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Senior Legal Officer

Ministry of Social Development and Family Services in Trinidad and Tobago is hiring a Senior Legal Officer on Caribjob today.More details about this job are below:This job requires the incumbent to be supervise junior legal officers performing legal work in the Legal Services Unit/Division of the Ministry/Department. Duties includeappearing in court, providing legal advice and opinions and drafting legal documents on the more complex legal matters involving the Ministry/Department. The incumbent also assists in planning, organizing and preparing the work programme of the Unit/Division.Key and Critical Responsibilities

  • Supervises junior legal officers and other staff providing legal support work.
  • Assigns and reviews the work of junior legal officers while providing training, advice, guidance and direction on legal matters.
  • Plans, organizes and prepares the work programme of the Legal Services Unit/Division.
  • Represents the Ministry/Department in court and before other tribunals on the more complex legal matters.
  • Drafts the more complex legal documents including contracts, leases, and agreements.
  • Reviews systems, policies and procedures and makes appropriate recommendations to improve productivity and quality service.
  • Confers with relevant official of Ministries/Departments and attends meeting to give professional legal advice.
  • Prepares and/or reviews legal opinions.
  • Reviews legal/court documents for completeness and accuracy.
  • Advises on the more complex legal issues related to the administration, interpretation and enforcement of laws pertaining to the operations of the Ministry/Department.
  • Participates in or supervises the preparation of instructions for submission to state central legal agencies on legal matters involving the state.
  • Participates in or supervises court case preparation work such as interviewing witnesses, taking depositions and preparing pre-trial briefs and preparing draft pleadings for filing.
  • Supervises the conduct of research and analysis on legal matters pertinent to the Ministry’s/Department’s operations.
  • Participates in and /or supervises the review of existing legislation, rules, and regulations pertaining to the Ministry/Department and recommends/formulates appropriate amendments.
  • Reviews systems and procedures and recommends or devises strategies/mechanisms to improve the effectiveness of legal services delivery.
  • Leads or participates in negotiations/consultations with external/internal parties.
  • Prepares Cabinet/Ministerial Notes, memoranda, letters, and other documents on legal matters.
  • Represents the Ministry/Department on committees and in meetings and other fora.
  • Performs other related duties as required.

Key CompetencyKNOWLEDGE:

  • Considerable knowledge of the Laws of Trinidad and Tobago.
  • Considerable knowledge of the legal principles and practices.
  • Considerable knowledge of the laws and regulations pertinent to the operations of the Ministry/Department.
  • Considerable knowledge of the legal drafting principles and practices.
  • Considerable knowledge of the legal research skills and techniques.
  • Considerable knowledge of the court procedures and practices and of rules of evidence.

SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

  • Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office Suite
  • Skill in the use of personal computers.
  • Skill in drafting legal documents/instruments.
  • Skill in negotiation, mediation and arbitration.
  • Ability to use e-Government technology platforms.
  • Ability to use the internet for research purposes.
  • Ability to supervise legal officers performing professional legal work.
  • Ability to analyse and interpret laws and regulations.
  • Ability to present and explain statements of facts and the law, and to argue clearly and logically, orally and in writing.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with fellow employees and members of the public.

Experience and Training:

  • Minimum of eight (8) years’ experience as a practicing Attorney-at-Law.
  • Bachelor of Law degree from a recognized institution.
  • Legal Education Certificate or equivalent from a recognized institution.
  • Admission to practice law in Trinidad and Tobago.

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