In-House Counsel Jobs – Asili Farms Ltd

 

Job Title:    In-House Counsel

Organization:  Asili
Farms Ltd

Duty Station:  Uganda

 

About US:

Asili Farms is a
fully-mechanized farming company that manages dual-season production of high
quality maize and soybeans for supply to regional food processors. Asili became
operational in January 2014 and is currently farming on over 5,000 ha of land
in Western Uganda under a conservation agriculture and precision farming
approach to maximize yields efficiently and sustainably.

 

Job Summary:  The Agilis-Partners In-house Lawyer will take
responsibility for the organization’s legal matters and play an important role
in the development of our business. We have a relaxed, informal and
intellectually-challenging environment that we think would suit a lawyer
looking for the chance to work autonomously within a unique environment. This
role will take responsibility for all legal queries. Working as part of our
team you will advise the leadership teams and provide general legal advice
across a variety of areas. You must be able to draft and negotiate contracts;
provide business advice in a legal context; recognize potential legal problems
and prevent escalation at an early stage; obtain and manage relationships with
outside counsel; manage certain compliance issues; and handle various other
matters which may arise.

 

Key Duties and Responsibilities:  

·       
Be
responsible for the delivery of efficient and effective legal advice &
support.

·       
Offer
efficient, timely and practical legal advice and strategic guidance to the
Team, together with the Commercial & Finance, Sales & Marketing,
People, and Delivery and Technical Assurance functions

·       
Support
the Business Development and Client Engagement teams in the creation, review
and negotiation of bespoke proposals, contracts and other legal and commercial
documentation with Agilis clients and business partners (e.g. consultancy
agreements, partnership agreements, license & support agreements,
statements of work, letters of intent, etc.)

·       
Support
in defining negotiation strategy and the negotiation of commercial
arrangements, and become a primary point of contact for the Business
Development and Client Engagement teams

·       
Provide
expert advice and guidance on the legal aspects of various matters pertaining
to Agilis Partners’ main areas of commercial focus – Contract and IT Law,
Intellectual Property Rights, Software Licensing (including Open Source
Software) and Employment Law

·       
Proactively
recognize and highlight concerns and areas of potential exposure to risk as
well as escalation of legal issues to the Management Team as appropriate

·       
Provide
training in, and help raise awareness of, key legal and commercial issues
affecting the Agilis- Partners’ consulting and business communities

·       
Address
and manage legal compliance issues

·       
Obtain
and manage relationships with outside counsel as appropriate

·       
Actively
participate in the community of the Agilis Partners’ legal team

·       
Function
as the corporate secretary responsible for all board resolutions and corporate
filings

·       
Manage
permitting and compliance across the group

·       
Interact
with external parties including regulators, external counsel, politicians,
clients

·       
Oversee
all corporate litigation and external lawyers

·       
Oversee
legal investigations

·       
Develop
legal and other policies to mitigate any risk

 




Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

·       
The
applicant must be admitted to practice in Uganda

·       
Two to
ten years of experience practicing law

·       
Strong
contract drafting and negotiation experience

·       
Possess
the ability to communicate with and earn confidence of business people

·       
Highly
self-motivated lawyer who wants to participate in the business direction of a
rapidly expanding diverse company.

·       
Fluent
spoken/written English is required.

·       
Solid
commercial contract/non-contentious experience, ideally in an Information
Technology environment

·       
Wide
range of commercial experience and some employment law experience is highly
desirable

·       
Past
experience in or knowledge of business financial accounting practices

·       
Possess
the ability to manage a wide variety of relationships.

 

Personal Competencies:

·       
Communication:
Can explain complex legal concepts to a layperson, without resorting to legal
jargon.

·       
Integrity:
Works well with others, respectfully, admits when they are wrong or do not
understand or know something and seeks credibility over authority.

·       
Team Work:
Actively builds relationships with colleagues and clients, respects the opinion
and diversity of people different from themselves and is suspicious of
hierarchy.

·       
Curiosity:
Interested in clients and their business beyond sorting out legal problems. Intellectually
curious about technology – has an inner geek. Goes above and beyond to learn
about Agilis- Partners and what we do.

·       
Creative:
Focused on providing commercial legal advice rather than the most legally
correct answer: Finds innovative ways to be part of the wider Agilis-Partners
world.

 

How to Apply:

All suitably
qualified and interested candidates should send their updated CVs, academic
documents and three references AS ONE PDF DOCUMENT to
peninah.nangobi@agilis-partners.com

 

Deadline: Friday 27th November, 2020

 

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