Oil Industry Jobs – Senior Legal Officer – Risk & Litigation – Petroleum Authority of Uganda (PAU)

Organization: Petroleum
Authority of Uganda (PAU)
Duty Station: Kampala,
About US:
The Petroleum
Authority of Uganda (PAU) is a statutory body established under Section 9 of
the Petroleum (Exploration, Development and Production) Act 2013, and in line
with the National Oil and Gas Policy for Uganda which was approved in 2008. The
PAU’s mandate is to monitor and regulate the exploration, development and
production, together with the refining, gas conversion, transportation and
storage of petroleum in Uganda. This includes ensuring that petroleum
operations in Uganda are carried out in accordance with the relevant laws,
regulations, guidelines, statutes and in line with international best practice
for the petroleum industry.
Job Summary:   The Senior Legal Officer (Board Affairs) is
responsible for litigation and arbitration and reports to the Manager
Litigation. He or she provides litigation support to the work of PAU and
ensures the mitigation of legal disputes both nationally and internationally.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Represents the Authority in courts of law and handles the litigation
    portfolio arising out of disputes from PAU operations
  • Liaises with and ensures the timely conclusion of all matters including
    those handled by external lawyers, insurance companies, among others.
  • Carries out legal risk analysis and identifies areas that may
    potentially expose PAU to loss
  • Carries out alternative dispute resolution on behalf of PAU
  • Prepares legal briefs and reports for management on the court and
    arbitration matters and advises management on mitigation measures.
  • Prepares monthly and annual reports on sectional activities in
    accordance with PAU policies and procedures
  • Undertakes such general litigation/arbitration work as may be
    allocated from time to time including the conduct of trials, Arbitrations
    and all other court proceedings and representation at Tribunals and
  • Assists the Manager (Litigation) in the training of the Legal
    Officers attached to the Litigation Section, to identify any training
    requirements and to allocate work and provide advice and guidance as
    required to meet those development needs.
  • Coordinates the preparation, documentation, review and submission of
    periodic progress reports to relevant internal and external stakeholders
  • Plans and budgets for resource requirements in the business Unit and
    monitors the usage to ensure efficiency
  • Manages performance of both the business unit and the staff under
    jurisdiction and implements initiatives that foster staff capacity
    building and career development
  • Implements succession planning and any other staff related programs
    as introduced and approved in the organization.
  • Perform any other duties as may be assigned from time to time.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The applicant for the Petroleum Authority of Uganda (PAU) Senior
    Legal Officer – Risk & Litigation job placement must hold a Master’s
    Degree in Petroleum Law or Management
  • A Bachelor of Laws Degree (Hons) from a recognized University /
  • A Postgraduate diploma in legal practice from LDC.
  • The applicant must also be enrolled as an advocate for at least 3
  • Five years of litigation/arbitration experience in a similar or
    relevant organization preferably in a law firm, 3 of which should have
    been served at supervisory level.
  • Demonstrated experience in litigation and arbitration or another
    alternative dispute resolution.
  • Other qualifications in arbitration oil and gas sector, trial
    advocacy, litigation skills, from internationally recognized institutions
  • Internationally recognized professional qualifications or membership
    of nationally and internationally recognized professional bodies.
  • A good knowledge of legal and regulatory and civil procedures of the
    Ugandan law and international law pertaining to the oil and gas industry
  • Critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to work independently and in a team.
  • Excellent analytical, negotiation and coordination skills.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Good track record in a management position.
  • Good IT literacy and computer skills
  • Ability to lead and motivate co-workers
  • Ability to meet tight deadlines
How to Apply:
All suitably
qualified and interested candidates are encouraged to apply online by clicking
on the link below.
Click Here (Register) -> Proceed to Application
  • ONLY online applications will be considered.
  • Applicants are required to scan and attach CERTIFIED copies of the
    required academic documents only e.g. Degree, Transcript, Diploma, A-level
    and O-level certificates and PLE results slip.
  • Academic documents for the successful candidates will be vetted and
    background checks conducted before they are considered for appointment
    into the Authority.
  • Only short listed and successful candidates will be contacted.
  • All appointments shall be subject to a probationary period of not
    more than six months and subsequent confirmation in service will be based
    on satisfactory performance of the individual.
Deadline: 15th January 2019 by 11:59 pm.
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