Government of Jamaica


Government of Jamaica

Legal Officer

Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce
(JLG/LO 3) Salary range $3,032,763- $3,605,002 per annum and any allowance(s) attached to the post.
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Legal Officer (JLG/LO 3)

Job Purpose

Under the general direction and management of the Senior Legal Officer, the Legal Officer provides advice and guidance on a range of legal matters to support the work of Ministers and Cabinet/Financial/Permanent Secretary in the Strategic Management of a discrete Ministry.

Key Responsibilities


  • Conducts a range of legal research to provide legal guidance and support in furtherance of the mission critical functions of the Ministry and its subjects;
  • Prepares written opinions and advice on a range of legal matters impacting the Ministry and its subjects;
  • Provides legal support to the Ministry and its subjects in the preparation of Cabinet Submissions and Drafting Instructions in respect of items on the Legislative Programme;
  • Provides legal support to Ministry during policy development in relation to matters to form part of the Legislative Programme;
  • Assists in the preparation of Bills for tabling and provides legal support in the preparation of the Minister’s Briefs;
  • Prepares, assists, reviews and amends legal documents or instruments required by the Ministry and its subjects;
  • Drafts or reviews Agreements, Contracts or Memoranda of Understanding;
  • Prepares legal briefs to the Senior Assistant Attorney-General to support the escalation of nuance or highly complex legal matters or matters of national importance to obtain legal advice from the DSG;
  • Prepares briefs for the review of the Senior Assistant AG for the attention of the Department of Legal Reform or the Office of the Chief Parliamentary Counsel requesting comments on draft Cabinet Submissions;
  • Provides comments on draft Bills or draft policy papers submitted by other Ministries or Departments;
  • Responds to queries or provide information as necessary or required;
  • Assists in preparing, collating and executing Affidavits and other evidentiary matters in litigation involving the Ministry or its subjects;
  • Follows-up and provides updates on legal matters and attends hearings on behalf of the Ministry;
  • Reviews and advise on legal implications of internal policies and procedures;
  • Provides legal advice to Ministry on all areas of law;
  • Represent the Ministry by participating on Inter-ministerial Committees or Teams in relation to legislation or policy in which the Ministry has an interest;
  • Remains current on GOJ policies/initiatives in an effort to add value and inform decision making;
  • Remains competent and current through self-directed professional reading, developing professional contacts with colleagues, maintaining membership in professional organizations and participating in AGC initiatives.
Management and Administrative
  • Contributes to the development of the LSU’s Strategic and Operational Plans and Budget;
  • Develops Individual Work Plans based on alignment to the Division’s Plan;
  • Participates in meetings, seminars, workshops and conferences as required;
  • Prepares reports and project documents as required;
  • Prepares and delivers legal presentations as needed.
Required Knowledge, Skills and Competencies


  • Excellent interpersonal and team management skills.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Strong leadership skills.
  • Strong customer relations skills.
  • Excellent planning and organizing skills.
  • Excellent judgment and decision-making skills.
  • Ability to influence and motivate others.
  • Proficiency in the use of relevant computer applications.


  • Excellent legal research and analytical skills;
  • In-depth and extensive knowledge of the Laws of Jamaica and the broad field of law or practice relating to Constitutional and legislative Affairs;
  • Highly developed knowledge of the mandate, objectives, strategies, policies, and environment of the AGC-HQ and assigned LSUs;
  • Excellent knowledge of the English legal system and the legal framework of Government;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication including presentation skills and the ability to communicate legal information in a manner which can be understood by decision makers and users;
  • Ability to exercise sound judgement and convictions of purpose in unfavourable or unpopular situations;
  • Problem solving and negotiation/facilitation skills and experience;
  • An excellent understanding of the machinery of Government, including particularly the Jamaican context and the current challenges facing the GOJ;
  • Ability to create commitment to a strong and consistent customer service philosophy;
  • Energy and resilience; the personal capacity to see the bigger picture and be able to navigate obstacles, ambiguity and change;
  • Advanced IT skills in relation to Word, PowerPoint, Excel and MS Project and associated legal software.
Minimum Required Qualification and Experience
  • Bachelor of Laws (LLB);
  • Legal Education Certificate;
  • Three (3) years progressive experience at the Bar.
Special Conditions Associated with the Job
  • Require to travel extensively in the execution of duties.
  • Must possess a reliable motor vehicle and a valid Driver’s licence.

Applications accompanied by résumés should be submitted no later than Friday, 26th November, 2021 to:

Human Resource Management and Development
Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce
4 St. Lucia Avenue
Kingston 5
Email: hrm@miic.gov.jm

Please note that only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

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