The Legal Officer provides technical guidance, inputs and oversight of all the University’s legal obligations and transactions. He/she reports to the Vice-Chancellor:
Qualification and Experience
- LLB and LEC and LLM is an advantage;
- 5 years of experience in general corporate practice;
- Admitted to practice law in Guyana.
- Strong academic credentials and excellent analytical, research, writing, problem-solving and interpersonal skills.
Key responsibilities include
- This ultimately involves the management of cases within the context of the University’s Acts and Statutes, Tribunals and Courts in liaison with external lawyers as required by the University. Duties include preparation of briefs, preparation of witnesses for pre-trial and hearing and preparation of updates to the management in relation to the frequent amendments of statutes.
Student / Staff Disciplinary Process:
- The legal Officer shall as the University Counsel directs from time to time, provide advice on student/Staff disciplinary matters. The Legal Office is of paramount significance in the actualization of the Staff and Student Disciplinary Processes throughout the University, as it ensures that appropriate charges are properly drawn /crafted.
- The Legal Unit will be actively involved in formulation and guidance on preparation of documents such as Memoranda of Understanding, Collaboration agreements and Proposals and like documents. The Legal Officer is expected to peruse with great alacrity and skill having regard to the objects of the University as an institution, make amendments/corrections as necessary to meet standards for execution.
Intellectual Property (IP):
- More and more the University is engaged in dialogue on matters pertaining to intellectual policy, including the negotiation, preparation and / or vetting of research and technology transfer agreements. The legal Officer, whilst not expected to be an expert in this area is expected to be able to address general matters pertaining to IP and to guide University Personnel on the application of IP laws and principles alongside the University’s own policies.
General Contracts and Agreements that Bind the University:
- He or She is called upon to peruse and verify procurement and maintenance contracts to ensure compliance with University and Government of Guyana procurement standards.
The Legal Counsel is required to offer advice on matters relating to the various pension funds operated by the university as an institution. The Legal Officer may be asked to advice on issues relating to the administration of the pension funds, and entitlements to beneficiaries.
- The Legal Office is mandated with recoding and or maintain a record of all legal instruments within this remit. Record keeping shall be the objective evidence that the actual practice conforms to the written procedures. Records shall be appropriately identified before being stored in suitable locations, which allow for confidentiality, normal protection from deterioration or damage and from where they can be easily retrieved.
Acts, Statute, Ordinances, Rules and Regulations:
- The Legal Officer will assist in drafting amending and interpreting these legislative documents
Reporting to the Vice Chancellor, the incumbent will:
- Handle general legal issues for the University as assigned
- Furnish a high level of professional legal service to the University
- Conduct legal research
- Advise University officials on law and policy relating to the operations of the University
- Interact with members of the legal profession, officials of the state and others as required to perform his or her duties and responsibilities.
- Specific areas of practice include: higher education law, land law, intellectual property, contract law, corporate law, administrative law, construction, and other areas as required.
Benefits currently include non-taxable housing, entertainment and travelling allowances, contributory medical and pension schemes; annual and vacation leave, leave passage and academic materials allowance.
Applications with Curriculum Vitae, stating full name, date of birth, marital status, qualifications (with dates and overall grades obtained), work experience (with dates), full names and addresses of three (3) referees, who can testify to the academic/professional capabilities of the applicant (one of whom must be your present or last employer, where applicable), must reach the Personnel Division, University of Guyana, P.O. Box 10-1110, Georgetown, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or Courier Service, not later than December 20, 2017 (Tel. Nos. 592-222-4181/5271), Website: www.uog.edu.gy