Fresher Officer Litigation Job Placements – Uganda Revenue Authority (URA)

Job Title:      Officer Litigation
Organisation: Uganda Revenue
Authority (URA)
Duty Station: Kampala,
Uganda
Reports to: Supervisor VAT
and Income Tax Litigation
 Job Code: HRM/061/600
 
About US:
The Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) was established by the Uganda
Revenue Authority Statute of 1991 and set up in September of the same year as a
central body for assessment and collection of specified revenue, to administer
and enforce the laws relating to such revenue and to provide for related
matters. This statute incorporated all the laws that were in force then
regarding tax collection. The new organization (URA) amalgamated the three tax
administration departments that were responsible for all the taxes collected by
the Central Government of Uganda.
Job Summary: The Officer
Litigation will represent the Authority in Courts of Law and Tax Appeals
Tribunal and report on all cases handled so as to safeguard the organization’s
interests.
Key Duties and
Responsibilities:  
Represent URA in Courts of Law, Tax Appeals Tribunal in all cases
assigned in order to safeguard URA interests:
  • Review, establish and document the merits/
    demerits of cases assigned and seek clarity from the line Manager
  • Appear in court, represent URA, record
    court proceedings and receive judgments on behalf of URA
  • Follow up action on court orders with the
    relevant user departments and report back to the line manager
Conduct Legal Research on all cases / matters as instructed to provide
a basis of discussion of the case:
  • Discuss, review and analyze with
    respective user departments to clarify instructions and appreciate the
    genesis of cases arising from their respective business areas
  • Discuss with relevant stakeholders the key
    findings and the Legal opinion before handing over the Report/ Legal
    opinion to the assignor.
Draft pleadings and other documents / reports that arise out of related
tax laws, court cases and other transactions to inform the basis for URA’s
decision:
  • Discuss with the appropriate authorities,
    draft pleadings and seek approval before making final copies.
  • Keenly review plaintiff’s documents and
    precedents of similar nature and draft defense to match the context of
    each case
  • Draft weekly reports and review them with
    the relevant line Manager to ascertain the progress of assigned cases and
    responsibilities
  • Maintain an updated case matrix for all
    the cases being handled and judgments received for future
    reference/reporting
  • Follow up to ensure that pleadings are
    filed and served on time.
  • Summarize judgments received ( into a Case
    Report) and forward them to the line manager for further management
Interview and brief witnesses on Court, Tribunal / Arbitration
Proceedings and Practices to prepare them for court proceedings to enable
sufficient presentation of evidence:
  • Meet the line manager under whose
    jurisdiction a case falls to discuss and agree the material witnesses
    required in the case.
  • Review the case files and identify /
    document the information required from the various witnesses to the case
    under study
  • Meet material witnesses, interview them,
    review their statements and prepare witness statements
Provide Legal Opinions on the various subjects/areas of interests as
requested by clients so as to facilitate rightful decision making
  • Receive and review instructions from the
    relevant authorities on the subject of legal interpretation and provide
    the legal interpretation with reference to applicable laws.
  • Prepare and discuss the drafted legal
    opinion with the assignor to clarify positions and support
    decision-making/action.



Qualifications, Skills and
Experience:
  • The applicants for the Uganda Revenue
    Authority (URA) Officer Litigation jobs should hold Bachelor’s degrees in Law from
    recognized Universities
  • Post
    Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice
  • Possession
    of a Certificate of enrolment as an Advocate of the High Court of Uganda
  • Specialized
    Training in Tax Law and Tax Practice or the general Tax
    Administration
  • At least two years’ experience handling litigation in a large organization or
    busy law firm
  • Experience
    providing legal advice to institutions
  • Familiarity
    with the court processes and protocols
  • Knowledge of the laws and regulations of Uganda and EAC
  • Professional
    Ethics and the Laws of Uganda governing taxation
  • Strong
    analytical skills
  • High
    proficiency in the use of computer applications for report writing
    and research (Knowledge of MS Office required)
  • Knowledge
    of procurement law
  • Excellent
    command of the English language – both spoken and written
  • Good
    team player and good negotiator
  • Ability
    to work under minimal supervision
  • Good
    research skills
  • Age: Between 28-38 years
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates who wish to join URA
should apply online by visiting the website below. Please go to Careers link, Click
Here
, ‘CAREERS -> EXPERIENTIAL HIRING -> Login (If new, register,
else continue)’ to view detailed job description of the roles and
responsibilities and other required competencies. All applicants are required
to scan and attach copies of the required academic documents only e.g.
Transcript, O’ Level, A’ level, Degree certificates. Each attachment should not
exceed a limit of 1 MB and ONLY Portable Document Format (pdf) are allowed.
Note: The list of
shortlisted and successful candidates will be published on the URA website.
Academic documents for the successful candidates will be vetted and background
checks conducted before they are considered for appointment into the Authority.
Any applicants found with forged academic documents will be charged in the
courts of law.
Deadline: 17th October 2017 at
11:59pm

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