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Post of Senior Legal Officer

Date: Nov 22, 2019
​Ministry for Home Affairs and National Security
Nomenclatures denoting the male gender include also the female gender.
1. The Permanent Secretary, Ministry for Home Affairs and National Security invites applications for the post of Senior Legal Officer in the Ministry for Home Affairs and National Security.
Terms and Conditions
2.1 This appointment is subject to a probationary period of twelve (12) months.
2.2 The salary for the post of Senior Legal Officer is Salary Scale 6, which in the year 2019 is equivalent to,
€25,779 per annum, rising by annual increments of €596.33 up to a maximum of €29,357.
3. The duties of Senior Legal Officer include:
i. Provide Legal advice to the Department and assist Prosecution Officers in the preparation of court cases;

ii. Perform legal work in accordance with the standards of the profession including the preparation and filing of judicial acts;

iii. Advice and represent the Department and the Head of Department before the courts/tribunals in Malta/Gozo as necessary;

iv. Attend and participate in training, meetings, conferences and seminars in Malta and abroad;

v. Carry out legal research, perform analysis, draw up reports and cabinet memos as may be required;

vi. Liaise with the Office of the Attorney General/State Advocate and other Government Departments as necessary in matters related to the Department;

vii. Draw and/or advise in the drawing up of official scheduled forms or notices related to the Department's role and function;

viii. Assist in the policy formulation and other functions of the Department by the preparation of briefs in relation to areas falling within the remit of the Department;

ix. Draft laws and regulations, including amendments to existing legislation, as well contracts and other written instruments and to peruse documents drafted by others;

x. Collaborate and assist the Department's Data Protection Officer as required in the implementation, management and monitoring of the use of the Department's Data including the Passenger Name Record (PNR), according to Data Protection legislation and practices, as required;

xi. Pays attention to details and information gathered through the processing, analyses and evaluation data, to be able to take the necessary action;

xii. Maintains and communicate a positive and professional attitude during communication with competent authorities;

xiii. Retains confidentiality of all data received and sent;

xiv. Any other duties as may be delegated by the Head of Department and/or the Permanent Secretary  Ministry for Home Affairs and National Security;

xv. Any other duties according to the exigencies of the Public Service as directed by the Principal Permanent Secretary.
Eligibility Requirements
4.1 By the closing time and date of this call for applications, applicants must be:

i. a.  citizens of Malta; or
b. citizens of other Member States of the European Union who are entitled to equal treatment to Maltese citizens in matters of employment  by  virtue  of  EU  legislation  and  treaty  provisions  dealing  with  the free movement of workers; or

c. citizens of  any  other  country  who are entitled to equal treatment to Maltese citizens in matters related  to employment by virtue of the application to that country  of  EU  legislation  and  treaty  provisions  dealing with the free movement of workers;  or

d. any other persons who are entitled to equal treatment to Maltese citizens in matters related to employment in terms of the law or the above-mentioned EU legislation and treaty provisions, on account of their family relationship with persons mentioned in paragraph (a), (b) or (c); or

e. third country nationals who have been granted long-term resident status in Malta under regulation 4 of the “Status of Long-Term Residents (Third Country Nationals) Regulations, 2006” or who have been granted a residence permit under regulation 18(3) thereof, together with family members of such third country nationals who have been granted a residence permit under the “Family Reunification Regulations, 2007”.

The advice of the Department of Citizenship and Expatriate Affairs within the Identity Malta Agency should be sought as necessary in the interpretation of the above provisions.
The appointment of candidates referred to at (b), (c), (d) and (e) above would necessitate the issue of an employment licence in so far as this is required by the Immigration Act and subsidiary legislation. Jobsplus should be consulted as necessary on this issue.
ii. must be proficient in the Maltese and English Language;
iii. have a warrant to practice as Advocate in Malta;  and

iv. have 5 years experience as Advocate after obtaining the Warrant.
Public Officers applying for this post must be confirmed in their current appointment.
4.2 Moreover, candidates who have not yet formally obtained any of the above-mentioned qualifications will still  be considered, provided that they submit evidence that they have been approved for the award of the qualifications in question, or successfully completed the necessary ECTS/ECVETS credits, or equivalent, taken as part of a recognized higher MQF level program of study, as required in the afore-mentioned eligibility criteria, by the closing time and date of the call for applications.
4.3 Public Officers holding a grade in a particular stream, and who were granted Officer in Scale status by virtue of a Grievances Unit decision in the same scale as that of a higher grade in that stream, are eligible to apply for grades open to officers holding such higher grade within the stream that carries the same scale as that of the Officer in Scale status.
The years of service since the effective date of appointment as Officer in Scale are reckonable for the purpose of satisfying any requisite years of service stipulated in calls for applications.
Any other eligibility requisites for the post must be met in terms of this call for applications.
4.4 Applicants must be of conduct which is appropriate to the post applied for (applicants who are already in the Malta Public Service must produce an updated Service and Leave Record Form (GP 47) issued not earlier than one (1) month from date of application; those applying from outside the Service must produce a Certificate of Conduct issued by the Police or other competent authority not earlier than one (1) month from the date of application and state whether they have ever been in Government Service, giving details).
4.5 Applicants must be eligible to take up their due appointment, in terms of 4.1 to 4.4 above, not only by the closing time and date of this call for applications but also on the date of appointment.
4.6 Prospective applicants should note the requirement to produce MQRIC recognition statements in respect of their qualifications from MQRIC, or other designated authorities, as applicable, as per provisions applicable to this call for applications (see link below).
Submission of Supporting Documents
5.1 Qualifications and experience claimed must be supported by certificates and/or testimonials, copies of which are to be scanned and sent through the Recruitment Portal on
5.2 Original certificates and/or testimonials are to be invariably produced for verification at the interview.
Selection Procedure
6.1 Eligible applicants will be assessed by a Selection Board to determine their suitability for the post. The maximum mark for this selection process is 100% and the pass mark is 50%.
6.2 Due consideration will be given to applicants who, besides the requisites indicated in paragraphs 4.1 - 4.3, have proven relevant work experience.
Submission of Applications
7.1 Applications are to be submitted, for the attention of the Human Resource, Ministry  for  Home Affairs and National Security, through the Recruitment Portal only at the following address: Applications are to include  a  Curriculum Vitae  (which should  include  a list  of  qualifications  held  by  applicant), and an updated Service and Leave Record Form (GP47) / Certificate of Conduct as applicable which have been issued not earlier than one (1) month from the date  of  application,  in  pdf  format,  which  are  to  be  uploaded through the Portal. The closing date of the receipt of applications is noon (Central European Time) of Friday, 6th December, 2019. A computer-generated e-mail will be sent as an acknowledgement of the application. Further details concerning the submission of applications are contained the general provisions referred to below.
7.2 Applicants are granted up to two (2) working days after closing date or up to two (2) working days from date of notification, whichever is the later, to submit any incorrect or incomplete documents.
Other General Provisions
8. Other general provisions concerning this call for applications, with particular reference to:
     applicable benefits, conditions and rules/regulations;
     reasonable accommodation for registered persons with disability;
     submission of recognition statements in respect of qualifications;
     publication of the result;
     medical examination;
     the process for the submission of petitions concerning the result;
     access to application forms and related details;
     retention of documents;
may be viewed by accessing the website of the People & Standards Division at the address   or may be obtained from Human Resource Section, Ministry for Home Affairs and National Security, 201, Strait Street, Valletta.  These general provisions are to be regarded as an integral part of this call for applications.
The website address, and e-mail address of the receiving Ministry are and .