Legal Officer (Lands Department)

Brief Description

Bridge International Academies is looking for an energetic, dynamic individual with extensive experience in conveyancing to support the Lands Department / Unit at BIA. Because of the projected growth, the company is continuously looking for land where the schools will be build. ALL over the Country in due course. It is the role of the Legal Officer to ensure that we are compliant in as far as Land transactions are concerned.

Description

Legal Officer (Lands Department)

Location: Nairobi with occasional travel

About Bridge International Academies

Bridge International Academies is a for-profit startup company revolutionizing education across Africa with a unique business model. The company runs a large-scale network of low-cost primary schools in Kenya that significantly outperforms other primary schools in the same areas because of our “school in a box” systems.

Our schools profitably deliver this high-quality education for less than $4 per child per month, which enable the schools to cover all their costs and create a profitable central organization at scale. We have launched 37 schools in Kenya, we will double in size in the next 6 months, and plan to rapidly scale the company to serve more than 1 million students across the continent.

About this position

Bridge International Academies is looking for an energetic, dynamic individual with extensive experience in conveyancing to support the Lands Department / Unit at BIA. Because of the projected growth, the company is continuously looking for land where the schools will be build. ALL over the Country in due course. It is the role of the Legal Officer to ensure that we are compliant in as far as Land transactions are concerned.

A central part of our operations includes the identification, verification, negotiation and purchase of plots of land for our schools – this might be inside a slum or in a low-income community on the edge of a town.

These plots sometimes have clouded title histories, but through our land identification and procurement process we must establish a certain amount of security -- understanding the previous ownership, other potential competing claims, titling possibility, issues with city / municipal council, lands office, etc.

To make these determinations and the actual purchase, the process may involve negotiations with local village elders, local government administration, and local landlords, and ultimately a sales or lease contract written with some or all of these participants. It is incumbent on the Legal Officer will ensure that all documentation in as far as the Land transactions are concerned are valid.

The Legal Officer will focus on the following elements which will include but not limited to:

Legal risk
  • Provide legal protection and risk management advice especially on legal information
Policy development
  • Reviewing and drafting contracts, agreements and internal policies and ensure they are in compliance with all statutory and legal requirements
Contract negotiation
  • Reviewing all contracts and other documentation where BIA has committed itself and assessing legal implications that need to be brought to the attention of the Management
  • Preparing, reviewing and modifying contractual instruments to support and assist and support various business activities
  • Negotiating, reviewing and drafting documentation for business transactions and preparing and advising on necessary check lists to be adopted to ensure timely information is available for decision making
Litigation management
  • Investigating the causes of litigation
  • Reviewing any outstanding litigation and liaising with any external lawyers
  • Develop a risk matrix on the implications of new projects
Regulatory compliance
  • Formulate compliance check lists to be used for the purpose of ensuring that all information is provided accordingly
  • Continuously monitor compliance with statutory obligations e .g stamp duty and related issues that arise
  • Ensuring that all licenses, agreements and agreements of BIA are valid and the legal contracts are renewed before expiry
  • Ensuring safe custody of all legal documentation in order to maintain confidentiality
Reporting
  • Prepare monthly / quarterly / bi annual reports as required
About you
  • Possession of an LLB undergraduate degree and Diploma in Law
  • Must be registered with a Professional body
  • Possession of a minimum of 5 years experience in conveyancing
  • Proven track record of developing comprehensive contract documents as a risk mitigation measure
  • Excellent relationship management and communication skills necessary for interaction with negotiating parties
  • Demonstrate knowledge of and experience with laws dealing with commercial contracts administration particularly contract negotiation , preparation and administration
  • Ability to provide independent advice (orally and in writing) to management on highly technical matters
  • Good planning and organizational skills
  • Ability to delicately solve sensitive matters
  • Ability to work for long hours
  • Previous field experience desirable
You can apply and view detailed job requisitions on the Careers page at www.bridgeinternationalacademies.com

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted

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Brief Job Description

We are seeking a full-time Land Compliance Auditor, who will be a vital member of the land team in their push to find plots of land suitable for schools inside slums and in low-income areas all over the country.

The Land Complicate Officer will be responsible for ensuring we have all the necessary documentation to buy the land and build our school and manage a team of people.

Description

Land Compliance Auditor


Nairobi, Kenya

About Bridge International Academies

Bridge International Academies is a for-profit startup company revolutionizing education across Africa with a unique business model. The company runs a large-scale network of low-cost primary schools in Kenya that significantly outperforms other primary schools in the same areas because of our “school in a box” systems.

Our schools profitably deliver this high-quality education for less than $4 per child per month, which enable the schools to cover all their costs and create a profitable central organization at scale. We have launched 37 schools in Kenya, we will double in size in the next 6 months, and plan to rapidly scale the company to serve more than 1 million students across the continent.

