Jan 11, 2018

Ethiopian Midwives Association Vacancy - In-house Lawyer /Legal Adviser

  • Ethiopian Midwives Association -Ethiopia
  • Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Full time Legal NGO/Nonprofit/Social Services

Job Description

Ethiopian Midwives Association

In-house Lawyer /Legal Advisor


The Ethiopian Midwives Association is a legally registered, autonomous, and not-for-profit professional association established in 1992 and re-registered under the new civil society proclamation. Ethiopian Midwives Association (EMwA) operates in all regions of Ethiopia by using and works for the quality of midwifery education and care. The primary goal of EMwA is to contribute towards the reduction of maternal and child mortality and morbidity in Ethiopia, which are the SDGs global initiatives. The mission of the association is to promote and enhance the expansion, performance and status of the midwifery profession through adopting quality and evidence based practices; adhering to the code of ethics and empowering the professionals. To reach its mission, the Association has been implementing many programs and projects over the last decades in different parts of Ethiopia under its four strategic directions: Capacity Building, Advocacy & Representation, Partnership and Resource Mobilization and Research, Monitoring & Evaluation.

To achieve the desired results, Ethiopian Midwives Association would like to hire competent candidate for the In-house Lawyer /Legal Advisor position. 

Position summary: 

Under the supervision of the Executive Director, the In-house Lawyer / Legal Advisor shall be responsible for all legal aspects of Ethiopian Midwives Association (EMwA). This may include but not limited to advising on: maintenance and institutionalization of EMwA's legal and contractual arrangement; organizational policy; document retention; filing and registration requirements; labor law; contracts; leases; agreements; and financial transactions. The In-house Lawyer / Legal Advisor will draft, review and help negotiate a wide range of grant, consulting, business and administrative agreements in connection with EMwA's work, as well as ensure compliance with Ethiopian Laws and regulations applicable to an international non-profit organization with headquarter and chapter offices. The In-house Lawyer / Legal Advisor will closely work with the Internal Auditor, HR & Admin Manager, Finance Manager and Program Managers to facilitate his / her tasks.


This position is partime based and subject to available funding. EMwA may terminate employment at any time due to funding, or for any other lawful reason(s). This Job Description (JD) does not list all the duties of the incumbent. EMwA maintains the right to revise the information found within this JD at any time. This is not a contract for employment.  

Major Duties & Responsibilities

  • Representing EMwA in any legal dispute arising in Ethiopia;
  • Being aware of the Ethiopian laws and procedures s/he shall ensure that all reported cases receive legal assistance;
  • Provide proactive legal support and advice to the Executive Director and EMwA’s management team to protect EMwA from legal accountability;
  • Conduct legal analysis on various legal matters of the association to proactively act on the issues;
  • Provide advice on different legal issues and assist in drafting legal opinions, memoranda and other briefing documents;
  • Assist in reviewing legal materials and any other relevant documents and identify the most important legal issues that need to be sorted out on a priority basis;
  • Prepare and review legal documents and correspondence with suppliers, service providers, contractors, employees and other business counterparts;
  • Minimize legal risks by ensuring the association’s contracts are legally sound
  • Support the critical compliance agenda in line with the laws of Ethiopia
  • Draw up formalities regarding the settlement of disputes and monitor the implementation of the legal clauses
  • Develop and maintain effective working relationships with all relevant stakeholders both internally and externally;
  • Monitor newly enacted policies, Ethiopian laws, regulations and on-going compliance issues that will affect the business, activities and operations, and advise on and implement necessary compliance programs.
  • Provide legal support in contentious matters including the collection of background information and evidential materials.
  • Follow up on cases with the judicial officers to ensure that the rights of the association are protected throughout the legal processes.
  • Take the lead in tracking and keeping records of cases referred to (or from) the police and /or court to monitor trends for analysis. Track indicators and analyze data on all cases.
  • Ensure that s/he uses the most effective communication strategies to create awareness on Ethiopian national laws.
  • Performs other related duties assigned as deemed necessary.

Reports to: Executive Director


Terms of employment: partime based and subject to available funding    


Job Requirements

Education and Experience:

  • LLB Degree in Law, from a recognized University/ Collage
  • 2 years relevant experience
  • Experience in labor related legal issues
  • Experience in legal issues for international organizations
  • Additional Training:
  • Legal Service Certificate /License

Competencies/ Technical skills

  • Excellent drafting skills (including experience of drafting statutory instruments);
  • Experience in interpreting legislation into practical application;
  • Knowledge of legal requirements
  • Experience in training and communicating legal requirements and procedures;
  • Strong analytical skills and experience of analysing complex issues.
  • Strong computer application skills

Competencies/ Personal attributes

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and foster trust and respect.
  • Self-motivated, highly organized and detail oriented
  • Flexible and able to work well under pressure.
  • Exhibit a desire to support a large number of people
  • Strong team player


  • Fluency in spoken and written English and Amharic


How to Apply

Interested and qualified applicants who met the MINIMUM requirements should send the following through e-mail:  recruit@ethiopian-midwives.org or recruitemwa@gmail.com or P.O.Box 1410, or in person to Ethiopian Midwives Association’s Head Office located on Equatorial Guinea Street, Haya Hulet, behind Elsa Kolo or behind Meklit Building, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

A cover letter / application letter (not more than one page)

A CV (not more than 3 pages)

A one page table summarizing your educational background, work experience, technical skills and competencies to facilitate the screening process. Refer the vacancy announcement while doing this.

Please DO NOT SUBMIT copies of transcripts, academic degrees or recommendation letters with your application. You will provide them upon request. Make sure that you state the title of the position on the subject of your email.


Female applicants are highly encouraged to apply.

All travel and related costs should be covered by the applicant if invited for written exam or interview.

Only short listed applicants will be contacted.

Deadline for Application: January 16 2018

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