Jumia is the leading pan-Africa e-commerce platform. Founded in 2012, Jumia’s mission is to improve the quality of everyday life in Africa by leveraging technology to deliver innovative, convenient and affordable online services to consumers, while helping businesses grow as they use our platform to reach and serve consumers.
Our platforms consist of our marketplace, which connects sellers with consumers, our logistics service, which enables the shipment and delivery of packages from sellers to consumers, and our payment service, which facilitates transactions among participants active on our platform in selected markets. Through our online platforms, consumers can access a wide range of physical and digital goods and services, fashion, electronics, beauty products and also hotel and flight bookings or restaurant delivery.
With over 5,000 employees in more than 10 countries in Africa, Jumia is led by top talented leaders offering a great mix of local and international talents and is backed by very high-profile shareholders. Jumia is committed to creating sustainable impact for Africa. Jumia offers unique opportunities in a vibrant and booming environment, creating new jobs, new skills, and empowering a new generation.
The Legal Counsel will report to the Head of Legal Africa and work directly with the Jumia management team in Maghreb Region (Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia).
The Legal Counsel will be the primary legal adviser for the Jumia business in Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia. He will be required to partner the business in achieving its goals by ensuring that legal and commercial risks are identified and managed effectively through robust contracting and legal risk management, and by delivering clear and practical strategies and solutions.
- Negotiating, drafting and reviewing contracts across all areas of the business (including commercial, technology and payments agreements) to protect the commercial and legal interests of the business and maximise value.
- Advising on and legal managing risk in relation to consumer protection and payments regulations, including assessing the relevant regulatory requirements and managing relationships with external bodies.
- Managing corporate governance and company secretarial work in respect of Jumia legal entities in Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia.
- Implementing procedures to manage claims and disputes, including pre-action case management, mediation, arbitration and litigation.
- Building and managing relationships with our external law firms.
- Engaging in other aspects of the legal function and other special projects as topics arise.
Required Qualifications and Skills
- Qualified lawyer with a MINIMUM of 5 years of post-qualification legal experience, gained at a leading law firm and inhouse at a leading multinational FMCG, fintech or telco.
- Commercial contracts experience in a payments/financial services environment.
- Knowledge of the regulatory environment as it impacts payments, digital services and e-commerce.
- Experience working in a fast-growing and agile inhouse environment.
- Excellent legal drafting skills.
- Fluency in English, French and Arabic is essential.
- Strong communication skills and ability to communicate knowledge of the law in a manner that is understood and respected by employees.
- Commercial application of legal knowledge.
- Strong planning, organizational and management skills and the ability to meet deadlines.
- A good troubleshooter/problem solver who works well under pressure.
- Drive to succeed in a challenging and changing environment.
- Ability to perform with a high level of discretion, professionalism and integrity.
- A unique experience in an entrepreneurial, yet structured environment
- A unique opportunity of having strong impact in building the African e-commerce sector
- The opportunity to become part of a highly professional and dynamic team
- An unparalleled personal and professional growth as our longer-term objective is to train the next generation of leaders