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Legal & Compliance Head

DepartmentCorporate Operations

LocationAccra, Kumasi

Learn About Farmerline

Do you want to improve millions of lives and leave a lasting legacy at the same time? Do you want to use your talents and skills to make a difference and not just a living? Do you want to help feed the world now and in the future? Farmerline works to reinvent how the world thinks and invests in the lives of small-scale farmers. We are working to help farmers produce and sell food. We are bold and systemic thinkers but operate lean and nimble. Since 2013, Farmerline has directly helped farmers to improve their productivity and profit in Ghana and also provided technical support to other organizations to do the same. Farmerline started its operations serving 800 farmers in the Ashanti Region of Ghana with information via mobile information services. We have supported many organizations with our tools and knowledge to improve the way they work with farmers. Over the past 9 years, Farmerline and its partnership network has profiled and served over 1million farmers and digitized over 1,000,000 acres of farmland across 16 countries in Africa. 

Farmerline is the fastest growing Agtech company in Africa with a recent pre-Series A funding of $14 million led by Acumen Resilient Agriculture Fund (ARAF) and FMO, the Dutch entrepreneurial development bank and nine other global investors. 

We are a learning organization and you will have the chance to apply your ideas and creativity to solve problems every day.  If you work well in a dynamic collaborative culture, set high standards, and meet challenges with determination and a sense of humour, you’ll thrive at Farmerline. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. We value diversity and encourage applications from all candidates. We believe that diverse perspectives help our teams to create innovative solutions and understand our global clients’ needs. In alignment with our values, we are committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse global workforce without discrimination. 

 

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Job Title

Legal & Compliance Head

Department 

Corporate Operations

Incumbent Supervisor

COO

Suggested start date

Immediately

Length of assignment

Permanent

Role Overview

The legal and compliance Lead will  oversee the  provision of  legal advice on business matters, such as patents, contracts, labor agreements, regulatory measures, taxation, and intellectual property rights. The role will be focused on  researching cases, drafting contracts, developing diverse corporate procedures, managing budgets, ensuring regulatory compliance, drafting codes of conduct, litigating course cases, and protecting the reputation and assets of the company. 

Responsibilities 

 

Compliance

  • Lead the drafting, preparation  and review of all business contracts, agreements to ensure compliance with all required laws and protection of the Company's best interest.
  • Acts as a source of expert current knowledge of all legal, ethics & compliance programs and supports the development of an effective and pragmatic compliance culture
  • Initiates a communication program that ensures a clear understanding of legal compliance standards required of individuals conducting high risk activities in Farmerline’s business
  • Assess level of compliance with established policies, procedures and standards, across the organization as well as adequacy of internal controls within business, financial processes and operations
  • Research and analyze the laws, regulations, policies, and rules that govern Farmerline’s work in Ghana and other areas of operation.
 

Policies and Procedures

  • Lead in drafting internal policies that ensure external compliance.
  • Performs proactive risk assessment to identify business processes in the country and advise on which may represent a risk for the company, with an emphasis on financial, business controls and efficient business processes.
  • In consultation with department managers develop and implement strategies to manage risks.
  • Coordinate with all functions in identifying, developing and implementing improvements in response to legal requirements, legislation changes and company policy requirements
 

Reporting

  • Responsible for reporting and escalating risks, legal issues and best practices. 
  • Develop and maintain a risk assessment matrix while running a quarterly analysis of vulnerabilities and risks and implementing corrective actions.
 

Others

  • Act as custodian of key corporate legal documents
  • Provide guidance, upon request and need, for any new area of operation.
  • Build and maintain relationships with Farmerline’s external legal partnerships
  • Provide legal advice and assistance to management in relation to all legal requirements for key areas such as  contracting , permitting, employment and environment.
  • You may be required to take up other duties and responsibilities as and when required.

Required Qualifications

  • Graduate degree in Law
  • Must be called to the Ghana Bar 
  • Professional background, with at least three years’ experience in practicing Law.
  • Demonstrated leadership experience at work, or outside of work.
  • Excellent communication skills and proficient writing and presentation skills.
  • Proven ability to drive projects from start to finish with minimal supervision
  • Good interpersonal relationship with  key regulators and stakeholders
  • Excellent problem-solving skills with the ability to navigate complex compliance issues
  • A working knowledge of French will be an advantage.

 

 

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