Legal Counsel Job Opportunities – Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS)

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Organisation: Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS)

Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda

Reports to: Executive Director

About US:

Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) is a statutory body under the Ministry of Trade Industry and Cooperatives responsible for standardization, Quality Assurance, Metrology and Laboratory Testing (SQMT) with the objective of facilitating fair trade, promoting local industries and Consumer protection. The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) is a statutory body under the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Co-operatives established by the UNBS Act Cap 327 and became operational in 1989. It is governed by the National Standards Council and headed by the Executive Director who is responsible for the day-to-day operation of UNBS.

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Provide legal advice to the Management and the National Standards Council on all major policy issues in the management of UNBS in line with the set laws.
  • Develop, Coordinate and supervise the drafting and reviewing of legal instruments, documents and letters in line with legal policies, procedures and SQMT Laws.
  • Oversee and monitor the progress of any legal proceeding in Courts of law including litigation or in Alternative Dispute Resolution in line with legal obligations and procedures.
  • Manage external lawyers and Coordinate the provision of legal services to the bureau and represent the bureau in Courts of Judicature in Uganda
  • Manage and coordinate the drafting and negotiation of all contracts/ Memorandum of Understanding that UNBS enters into in line with the legal provisions and UNBS mandate.
  • Manage and supervise the Prosecution of offenders in accordance with required laws.
  • Coordinate the business of the National Standards Council (NSC) including scheduling meetings, submission of documents, taking minutes and extract Council resolutions for Managements’ action in line with the approved Council Charter and related guidelines.
  • Maintaining proper records of decisions of the Council and custodian of Legal and critical documentation of the Bureau.
  • Review and provide technical advice on draft Organizational Policies initiated by the different departments.
  • Coordinate the performance of all staff in the Department and ensure that targets, plans and outputs are achieved within schedules and budgets and regularly review their performance during performance review meetings and annual performance appraisal.
  • Review and guide Management in the formulation, implementation and/or amendment of UNBS Operational policies.
  • Prepare and submit monthly, Quarterly, Semi-annual and annual workplans, budgets and reports in accordance with timelines given
  • Perform any other related duties as required by the Supervisor

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 

  • The applicant for the UNBS Legal Counsel job opportunity should hold a Master’s degree in Law (LLM) from a recognized University/Institution
  • A professional qualification in ICSA
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Legal practice
  • Must have served as a Principal Officer for at least three years
  • Experience of at least 9 years in Legal Practice
  • Well developed leadership skills, interpersonal relationship skills, communication, Teamwork, Analytical, Problem solving and decision making skills. Knowledge of the legislative, strategic and operational framework of the Uganda National Bureau of Standards Communication ICT skills (MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and the Internet applications among others).
  • High moral character and proven integrity, innovative, creative and self-driven.
  • Member of a recognized professional body is an added advantage
  • The successful candidate must have a high level of integrity, professionalism, Communication, Teamwork and Analytical skills.
  • Age: Between 35 and 45 years.

How to Apply:

All suitably qualified and interested persons are encouraged to apply as per the guidance below;

  • Please follow the link thus; Click Here
  • Use your email address as your registration mail
  • Fill in all tabs as per the application as required
  • Attach your updated CV with mobile telephone numbers indicated, copies of academic qualifications and national identity card under the tab for documents
  • Complete your application by clicking ‘submit application’
  • No hand delivered applications will be received


  • Any form of canvassing will lead to automatic disqualification.
  • UNBS does not request for any payments at any stage of recruitment and review process
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted

Deadline: 14th October 2019 by 5:00pm

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