Legal Officer Employment Opportunity – Hofokam Ltd

Job Title:       Legal Officer
Organisation: Hofokam Ltd
Duty Station: Head Office, Fort Portal, Uganda
Reports to: General Manager
About
US:
Hofokam
Ltd is one of the largest micro-finance institutions operating in western
Uganda with its head office at Fort Portal. Its vision is to economically
empower households in Uganda. Hofokam’s mission is to provide quality financial
services, information and technical training to the economically active poor so
as to realize their full potential.
Job Summary: The Legal Officer will provide legal services to
Hofokam LTD Board of Directors, management and staff in line with the company
policies, procedures and the laws of Uganda.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Provide quick and timely legal advice to
    Hofokam Ltd on issues concerning the organization’s Operations in
    accordance with the company policies and the laws of Uganda.
  • Regularly review the contracts drafted by
    Hofokam Ltd external clients and advice on the effects of the terms
    embedded there in.
  • Responsible for drafting agreements which are
    executed by Hofokam while ensuring that the organization’s interests are
    well protected against any legal impediment.
  • Represent Hofokam Ltd in court of Law and to
    ensure Board and Management are regularly updated on cases concerning
    Hofokam with clients.
  • Continuously carry out research and update
    management on the changes in the laws of Uganda that can affect Hofokam
    ltd operations.
  • Regularly review loan and mortgage documents
    regularly, securities pledged by clients to ensure are well registered to
    protect Hofokam ltd interests.
  • Verify securities presented by clients to
    guard against any encumbrances
  • In charge of designing recovery procedures
    for bad loans and participate in debt recovery following legal provisions.
  • Writing Board and Management Minutes on time.
  • Responsible for drafting of court
    documentations.
  • Work closely with external lawyers, external
    and internal auditors on non-routine matters that can affect Hofokam ltd
  • Perform any other duties that may be assigned
    from time to time.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The ideal candidate for the Legal Officer
    vacancy should preferably hold a University honors’ degree in law from a
    recognized University.
  • Possession of a Post graduate diploma in
    legal practice from Law Development Centre.
  • Enrolled advocate for at least (three) years
    will be added advantage
  • Hold a valid Practicing certificate and
    proficiency in computer literacy is a must.
  • At least three years’ experience in
    Micro-credit operations or banking or law firm at a senior level
  • Previous experience in small retail banking
    financial operations will be added advantage
  • Prior exposure and experience in training and
    mentoring staff with no legal back ground.
  • Familiarity with emerging issues related to
    localization of HOFOKAM as a Microfinance institution;
  • Strong capability to manage transition
    process towards localization.
  • Excellent written and oral communication,
    negotiation, mediation and problem solving skills.
  • Ability to work in a cross-cultural
    environment and foster teamwork among the field and head office staff, a
    person of high integrity and interpersonal skills.
  • Self-motivated, dynamic, analytical and
    result oriented
  • Age: Below 30 years
How to Apply: 
All
suitably qualified and interested candidates are encouraged to send their applications
with copies of academic and professional certificates, an updated CV, postal
address, day time telephone contact, salary expectation, names and details of
at least three (3) referees to;
The
Human Resource Manager,
Hofokam
Ltd,
P.O.
Box 228 Fort Portal. Uganda
Deadline: 8th February, 2016
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