda or a similar regulated sector.
·        
Ability to multitask, prioritize tasks, goals and
objectives and work in a fast- paced environment.
·        
Computer literacy i.e. Proficiency in relevant
computer packages such as Microsoft Word and Outlook.
·        
Excellent analytical skills and ability to pay attention
to detail.
·        
Excellent interpersonal, organizational, problem solving
and communication skills.
·        
Strong drafting, writing and proof reading skills.
·        
Result oriented and a team player with a high degree
of professionalism.
·        
Age: Between 25 –
35 years.
How to Apply: 
All suitably
qualified and interested candidates should send their application letters,
detailed Curriculum Vita and relevant certificates including daytime telephone
number or e-mail address of the applicant and addresses (including daytime
telephone number or e-mail address) of three professional referees.
The applications
should be delivered preferably by recorded delivery, addressed to:
The Director
Financial and Administrative Services,
Electricity
Regulatory Authority Plot 15, Shimoni Road,
P. O. Box
10332, Kampala – Uganda
N.B. Applicants who do not meet the stipulated minimum
requirements need not apply.
Deadline: 2nd October, 2015 by
5.00 pm

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