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Job Title: Legal Manager

Location: Nigeria

Organisation: ACCION Microfinance Bank

About the Organization:

Accion Microfinance Bank Limited (AMfB) was incorporated in May 2006 to carry on microfinance banking business and was granted an operating license by the Central Bank of Nigeria in April, 2007. AMfB is the microfinance bank of choice with a mission to empower microentrepreneurs and low income earners in a sustainable, ethical, and profitable manner.

About the Job:

AMfB is looking for a Legal Manager. S/he will be responsible for the effective and efficient management of the legal department, provision of legal advisory services, and ensuring effective management of legal and contractual risks.

Tasks and Responsibilities:

•   Regulatory compliance:

o   Formulate compliance check-lists to be used for the purpose of ensuring that all information required is provided accordingly;

o   Continuously monitor compliance with statutory obligations and advise management accordingly;

o   Prepare monthly and quarterly reports for the department for executive management meetings.

•   Contract negotiation:

o   Prepare, review, and modify contractual instruments to assist and support various business activities including service level agreements, tenancy agreements etc.;

o   Review all contracts or any other documentation where the company has committed itself and assess legal implications that need to be brought to the executive management’s attention;

o   Negotiate, review, and draft documentation for business transactions and prepare and advise on the necessary checklist to be adopted to ensure information is submitted on time.

•   Policy development:

o   Review and advise management on legal implications of internal policies and procedures;

o   Review and draft contracts, agreements and internal policies and ensure that they are in compliance with all statutory or legal requirements.

•   Legal risk:

o   Provide legal protection and risk management advice to management especially on contract management;

o   Provide and interpret legal information, conduct training and disseminate appropriate legal requirements to staff;

o   Review and provide legal advice on tender documents;

o   Review ongoing cases and advice management accordingly;

o   Liaise with relevant departments to ensure that where legal risks have been identified, appropriate courses of action have been taken.

•   Litigation management:

o   Review progress of outstanding litigation and liaise with and manage external solicitors.

•   Administrative duties:

o   Provide continuous leadership, supervision, training and development of department staff ensuring an effective and motivated team;

o   Liaise with the HR department in conducting performance appraisals and ensure competency and training gaps are addressed.

•   Company secretarial duties:

o   Convening and servicing annual general meetings (AGM), board committee meetings, and management meetings (producing agendas, taking minutes, conveying decisions etc.);

o   providing support to committees and working parties such as the board of directors etc;

o   Keeping and maintaining statutory books/records;

o   Liaising with shareholders and all stakeholders;

o   Filing returns and giving notifications to regulatory agencies such as CAC, NIPC and SEC;

o   Implementing procedural/administrative systems;

o   Handling correspondence before and after meetings;

o   Writing reports;

o   Collating information;

o   Providing legal/financial advice during and outside of meetings.

o   Administering pension schemes and share issues;

o   Dealing with company/staff insurance policies;

o   Dealing with the company properties;

o   Managing contractual arrangements with suppliers/customers.

Qualifications:

•   LLB undergraduate degree;

•   Masters degree will be an added advantage;

•   Must be a Barrister/Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria;

•   At least 8 years legal experience ideally in bank or corporate organization, with a proven track record in contract negotiation and drafting;

•   Proven track record of providing accurate and effective legal counsel;

•   Proven track record of adding value to an organization through the development of comprehensive contract documents that mitigate risk and penalties.

How to Apply:

Interested candidates can send their resume and cover letter to jobs@accionmfb.com

Closing date: 14 Mar 2013.

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