Chief Legal Officer

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Background

Since 2018, the Government of Lesotho (GoL) in partnership with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has been implementing the Lesotho National Dialogue and Stabilization Project (LNDSP). A key outcome of the dialogue process was the creation of a legal framework to safeguard the reforms implementation process and insulate it from possible interference by enacting the National Reforms Authority (NRA) Act, 2019. The NRA Act 2019 section 4 states that there is established authority to be known as the National Reforms Authority which shall have such powers [section 7 (1) – (3)] and perform such functions [section 8 (1) – (2)] as are necessary for the attainment of the objectives of this Act while section 12 (1) states that the Authority shall perform its functions within a period of one year from the date of the constitution of the Secretariat.

The Authority is looking for highly self – driven professionals who fill the following positions; 

JOB TITLE: CHIEF LEGAL OFFICER

NUMBER OF POSITIONS: 1

REPORTS TO: CEO

PRIMARY PURPOSE OF THE POSITION

To produce the necessary legislative documents, including Bills, explanatory memoranda and other relevant documents, to implement the Proposal in a manner that is constitutionally valid and legally appropriate, in collaboration with Legal Craftsmen.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities:

The Chief Legal Officer will be the head of Legal Services or Unit within NRA Secretariat and will be expected to perform the following duties but not limited to:

Leads the Legal Draftsmen in handling various drafting tasks, inclusive of quarterly/annual report drafting, proxy statement development etc.

Develop litigation practice Draft and review legal documentation, with emphasis on pleadings and notices.

Drafts or leads the drafting of very complex legal documents/instruments.

Directs and participates in the review of existing laws and regulations pertinent

Negotiate and draft/review agreements and other legal documentation

Deal with disputes and litigation, with specific reference to compliance, legislative and regulatory requirements

Give legal guidance to Secretariat.

Consult on and draft all types of contracts and agreements

Deal with subpoenas and claims brought against the Secretariat.

Compliance with internal governance standards as well as regulatory requirements

General administrative responsibilities that ensure the smooth running of the Risk Management (legal) function including periodic reporting,

Assisting with regulatory compliance and general risk management and control

Review vendor and all third-party agreements

Advise on labour matters

Manage and oversee the Secretarial Legal function

Maintenance and Management of the NRA Policy database and ensure that company policies meet regulatory requirements

Minimum Requirements: Master of Laws

PLUS

Minimum 5 years’ relevant experience

OR

Bachelor of Laws

PLUS

Minimum 8 years’ relevant experience Lesotho admitted attorney. Litigation experience and crafting 

WORKING CONDITIONS OFFICE BOUND/ON-SITE/TRAVEL
 Travel will be required within Lesotho as well as travel to other countries from time to time.

Interested candidates must submit their applications which include;
Motivational Letter not exceeding 1000 words for thematic area expert positions only and cover letters for other positions, comprehensive Curriculum Vitae (CVs), certified copies of certificates & transcripts, names and contacts (including cell/telephone and e-mail) of three referees to the NRA
Chairperson on the following email address:
[email protected] or hand deliver to the address:
National Reforms Authority Offices, State Library, Third floor,
Maseru, Lesotho on or before: 02 nd September, 2020 at 12:00 noon.

Contact details: 59521818/62881118.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interviews.

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