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Associate General Counsel - Madagascar


About Onja

Onja is a social enterprise training underprivileged youth into world-class software developers.

We find the brightest students in Madagascar who can’t afford to continue their education, and train them in English language and software development. After just two-and-a-half years they are ready to work as remote front-end software developers in international tech teams.

Once in a job, our developers earn a good salary that helps them support their families and pay forward the opportunity to a new wave of students. They unlock exciting careers that fulfil their potential, and accelerate the development of their nation (see ‘How Onja Works’ below).

Our first cohort, ‘Wave 1’, consists of nineteen talented and committed graduates who are now working remotely for our partner companies in Europe and the US. With this immensely successful first cohort, and a proven social model, our goal is now to scale our impact: we aim to take on 360 new students over the next four years.

Our fast-growing team is very united, committed to the mission, and hardworking, but we also maintain a relaxed and peaceful atmosphere that you’ll find everywhere in Madagascar.

Onja is located in Toamasina, a lively city with beautiful beaches, nice restaurants, and with plenty to do and see. Toamasina is Madagascar’s second largest city (population 300,000) yet is surrounded by plenty of natural beauty, and even has a national park nearby.

About the Role

Your mission will be to work with General Counsel in safeguarding Onja’s legal interests as it continues to grow.


  • Providing accurate, relevant and timely advice to management and staff on a needs basis in respect of a broad range of issues, with a particular focus on employment law and dispute resolution;
  • Ensuring compliance with all laws and regulations that apply to the organisation;
  • Managing and mitigating legal risks by designing and implementing organisational policies and procedures;
  • Collaborating with third parties, including external counsel and regulators, as needed; and
  • Designing and delivering legal training to the organisation;


  • Twelve month commitment (this ensures sufficient time to make a truly meaningful impact) with potential to renew/extend.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English.
  • Bachelor of Laws or equivalent
  • Legal industry experience preferred
  • Strong stakeholder management skills.
  • High degree of professional ethics and integrity.
  • Strong analytical and research skills.
  • Ability to work well within a team and individually.
  • Professional legal qualification and/or exposure to employment law/dispute resolution would be a plus

Why work with us:

  • Do impactful work: Working with Onja gives you the ability to make a real tangible difference with your work, and have a deep sense of purpose in your every-day. Our mission is to nurture talented, underprivileged youth to lead impactful careers in tech, unlock opportunities for others and accelerate Madagascar's development.
  • Grow your skills fast: As a young fast-growing startup we are all in “over our head” and this is a great place to grow. You will be challenged but you’ll also be part of a very supportive team and caring environment. Our social model is innovative with exciting potential to scale, so there is a great opportunity for you to grow your career along with us.
  • Work with very talented individuals who are very socially inclined: At Onja you’ll join a community of talented and passionate people from around Madagascar and the world.

What you can expect

  • You’ll join our tight-knit, committed team in Toamasina, Madagascar.
  • We know it’s a big move so we will look after you and make sure you are secure and settled.
  • We’ll provide secure, comfortable, beachfront accommodation and food.
  • We are able to offer a good local salary – enough to live comfortably and have plenty left over for holidays travels.
  • Unlimited annual leave. We recommend between 30 and 35 days as a guide to give you time to explore the wonders of Madagascar
  • We also offer 25% remote work, for when you are keen to get some city vibes in Madagascar.
  • We’ll provide optional weekly Malagasy lessons to bring you up to speed with the language.
  • Your visa will be sponsored.
  • Sponsored flights

How Onja Works

Onja is a social enterprise with a sustainable model:

  • Search for brilliant minds who would otherwise be limited to low-paid, unfulfilling careers.
  • Students receive two years of English and software development instruction. Meet a developer here: onja.org/blog
  • Graduates earn (and continue learning) at our outsourcing enterprise.
  • All profits are used to train the next wave of students and the cycle begins again.
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