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Thursday 3 April 2014

Legal Counsel - National Environment Management Authority Uganda

Vacancy: Legal Counsel
Recruiting Organisation: National Environment Management Authority (NEMA)
Duty Station: Kampala,
Country: Uganda
Job Ref: NEMA/ADV/EXT/02/2014
Reports to: Senior Legal Counsel

About NEMA:
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.

Key Duties:
Interpreting the National Environment Act and other related laws and advising on legal and other disputes;
Periodically reviewing the existing sectoral laws in collaboration with other Institutions;
Assisting in the development of district by-laws and ensuring that they are in conformity with the National Environment Act;
Advise 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..;

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;
Working 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.

The best candidate should be an enrolled advocate with a Bachelor of Laws from a recognized University and a Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice.

Skills and Experience:
Five or more years’ working experience in Legal Practice.
Possess the capacity to work with minimum supervision
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
High ethics, integrity and confidentiality
Good report writing 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
On time response to instructions.

All suitably qualified and interested applicants 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.

The job title and Reference applied for should be printed at the top left hand side of the envelope.
Applicants who will not have heard from us June 15, 2014 should consider their applications unsuccessful.

Deadline: 22nd April, 2014 by 5PM