Legal Officer Job Careers – Rakai Health Sciences Program (RHSP)

Job Title:   Legal Officer
Organisation: Rakai Health Sciences Program
(RHSP)
Duty Station: Uganda
About US:
Rakai Health Sciences Program (RHSP) is a collaborative bio
– medical research and service delivery organization.  RHSP strives to improve the quality of life
of the local population through a combination of community-based research,
curative services and prevention strategies in the districts of South-central
Uganda.
Job Summary:  The Legal Officer will play a leading role in
both long-term strategic planning processes as well as in short-term project
planning.  The Legal Officer will provide
key legal expertise, including offering legal guidance to various sections in
RHSP, Policy development and standard-setting and monitoring new developments.
He/ she will Forge strong partnerships and collaboration with local
governmental and non-governmental organizations.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:  
·       
Provide legal advice on regulatory and legal
matters for RHSP operations and innovations
·       
Review and draft major contracts as well as
develop templates and standard commercial agreements across our different
geographical and operational areas of work
·       
Support contract negotiation and collaborate
with business teams on developing effective relationships with contractors and
vendors
·       
Perform due diligence and risk assessment on all
major transactions
·       
Maintain and manage relationships with outside
counsel, vendors, and other organizational partners
·       
Support our internal investigations team as
needed.
·       
Advise human resources teams on employment law
requirements
·       
Advise on and institute systems for external
compliance
·       
Develop internal policies and standard operating
procedures for managing legal and operational risk across different areas of
business and operations         
·       
Assist with general legal tasks as needed to
meet departmental and organizational priorities
·       
Undertake such other reasonable tasks as may be
assigned by the Finance & Administration Director



Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
·       
The applicant must hold a Law degree from a top
university, PGD Legal Practice.
·       
Must be an enrolled advocate of High Court of UG
with Valid practicing certificate   
·       
Two years of legal work experience preferably as
an associate/partner with an in-house legal team or international law firm.
·       
High degree of professional flexibility and
ability to coordinate many unrelated projects at the same time.
·       
You need to be very comfortable working across
all areas where RHSP needs legal support and mixing those areas daily.
·       
Highly professional and commercial approach to
problem-solving. We operate as a business and need to facilitate transactions
in a proactive and efficient manner. 
·       
Proven ability to manage complex transactional
work in a corporate, non-profit or in-house practice setting.
·       
A strong team work ethic and excellent people
skills.  We have a big team and are
looking for someone to collaborate with to achieve our organizational
goals. 
·       
Outstanding interpersonal skills, including both
verbal and written communication.  You
need to be an excellent and concise writer who can explain complex legal issues
to non-lawyers a quick and accurate manner.
·       
A willingness to commit to living in Kalisizo
with frequent travel to rural areas for at least two years this is a long-term,
career-track position and a great opportunity to step in as a senior legal
member of a quickly growing team.
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates possessing
the above attributes can send their; applications including a cover letter,
updated CV with 3 referees, and copies of academic qualifications/certificates
(One document), addressed to the HR Manager to jobs@rhsp.org. Kindly indicate
the job title in the subject line of the email. Only online applications will
be considered.
Deadline: Friday 6th
March 2020 by 5:00pm.
NB: Only short-listed
candidates will be contacted. Any form of lobbying and canvassing will lead to
disqualification
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