Law Jobs – Leagal Officer at Electricity Regulatory Authority (ERA)

Job Title: Legal Officer – Licensing
Reports to: Manager, Legal Services
Location: Kampala
Department: Legal and Authority Affairs
Unit/Section: Legal Services

Introduction: The Vision of ERA is “A well developed and sustainable electricity industry that meets the national and regional demand”. And the Mission is “Regulating the electricity industry for efficient and reliable supply at equitable prices.” ERA emphasizes the following core values/ guiding principles (i) Stakeholder Satisfaction (ii) Professionalism (iii) Integrity, Transparency & Accountability (iv) Team work (v) Equal & Fair Opportunity (vi) Sustainability.

Job Purpose:
·         Review licensee applications and legal documentation for granting permits and licences.
·         Carry out due diligence of licensees to ascertain the validity of their legal documentation.
·         Draft licensing documentation in line with the Authority’s licensing terms, conditions and guidelines.
·         Liaise and follow-up with the licence applicants to ensure completeness of documentation submission in applying for permits and licences by ERA.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
·         Support to the formulation of licensing policy and procedures for the regulation of the electricity industry
·         Be a central point of receiving and dispensing all statutory/licensing notices, complaints and directives
·         Drafting and or reviewing of all contracts and agreements where ERA is a party.
·         Coordinate with other departments with respect to ERA processes for the review of applications and issuing of license
·         Carry out research and provide technical input to design and review of licensing and subsidiary regulations on a continuous basis as need arises.
·         Monitor licensee operations and work in liaison with the Consumer Affairs staff to enforce legal compliance of all licensees.
·         Co-ordinate the work of the Licensing and Projects task team in regard to new projects/applications
·         Review licences for appropriateness of conditions and related obligations before issuance processes.
·         Finance/ Assets: Support the Manager, Legal Services in administration of resources disbursed to the Department.
·         Public Relations: Play a supportive and liaison role with Permit and License applicants.
·         Any other official duties: As may be reasonably assigned to you by the Manager, Legal Services
Key Results Areas:
·         Efficient handling of Permit and License applications
·         Effective guidance to and provision of necessary information to applicants
·         Effective representation of ERA in legal matters/negotiations/dispute resolution procedures
·         Develop and Implement legal risk management and control systems
Qualifications, Skills & Experience:
·         At least an Honors Degree in Law.
·         Should have a Post Graduate Diploma in Law from the Law Development Center and Professional qualification like ICSA/from similar bodies and or Masters in Law, will be an added advantage
·         Enrolled as advocate with a valid practicing certificate
·         Should be result oriented with very good communication and interpersonal skills.
·         Should have good research & analytical skills
·         Ability to work with minimal supervision and result oriented in a dynamic and challenging environment
·         Post enrollment experience of at least Three (3) years’ with a reputable organization/Law firm with demonstrable experience in contentious an non-contentious dispute resolution experience
·         Should be at least 25 years of age
How to Apply:
Applicants should submit by recorded delivery their applications and enclose copies of:
a.      Detailed Curriculum Vitae including copies of relevant certificates
b.      Address (including daytime telephone, fax or e-mail) of the applicant
c.       Address (including daytime telephone, fax or e-mail) of three Referees

Addressed to:

The Director Financial & Administrative Services
Electricity Regulatory Authority
plot 15, Shimoni Road,
P. O. Box 10332, kampala – uganda
To reach the above address by December 03, 2012 at 5.00pm; Applicants who do not meet the stipulated minimum requirements need not apply.

N. B. Members of the Electricity Regulatory Authority or Staff of ERA Secretariat shall not be accepted as referees. Canvassing or any attempt thereof will lead to immediate disqualification. ERA is an equal opportunities employer.
NB: If you do not hear from era within Two (2) months after the closing date, consider your application unsuccessful.
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