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MINISTRY OF WORKS AND INFRASTRUCTURE
NOTICE OF VACANCIES
Applications are invited from suitably qualified Nationals of Trinidad and Tobago to fill the following contract
position in the Legal Services Unit, Ministry of Works and Infrastructure.
JOB TITLE: SENIOR LEGAL OFFICER
The incumbent is required to supervise junior legal officers performing legal
work in the Legal Services Unit/Division of a Ministry/Department. Duties
include appearing 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.
REPORTS TO: Director, Legal Services or designated officer
SUPERVISION GIVEN TO: Junior Legal Officers and other support staff
DUTIES AND 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, organises and prepares the work programme of the Legal Services
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
Reviews systems, policies and procedures and makes appropriate
recommendations to improve productivity and quality service.
Confers with relevant official of Ministries/Departments and attends meetings
to give professional legal advice.
Prepares and/or reviews legal opinions.
Review 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
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.
Review 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
Prepares Cabinet/Ministerial Notes, memoranda, letters and other document
on legal mattes.
Represents the Ministry/Department on committees and in meetings and
Performs other related duties as required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES KNOWLEDGE:
Considerable knowledge of the Laws of Trinidad and Tobago.
Considerable knowledge of legal principles and practices.
Considerable knowledge of the laws and regulations pertinent to the
operations of the Ministry/Department.
Considerable knowledge of legal drafting principles and practices,
Considerable knowledge of legal research skills and techniques.
Considerable knowledge of court procedures and practices and of rules of
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 orgue
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 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.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
Salary, allowances and other terms and conditions of employment are to
be negotiated with the Chief Personnel Officer, Personnel Department.
Ministry of Works and Infrastructure,
Contracts Unit, Level 4
Corner London and Richmond Streets,
Port-of-Spain, Trinidad West Indies
Attention: Director, Human Resource
UNSUITABLE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACKNOWLEDGED
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