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Legal Officer Job Opportunities - DFCU Bank

Job Title:      Legal Officer
Organization: DFCU Bank
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Legal Manager-Documentation

About US:
DFCU bank is a fast growing commercial bank offering a variety of innovative products and services. DFCU Limited was started by the Commonwealth Development Corporation (CDC) of the United Kingdom and the Government of Uganda through the Uganda Development Corporation (UDC) under the name of Development Finance Company of Uganda Limited. Later restructuring brought in DEG (of Germany) and International Finance Corporation (IFC) as equal partners with CDC and UDC, each having a 25% stake in the company. Its objective was to support long-term development projects whose financing needs and risk did not appeal to the then existing financial commercial lending institutions.

Job Summary: The Legal Officer is mainly responsible for drafting and reviewing bank services and other contracts, rendering support in the recovery and litigation areas and is principally responsible for the general legal office administrative management including handling of external correspondence. This role also renders general company secretarial support under the oversight of the Company Secretary.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:
Advisory Services:
·         Provide general legal advisory services to all business functions and the operational functions of the Bank to ensure legal and regulatory compliance so as to shield the Bank from all operational and legal risks and losses.
·         Immediately respond to and answer all routine correspondences and queries raised relating to the operations of the Bank.
Third Party Contracts:
·         The Legal Officer will also initiate the approval of the procurement committee contract agreements with third parties by drafting and reviewing all contract proposals, offer letters, letters of intent to ensure that they are in accordance with the terms and conditions approved by the procurement committee and that when executed they shall be in an enforceable form.
·         Timely handling of contract drafting and reviewing and/or any other amendments or renewals of the respective contracts/agreements, as per the respective internal approvals.
·         The jobholder will follow-up on the execution of contracts until finality and ensure proper filing of the same.
·         Tasked with the maintenance and continuous update of the legal Contracts Tracker.
·         Assist the Credit Operations Unit with any specialized documentation for credit facilities including securitization and security documentation so that the facilities disbursed by the Bank to such customers remain good on the credit book and that in the event of recovery, no exposure may arise out of inappropriate documentation.
·         Support the Legal Manager, Documentation as and when requested with all pending, documentation and/or contracts when requested and in her absence.
Recovery and Litigation:
·         Receive accounts from the Special Assets Management Unit of NPAs and review the files for completeness and compliance with the recovery policy and process flow to avoid legal or any other regulatory or administrative challenges to these recovery processes;
·         Ascertain the security status for secured transactions by liaising with the Registry Teams and proceeding to initiating the final recovery proceedings by issuing the legal notices of demand or reinstatement of the same in compliance with the law and bank policy;
·         The jobholder will draft letters appointing external debt collectors to recover and advertise the special assets for sale and ensure that all sales conducted in pursuit of the recovery process are done in accordance with the Bank policy and all applicable legislations.
·         Receiving all summons and new pleadings filed against dfcu and opening up new files with the central registry in the absence of the legal officer and Legal Manager – Litigation.
Regulatory/Statutory & Corporate Governance Compliance:
·         Ensure timely and proper filing of Board minutes and other Board related information.
·         Ensure provision of timely information in respect to regulatory/statutory compliance
·         Ensure timely registration of Board Resolutions; Timely provision of Board materials as and when requested by Management/External Auditors/Bank of Uganda.
General Legal office Management
·         Organize department meetings;
·         Ensure that the instructions in the correspondence register have been received by the respective action party;
·         Ensure timely and proper filing and tracking of department correspondences and other related documents


Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
·         The applicant for the DFCU Bank Legal Officer job placement must hold a  University Law Degree.
·         Possession of a postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice.
·         Enrolled Advocate of the High Court & all Courts subordinate thereto.
·         Broad knowledge in Finance/Banking is an added advantage.
·         Good grasp and in-depth knowledge of the principles and laws governing Banking & Corporate Law, Leasing/asset finance, Laws governing Land & Mortgages among others.
·         Good grasp of the Civil Procedure Act and Rules to ably guide external Lawyers on how to best represent the Bank.
·         Knowledge of the law and best practice on repossession, realization security and receiverships.
·         Exposure of working in a busy private law firm handling Litigation and recoveries matters.
·         Exposure to bank Operations under COU.
·         Good computer literacy in Word, excel and other applications incidental thereto.
·         Self-motivated, result orientation with ability to make appropriate decisions when called for.
·         Ability to work long hours with minimum or no supervision.

How to Apply:
All candidates who so wish to join the banking sector in the aforementioned capacity are encouraged to send their applications with detailed CVs including present position and copies of relevant professional/academic certificates to: Vacanciesbank@dfcugroup.com

Deadline: 22nd November 2017

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