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The Regional Scholarship and Innovation Fund (RSIF – https://www.rsif-paset.org/) is one of the flagship programmes of the Partnership for Skills in Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology (PASET), an initiative by African governments to address systemic gaps in skills and knowledge necessary for long-term, sustained economic growth in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). PASET was launched in 2013 by the governments of Senegal, Ethiopia and Rwanda. The governments of Kenya and Ivory Coast have since joined the initiative, while several others have expressed commitment to enter the partnership. With funding from African governments, the World Bank and the Korean government, RSIF aims to support PhD training, and research and innovation in various African universities selected as centres of excellence in fields identified by PASET as priority economic sectors for growth and development, including food security, ICT and VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT (Ref. No. IRS/300/122018) (RE-ADVERTISEMENT) LEGAL OFFICER materials science. A competitive grants scheme, RSIF has two components: (i) the general fund, which supports PhD training, research and innovation projects annually; and (ii) the permanent or endowment fund, whose return proceeds will become part of the general fund.
Provide legal advice to guide the decisions of the RCU, and protect the interests of the RSIF;
§ Ensure the RCU meets its legal obligations within its contractual agreements with the World Bank, donors, various governments and suppliers;
§ Ensure compliance with all necessary legal requirements in countries of operation;
§ Write, review, and edit reports, opinions, correspondence, contracts, and other legal documents. Review and guide the execution of partnerships, investments, and procurement agreements and other contracts relating to the work of RCU;
§ Direct legal intellectual property matters, and transactional and business issues involving technology and innovation. Build a legal Intellectual Property (IP) management capacity of partner institutions;
§ Negotiate agreements on the work of the RCU; § Conduct and coordinate research into a variety of legal issues;
§ Manage external legal experts and any litigation. Represent the RCU as appropriate in any legal proceedings, across various jurisdictions where problems may arise;
§ Keep abreast of developments in the legal field that could affect the RCU and prepare reports on relevant matters for consideration by the RCU management;
§ Anticipate and guard against legal risks facing the programme. Identify potential areas of compliance vulnerability and risk avoidance and mitigation; develop and implement corrective action plans for resolution of problematic issues, and provide general guidance on how to avoid similar situations in the future.