Legal Officer (Institutional Matters)

  • Mid-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 12 June 2019

Job Description

Location: Pall Mall, London SW1
Closing date: 2 July 2019

£59,164 pa + benefits

The Legal Counsel’s office provides advice to the Secretary-General, Deputy Secretary-General, Senior Management Committee and the Secretariat more generally; briefs the Governing Boards as required; and oversees the conduct of cases brought before the Commonwealth Secretariat Arbitral Tribunal.

The Legal Officer (Institutional Matters) reports to the Legal Counsel in the Office of the Secretary General, assisting the Legal Counsel in providing advice on questions arising out of the work of the Secretariat. This may relate to public international law, including international organisations law and international administrative law; the relevant laws of the UK as host country; or the domestic law of other Commonwealth member states. The job holder undertakes research and collaborates with colleagues across the Secretariat to draft legal documents and develop proposals for legal and policy analysis.

The post-holder will review and advise on legal documents, prepare legal opinions and draft and negotiate legal arrangements; manage a subject portfolio, giving prompt, practical, user-friendly legal advice; and assist the Legal Counsel in tasks such as conducting research and legal analysis, drafting legal policy papers, briefing notes and reports of meetings, and preparing submissions and bundles for litigation before the Commonwealth Secretariat Arbitral Tribunal.

To be considered, you will need to be qualified to practise law in a Commonwealth jurisdiction. A master’s degree in a relevant area of law from a recognised university is desirable. You will also need at least six years’ post-qualification experience; demonstrable experience of providing legal advice and delivering practical solutions to clients and/or stakeholders; and an in-depth knowledge of the principles of employment law, contract law and access to information/data protection principles in a domestic jurisdiction of a Commonwealth member country, and an understanding of public international law including international administrative law.

The Commonwealth is a voluntary association of 53 member governments and provides guidance on policy making, technical assistance and advisory services to Commonwealth member countries. We add global value by helping governments achieve sustainable, inclusive and equitable development goals.

Initial Skype interviews are anticipated to take place in the week commencing 22 July 2019. To join us, you must be a citizen of a Commonwealth country.

Applications close on Tuesday 2 July 2019 at 17:00 BST

About the Organization

The Commonwealth Secretariat is the principal intergovernmental body of the Commonwealth, responsible for advancing and achieving the shared goals of the association’s 53 member governments in advancing democracy, development and respect for diversity. The Secretariat is headed by the Secretary-General who, as the Chief Executive of the organisation, is responsible and accountable for overall leadership, management and delivery.

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