About this position

We are seeking a full-time Land Compliance Auditor, who will be a vital member of the land team in their push to find plots of land suitable for schools inside slums and in low income areas all over the country.

A central part of our operations includes the identification, verification, negotiation and purchase of plots of land for our schools – this might be inside a slum or in a low-income community on the edge of a city.

These plots sometimes have clouded title histories, but through our land identification and procurement process we must establish a certain amount of security -- understanding the previous ownership, other potential competing claims, titling possibility, issues with city / municipal council, lands office, etc.

To make these determinations and the actual purchase, the process may involve negotiations with local village elders, local government administration, and local landlords, and ultimately a sales or lease contract written with some or all of these participants.

The Land Compliance Auditor will form the link between the field and the office, checking on plots of land, verifying the documentation needed to ensure a clean and efficient purchasing process.

The Land Compliance Auditor will report to the Head of Department, offering written reports on plots, checklist on the documentation we have and need to have, their ownership and the research undertaken to ensure the company has the security to purchase the plot.

S/he will also be responsible for communication from the Land Department to the Finance Department, and so therefore must be an experienced Field and Operational Auditor.

The Land Compliance Officer will focus on certain elements of the land acquisition and linkage to the Finance Department.

These include:

Land:
  • Meeting and dealing with land agents and vendors
  • Managing a team of land specialists (people who go to the Ministry of Lands of the Local Council to undertake title searches, file documents, collect documents from vendors, etc)
  • Recognising potential conflict surrounding land and land purchases, and ensuring documentation exists to fill any gaps in the plot purchase process
  • Writing briefing notes and site specific reports
  • Investigating conflicting land ownership claims
  • Establishing and utilizing contacts at local and central government to find clear information on land ownership
Planning
  • Prepare and present annual Land audit plans for review with HOD and senior management teams
  • Implement the audit plans on weekly/monthly/quarterly basis
Process and Tools
  • Assist in design and implementation of structures, processes, documentation and procedures for improvement of land procurement and financial controls on the same
Analysis
  • Maintain up to date records of each piece of land with all pieces of information that would be required in the finance cycle e.g. tenure, documentation, minutes, notes and minutes of procurement discussions
  • Prepare weekly analysis of progress on ongoing land procurement to highlight and indicate the completion state and financial/legal/contractual requirements remaining to be done for that piece of land
Field Audit
  • Visit the sites with land officers and verify facts as presented by land scouts and land officers.
  • Follow up any issues that are not clear and ensure they are clarified upfront before the next stage of the plot procurement
  • Meet the potential sellers and ensure they are aware of the steps to expect in completing the land sale. Ensure clarify that no money should be paid to land scouts/officers and any agents purporting to work for Bridge International.
  • Assess suitability of land locations and seller credentials as guided by the risk analysis requirements of the Lands department
  • Make any other pertinent observations that would assist the company in making the most optimal land procurement decisions
  • File regular field audit reports to the Head of Lands and COO/CEO
Reporting
  • Prepare and circulate weekly land updates to respective heads of department
  • Prepare monthly land transaction reports and audit commentaries for review with head of lands and head of finance
  • Prepare quarterly land procurement cash flow projections with monthly reviews and revisions
  • Prepare land cost analysis for evaluation of agreed review issues e.g. cost per square foot comparatives etc
Inspection
  • Inspect commencement of construction in new schools to provide the bridging support between lands and construction at the transition point
  • Review land records with respective agents to ascertain accuracy, authenticity and any encumbrances
  • Inspect land reports and records in the company’s Navision system and assure proper and consistent application of internal policy and standard land accounting policies
Approval/Payment support
  • Initiate land payment processes at each level of land procurement for approval by heads of lands and finance
  • Provide feedback of process completion before next level of payment can be made
  • Participate in the payment supervision and collation of evidence of payment in every aspect of Land procurement
Compliance/Liaison
  • Monitor city/municipal/county council fees and other payments requirements and liaise with finance for prompt payment to the right agencies
  • Ensure compliance with all other internal and external rules, regulations and processes affecting land procurement and payments
Oversight
  • Regular visit to the Legal advisers on land to review our land files for completeness and other required actions
  • Market value reviews and feedback
This is a very hands-on job, with the Land Compliance Auditor in the field about 20% of the time (although reducing once the correct processes are tools are in place leading to greater efficiency)

About You
  • You are knowledgeable of land transactions and the procedures involved
  • You have project management and supervisory skills
  • Operational and finance audit experience for 5-7 years preferably in a reputable property company or leading audit firms in Kenya
  • Ability to plan and consistently deliver on agreed activities throughout the year
  • Understanding of legal/property/financial processes will be essential- qualifications in accounting, finance, land economics or law will be required.
  • Cross departmental communication skills are essential
  • Highly ethical professional with proven integrity
  • Well organised and process minded person
  • Experience in working in very poor communities is a real plus
  • Experience in dealing with sensitive issues regarding land
  • You are not afraid of getting your hands dirty
  • You have experience managing and working with teams of people
  • You function well in a fast-paced informal environment where constant change is the norm and the bar for quality is set high
  • You are comfortable with numbers and maps
  • Advanced computer skills (Excel, Project Management) and web literacy
Our team has a passionate belief that basic primary education is critical to the development of every child, family, community and nation.

