Legal Specialist job at Business Development Fund (BDF)

Vacancy title:
Legal Specialist

[ Type: FULL TIME , Industry: Business Management and Administration , Category: Legal ]

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Business Development Fund (BDF)

Deadline of this Job:
Friday, June 09 2023 

Duty Station:
Within Rwanda , Kigali, East Africa

Date Posted: Saturday, May 27 2023, Base Salary: Not Disclosed

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• The Business Development Fund (BDF) is implementing Access to Finance for Recovery and Resilience (AFIRR) and Commercialization and De-Risking for Agricultural Transformation (CDAT) Projects. The two projects are both from World Bank and are for five years.
• Among others AFIRR project is supporting the transformation of the partial credit guarantee with a view to enhance and scale up consumption of the partial credit guarantee by PFIs. To support the above transformation and ensure that the changes are communicated properly, a quality assurance program for Partial Credit Guarantee/Bridge Lending Window operations are implemented and achieve the targeted uptake, BDF needs staff in charge of relationship management on the two products.
• Under the Commercialization and De-Risking for Agricultural Transformation (CDAT) Project, BDF is implementing a Matching Grant operation. A matching grant is a non-refundable financial support converted in kind to project beneficiaries to co-finance their eligible subprojects. To support the matching grant operations BDF needs additional staff to support the implementation of the project.

Purpose of the Position.
• Legal Specialist will be responsible for monitoring all legal affairs on Project within BDF. S/he handle both internal and external legal concerns. S/he provides legal advice and support to all project’s operations. S/he is responsible for drafting and reviewing contracts, investigating potential legal issues, representing the organization in court, negotiating settlements, and advising on compliance with laws and regulations. He/she will also provide technical assistance to the technical departments, particularly in relation to legal aspects. The Legal Specialist reports to the CDAT Project Coordinator and will closely work with all other technical departments.

Main responsibilities
The key responsibilities will be, but not limited to the following:
• Assists in handling a range of legal matters in relations to the project’s operations;
• Provides legal advice on complex and critical issues related to the project’s operations, including providing strategic advice on the management of the overall compliance;
• Undertakes basic or extensive review of legal documents, instruments, or other material; identifies important issues, similarities, and inconsistencies, etc.
• Performs extensive legal research and analysis and prepares legal opinions, studies, briefs, reports and correspondence; provides legal advice to the BDF;
• Review, advise on and draft complex contracts, agreements, institutional and operational modalities, or legal motions/submissions and other legal documents; develops new legal modalities to meet unique needs/circumstances;
• Advise on and participate in negotiations and settlement of claims and disputes, to include establishing strategy and approach, deciding on the legal text for terms and conditions of contracts, on the recommendations on the merit of claims;
• Identifies legal issues; drafts, reviews and advises on Judgments and Orders; responds or assists in the preparation of responses to complex legal inquiries and correspondence involving interpretation and application of administrative law; assists the Tribunal in producing accurate, comprehensive judgments by reviewing draft judgments for any inconsistencies or inaccuracies to ensure editorial uniformity prior to dissemination.
• Provides legal and ad hoc advice on diverse substantive and procedural questions and emerging issues, as required.
• Conducts extensive legal research and provides detailed analysis of cases and jurisprudence.
• Perform other duties as may be assigned by supervisor.

Contract duration
The contract term is two years renewable upon satisfaction.

Qualification and professional experience
Master’s degree in law preferably commercial law, Business law or other related Fields. A Diploma/Certificate in legal practice a must.
The experience and skills shall include but not limited to the following
• A minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in law, law enforcement, or related area is required.
• Experience in presenting and representing the work of an organization both in writing and orally is required.
• Experience in commercial law, Business law, contract law, organizational and administrative law, is desirable.
• Integrity, Professionalism and Respect for diversity;
• Core Competencies of Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results apply by default.
• Ability to work independently with a minimum of supervision;
• Ability to work under time pressure and meet deadlines;
• Excellent written and spoken command of English and Kinyarwanda. Knowledge of French is an added value.

Work Hours: 8

Experience in Months: 60

Level of Education:
Associate Degree

Job application procedure
• Interested candidate should send their application file to the BDF Chief Executive Officer (including Curriculum Vitae, copies of degree certificates and professional certificates, motivation letter, names of three previous supervisors’ emails and telephone). The application should be submitted at BDF office or through email:  no later than 09/06/2023.
• Done in Kigali, 24th May 20
• Chief Executive Officer

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Job Info
Job Category: Legal jobs in Rwanda
Job Type: Full-time
Deadline of this Job: Friday, June 09 2023
Duty Station: Kigali
Posted: 26-05-2023
No of Jobs: 1
Start Publishing: 26-05-2023
Stop Publishing (Put date of 2030): 26-05-2066
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