Legal and Regulatory Affairs Officer

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Job Summary

The incumbent will be responsible for delivering accurate and business-oriented legal advice to the business, contract management and enforcement, Legal compliance management of the business, overseeing the regulatory process and compliance of business products and services, stakeholder management, dispute resolution management, preparing quarterly and annual reports to the regulator, review and drafts correspondence, undertaking Legal and Regulatory research.

  • Minimum Qualification: Bachelor
  • Experience Level: Mid level
  • Experience Length: 3 years

Job Description/Requirements

BACKGROUND 


Liquid Intelligent Technologies is a pan-African technology group with capabilities across 14 countries,  primarily in Sub-Saharan Africa. Established in 2005, Liquid has firmly established itself as the leading pan-African digital infrastructure provider with an extensive network spanning over 73,000 KM. Liquid  Intelligent Technologies is redefining Network, Cloud, and Cyber Security offerings through strategic partnerships with leading global players, innovative business applications, intelligent cloud services, and world-class security to the African continent. Under its new brand identity, Liquid Intelligent  Technologies has eight business units, namely: Liquid Networks, Liquid Business, Liquid Sea, Liquid  Cloud, Liquid Cyber Security, Liquid Home, Liquid Innovation, and Liquid Satellite. Liquid Intelligent  Technologies is now a full one-stop-shop technology group that provides tailor-made digital solutions to businesses in the public and private sectors across the continent. The Group also operates state-of-the-art data centers in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Nairobi, Harare, and Kigali, with a combined potential 19,000 square meters of rack space and 78 MW of power. 


ROLE OVERVIEW 


Reporting to the CEO - Uganda 


The incumbent will be responsible for delivering accurate and business-oriented legal advice to the business, contract management and enforcement, Legal compliance management of the business,  overseeing the regulatory process and compliance of business products and services, stakeholder management, dispute resolution management, preparing quarterly and annual reports to the regulator,  review and drafts correspondence, undertaking Legal and Regulatory research. 


KEY RESPONSIBILITIES 


LEGAL ADVICE TO THE BUSINESS: 

  • Researches or contributes to country legal matters in various areas i.e. Uganda Gazette  notices, new case law, periodicals, statutes, and regulations 
  • Assists to prepare legal advisory papers to the board, Executive Committee, and heads of  departments 
  • Meets different departments and discusses regulatory concerns from their operations and  advise on the legal implications 
  • Receives and reviews issues, documents, and agreements from user departments, customers,  contractors, service providers, and third parties; and provides advice on any legal  issues/implications 

CONTRACT MANAGEMENT: 

  • Receives the context of the proposed agreements from line departments for expert advice
  • Establishes the legal implications arising from agreements between the company and third-party
  • Reviews draft agreements drafted by legal advisors and shares with the relevant line departments 
  • Participates in negotiation discussions on standard contracts Ensures that the legal advisor (third party authorized mandates) circulates the final agreements for  signing by the relevant signatories, dates, and copies filed 
  • Prepares contract variations, amendments, extensions, and renewals 
  • Advises on performance indicators and risk aspects of various contracts 
  • Researches and provides preliminary advice on legal matters facing the business 

COMPLIANCE: 

  • Develops and actively tracks compliance register for all statutory requirements 
  • Monitors and tracks interactions with the regulator and governmental agencies e.g. application for  licenses, approvals, returns, etc 
  • Directs the preparation and submission of regulatory agency applications, reports and  correspondence in liaison with relevant departmental heads 
  • Reviews all regulatory agency submission materials to ensure adherence to timelines, accuracy,  comprehensiveness, or compliance with regulatory standards 
  • Provides regulatory guidance to departments or development project teams regarding design,  development, evaluation, or marketing of products 

STAKEHOLDER MANAGEMENT: 

  • Participates in and attends relevant Telecom events and those of external partners to share and  disseminate policy insights and lessons 
  • Assists in Responses to legal queries in respect of the company’s general public, special interest  groups, and other components of the firm’s stakeholder ecosystem 
  • Collects and communicates public information that may give the company a strategic advantage 
  • Monitors and tracks responses to regulatory agencies and governmental authorities regarding all  matters of interest or raised 
  • Monitor publications and gazette notices and track responses as may be required from the public 

DISPUTE RESOLUTION MANAGEMENT: 

  • Attends court appearances as company representatives when needed 
  • Assists in issuing opinions; negotiate; identifies and prepares documentation and witnesses;  proposed settlements discusses legal strategy where legal proceedings are instituted by or against  the company 
  • Advises business on legal matters to avoid litigation through constant interaction with all units
  • Participates in the conciliatory process to avoid litigation 
  • Manages the overdue debt collection process for the company in liaison with the finance  department

QUALIFICATIONS 

The ideal candidate must possess the following: 

  • A University Degree in Law (LLB) - Essential 
  • LLM or MBA an added advantage - Desirable 
  • Professional qualification/certification in Law (advocates/Counsel training) - Essential 

EXPERIENCE 

  •  At least 3 years post-admission experience in a busy law firm or multi-jurisdictional corporate – Essential 
  • Experience in telecoms or other related industries - Desirable 

KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS AREAS 

  • Ability to lead and motivate a team to excellent performance  
  • A strong level of drive and determination to achieve results 
  • Being able to think on one’s own feet and be decisive 
  • Willing to work under highly demanding and challenging conditions 
  • Willing to go beyond the call of duty in ensuring exceptional service provision • Target Driven 
  • Strong people skills-building collaborative relationships and empowering and developing people  • High on entrepreneurial spirit  
  • Strong P&L Management 
  • Experience working in Emerging Markets required 
  • Highly results and performance-oriented 
  • Excellent team player with good Leadership/mentoring/management skills 
  • Excellent Negotiation/Influencing and Presentation skills. 
  • Excellent integrity  
  • Customer focus/orientation and Good pricing skills 
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills 
  • Good knowledge of the country legislation 
  • Business knowledge 

All applications should be submitted through the Brighteermonday portal by clicking on the 'Apply Now ' section before 20th April 2021.


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