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Interested persons are requested to submit their hard copy applications: cover letter, Curriculum Vitae and copies of certificates no later than Friday 1st November ,2019:

The Permanent Secretary

Ministry of Planning and Development

Attention: Director, Human Resources

4th Floor, Capital Plaza 11-13

Frederick Street Port-of-Spain

 

JOB TITLE: LEGAL OFFICER I

Job Summary:

The Incumbent is required to perform professional legal work in a Ministry/Department under the direct supervision of a higher-level legal officer. Duties include appearing in court, providing legal advice and opinions and drafting legal documents on the 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 officer or other designated officer

SUPERVISION GIVEN TO: N/A

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: 

  • Represents the Ministry/Department on matters before the courts
  • Provides advice on the less complex legal matters .
  • Drafts the less complex legal documents and assists in the drafting of the more complex documents including contracts, leases and memorandums of agreements.
  • Conducts research, interprets laws, rules and regulations and prepares legal opinions and briefs in respect of the less complex legal matters.
  • Provides advice by supplying legal authorities based on research .
  • Assists in performing court case preparation work such as Interviewing witnesses, taking depositions and preparing pre-trial briefs and draft pleadings for filing.
  • Assists in reviewing existing legislation, rules and regulations related to the Ministry's/Department's operations and recommending appropriate amendments.
  • Assists in the development and maintenance of an up to date repository of laws, judgments, contract precedents and related materials In respect of the Ministry's/Department's operations.
  • Drafts Cabinet /Ministerial Notes, memoranda, letters and other documents on legal matters.
  • Copies and collates relevant documents .
  • Performs other duties as required.

 

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES

  • Knowledge of the Laws of Trinidad and Tobago.
  • Knowledge of legal principles, practices and procedures.
  • Knowledge of legal research methods and techniques.
  • Knowledge of the court procedures and practices and of rules of evidence.
  • Some knowledge of the laws and regulations related to the Ministry/Department's operations.
  • Some knowledge of legal drafting principles and methods.
  • 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 .
  • Skill in drafting legal documents/instruments .
  • Ability to interpret and analyse the law and legal issues .
  • Ability to present and explain statements of fact and the law, and to argue clearly and logically both 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

  • No experience required. 
  • 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.

 

 

 

 

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.
  •  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 ofTrinidad 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 ABILITY

  • Proflclency 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.

 

 

 

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