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Turks and Caicos Islands Government

Senior Legislative Drafter

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Job Code: LWB3-21-26
Posted On:
Closing On:
Thursday, 15th July 2021
Friday, 30th July 2021
Department: Attorney Generals Chamber
Location: Grand Turk

Job Description:

JOB SUMMARY:

This professional position has system wide responsibility for translating the policies of the Government and statutory bodies into clear and effective legislation and providing accurate legal advice to the Government.  The Senior Legislative Drafter is expected to generate satisfactory results when bills and secondary legislation are enacted by the House of Assembly and legal instruments are completed; government officers are trained on the legal principles of respective legislation, to prepare drafting instructions and on basic legal issues relevant to their function.

KEY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

This position has departmental and governmental accountability for: -

·    Draft primary and subsidiary legislation.

·    Assist with the preparation of instructions for the drafting of primary and secondary legislation.

·    Advise on Bills throughout the legislative process.

·    Maintain legislative files.

·    Maintain database of laws of the Turks and Caicos Islands and prepare revised laws as necessary.

·    Prepare for publication an annual volume of primary and subsidiary legislation enacted during the                 previous year.

·    Draft opinions on statutory interpretation and constitutional and administrative law issues.

·    Provide legal advice to all government departments

·    Maintain Chambers’ law library.

·    Supervise junior staff.

·   Adhere to all Public Service codes, rules and regulations.

·   Other duties as may be directed by the Deputy Attorney General or Attorney General from time to time.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE:

  • This position requires a Bachelor of Laws or its equivalent. Post graduate qualifications in legislative drafting is desirable.
  • In addition to a Bachelor of Laws the position requires that the job holder possess a Legal Profession Certificate or its equivalent as well as specialized training legislative drafting. The job holder must be qualified and eligible to practise in a Commonwealth Law Jurisdiction or the Republic of Ireland.

This position requires –

·    at least seven (7) years on the job experience, to acquire the necessary competencies to effectively               respond to the challenges of the functions.

·    at least five (5) years’ working experience in legislative drafting preferably in Commonwealth countries           using the Westminister model parliamentary democracy would be an advantage.       

The areas of experience should include but not limited to:

·    Drafting legal instruments

·    Drafting bills and secondary legislation

·    Parliamentary procedure

·    Civil practice and procedure

The industry experience most appropriate for the job holder includes:-

·   Law practices

·   The court system

·   Public Law and Public Service

SALARY:  Grade 9.5: $68,982.50 per annum plus allowances

For persons recruited outside of the Turks & Caicos Islands a two-year extendable contract is offered. Other benefits in addition to basic salary include a Housing Allowance, End-of contract gratuity of 10%, return passages for a family of up to two children under the age of 18 years, freight cost and duty exemption on personal effects imported within six months of the appointment.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE:

Resumes with current contact information must be accompanied by a Cover Letter and two letters of reference (one preferably from a former employer) as well as copies of educational certificates and a copy of the Passport photo page, National Turks & Caicos Islander Status Card (where applicable). Shortlisted candidates must submit a Police Certificate.

Applications should be addressed to The Director, Office of the Human Resource Management Directorate, Church Folly, Grand Turk. Applications can be hand delivered, Faxed to 946-1582 or sent by email to: recruitment@gov.tc.

Hand delivered and fax applications must have clearly marked on the envelope/fax cover sheet the Job Title of position being applied for. On emailed applications the subject line must reference the Job Reference Number (LWB3-21-26) and the Job Title.

Current serving officers must apply through their Head of Department.

Applications without all supporting documents will not be processed.

We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only persons selected for an interview will be contacted.

APPLICATION DEADLINE

30TH JULY 2021