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MINISTRY OF PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT

JOB TITLE: LEGAL OFFICER II

JOB SUMMARY:

The incumbent is required to perform professional legal work in a Ministry/Department. Duties include appearing in court, providing legal advice and opinions, and drafting legal documents on matters involving the Ministry/Department. Depending on assignment, the incumbent may be required to perform some or the full range of the duties of the position.

REPORTS TO: Senior Legal Officer or designated officer

SUPERVISION GIVEN TO: NA

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Represents the Ministry/Department in court and before tribunals.

 

  • Advises on legal issues relating to the administration, interpretation and enforcement of laws relative to the Ministry’s/Department’s operations.

 

  • Drafts complex legal documents including contracts, leases and agreements.

 

  • Provides legal opinions and briefs in respect of complex legal issues.

 

  • Prepares instructions for submission to state central legal agencies on legal matters involving the state.

 

  • Performs court cases preparation work such as interviewing witnesses, taking depositions and preparing pre-trials briefs and draft pleadings for filing.

 

  • Assists in planning, directing, coordinating and formulating legal policies and programmes of the Ministry/Department.

 

  • Conducts research and analysis, and reports on legal matters pertinent to the Ministry’s/Department’s operation.

 

  • Conducts or participates in negotiations/consultations with external/internal parties.

 

  • Participates in or conducts the review of existing legislation, rules and regulations related to the Ministry/Department and recommends/drafts appropriate amendments.

 

  • Represents the Ministry/Department on committees and meetings and other fora.

 

  • Prepares Cabinet/Ministerial Notes, memoranda, letters and other documents on legal matters.

 

  • Performs other duties as required.

 

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES

KNOWLEDGE:

  • Considerable knowledge of the Laws of Trinidad and Tobago.
  • Knowledge of legal principles and practices.
  • Knowledge of the laws and regulations pertinent to the Ministry’s/Department’s operations.
  • Knowledge of legal drafting principles and practices.
  • Knowledge of legal research skills and techniques.
  • 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 and mediation.
  • Ability to use e-Government technology platforms.
  • Ability to use the internet for research purposes.
  • Ability to analyse and interpret laws and legal issues.
  • Ability to present and explain statements of fact 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.

 

MINIMUM EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING

  • Minimum of four (4) years’ experience as a practicing Attorney at law.
  • Bachelor of Law Degree from a recognised institution.
  • Legal Education Certificate or equivalent from a recognised institution.
  • Admission to practice law in Trinidad and Tobago.

 

DEADLINE for APPLICATIONS: TUESDAY APRIL 13, 2021

Only hard copies of applications, accompanied by Curriculum Vitae and copies of certificates will be acknowledged. These should be submitted by the deadline date and addressed to:

 

THE PERMANENT SECRETARY

MINISTRY OF PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT

ATTENTION: DIRECTOR, HUMAN RESOURCES

4TH FLOOR, CAPITAL PLAZA, 11-13 FREDERICK STREET,

PORT OF SPAIN.

MINISTRY OF PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT

 

URBAN AND REGIONAL (TOWN AND COUNTRY) PLANNING DIVISION

 

JOB DESCRIPTION

 

 

JOB TITLE: LAND USE PLANNER

 

JOB SUMMARY:

The incumbent is required to assist in the development of land use plans and ensure that development is in accordance with the provisions of the Town and Country Planning Act and related regulations. Work also involves advising on public and private development projects and working membership on standing and ad hoc committees in connection with co-ordination of planning on a national scale. The technical aspects of the work are performed independently in accordance with established policies, laws and regulations, but general administrative guidance is received from a supervisor who reviews the work for accomplishment and general adherence to policies involved.

 

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

 

 

  • Serves on several standing and ad hoc committees and working parties and gives professional advice on planning matters.

 

  • Prepares development plans for various parts of the nation and integrates them with overall national planning.

 

  • Advises Government in regard to all matters involving the acquisitions and/or lease of government owned lands.

 

  • Implements the Town and Country Planning laws and regulations and enforces their provisions.

 

  • Interviews and advises companies and individuals with a view to ensuring that development, by private interest, are in accordance with overall national planning.

 

  • Performs related work as may be required.

 

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES

 

  • Extensive knowledge of the theory, principles and practices of town planning;

 

  • Extensive knowledge of the laws and regulations pertaining to planning and land development;

 

  • Thorough knowledge of the problem areas requiring corrective planning;

 

  • Skill in securing government and local cooperation in planning matters;

 

  • Ability to plan and administer the work of the Town and Country Planning Division;

 

  • Ability to advise Ministries and local authorities on planning problems;

 

  • Ability to co-ordinate national and local planning to ensure cohesive development plans;

 

  • Ability to implement existing planning laws and regulations, advise on amendments, and enforce their provisions.

 

MINIMUM EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING

 

Experience (three to five years) in Town and Country Planning; and qualifications as evidenced by a degree in Town and Country Planning from a recognized College or University or a two-year diploma course following qualification as an engineer, architect or surveyor; or any equivalent combination of experience and training.

 

Necessary Special Requirements

 

Corporate membership in a recognized Town Planning Institute or Association.

 

DEADLINE for APPLICATIONS: Friday April 9, 2021

 

Only hard copies of applications, accompanied by Curriculum Vitae and copies of certificates will be acknowledged. These should be submitted by the deadline date and addressed to:

 

THE PERMANENT SECRETARY

MINISTRY OF PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT

ATTENTION: DIRECTOR, HUMAN RESOURCES

4TH FLOOR, CAPITAL PLAZA, 11-13 FREDERICK STREET,

PORT OF SPAIN.

There are no vacancies at this time.