2 Senior Legal Officer Job Opportunities – Centenary Bank

Organization: Centenary Bank
Duty Station: Kampala,
Uganda
Reports to: Legal
Manager 
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 draft and review legal documents including pleadings,
contracts, credi 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:  
  • The jobholder will peruse Court pleadings
    and notices of intention to sue served on the Bank and liaise with the
    relevant units to provide accurate information on counterparty’s
    claims/allegations, evaluate the Bank’s rights, possible defences, etc.,
    and ensure timely action including representation in Court as the case may
    be as well as propose appropriate strategy to enforce the Bank’s rights or
    obtain the desired end.
  • Draft contracts for loans and advances,
    procurement of goods and services by the Bank. Enforce the Bank’s rights
    and protect its interests under various transactions including but not
    limited to financial agreements, Lending and Collateral agreements with
    its borrowers, supply agreements, services and intellectual property
    agreements, consultancies, tenancy agreements, etc.
  • Keenly review and perfect documentation of
    approved credit facilities in accordance with applicable laws, Bank
    Policy, disbursement standards and guidelines.  Review and compute statutory duty and
    fees payable on Instruments and other registrable securities and documents
    and ensure their perfection through timely registration in accordance with
    the applicable laws, Bank Policy and set Service Level Agreements. 
  • Work in close liaison with immediate
    supervisor arrange for regular sessions between in-house and external
    counsel to ensure good and proper management of litigation and securities
    perfection processes and demonstration of required progress by External
    Counsel in line with agreed Service Levels.
  • Prepare and submit periodic reports on
    legal suits by and against the Bank and on Securities Perfection
    Turnaround Times, conduct trend analysis thereof, Benchmark Bank
    performance and costs and recommend legal risk mitigation strategies and
    competitive practices as the case may be.
  • Conduct legal research and provide legal
    advice on the likely impact of draft bills and new legislation on the
    Bank’s operations and business, and therefore new compliance standards and
    requirements.
  • Review investigation and incident reports
    and findings and make recommendations for appropriate legal action to
    redress the Bank.
     
Qualifications, Skills and
Experience:
  • The ideal candidate for the Centenary Bank
    Senior Legal Officer career vacancy should hold an Honors’ Bachelor of
    Laws degree and a Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice.
  • Enrolled Advocate of the High Court of
    Uganda.
  • Previous experience in negotiating and
    drafting commercial transaction contracts and documents with bias in land
    conveyancing, sale of goods, services and contracts and financial
    agreements.
  • Hands-on experience in operations and
    processes of various relevant public offices for example URA, URSB, Land
    Administration, etc.
  • Active Court practice for at least 4 years
    in a reputable or busy law firm.
  • Practical knowledge of Banking, Finance,
    Corporate and Commercial Laws and current best practices.
  • Experience with a financial institution or
    as in-house counsel may be an added advantage.
  • Good drafting, writing, communication and
    reporting skills.
  • Analytical and able to provide prompt and
    sound legal solutions and advice for the business.
  • Agile, a good team player with good client
    relationship management skills.
  • Ability to multi-task and deliver on
    deadlines with a good level of accuracy under minimum supervision.
  • Self-driven with a high level of
    confidentiality.
Note:  Pass degrees are not eligible
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: 30th January
2017 by 5:00 pm

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