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Legal Officer job at Watu

About the Organization

Watu is an Asset FinTech revolutionising mass-market mobility across Africa through financial inclusion and accessibility.

At a median age of 18, Africa is the youngest continent globally and is growing at an unprecedented rate. With an estimated 1.2 billion person growth in the next ten years, Watu is committed to transforming urban mobility and the financial lending landscape. We are continuously helping to shape a brighter and better future by giving people opportunities to build and change the course of their lives.

Job Description

WATU is a focus-driven, customer-centric company that believes everyone deserves the opportunity to be an entrepreneur and achieve their ambitious goals in life.

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Duties and Responsibilities

  • Offer legal support and advise on legal cases and represent the company for any court appeals.

  • Review ongoing cases and advice management accordingly

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

  • Provide legal protection and risk management advice to management /staff especially on filing police cases.

  • Provide and interpret legal information, conduct training and disseminate appropriate legal requirements to staff especially the recovery officers

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

  • Review and advise management on legal implications of internal policies and procedures.

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Qualification, Experiences and Competencies

  • Strong Legal Knowledge: In-depth understanding of laws, regulations, and legal procedures relevant to the organization's industry. This includes staying updated with changes in legislation and case law.

  • Analytical Skills: Ability to analyze complex legal issues, interpret statutes, and evaluate risks. This involves critical thinking and the capacity to dissect legal problems and develop sound solutions.

  • Attention to Detail: Meticulousness in reviewing legal documents, contracts, and compliance matters to ensure accuracy and completeness, avoiding any oversight that could lead to legal complications.

  • Communication Skills: Excellent verbal and written communication skills to clearly articulate legal concepts and advice to non-legal stakeholders. This includes drafting legal documents and effectively negotiating on behalf of the organization.

  • Problem-Solving Abilities: Proficiency in identifying legal issues and developing strategic solutions that align with the organization's goals while ensuring compliance with the law.

  • Ethical Judgement and Integrity: High ethical standards and integrity in handling sensitive information and making decisions that uphold the law and the organization’s values.

  • Negotiation Skills: Strong negotiation skills to manage disputes, draft and review contracts, and achieve favorable terms in agreements and settlements.

  • Interpersonal Skills: Ability to build and maintain professional relationships with internal and external stakeholders, including colleagues, clients, regulators, and external counsel.

  • Organizational Skills: Effective time management and organizational abilities to handle multiple legal issues, cases, and tasks simultaneously while prioritizing urgent matters.

  • Business Acumen: Understanding of the organization's business model, industry dynamics, and strategic goals to provide legal advice that is not only legally sound but also commercially viable.

  • Adaptability: Flexibility to adapt to new legal challenges, changes in laws, and evolving business needs, ensuring the organization remains compliant and legally secure in a dynamic environment.

  • Confidentiality: Maintaining confidentiality and discretion when handling sensitive legal matters and information.

  • Team Player: Collaborative attitude to work effectively with other departments, ensuring legal considerations are integrated into the organization’s overall strategy and operations.

  • Research Skills: Strong research abilities to stay informed about legal precedents, emerging issues, and best practices, ensuring that the organization benefits from up-to-date legal advice.

How to Apply

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