Board Secretary and Head of Legal Services Job Opportunity – National Identification and Registration Authority (NIRA)

Organization: National Identification and Registration
Authority (NIRA)
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Executive Director
About US:
National Identification and Registration Authority (NIRA) was established on
the passing of the Uganda Registration of Persons Act, 2015. The Act was made
to  harmonise and consolidate the law on
registration of persons; to provide for registration of individuals and to
establish a national identification register. It provides for the mandatory
registration of all Ugandan citizens within Uganda and abroad as well as aliens
identification cards and for related matters.
Job Summary: The Board Secretary and Head of Legal Services will
co-ordinate the affairs of the Board, and provide the Authority with legal
counsel, guidance and representation.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Arrange the business at meetings of the Board
    with clear notices of meeting times and places
  • Take minutes of the meetings of the Board.
  • Keep the records of the decisions and other
    policy records of the Board.
  • Prepare and submit reports for the Board.
  • Prepare and update the Board Charter.
  • The jobholder will coordinate Board
  • Handle all formal communication between the
    Executive Director and the Board members.
  • Provide overall leadership in legal matters
    in accordance with new laws, manage the performance and development of
    staff in the department in line with the Authority’s goals, objectives,
    policies and regulations.
  • Manage and keenly monitor the progress of all
    legal proceedings including litigation and alternative dispute resolution.
  • Offer expert legal advice on drafting
    contracts and other documents of the Authority.
  • Ensure that Authority operates in compliance
    with the law; and compliance with the Authority’s laws is enforced.
  • Perform any other duty as assigned by the
    Executive Director.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The ideal candidate for the National
    Identification and Registration Authority (NIRA) Board Secretary and Head
    of Legal Services vacancy should hold an Honours Degree in Law.
  • The applicant must also hold a Post Graduate
    Diploma in Legal Practice.
  • Membership of the Institute of Chartered
    Secretaries and Administrators and/or a Master’s degree in law or a
    related field will be an added advantage.
  • A minimum of ten years of relevant experience
    in a busy reputable organization five of which should be at senior level.
  • The applicant must also be an enrolled
    advocate of at least ten years standing with a valid practicing
  • Computer literacy skills.
  • Skills in negotiation, conflict resolution
    and arbitration.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent communication and report writing
How to Apply: 
suitably qualified and interested candidates are encouraged to send an
application letter and attach a detailed Curriculum Vitae (CV), copies of
academic and professional certificates/ testimonials. Please also indicate a
daytime telephone contact and names and contact details of three referees to
the National Director, Profiles International Uganda Limited (PIUL), Plot 26B
Tufnell Drive, Kamwokya, Kampala, P.O. Box 3024, Kampala or hand deliver your
application at our offices, indicated above, from 8.00am to 5.00pm, Monday to
Friday. In your application letter and on the cover of the envelope, please clearly
indicate which position you are applying for.
Deadline: 19th February, 2016
NB: If you do not hear from NIRA within one and a
half months from the closing date, please consider your application
unsuccessful. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Any form of
canvassing or lobbying will lead to disqualification.
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