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Monday 31 March 2014

Manager, Legal Services - Electricity Regulatory Authority Uganda

Vacancy: Manager, Legal Services (Compliance and Enforcement)
Recruiting Organization: Electricity Regulatory Authority (ERA)
Duty Station: Kampala,
Country Uganda

About ERA:
The Electricity Regulatory Authority (ERA) is a statutory body established in 2000 in accordance with the Electricity Act 1999 to regulate the generation, distribution, transmission, sale, export, import of electrical energy in Uganda and to guide liberalization of the electricity industry,, manage licensing, rates, safety and other matters concerning the industry.

Job Summary:  The Manager, Legal Services (Compliance and Enforcement) will mainly offer legal services, monitor and enforce compliance by Licensees.

Key Duties:
Contribute to the development of the departmental work plans & budgets.
Oversee the Authority’s legal and regulatory compliance, monitoring, enforcement and oversight of sector legislation, regulations, mandate, licenses and permits.
Strengthen, manage and disseminate industry rules and guidelines for protection of consumers and promotion of competition.
Review existing and new permits and licenses, monitor and support enforcement of licensees’ and permit holders’ adherence to their license terms and conditions, Authority directives, Electricity Act and the regulations and to ensure performance standards and targets are achieved.

Develop ethical codes and principles aimed at enhancing regulatory compliance.
Review and advise the Authority about key legal issues arising from contracts entered into by licensees like Power Purchase or Sales Agreements, Concession Agreements, Fuel Supply Agreements, Implementation Agreements and any other Agreements.
Ensure adherence and compliance by permit and installation permit holders.
Liaise and manage relations with external counsel to enforce compliance and follow up on judicial processes instituted by or against the Authority.
Support reporting and record keeping strategies, procedures, legislations and regulatory requirements of the Authority.
Sensitize stakeholders about key issues in compliance and enforcement procedures of the Authority.
Technically support the Department of Corporate Planning and Consumers Affairs in addressing consumers’ issues and complaints from a legal perspective.
Develop and update dispute resolution guidelines and handle customer complaints and disputes between ERA and other organizations.
Analyze and investigate problems in the electricity sector and identify and evaluate alternative solutions.
Perform any other duties as may be assigned from time to time.

The ideal candidate must hold a Master’s Degree in Law (LLM).
Hold an Honours Bachelor of Laws Degree (LLB).
Possess an additional diploma in Legal Practice from Law Development Centre.
Enrolled Advocate of the High Court of Uganda.

Skills and Experience:
A minimum of five years’ legal practice experience in a large organization at a managerial level.
Post graduate training and experience in utility regulation and or Public Private Partnerships would be an added advantage.
Specific training in management and/ or administration would be an added advantage (ICSA/ACCA/MBA or equivalent).
Highly knowledgeable about the Electricity Supply Industry in Uganda.
Proficiency in professional computer packages is a must.
Must have good analytical and report writing skills.
Must be trustworthy.
Excellent inter-personal skills.
Highly results-oriented, a team player with a high degree of professionalism.
Exceptional leadership skills.
Age: Below 50 years.

All suitably qualified candidates are required to express their interest by sending applications with application letters and enclosed copies of:

Detailed Curriculum Vitae including copies of relevant certificates.
Address (including daytime telephone, fax or e-mail) of the applicant.
Address (including daytime telephone, fax or e-mail) of three Referees.
Applications should be delivered preferably by recorded delivery Addressed to:
The Director Financial & Administrative Services,
Electricity Regulatory Authority (ERA),
Plot 15 Shimoni road,
P. O. BOX 10332, Kampala – Uganda

N. B. Members of the Electricity Regulatory Authority or Staff of ERA Secretariat shall not be accepted as referees. Canvassing or any attempt thereof will lead to immediate disqualification. ERA is an equal opportunities employer.

Deadline: Friday, 4th April 2014