Legal Officer Career Placement – National Environment Management Authority (NEMA)



Job Title:  Legal Officer
Organization: National Environment Management Authority
(NEMA)
Duty
Station:
Kampala, Uganda
Reports
to:
Legal and Corporate Affairs Manager
Job
Ref:
NEMA/ADV/EXT/07/2015
About
US:
The National
Environment Management Authority (NEMA) was established under the National
Environment Act Cap. 153 to coordinate, monitor, enforce and supervise all
activities in the field of environment for purposes of ensuring sustainable
development in Uganda
Job
Summary:
The Legal Officer will ensure integration of environmental concerns
into the policy and law at all levels and to initiate legislative proposals
standards and guidelines on the environment in accordance with statute.
Key
Duties and Responsibilities: 
·        
Interpreting the National Environment Act and
other related laws and advising on legal and other disputes;
·        
In charge of reviewing the existing sectoral laws
in collaboration with other Institutions;
·        
Supporting the development of district by-laws and
ensuring that they are in conformity with the National Environment Act;
·        
Guide on compliance and enforcement of
environmental laws and regulations in collaboration with other departments and
Institutions;
·        
Providing technical support to districts in the
enforcement of the environmental laws;
·        
Initiating legislation in the reform areas of
multi sectoral concerns such as pollution management, wetlands management
etc..;
·        
In charge of developing regulations for
implementation of the National Environment Act;
·        
Advising interested groups and district
authorities on enforcement and awareness of environmental legislation;
·        
Advising and assisting in the negotiation ,
drafting and implementation of treaties , agreements and conventions;
·        
Works closely with the Ministry of Justice and
Constitution Affairs on the final drafting of legal instruments;
·        
Drafting initial regulations, statutory
instruments, and other instruments for the Authority;
·        
Preparing Court documents and appearing before
Courts of Law on behalf of the Authority;
·        
Perform any other relevant responsibilities as may
be assigned by Management.
Qualifications,
Skills and Experience: 
·        
The applicant should preferably be an enrolled
advocate with a minimum of a Bachelor of Laws from a recognized University with
a Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice.
·        
At least five years’ experience in Legal Practice
in a reputable organization/ firm and relevant expertise in enforcement and
compliance of environmental laws.
·        
Capacity to work with minimum supervision
·        
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
·        
High ethics, integrity and confidentiality
·        
Excellent reporting skills
·        
Possess the ability to work under pressure and to
make accurate and informed decisions.
·        
Excellent analytical and coordinating skills
·        
Ability to work independently and with strong organizational
and planning skills.
·        
High level of confidentiality
·        
Honesty,
·        
Courtesy,
·        
On time response to instructions.
How
to Apply: 
All
candidates should send their applications in their own handwriting and deliver
them by hand OR through post and enclose copies of certificates/testimonials
and detailed curriculum vitae indicating three professional referees addressed
to:-
The Executive
Director
National
Environment Management Authority (NEMA)
NEMA House,
Plot 17/19/21 Jinja Road
P.O. Box
22255
Kampala. Uganda
Deadline:
19th June, 2015 by 5.00 pm

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