Legal Officer Job Placement - Financial Intelligence Authority (FIA)


Job Title:          Legal Officer
Organisation: Financial Intelligence Authority (FIA)
Duty Station:  Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Senior Legal Officer

About US:
The establishment of a Financial Intelligence Authority and a Financial Intelligence Authority Board Under the Anti-Money Laundering Act, 2013 is for the prohibition and prevention of money laundering, in order to combat money laundering activities.

Job Summary: The Legal Officer will provide legal advice and representation during legal proceedings ensuring that the Authority is well advised on all legal issues related to its objectives and functions

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Provide timely and accurate advice to the Manager and Senior Legal Officer on any matters related to legal undertakings involving the Authority;
  • Assist in the preparation, executing and registration of contracts and other legal documents;
  • Prepare documents for civil suits/litigations ;
  • Review legal/court documents for completeness and accuracy.
  • Advise on the application and/or interpretation of the provisions of the AML Act and Anti-Terrorism Act;
  • Monitor regulatory changes and their effects on the Authority’s activities and advise accordingly;
  • Respond to queries and complaints from accountable persons and stakeholders and advise on all pertinent legal matters.
  • Provide advice and assist in the negotiation and drafting of all types of contracts/agreements creating legal obligations for the Authority;
  • Conduct due diligence on a wide range of regulatory issues;
  • Consult with relevant officials of Ministries/Departments and attend meetings to give professional legal advice;
  • Represent the Authority in Courts of Law, on committees and in legal meetings as may be assigned by the Manager Legal from time to time;
  • Participate in and/or supervise the review of existing legislation, rules, and regulations pertaining to the Authority and recommend/formulate appropriate amendments.
  • Comply with the Authority’s Standard Operating Procedures and Guidelines of the Legal, Inspection and Compliance Directorate;
  • Perform any other duties assigned by the Senior Legal officer from time to time in the event that the Manager as no assigned duties .

Key Result Areas:
  • Timely legal advice given to the Legal department and the Authority on any matters related to legal undertakings.
  • Assistance given in ensuring the legal and regulatory framework is up dated.
  • Legal documents reviewed and prepared for civil suits /litigations to forward to Manager Legal through the Senior Officer ;
  • Reviewed legal/court documents for completeness and accuracy before forwarding to manager Legal or the Senior Legal.
  • Advise on the application and/or interpretation of the provisions of the AML Act and Anti-Terrorism Act given;
  • Monitor regulatory changes and their effects on the Authority’s activities and
  • Due diligence on a wide range of regulatory issues;
  • Consult with relevant officials of Ministries/Departments and attend meetings to give professional legal advice;
  • Court , committee and legal meetings representation;
  • Queries and complaints from accountable persons received and responded to;
  • Minutes taken and approved,
  • Mechanism for addressing and obtaining court orders in a timely manner in place;


Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The applicant for the Financial Intelligence Authority (FIA) Legal Officer job opportunity must hold an Honours Bachelor’s Degree in Law ;
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Legal practice;
  • Advocate of the High Court of Uganda.
  • A Masters in Law is an added advantage.
  • Three years of work experience in legal practice and litigation experience in a law firm in a private or public organisation.
  • Knowledge of international AML/CFT legislations and regulations including the International protocols, instruments, frameworks and systems and FATF Recommendations;
  • Knowledge of Anti Money Laundering act, 2013, Anti-Terrorism Act and respective regulations
  • Knowledge of the Laws in Uganda;
  • Knowledge of legal principles and practices;
  • Knowledge of legal drafting principles and practices;
  • Considerable legal research skills and techniques;
  • Considerable knowledge of court procedures and practices.
  • Excellent legal analysis skills;
  • Excellent written communication skills including drafting legal document
  • Excellent public speaking and interpersonal skills;
  • Computer literacy skills
  • Ability to work under pressure and manage time effectively to complete a variety of tasks, without administrative support;
  • High level of organization and self-motivation;
  • Ability to show leadership, to take initiative, and to work independently as well as a part of a team;
  • Good negotiation, mediation and arbitration skills.
  • Ability to analyse and interpret laws and regulations.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with fellow employees and members of the public.
  • Good judgement and good decision making skills;
  • Trial Advocacy skills.
  • Time management skills.
  • Person of high integrity
  • Ability to handle sensitive information and maintain confidentiality

How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested applicants send their applications which should  include:
  • A detailed curriculum vitae (CV) photocopied and submitted in triplicate (3 copies).
  • Copies of academic and professional certificates and other supporting documents (3 copies)
  • Current and Expected Remuneration.
  • Contact Information of three references with emails and phone numbers.

All applications should be addressed and hand delivered to:
The Human Resource Manager
Financial Intelligence Authority
Ground Floor Rwenzori Towers (Wing B),
Plot 6 Nakasero Road.
Kampala. Uganda

Deadline: 3rd May 2018 by 5:00PM

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