We believe that it is possible to address this critical need for poor families through new and innovative approaches leveraging the private sector, and that by providing low-cost but high-quality primary education, we will give millions of children the opportunity to accomplish their dreams. We are looking for someone who wants to join us in this rewarding task.

You can apply and view detailed job requisitions on the Careers page at www.bridgeinternationalacademies.com

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted

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Paralegal Officer

Brief Description

We have and are continuing to develop one of the most sophisticated approaches to providing affordable education to MILLIONS of children in one of the most challenging environments in the world.

This position within the Finance and Administration department, will report to the Senior Legal Officer and be responsible for offering detailed field legal support across the company.

Description

Position Title: Paralegal Officer

About Bridge International Academies

Bridge International Academies is a for-profit startup company revolutionizing education across Africa with a unique business model. The company runs a large-scale network of low-cost primary schools in Kenya that significantly outperforms other primary schools in the same areas because of our “school in a box” systems.

Our schools profitably deliver this high-quality education for less than $4 per child per month, which enable the schools to cover all their costs and create a profitable central organization at scale. We have launched 37 schools in Kenya, we will double in size in the next 6 months, and plan to rapidly scale the company to serve more than 1 million students across the continent.

About this position

We have and are continuing to develop one of the most sophisticated approaches to providing affordable education to MILLIONS of children in one of the most challenging environments in the world.

This position within the Finance and Administration department, will report to the Senior Legal Officer and be responsible for offering detailed field legal support across the company.

In particular, the paralegal officers will play a major role in following up issues within the communities where we work and ensuring a professional approach to monitoring, following up, reporting and documenting arising legal issues.

Key Areas of Responsibilities:
  • Support the development of the company’s legal structures and systems
  • Developing and implementing action plans in consultations with department heads and the Senior legal Counsel
  • Visit construction sites, schools and training sites to build adequate information on potential legal issues for discussion with respective heads of departments and Senior Legal Counsel
  • Trainee contract reviews and follow up any defaulters in a structured way
  • Handling correspondences on legal aspects and recommending appropriate legal actions
  • Participate in drawing and vetting staff and commercial contracts, leases and other legal instruments while working closely with the lands department legal support team
  • Train a team of champions within departments basic legal procedures and incident reporting.
  • Ensure proper records and action based minutes of all legal matters handled at community and site levels
  • Accompany staff on field activities where disputes and conflicts occur to guide discussions and collate all pertinent information to be used for decisions and actions.
Required qualifications, skills and attributes
  • Diploma or Certificate in Law from the Kenya School of Law
  • Paralegal training with specializations in land, labour, children’s rights, arbitration or commercial areas
  • Exposure successful resolution of labour issues and disputes within informal communities will be valuable
  • Possession of strong and positive and reliable networks within major urban settlements in Kenya is highly desirable
  • At least 3 years experience in a similar position in middle level management within a corporate NGO or working in a busy legal practice specializing in community support
  • Qualified or well exposed arbitrator with proven negotiation skills
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word and Excel required)
About You
  • Must have strong knowledge of customer relations/satisfaction as they relate to legal and commercial concepts
  • Works well in an environment with firm deadlines; results oriented
  • Perform multiple tasks effectively
  • Able to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Strong analytical skills required
  • Capable of making timely, independent decisions while consulting as appropriate
  • Excellent oral, written and interpersonal communications skill with excellent Kiswahili language skills
  • Confident, courageous and persuasive in court and during negotiations
  • Provides weekly and monthly reports and goes over with department heads and Legal team leaders
  • Maintains strict confidentiality in all matters
  • Opens and closes all legal files
  • Responsible for overall coordination of legal issues
  • Performs other related duties as assigned
  • Possess advanced skills in customer service and provides effective solutions
  • Ability to work long hours including weekends
  • Passionate about children and education in Africa
  • Must be well organized , detail-oriented and personable with a professional demeanor
  • Excellent communication skill necessary to interact with other attorneys/lawyers and clients by both telephone and written correspondence
In order to be considered for this position all candidates must register and upload their CV’s on our website at www.bridgeinternationalacademies.com

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted

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