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Sandford International School

Sandford International School


Position: Legal officer
Job Time: Full-Time
Job Type: Permanent
Place of Work: Addis Ababa, Addis Abeba - Ethiopia
Posted date: 2 weeks ago
Deadline: Submition date is over

Job Description

Under the direction and supervision of the Head of the school and advice from the External Lawyer (Consultant), the legal Officer is responsible for overseeing legal aspects of the school and provides advisory services to the management that deal with various matters, particularly legal issues.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Ensure coverage of all legal work, among others, material disputes, legal matters, commercial contracts, acquisitions, and projects undertaken.
  • Executes and provides advisory for transactions and cases in a timely and effective manner.
  • Ensures proper representation of the school at the court of law, arbitration panel, or quasi-judicial organ, makes sure cases are successfully defended and timely remedial action is taken to next level of court structure as required
  • When required to use the services of external counsel, effectively manages the process of engaging external counsel, including providing effective instructions to external counsel and negotiating appropriate fee structures for the specific transactions/cases in question.
  • Promote alternative dispute resolution as a means of quick settlement of disputes.
  • Establish and maintain relationships with external lawyers agreeing on fee structures, billing procedures, and levels of service.
  • Reviews and provides professional consultation to relevant teams on complaints and grievances brought by suppliers, contractors, consultants, and others as the case may be which has a direct and/or potential legal implication
  • Takes part in disciplinary hearings and gives expert advice on the appropriate action case by a case basis
  • Review and respond to alleged violations of rules, regulations, policies, procedures, and employee code of conduct by evaluating concerns, recommending an investigation or applicable action, and monitoring complaints throughout the process to include closure and follow-up
  • Drafting, negotiating, amending, and reviewing agreements/contracts and other documents to ensure that the school’s interest is protected.
  • Attend to legal correspondence, pleadings, or orders promptly and proactively ensure all the required documentation is in place.
  • Perform other duties as required

Benefits: Life Insurance, Medical, partial cover for children's school fee

Report to: Head of School

Job Requirements

Qualifications & Education

  • LLB Degree in Law

Experience & Knowledge

  • Minimum three years experience in providing legal counseling services to organizations
  • Demonstrated experience and diverse knowledge of employment, acquisitions, and other related laws.
  • Experience in drafting policies and procedures


  • Skills in legal drafting, preparation of court documents,
  • Strong ability of litigation in courtrooms
  • Ability to innovate and manage time efficiently
  • Ability to communicate efficiently and effectively both in writing and spoken
  • Proficiency in English

Personal Attributes

  • Excellent communication, organizational, and interpersonal skills
  • Strong organizational and time management skills
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize work.
  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment.
  • Keeping confidentiality is highly required
  • Can present a written reference from the former organization