LEGAL COUNSEL, GOOD GOVERNANCE UNIT

126 Days Ago Ministry of The Public Service, Constitutional and Political Reform and Religious Affairs Belmopan City, Cayo, Belize
Full-Time Job View : 968 Job Apply : 5
Job Salary Range
$ GOB Pay Scale 23 - Fixed Per Month
Gender
Does Not Matter
Managerial Level
Senior Management
Job Category
Legal
Minimum Experience
5 Year
Degree Title
Bachelor of Law Degree (LLB) or equivalent qualification plus Certificate of Legal Education (CLE). An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in Public Law, Political Science/Constitutional Law would be considered an asset.
Overview
Department : Ministry Headquarters
Sub Category : Legal Counsel
Job Type : Full-Time
Essential Duties and Responsibilities : 1. ADVISES and makes recommendations on the introduction of new legislation, amendments to existing legislation or changes to legal procedures, geared towards the achievement of the MPSCR’s goals and objectives in relation to good governance, public and electoral administration, public sector innovation and modernization, and related issues. 2. UNDERTAKES in-depth research to determine the impact of existing laws on proposed legislation; researches and interprets the various laws, acts, regulations, policies, rulings, and legal articles, good governance legislations, anti-corruption policies, stakeholder related issues and other pertinent matters within the legal framework to assist with the preparation of reports, case files and legal advising. 3. DRAFTS instructions for legal changes , regulations and orders relating to MPSCPR and recommends legislative revisions based on changes in constitutional and political reform and electoral practices; reviews all documents that have legal implications for MPSCPR to ensure the government’s interest is protected. 4. ADVISES on administrative, personnel, and contractual matters related to the human resource management activities of the MPSCPR; prepares weekly and/or monthly and other reports for submission to Supervisor. 5. REVIEWS policies and draft legislation proposed by government ministries/departments/ agencies and provides advice/recommendations on such in collaboration with Attorney General’s Ministry. 6. PROVIDES advisory legal services to the Public Service, Judicial and Legal Services, Security Services, Election and Boundaries, and Integrity Commissions, as well as the People’s Constitutional Committee, various boards, committees, ad hoc working groups, and task forces in relation to their respective mandates. 7. ASSISTS in the preparation of Cabinet Submissions on matters relating to the functional area as required. 8. ATTENDS meetings with various Ministries/Departments or other appropriate bodies to discuss legal and draft-related issues in order to formulate new legislation or update/amend existing legislation as required. 9. MAINTAINS and updates legal knowledge and remains abreast with current legal developments through research and study for the provision of high quality legal services and advice. 10. SETS major job objectives for subordinates and appraises performance against same; develops and implements performance improvement plan for each subordinate.
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Employment Type : Permanent Establish
Required Travel : Occasionally
Comments : SALARY: Government of Belize Pay Scale 23 of $36,554 x 1,480 - $64,674
Posted : 2022-01-22
Requirements
Minimum Education : Bachelors Degree
Managerial Level : Senior Management
Status
No of Jobs : 1
Start Publishing : 2022-01-21
Stop Publishing : 2022-02-09
Basic Purpose of Position
A. NATURE AND SCOPE: The position of Legal Counsel is required to provide professional, efficient, and ethical legal support services within the Ministry of Public Service and Constitutional and Political Reform and Religious Affairs (MPSCPRRA), ensuring that the Ministry carries out all its legal functions and obligations. The incumbent leads the drafting of legislation, regulations, policies, orders and instructions, and the process of negotiation, review, and adjustment to the constitutional text in collaboration with the Attorney General’s Ministry. The Legal Counsel operates under the direct supervision of the Director, Good Governance and in close coordination with the Secretariat of the Minister of Public Service, Constitutional and Political Reform and Religious Affairs. The incumbent provides legal advisory services to the Public Service, Judicial and Legal Services, Security Services, Election and Boundaries and Integrity Commissions; as well and the People’s Constitutional Committee, various other committees, ad hoc working groups and task forces to aid in the fulfilment of their mandate. The incumbent assist with the preparation of reports, case files, study papers on domestic and comparative laws and Cabinet Submissions. The officer supervises staff in the Unit and is expected to oversee their development in all the requisite specialist areas. In addition, the incumbent must display the communication skills required to interact with senior and junior personnel within the Public Service as well as representatives of outside agencies and organizations.
Conditions of Service
In accordance with Belize Constitution (Public Service) Regulations, 2014, Finance and Audit (Reform) act, Financial and Stores Orders and any instructions issued from time to time.
Qualifications/Experience
Recognized Bachelor of Law Degree (LLB) or equivalent qualification plus Certificate of Legal Education (CLE). An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in Public Law, Political Science/Constitutional Law would be considered an asset.
Competencies/Skills
Extensive knowledge of the Belize Constitution and Electoral laws and comprehensive knowledge of government and administrative procedures, rules, and regulations with the ability to rapidly understand and implement the requirements of relevant legislation, with proper consideration of the implications and outcomes of such administration. Must demonstrate impartiality and clear decisiveness in making legal and administrative decisions, soundness of judgement and clarity in issuing directive. Must be able to communicate effectively. Specialized proficiency in the use of computer applications for word processing, spreadsheet development, electronic form creation and related. Plus At least five (5) years’ experience working as an attorney-at-law having experience in constitutional law, two (2) of which should include experience at the management level or being in a position of responsible charge. Experience supervising and managing professional staff and being a trusted resource as a member of a senior level executive team
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