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Job Title:              Legal Officer
Organization: Rakai Health Sciences Program (RHSP)
Duty Station:  Uganda

About US:
Rakai Health Sciences Program is a collaborative Bio-medical research and service delivery organization. It strives to improve the quality of life of the local population through a combination of community-based research, curative services and prevention strategies in the districts of Greater Masaka region in Uganda.

Job Summary:  The Legal Officer will play a leading role in both long-term strategic planning processes as well as in short-term project planning. The Legal Officer will provide key legal expertise, including offering legal guidance to various sections in RHSP, Policy development and standard-setting and monitoring new developments. He/ she will Forge strong partnerships and collaboration with local governmental and non-governmental organizations.

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Provide legal advice on regulatory and legal matters for RHSP operations and innovations
  • Review and draft major contracts as well as develop templates and standard commercial agreements across our different geographical and operational areas of work
  • Support contract negotiation and collaborate with business teams on developing effective relationships with contractors and vendors
  • Perform due diligence and risk assessment on all major transactions
  • Maintain and manage relationships with outside counsel, vendors, and other organizational partners
  • Support our internal investigations team as needed.
  • Advise human resources teams on employment law requirements
  • Advise on and institute systems for external compliance
  • Develop internal policies and standard operating procedures for managing legal and operational risk across different areas of business and operations
  • Assist with general legal tasks as needed to meet departmental and organizational priorities
  • Undertake such other reasonable tasks as may be assigned by the Finance & Administration Director

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The applicant must hold a Law degree from a top university, PGD Legal Practice.
  • Must be an enrolled advocate of High Court of UG with Valid practicing certificate
  • Three years of legal work experience preferably as an associate/partner with an in-house legal team or international law firm.
  • High degree of professional flexibility and ability to coordinate many unrelated projects at the same time. You need to be very comfortable working across all areas where RHSP needs legal support and mixing those areas daily.
  • Highly professional and commercial approach to problem-solving. We operate as a business and need to facilitate transactions in a proactive and efficient manner.
  • Proven ability to manage complex transactional work in a corporate, non-profit or in-house practice setting.
  • A strong team work ethic and excellent people skills. We have a big team and are looking for someone to collaborate with to achieve our organizational goals.
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills, including both verbal and written communication. You need to be an excellent and concise writer who can explain complex legal issues to non-lawyers a quick and accurate manner.
  • A willingness to commit to living in Kalisizo with frequent travel to rural areas for at least two years this is a long-term, career-track position and a great opportunity to step in as a senior legal member of a quickly growing team.

How to Apply:
All interested and qualified candidates possessing the above attributes can send their applications including a cover letter, latest Copy of CV (with 3 referees), copies of academic qualifications/certificates addressed to the HR Manager to Please kindly indicate the Job title under subject of the mail. Only Online applications will be considered

Deadline: Friday, 6th September 2019

NB: Only short-listed candidates will be contacted by Rakai Health Sciences Program. Any form of lobbing and canvassing will lead to disqualification

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