Government of Jamaica


Government of Jamaica

Senior Assistant Attorney-General

Commercial Affairs - Headquarters
(JLG/LO 5) in the Commercial Affairs Division Head Quarter (HQ), salary range $3,948,257 - $4,693,237 per annum and any allowance(s) attached to the post.
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Senior Assistant Attorney-General (JLG/LO 5)

Job Purpose

Under the general direction and leadership of the Deputy Solicitor-General (Commercial Affairs Division) the Senior Assistant Attorney-General is responsible for:

  • Providing advice and guidance on a wide range of legal matters relating to commercial law and International Financial law to MDAs;
  • Providing advice on legal matters relating to the drafting and enactment of Government legislation to manage and regulate commercial transactions;
  • Oversighting of the work of Legal Service Units assigned to the Division.
Key Responsibilities
  • Conducts research, prepares and renders legal opinions to MDAs on a wide range of Commercial Law matters;
  • Advises Ministries, Departments and Agencies on a range of legal issues relating to Commercial Law including Law of Contracts, Company Law, Labour Law, Sale of Goods, Commercial Arbitration, Competition Law, Intellectual Property, Procurement Law, Banking Law, Law of Credit and Security and securities documentation including bills of exchange and other negotiable instruments, Capital Markets Transactions, Public Private Partnerships and Privatisations, Mergers and Acquisitions, Conveyancing, International Financial Law and, International Project Financing;
  • Negotiates, drafts and vets contracts and other transactional documents as well as loans and other securities documentation;
  • Prepares and vets legal opinions;
  • Reviews contracts and other documentation to ensure their legality and compliance with Government policy;
  • Acts as legal adviser to the Government and other public bodies in the negotiation of loans from international lending agencies and in relation to major commercial agreements including transnational agreements;
  • Instructs the Litigation Division in the preparation of commercial matters for Court and the Industrial Disputes Tribunal;
  • Vets and comments on Cabinet Submissions, Bills and draft Legislation relating to Commercial Law matters;
  • Represents the Government at Arbitration Hearings.
  • Supports the design, implementation and monitoring of systems and procedures to support the preparation of contracts, MOUs and other legal documents on behalf of MDA’s;
  • Reviews escalated legal matters from direct reports and provides remedies/solutions where applicable;
  • Responds to queries or provide information as necessary or required;
  • 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.
  • Oversees the work and resources of the Division and a portfolio of assigned LSUs by:
    • Developing and managing Division’s Operational, Human and Financial Resource Plans and activities;
    • Planning strategically to determine nature and scope of legal services required and subsequent development of appropriate delivery processes;
    • Establishing and managing a network of senior level relationships with client Ministries to work collaboratively to meet client needs and achieve objectives;
    • Leading and overseeing Senior Counsel. Providing legal advices and guidances of all legal work including guidance on all high level legal issues and opinions prepared for senior officials;
    • Monitoring and evaluating performance, resolving performance issues and supporting career development of direct reports;
  • Contributes to the development of the Division’s Strategic and Operational Plan 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 other documents as required;
  • Prepares and delivers legal presentations as needed.
Required Knowledge, Skills and Competencies
  • 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 Commercial law and International Financial law
  • Highly developed knowledge of the mandate, objectives, strategies, policies, and environment of the AGC and assigned LSUs
  • Excellent knowledge of the English Legal System and the Legal Framework of Government;
  • Ability to analyse and interpret changes in the economic, political and social environment and the legal implications to the operations of the GOJ
  • Excellent oral and written 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
  • Good strategic and analytical skills to enable them to advise on complex issues
  • Good organisational and personal leadership: the ability to orchestrate strategic outcomes; the ability to lead collaboratively and manage significant change in large and complex organisations
  • 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) Degree;
  • Certificate in Legal Education;
  • Eight (8) years progressive experience at the Bar.

Applications accompanied by résumés should be submitted no later than Wednesday, 11th August 2021 to:

Director, Human Resource Management and Administration
Attorney General’s Chambers
2 Oxford Road (NCB Towers) (First Floor)
Kingston 5
Email: hrm@agc.gov.jm

Please note that only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

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