Legal and Corporate Affairs Manager Job Placement – National Environment Management Authority (NEMA)




Organization: National
Environment Management Authority (NEMA)
Duty Station: Kampala,
Uganda
Reports to: Deputy Executive
Director
Job Ref:
NEMA/ADV/EXT/09/2016
About Us:
The National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) was established
under the National Environment Act Cap. 153 to promote and ensure sound
environmental management practices for sustainable development in Uganda.
Job Summary: The Legal and
Corporate Affairs Manager will manage all legal and corporate matters in NEMA
and providing legal advice in relation to implementation of environmental law.
Key Duties and
Responsibilities: 
Provide legal support and advice to NEMA on issues relating to
compliance and enforcement of environmental laws, in collaboration, with
directorates, Departments and sections in NEMA and other institutions by;
·        
In
charge of reviewing proposals and options related to compliance and
enforcement, including proposals relating to amendment of existing
procedures and mechanisms on compliance and enforcement, and prepare advise
notes;
·        
Obtaining
and evaluating legal information related to compliance and enforcement
from other institutions in the ENR sector and Justice Law and Order Sector;
·        
Responsible
for reviewing information from authoritative sources for the effective
operation of a comprehensive compliance and enforcement system and on the
implementation of the National Environment Act and Regulations made under the
Act;
·        
In
charge of identifying, evaluating and reporting on the relevance and
effectiveness of new approaches related to compliance and enforcement,
including related developments in other environmental laws;
·        
In
charge of participating in various NEMA and inter-agency committees to review
compliance and enforcement-related issues;
·        
Providing
legal support for the conduct of hearings and the receipt of expert
testimony during administrative review processes;
·        
Providing
legal advice regarding the provision of due process and receipt of
appeals;
·        
In
charge of monitoring the implementation of and compliance with the National
Environment Act and regulations made under the Act.
 Providing legal support to Board
and Corporate Affairs by;
·        
Preparing
draft provisional schedule and agenda of meetings of the NEMA Board and
the Policy Committee on the Environment;
·        
Providing
legal support at meetings of the NEMA Board, the Policy Committee on the
Environment and related institutional set-ups;
·        
Taking
minutes of the NEMA Board and the Policy Committee on the Environment on
behalf of the Executive Director;
·        
In
charge of coordinating implementation of the decisions of the NEMA Board and
the Policy Committee on the Environment.
Providing legal support to legislative drafting processes by;
·        
Coordinating
the review of environmental laws NEMA is responsible for;
·        
In
charge of proposing and drafting amendments to or revision of existing
environmental laws and advising on new environmental laws;
·        
Drafting
of guidelines for implementation of the National Environment Act and
regulations made under the Act;
·        
Initiating
legislation in new and emerging areas of multi sectoral concerns;
·        
Ensuring
liaison with the Ministry of Justice and Constitution Affairs on the final
drafting of environmental legislation and other legal instruments to be
gazetted;
·        
Providing
legal guidance and advise during the harmonization of environmental
laws, related laws and policies;
·        
Interpreting
or advising on the interpretation of the National Environment Act,
·        
Regulations made under the Act and related laws.
Providing legal support to Multi-lateral Environmental Agreements,
Treaties and Conventions by;
·        
Participating
in the negotiation, drafting and implementation of Multi-lateral Environmental
Agreements, Treaties and Conventions;
·        
Working
closely with sectoral institutions and regional and international agencies on
international environmental law concerns.
Advising on and undertaking litigation by;
·        
Representing
NEMA in Courts of Law and other related fora;
·        
Working
closely with Uganda Police Force and the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional
Affairs in enforcement of environmental law and in handling of cases regarding
environmental crime;
·        
In
charge of reviewing and provide advice on the impact of the court
decisions on NEMA.
Undertaking awareness raising and capacity building on environmental
law, by;
·        
Carrying
out workshops and sensitization seminars on environmental law for
different stakeholders;
·        
Involvement
in community sensitization workshops.
Training on and assisting in the formulation of bye laws and ordinances
for local governments;
Guiding on, negotiating and drafting contracts, other agreements and
MOUs for NEMA;
General advisory and managerial roles, including;
·        
Preparing
legal opinions and briefs regarding the interpretation and
implementation of the National Environment Act and regulations made under the
Act, and administrative rules and regulations
·        
Supervising
legal students/interns preparing papers on substantive legal issues;
·        
In
charge of presenting conference papers on environmental law issues;
·        
Works
closely with directorates, departments and sections in NEMA and in other
institutions, private sector, civil society and international agencies or
partners to exchange experiences in legal issues;
·        
Providing
support for the general management and administration of the Legal
Affairs, including providing advice on priorities and work plans for Legal
Affairs; coordinating
legal-related projects.
·        
Perform any other duties that may be assigned by
the Supervisor.
Qualifications, Skills and
Experience:
·        
The ideal candidate for the NEMA Legal and
Corporate Affairs Manager career opportunity should hold a Bachelor’s degree in Law from a recognized
University;
·        
Possession
of a Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice.
·        
A
Master’s Degree in Environmental Law, Oil and Gas Law or related Law field
is a MUST
·        
The
applicant must be enrolled as an advocate of the High Court of Uganda.
·        
Possess
a valid practicing certificate, except if working in a government
institution
·        
A minimum of eight years of post-qualification relevant professional working experience,
three of which should be in mid-managerial level.
·        
Knowledge
of relevant laws that govern environment;
·        
Good
management and supervisory skills
·        
Excellent
communication and interpersonal skills
·        
The
capacity to draft clear concise high quality reports or documents relating
to areas of professional expertise.
·        
Familiarity
with and experience in the use of various research methodologies and
sources.
·        
Ability
to plan, develop, implement, monitor and evaluate projects.
·        
The
capacity to demonstrate success in analyzing complex professional issues and
developing well-reasoned, innovative solutions to associated challenges.
·        
Ability
to provide sound technical advice to management.
·        
Good
morals and high level of integrity.
·        
High
level of confidentiality.
·        
Good
coordinating/ networking and negotiation skills
·        
Ability
to establish good interpersonal skills and ability to maintain effective working
relations in a diverse cultural institution.
·        
Ability
to gain the assistance and cooperation of others through the demonstration
of leadership.
·        
Willingness
to keep abreast of and promote new developments in the legal field.
·        
Good
conceptual understanding of technology in the workplace and ability to use
relevant software and other applications and equipment relevant to the post.
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates should send their hand
written applications together with copies of certificates/ testimonials and
detailed curriculum vitae indicating three professional referees addressed to:-
The Executive Director,
National Environment Management Authority (NEMA),
NEMA House, Plot 17/19/21 Jinja Road,
P.O. Box 22255, Kampala. Uganda
Deadline: 11th October, 2016
Note: The job title
applied for should be printed at the top left hand side of the envelope.
Applicants, who will not have heard from us by 30th November 2016,
should consider their applications unsuccessful.
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