Job Information Legal Officer (JLG/LO 3) Company Information
Contact Name Office of the Services Commission
Contact Email
Job Information
Job Type Full-time
Department Ministry of Labour and Social Security
Category Legal
Posted 16-02-2024
Job Status
Start Publishing 16-02-2024
Stop Publishing 23-02-2024
Applications are invited to fill the following vacant post in the Ministry of Labour and Social Security: Legal Officer (JLG/LO 3), Disabilities Rights Tribunal, Department, salary range $5,597,715 - $7,528,305 per annum.
Job Purpose
To provide legal support on matters affecting Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) that are submitted for hearings at the Disabilities Rights Tribunal (DRT).
Key Responsibilities
  • Conduct detailed research relating to both legal and quasi-legal matters;
  • Instruct, prepare comprehensive brief and liaise with the Attorney General's Chambers on legal issues concerning the Tribunal including applications for Judicial Review made against the Tribunal;
  • Instruct, prepare comprehensive brief and liaise with the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions on all criminal proceedings to be instituted by the Tribunal;
  • Interpret and administer the various laws which impact the work of the Tribunal ;
  • Monitor Court proceedings against the Tribunal as well as those instituted by the Tribunal ;
  • Advise and liaise with external clients in respect of matters affecting the various Laws which relate to the work of the Tribunal;
  • Liaise with the Ministry in the review of, making of recommendations and the submitting of opinions on proposed or existing legislation, procedures, proposed policy formulation and issues or questions of Law which may affect or improve the operations of the Tribunal;
  • Engage in the continuous review of all legal documents, literature, judgments, awards and legislation which can be used by the Tribunal and advise on the legal implications of same ;
  • Provide training for the officers of the Ministry and the members and staff of the Tribunal on legal issues which affect the Tribunal with a view to improving the competency of such officers and members and staff of the Tribunal;
  • Provide legal support in the dissemination and compilation of information concerning Awards of the Tribunal, the Labour Relations and Industrial Disputes Act, 1975, Labour Relations Code, 1976 and any other legislation which impacts the work of the Tribuna l;
  • Provide legal support in the revision, discussion, education campaigns and legal/academic exercises concerning Industrial Disputes, Industrial Relations, Labour Laws and other Laws pertinent to the role and function of the Tribunal;
  • Engage in the continuous review and make recommendations regarding the function of the Tribunal and Industrial Relations matters in general;
  • Represent the DRT at meetings and conferences as required;
  • Supervise and monitor the work of the Secretary assigned to work with him/her and ensure that said Secretary maintains an adequate filing and follow-up-system;
  • To carry out any other duties that may be assigned to the Office of the Legal Officer.
Required Knowledge, Skills and Competencies
  • Excellent knowledge of the Jamaica Law and particularly laws which affect the work of the DRT.
  • Excellent research and legal writing skills.
  • Excellent presentation, oral and written communication skills.
  • Good problem solving skills and tenacity.
  • Excellent team work skills.
  • Ability to work under pressure.
Minimum Required Qualification and Experience
  • Bachelor of Laws Degree (LL.B.)
  • Certificate of Legal Education (CLE)
  • At least (4) years’ experience as a practicing attorney in the Public or Private Sector.
Special Conditions Associated with the Job
  • Required to travel intra island and overseas;
  • Required to work outside of normal working hours;
  • Conduct training seminars/workshops for internal and external clients;
  • Make presentations on policy and legislation affecting the work of the Tribunal;
  • Attend Tribunal Hearings and Meetings;
  • Officer required to work independently.
Applications accompanied by résumés should be submitted no later than Thursday, 22nd February, 2024 to:
Senior Director, Human Resource Management and Development
Ministry of Labour and Social Security
14 National Heroes Circle
Kingston 4
Please note that only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.
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