Arifu is looking to hire a Senior Legal Associate to support the team in managing the contracting and regulatory aspects of the business. Arifu reached over 1m users in 2019 with a rapidly growing active user base. The years 2020-2021 will see significant growth in terms of onboarding learners and partners and the Senior Legal Associate will be an essential member of the Operations team in providing legal support and ensuring Arifu’s value-addition to our key stakeholders.
The Senior Legal Associate will be an individual who understands corporate law and has advanced critical and legal reasoning skills. Delivering excellence at Arifu depends on efficient cross-team collaboration working with the business development team and project management teams to ensure an effective and smooth experience for our stakeholders. As such, the Senior Legal Associate needs to absolutely love taking on new challenges, bring a problem-solving focus, and be willing to have fun under pressure while being uncompromising on quality delivery. Lastly, they should be driven by an entrepreneurial spirit, be able to write and communicate legal ideas to different audiences, and love learning from the variety of skill-sets and experiences at Arifu and Arifu’s partners.
Most importantly, if you feel you have many of these attributes, but not all, no worries! We do not expect you to be superhuman. The most invaluable trait you can bring to Arifu is your ability to identify areas for growth, bring a deep willingness to learn, and let us invest in you.
This is a full-time position based at Arifu’s headquarters in Nairobi reporting to the Senior Operations Manager.
As the Senior Legal Associate your responsibilities will include:
Taking the lead on contracting, i.e. draft, review and interpret contracts and legal documents and oversee compliance to these documents and ensuring that Arifu’s interests are protected;
Taking the lead on research in all regulation, especially data regulation and communication legislation in potential and actual countries of operation and staying abreast of any developments and changes;
Developing and deploying the compliance risk management framework;
Proactively providing advice and guidance on legal risk exposure;
Identifying compliance gaps within various departments in Arifu and recommending appropriate action so as to ensure full compliance;
Ensuring full compliance with all applicable regulatory requirements in the respective countries of operation;
Ensuring compliance with the requirements of the Companies Act and other legal provisions that Arifu needs to adhere to in the region;
Developing and implementing policies, processes and manuals around compliance;
Responsible for ensuring full legal compliance in all organizational activities;
Liaising with Arifu’s legal partners to provide litigation support in handling all legal matters arising;
Provide the necessary support in handling Company Secretarial matters.
Any other duties reasonably assigned.
A desire to impact lives, the ability to make a long-term commitment to your team and the product, and exceptional problem-solving abilities are all essential prerequisites on the Arifu team. For this role, we’re also looking for someone with the following:
Good understanding of the law.
Bachelor’s degree in Law (LL.B) and Kenya School of Law post-graduate training
6+ years experience in a legal department in a busy corporate, with a focus on corporate law.
Fluent in oral and written English. Fluency in Kiswahili is highly desired.
Excellent research skills.
Proficient computer skills.
Excellent planning & organizing/work management skills.
Excellent problem-solving and decision-making skills;
Attention to detail;
Excellent filing and document maintenance skills.
Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines.
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
Ability to work under minimal supervision.
Ability to live and work in Nairobi, Kenya.
Compensation and Benefits:
First and foremost, we care about your success. Investment in our team members is the only driver of Arifu’s success. We offer competitive compensation packages including participation in the Arifu Rewards Program. We also offer a comprehensive health insurance package and will cover the cost of a work permit for foreign staff. Other benefits include monthly airtime allowance, extra leave, a stocked kitchen for breakfast and snacks, monthly phone credit, and plenty of ping-pong and foosball among other extra-curricular activities.