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Legal Officer

Job Description


Position: Legal Officer

Purpose of the Position

The role supports National Office with sound legal advice to ensure appropriate employee relations and contracts management in compliance with legal standards of the country

Major responsibilities

Provide advice to senior leadership and management on legal implication of internal policies, processes and procedures.

  • Support Line Managers and Leadership in the area of grievance, discipline and employee relations.

  • Provide support and advice to the P&C Director and management on hiring, litigation or termination issues.

  • Support WVM on legal issues with staff, contractors and service providers in liaison with organization’s lawyer.

  • Provide support to the ND and Executive Associate-Governance person on AC/Board legal requirements.

  • Review on-going cases and advise management accordingly.

Ensure WVM processes and practices complies with Malawi legal obligations.

  • Formulate compliance checklists to guide WVM in providing all required information for legal processes.

  • Ensure that World Vision Malawi conforms to the local tax laws

  • Review WVM policies, procedures, contracts and tender documents to ensure they are compliant to the Malawi laws.

Network and collaborate with relevant partners and stakeholders

  • Liaise with the Immigration Department for work permit and visa related issues.

  • Communicate work permit and visa requirements to WVM departments

  • Represent WVM in dealing with externally contracted legal firms

  • Represent WVM in court on all legal matters.

Build the capacity of staff in managing legal related risks.

  • Conduct staff training and coaching on appropriate legal requirements

  • Disseminate national and international context legal information and updates.

  • Prepare staff for court proceedings requiring their actions.

  • Enhance risk management across WVM departments

Monitoring and Reporting

  • Continuously monitor compliance with statutory obligations.

  • Analyse Organizational legal process gaps and make necessary recommendations to management.

  • Preparing monthly, quarterly and annual reports for the departments

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Must have a Bachelor’s degree in Law studies, International Law studies, business management law or equivalent qualification

  • Must have a clear understanding of the Labour and governance law

  • Managerial experience

  • Mature and results orientated leader who can handle sensitive information

  • Proven track record of providing accurate and effective legal counsel

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

  • Proven track record in contract negotiation and drafting

  • Licensed with Malawi Law Society to practice in the country.

  • Masters degree in corporate governance, business administration, management, development studies, Economics, Management or its equivalent

  • Five years experience in governance; at least 3 years hands on experience preferably in an Non- Governmental Organization

  • Practical experience in corporate governance.

  • Ability to work without close supervision, i.e., must have initiatives, strong decision-making, problem solving and analytical thinking skills and abilities to exercise independent judgment.

  • Requires extreme confidentiality (critical), cross-cultural experience, understanding and sensitivity.

  • Knowledge of WVI policies and procedures and WVI Partnership structure and entities.

  • Ability to handle multi-tasks and prioritize work in relation to needs and urgency.

  • Emotional stability and detail oriented.

  • Analytical, strong business processing