Legal Officer Job Opportunities – National Forestry Authority (NFA)

Job Title:     Legal
Officer
Organisation: National
Forestry Authority (NFA)
Duty Station: Kampala,
Uganda
Reports to: Legal
Manager
About US:
The National
Forestry Authority (NFA) is a Government agency established under the National
Forestry and Tree Planting Act, 2003 as a corporate body responsible for
sustainable development and management of Central Forest Reserves (CFRs) and
provision of technical support to stakeholders in the forest sub-sector.
Job Summary:  The Legal Officer performs tasks related to
the provision of legal advisory services to the NFA. Also, the job involves
legal sensitization for staff, local communities and NFA stakeholders.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Provide legal advice to management and staff on issues relating to
    the operations, procedures and policies of the organization.
  • Draft and review contracts, agreements or any other legal
    instruments to which NFA is a party, for instance, contracts or sales
    agreements.
  • Participate in developing a mechanism for the provision of legal
    cases and review the progress of outstanding litigation in liaison with
    external lawyers.
  • Analyze and sanction criminal files before they are taken to court
    for prosecution in line with the Legal procedures of NFA.
  • Prosecute offenders in Courts of Law as may be required by the Legal
    Department.
  • Sensitize the public on the law relating to forestry in the country
    to ensure NFA’s Mandate is achieved.
  • Submit monthly and quarterly performance reports about the
    performance of the unit to the supervisor.
  • Undertake legal research and provide legal opinions to NFA staff on
    matters relating to various laws of Uganda.
  • Represent NFA in Civil and criminal cases in courts of law as
    assigned by the supervisor and ensure proper execution of such cases.      
  • Draft contracts and MOUs between NFA and its clients by ensuring
    that key contents in such contracts are emphasized.
  • Perform any other duty as assigned by the immediate supervisor



Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The applicant for the National Forestry Authority (NFA) Legal
    Officer job vacancy should hold an Honours Degree in Law from a recognized
    University.
  • Must have attained a post graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from
    Law Development Centre with a valid practicing certificate and an Advocate
    of the High Court of Uganda.
  • A minimum of three years’ experience practicing law in a reputable
    Firm or in a similar position in a reputable organization.
  • Excellent ability to network with relevant judicial institutions and
    design and implement sensitization workshops for NFA staff and general
    public.
How to Apply:
All suitably
qualified and interested candidates are encouraged to send their application
letters, copies of academic and professional certificates and transcripts and
curriculum vitae giving full details of applicants’ education, qualifications,
experience (with evidence), present salary and naming three referees, plus
their postal, email and telephone contacts to the address below;
Executive Director,
Plot 10/20 Spring
Road Nakawa
P.O. Box 70863,
Kampala, Uganda
Deadline: 30th April 2019
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