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  • Legal Vacancy at Search for Common Ground

  • Posted on: 3 July, 2016 Deadline: Not Specified
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    The Organization
    Search for Common Ground (SFCG) is an international non-profit organization that promotes peaceful resolution of conflict. With headquarters in Washington, DC and a European office in Brussels, Belgium, SFCG’s mission is to transform how individuals, organizations, and governments deal with conflict - away from adversarial approaches and toward cooperative solutions. SFCG seeks to help conflicting parties understand their differences and act on their commonalities. With a total of approximately 600 staff worldwide, SFCG implements projects from 50 offices in 35 countries, including in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and the United States. The organization is an exciting and rewarding place to work, with a dedicated and enthusiastic staff that is committed to its mission and values. You will be joining a highly motivated staff with a good team spirit and there will be opportunities to grow in the role.

    Summary of SFCG Nigeria
    Since 2003, SFCG has worked through its multi-media division, Common Ground Productions, in Nigeria, from 2004 to 2008 producing and broadcasting a TV series targeting a youth audience. In 2010, SFCG began building its engagement in Nigeria, initiating a multi-year conflict transformation program, utilizing media and support to civil society in order to expand and deepen the impact of the Common Ground approach in Nigeria. SFCG has established a permanent presence in Abuja as an operational base for a number of initiatives comprising the country program. SFCG works to support peaceful resolution of conflict in regions of Nigeria such as the Niger Delta, the North East and North Central.

    Legal Advisor


    The Legal Advisor will provide advice and ensure that all organizational dealings, and legal documents are complying with applicable law. S/he will review legal documents and ensure that it’s effectively drafted and interpreted. S/he will report directly to the Country Director and work in close coordination with the HR and Administration Manager and the Finance Manager.
    Please note that the position is part-time and on consultation basis, based in Abuja. A scope of work will be determined and payments made based on level of efforts.

    Specific Tasks

    • Advise the Country Director and the Leadership and Management Team (LMT) on laws affecting the organization and its operation in Nigeria;
    • Review, advise on, and negotiate, when applicable, contracts & contracts-related issues (including employment, funder, partner organization, and vendor contracts)
    • Provide advice on different legal issues and assist in drafting legal opinions, memoranda and other briefing documents
    • Support in interpreting laws, rulings, and regulations that are relevant to the working of the organization;
    • As and when necessary, advise and represent the organization in courts, before government agencies, and in private legal matters;



    • LLM from a recognized university;
    • 3-5 years’ professional experience as a Legal Specialist/Advisor for international NGOs;
    • Deep understanding of the corporate laws and laws governing the work of I/NGOs in Nigeria;
    • Excellent analytical, researching and writing skills;
    • Strong interpersonal communication;
    • A demonstrated commitment to high professional ethical standards and a diverse workplace; and
    • Ability to prioritize, plan and organize workflow to tight timeframes, handle multiple tasks, and be flexible with changing priorities.

    This consultancy is only open to Nigerian nationals.

    Method of Application

    Interested in this position, apply online on BambooHR

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