Legal Officer Career Jobs – DFCU Bank




Job Title:            Legal Officer
Organisation: DFCU Bank
Duty Station: Kampala,
Uganda
Reports to: Legal Manager
About US:
DFCU bank is a fast growing commercial bank offering a variety of
innovative products and services. DFCU Limited was started by the Commonwealth
Development Corporation (CDC) of the United Kingdom and the Government of
Uganda through the Uganda Development Corporation (UDC) under the name of
Development Finance Company of Uganda Limited. Later restructuring brought in
DEG (of Germany) and International Finance Corporation (IFC) as equal partners
with CDC and UDC, each having a 25% stake in the company. Its objective was to
support long-term development projects whose financing needs and risk did not
appeal to the then existing financial commercial lending institutions.
Job Summary: The Legal
Officer will provide legal support to the various functions of DFCU bank by
providing general legal advisory services, drafting and reviewing contract
agreements, participation in debt recovery processes and strategy and dispute
resolution.
Key Duties and
Responsibilities:  
  • Offer
    by email and telephone on spot legal advice to all the Bank operations and
    distribution networks and service channels such as CB, DIB, Credit, HR and
    Operations;
  • Provide
    well-researched and practical legal opinions and solutions to the
    business segments and functions of the Bank to ensure compliance with all
    the legal and regulatory applicable legal regimes;
  • Work
    closely with and guide the Credit Documentation and Special Assets
    Management units in the Credit Department in matters relating to
    credit, security perfection, pursuing and processing all bad debt recovery
    strategies; such as issuance of statutory notices, repossession of assets
    and commencement of the security realization process and recovery through
    the most appropriate, effective and efficient debt recovery mode;
  • Make
    and respond to legal demands and communications to and from the Bank such
    as Court Orders, intentions to sue, letters and in so doing foster
    alternative means of resolving queries raised to mitigate costs and
    fees involved in the process of litigation and contingent liabilities.
  • The
    incumbent will receive Court papers instituting cases against dfcu and
    process the same by securing supporting documentation and instructing
    Counsel to defend the Bank. Liaising with external Counsel on the
    lead times of the Court processes and regularly meet to agree on strategy.
  • Attend
    Court where Dfcu is sued or is suing as a representative of the Bank to
    ensure and monitor the proper legal representation of dfcu by external
    Counsel;
  • Actively
    participate in all related meetings, mediations and support external
    Counsel in preparation for trial by availing supporting documentations and
    the material witnesses by seeking consensus with senior management on the
    strategy to be employed in the pursuit of a particular matter.
  • Peruse
    all contract proposals, offer letters, letters of intent to confirm that
    the services indicated in the proposal letters, offer letters or letters
    of intent are the services required by the Bank.
  • Confirm
    and approve terms and conditions under which services are proposed to be
    offered as meeting the Bank’s procurement processes and needs.
  • Share
    lessons learnt from the Court processes.
  • Ensure
    that the persons or the parties with whom the Bank contracts with
    have capacity to contract
  • Follow-up
    and ensure that all the service providers comply with their bargains and
    deliver their services/goods in accordance with all the contract terms in
    order to achieve value for money.



Qualifications, Skills and
Experience:
  • The applicant for the DFCU Legal Officer
    job opportunity must hold a University
    Law Degree.
  • Possession
    of a Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice is mandatory
  • Enrolled
    and practicing Advocate of the High Court & all Courts subordinate
    thereto for at least four years.
  • Extensive
    knowledge in Finance is an added advantage.
  • Good
    grasp and in-depth knowledge of the principles and laws governing
    Banking & Corporate Law, Leasing/asset finance, Laws governing Land
    & Mortgages among others.
  • Working
    knowledge of the law and best practice on repossession, realization
    security and receiverships.
  • Exposure
    of working in a busy private law firm handling Litigation and recoveries
    matters.
  • Good
    legal research skills.
  • Computer
    literacy skills i.e. proficiency in Word, excel and other applications is
    incidental
How to Apply:
All candidates who so wish to join the banking sector in the aforementioned
capacity are encouraged to send their applications with detailed CVs including
present position and copies of relevant professional/academic certificates to:
Vacanciesbank@dfcugroup.com
Deadline: Monday, 22nd November 2017
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