Jobs in West Africa – Job Vacancy For Head of Legal Unit At Volta Basin Authority (Burkina Faso)

The Volta is a transboundary river, which drains, an area of about 400,000 km2 and is shared by six countries - Benin, Burkina Faso, Cote d'lvoire Ghana, Mali and Togo - that are dependent on its natural resources for their development. To institute measures for sustainable transboundary water resources management, the VBA was established by the Governments of the riparian countries with its headquarters in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso .The authority mandate is essentially to:

•  Promote permanent consultation tools among the parties for the development of the basin
•  Promote the implementation of integrated water resources management and the equitable distribution of the benefits resulting from their various utilisations;
•  Authorize the development of infrastructure and projects planned by the stakeholders and which could have substantial impact on the water resources of the basin;
•  Develop joint projects and works;
•  Contribute to poverty alleviation, the sustainable development of the Parties in the Volta basin, and for better socioeconomic integration in the sub-region

Description Of Job

Major Responsibilities:
The Head of the Legal Unit will carry out activities including the following:

•  Contribute to the harmonisation of the legal framework of the Member States with respect to management of water resources of the basin;
•  Advise management of VBA on the legal aspects of their activities and decisions;
•  Follow procedures for litigation and or pre litigation;
•  Protect the interests of the VBA;
•  Assist the Executive Director in defending VBA interests, in preparing and enforcing conventions and contracts;
•  Assist the Executive Director in the execution of legal decisions which involve the Authority

Qualification Required & Experience

The candidate must have:

•  At least a Masters degree in Law or equivalent (Anglophone or Francophone System);
•  Additional training or qualification in Environmental Law, Water Law or Communication and Negotiation Techniques will be an advantage;
•  At least 8 years of relevant professional experience;
•  Excellent communication and interpersonal skills;
•  Good command of either French or English and ability to speak the other

How To Apply For The Job

Interested candidates should submit the following documents to the Executive Director of the VBA:

•  Application letter;
•  Birth certificate or any other document that can serve the purpose;
•  Report of court of justice not more than three months old;
•  Certified true copy of titles, degrees, diplomas and qualifications;
•  Two passport-size photographs;
•  Copy of citizenship or any other relevant document testifying citizenship
•  Recent curriculum vitae indicating the names and addresses of 2 referees and certified as true by the applicant

Applications should be forwarded to one of the following addresses:

•  By email: [email protected] or [email protected];
•  By post: 10 BP 13621 Ouagadougou 10, Burkina Faso
•  By direct deposition at the Executive Directorate of the VBA at Ouaga 2000, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso; Tel:+ 226 50376067

A copy of the application and supporting documents should be deposited with the VBA National Focal Point in the respective countries of the candidates

Closing Date: 15th September, 2012

For further information, please consult the VBA website:
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