Senior Officer – Legal Affairs Job Careers – Deposit Protection Fund of Uganda (DPF)

Job Title:             Senior Officer – Legal Affairs
Organization:  Deposit
Protection Fund of Uganda (DPF)
Duty Station:   Kampala, Uganda
Reports to:      Manager
Legal and Board Affairs
About US:
The Deposit Protection Fund of Uganda (DPF) is a Ugandan
government agency that provides deposit insurance to depositors in Ugandan
Banks, Credit Institutions and Microfinance Deposit-taking Institutions (MDIs).
Job Summary:    The Senior Officer – Legal Affairs will
support the activities of the Fund’s Legal Department and Board Secretariat
through providing legal advice, interpretation, and guidance to senior
management and officers regarding contracts, government regulatory
requirements, intellectual property and other business matters.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:  
Briefing staff and Board members on legal
issues, potential liabilities and possible courses of action. This involves
translating complicated legal jargon into a simple language as well as taking
all possible legal problems into consideration before making any
Frequently write and review settlement
documents, contracts, agreements, stock certificates or any other documentation
as necessary.
Continuously research legal resources such as
articles, codes, statutes, judicial decisions in order to stay up to date on
all current laws and make well-educated legal recommendations.
Regularly analyze the actions and decisions of
the Fund in order to identify problem areas, suggest alternative courses of
action and mitigate risk as much as possible.
Coordinates all claim adjusters, liability
attorneys to ensure clarity, efficiency and confidence in handling legal
matters swiftly.
Follows up with various stakeholders to ensure
that contracts are executed within the required time-frame.
Follows up on matters under litigation and
prepare the requisite briefs.
Assists the Head of Department in preparation of
responses to legal notices.
Ensure that employees and relevant parties
understand and comply with Fund contracts.
Originates and draft contracts for the supply of
goods and services (including employment contracts) and arranging their
Participates in negotiations and reviewing
commercial contracts and other requisite agreements for the operations of the
Contacts the customers and obtain all the
necessary contract-related information and verify accuracy.
Confirms all requisite documents accompanying
Analyzes potential risks involved with specific
contract terms.
Participates in drafting of loan agreements.
Carries out legal research and analysis,
identifying important issues and appraising the Fund of emerging legal trends
and tendering advice to avoid unnecessary litigation, etc.
Renders effective legal assistance in the
preparation of legal opinions, studies, reports and correspondence, as required
from time to time by various Heads of Departments.
Represents the Fund before courts,
administrative and other authorities, based on the powers granted by the Head
Legal and Board.
Liaises with Government Departments such as land
office, company registry and courts registries, Uganda Revenue Authority,
insurance companies etc.
Maintains a database of the status of all court
matters involving the Fund.
Processes various Fee Bills of advocates and
settlements of fees etc., for external law firms.
Performs other work-related duties as assigned,
within your scope of practice.
Key Results:
Properly and effectively manage contracts and
Effective management of legal matters, records
and documentation.
Robust relationships with clients and government
Reports on legal matters arising from research
and analysis of issues relevant to the Fund.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
The ideal candidate for the Deposit Protection
Fund of Uganda (DPF) Senior Officer – Legal Affairs job placement must hold a
first-class or upper second-class bachelor’s degree in law from an accredited
institution, is essential.
Postgraduate diploma in legal practice is
Valid practicing certificate is essential.
3+ years of proven experience in commercial law
practice in a busy law firm, company or government agency is essential.
Demonstrated proficiency of MS office packages
is desirable.
Technical Competencies
Litigation and legal drafting.
Lease/contract agreements.
Strong research, writing and presentation
Project management and financial controls.
Focus and precision.
Negotiating skills.
Behavioral Competencies
Accountability and Dependability: Takes personal
responsibility for the quality and timeliness of work and achieves results with
little oversight.
Transparency and Integrity: Earns others’ trust
and respect through consistent honesty and professionalism in all interactions.
Team spirit and collaboration: Promotes
cooperation and commitment within the team to achieve the Fund’s organizational
goals and deliverables. Builds constructive working relationships characterized
by a high level of acceptance, cooperation, and mutual respect
Adaptability and Flexibility: Adapts to changing
needs, conditions, and work responsibilities.
Self-Management and thoroughness: effectively
manage own time, priorities, and resources to achieve goals. Ensures that work
is complete and accurate and independently follows up with others to ensure
that agreements and commitments have been fulfilled.
Communication: Shares and receives information
using clear oral, written and interpersonal communication skills.
Stress Tolerance and tact: Maintains composure
in highly stressful or adverse situations, diplomatically handles challenging
or tense interpersonal situations.
Employee Engagement and enthusiasm: Demonstrates
commitment to the job, colleagues, the Fund and its mission by acting in ways
that further the accomplishment of its goals.
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates are
encouraged to apply online at the link below.
Deadline: 30th
January 2020 by 5:00pm
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