Head of Legal at Jumia Nigeria

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Jumia is Africa’s leading internet group, with already over 3,000 employees in more than 20 African countries and huge successes such as Jumia, Jumia Travel, Jumia Food, Jumia Deals, Jumia House, Jumia Jobs and Jumia Services. It is led by top talented leaders offering a great mix of local and international talents and is backed by MTN, Millicom, Rocket Internet, Axa, Orange, Goldman Sachs & CdC.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Head of Legal
Location: Lagos


  • The Head of Legal, Nigeria will be the lead legal adviser to the Jumia management team in Nigeria, with direct line management responsibility for a small team of lawyers in the market.  
  • They will be required to partner the business in achieving its goals by ensuring that legal and commercials risks are identified and managed effectively through robust contracting and legal risk management, and by delivering clear and practical strategies and solutions.  
  • The Head of Legal, Nigeria will also work with teams in Jumia’s other markets on projects to support the overall strategy of Jumia Group. 


  • 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 maximize value.
  • Advising on and managing legal risk in relation to consumer protection, data privacy and other 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 Nigeria.
  • Implementing group legal team policies and proposing periodic modifications to the same based upon practical experience, legal developments and industry best practice e.g. contracts policy, data privacy policy etc.
  • Implementing procedures to manage claims and disputes, including pre-action case management, mediation, arbitration, and litigation.
  • Line management and professional development for the legal team in Nigeria.
  • Building and managing relationships with our external law firms.
  • Engaging in other aspects of the legal function and other special projects as topics arise, including projects to advance the strategy of Jumia Group globally. 

Required Qualifications and Skills

  • Qualified Lawyer (L.L.B, B.L, & L.L.M) with a minimum of 10 years of post-qualification legal experience, gained at a leading law firm and inhouse at a leading multinational FMCG, fintech or telco.
  • Experience advising senior business leaders and executive leadership teams.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Application Closing Date
30th November, 2022.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should forward their CV to: talent.ng@jumia.com using the Position as the subject of the email.


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