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Legal Research Officer

Ministry of Social Development and Family Services in Trinidad and Tobago is hiring a Legal Research Officer on Caribjob today.More details about this job are below:The incumbent is required to perform work involving the conduct of research related to the laws and legal issues pertinent to the operations of the Ministry/Department. Duties include preparing legal documents and developing and maintaining a repository of documents on legal matters. Dependent on assignment, the incumbent may be required to perform the full range or some of the duties listed.  Key and Critical Responsibilities

  • Conducts research on legal issues relating to the Ministry’s/Department’s operations and prepares written opinions, working papers and reports thereon. 
  • Undertakes extensive review of legal documents, instruments and other material identifies issues and proposes amendments. 
  • Prepares briefs and preliminary drafts of legislative legal material pertaining to the Ministry’s/Department’s portfolio. 
  • Develops and maintains an up to date repository of laws, judgments, contract precedents and other related material pertinent to the Ministry’s/Department’s operations. 
  • Contributes to the review and formulation of recommendations to amend legislation pertinent to the Ministry/Department.
  • Assists in the drafting of Cabinet/Ministerial Notes on legal matters.
  • Assists in the drafting of legal documents such as contracts, agreements, opinion and briefs; and prepares memoranda, letters and other documents.
  • Represents the Ministry/Department on committees and at meetings, conferences and workshops. 
  • Liaises with other divisions and external agencies regarding the work of the Division. 
  • Copies and collates relevant documents.
  • Performs other duties as assigned. 

Key Competency

  • Considerable knowledge of legal research principles and techniques.
  • Knowledge of the Laws of Trinidad and Tobago.
  • Knowledge of the laws and regulations pertinent to the Ministry’s/Department’s operations.
  • Knowledge of legal drafting principles and practices.
  • Knowledge of the court procedures of Trinidad and Tobago.
  • Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Skill in the use of personal computers.
  • Ability to use e-Government technology platforms.
  • Ability to use the internet for research purposes.
  • Ability to conduct legal research work of varying complexity.
  • Ability to analyse and interpret law and legal issues.
  • Ability to present and explain statements of fact and the law orally and in writing.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with fellow employees and members of the public.

MINIMUM EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING:

  • Minimum of two (2) years’ experience in legal research.
  • Bachelor of Law Degree from a recognized institution.

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