Government of Jamaica


Government of Jamaica

Senior Assistant Attorney-General

MSET - Legal Services Unit (LSU)
(JLG/LO 5) in the Ministry of Science Energy and Technology, Legal Services Unit (LSU), 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 of the Permanent Secretary with technical oversight from the assigned Deputy Solicitor-General in the Attorney-General’s Chambers (Headquarters), the Head of Legal Services coordinates the Legislation Programme as well as serves as Chief Legal Counsel for the Ministry and provides legal support to its Departments and Agencies, in order to assist the entities to achieve their strategic objectives. The Head of Legal Services is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Legal Service Unit. Instructions on the legal priorities of the Ministry as well as oversight of the work of the Legal Services Unit are the responsibility of the Permanent Secretary.

Key Responsibilities


  • Prepares the Unit’s Operational Plan and Budget ensuring their alignment with the strategic objectives and priority programmes of the Ministry;
  • Prepares and presents the Ministry’s Quarterly and Annual Legislation Programme ensuring all priority Bills are adequately represented; monitors progress of the implementation of the programme and submits updates to the Permanent Secretary and the Cabinet Office as required;
  • Provides legal advice to the Permanent Secretary; Departments and Agencies within the portfolio purview of the Ministry; and other relevant personnel;
  • Develops, implements and maintains policies and procedures to guide the operations of the Unit;
  • Prepares technical Briefs for the Minister as required;
  • Participates and submits performance and other reports as required and ensures timely submission of all documents/information requested from the Unit;
  • Attends meetings, conferences, seminars on matters relating to the Ministry, its Agencies and Departments.
  • Keeps abreast of international conventions related to the Ministry’s activities and interprets and advises on its implications.
  • Conducts a range of complex legal research to provide legal guidance and support in furtherance of the mission critical functions of the Ministry and its entities;
  • Prepares written opinions and advice on a range of complex legal matters impacting the Ministry and its entities;
  • 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;
  • Attends sittings of Parliament including Committees of Parliament, and provides clarification on bills as required;
  • Prepares, reviews and amends legal documents or instruments required by the Ministry and its subjects;
  • Drafts or reviews Agreements, Contracts, Memoranda of Understanding and other commercial documents;
  • Prepares legal briefs to the Solicitor-General through the Permanent Secretary to support the escalation of nuance or highly complex legal matters or matters of national importance;
  • Prepares briefs to 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;
  • Reviews material to be provided by the Ministry in response to queries by the Integrity Commission, request under the ATI1 Act, and other appeals;
  • Serves as Instructing Counsel on matters being pursued by the Director of State proceedings on behalf of the Ministry and its entities and assists in preparing, collating and executing Affidavits and other evidentiary matters in litigation;
  • Follows up and provides updates on legal matters and attends hearings on behalf of the Ministry;
  • Prepares Orders for signature of the Minister, ensuring all necessary/required consultations and Cabinet Submissions are done and co-ordinates the Gazetting of the Orders;
  • Reviews International Agreements in consultation with the Ministry with responsibility for Foreign Affairs and reviews draft Cabinet Submissions seeking approval for ratification;
  • Reviews and advises on legal implications internal policies and procedures;
  • Represents 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;
  • Performs such related legal services as may be determined by the Permanent Secretary and the assigned Deputy Solicitor-General and from time-to-time.
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
  • Energy and resilience; the personal capacity to see the bigger picture and be able to navigate obstacles, ambiguity and change
Minimum Required Qualification and Experience
  • Bachelor of Laws (LLB) Degree;
  • Certificate in Legal Education;
  • Eight (8) years progressive experience as a practical Attorney.

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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