Legal Affairs Specialist Under Statute

Kigali, Rwanda

Job description

Duties and Responsibilities
o Initiate and draft instructions and laws for the Ministry in line with best practices in legal drafting;
o Attend Parliamentary sittings when Bills pertaining to the Ministry or impacting the Ministry’s operation are being considered;
o Examine draft laws, orders and instructions emanating from others Ministries or Agencies;
o Ensure that the legal texts which concern the Ministry are translated appropriately in Kinyarwanda, English and French and applicable;
o Establish legal work relations with national organizations and international ones for the benefit of the Ministry;
o Carry out research on legislation and legal trends;
o Undertake a comparative analysis of legislations
o Vets Cabinet Paper submitted by other departments and agencies and provide feedback to the respective departments or agencies before submission;
o Participate in negotiations of transactions concerning the Ministry;
o Provide legal opinion on legal matters regarding the Ministry;
o Participate in negotiating and drafting of contracts on behalf of the Ministry;
o Participate in negotiating and the drafting of international conventions on behalf of the Ministry;
o Participate in civic activities on behalf of the Ministry and/or its agencies ensuring adequate support to the Attorney General ‘s department as required;
o Support and advise other lawyers of public institutions in legislation matter;
o Code legal texts on behalf of the Ministry and follow up on their publication;
o Hold Laws, collections, instructions, Ministerial Order and other legal decisions;
o Hold the alphabetical tables and chronology of the legislation pertaining the Ministry;
o Coordinate the legal texts with their successive modifications and take care of their disclosure;
o Maintain documentation and legal files of the Ministry;
o Work closely with other Institutions including the Office of Attorney General by providing necessary information on legal issues involving the institution.; Represent the institution before the court in case he/she is entitled to do so;
o Attend regular coordination and validation meetings organized by the Ministry of Justice and other Institutions.
o Carry out legal research and highlight potential problems that may engage the liability of the institution;
o Propose new amendments and revision of existing legal instruments related to the mission and mandate of the institution;

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree in Law

    1 Year of relevant experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Law

    3 Years of relevant experience

Competency and Key Technical Skills

  • Integrity

  • Strong critical thinking skills and excellent problem solving skills.

  • Inclusiveness

  • Accountability

  • Communication

  • Teamwork

  • Client/citizen focus

  • Professionalism

  • Commitment to continuous learning

  • Analytical skills

  • Problem solving skills

  • Decision making skills

  • Time management skills

  • Risk management skills

  • Results oriented

  • Digital literacy skills

  • Fluency in Kinyaranda English and or French knowledge of Swahili is an added advantage

  • Capacity for legal research and analysis in complex areas of law

  • Knowledge of substantive law and legal procedures

  • Experience in legal advisory

  • Experience in legal drafting and negotiation

  • Knowledge in civil litigation management

  • Knowledge in contract drafting and negotiation

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