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Post of Junior Legal Officer

Date: Feb 28, 2020
 
​1. The Permanent Secretary, Ministry for Home Affairs, National Security and Law Enforcement invites applications for the post of Junior Legal Officer in the Ministry for Home Affairs, National Security and Law Enforcement.
 
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 Junior Legal Officer is Salary Scale 9, which in the year 2020 is equivalent to,
€21,933 per annum, rising by annual increments of €447.33 up to a maximum of €24,617.
 
2.3 A Junior Legal Officer will be promoted to Legal Officer in Salary Scale 8 (which in the year 2020 is equivalent to €23,358 x €486.83 - €26,279) on completion of two (2) years service in the grade of Junior Legal Officer, subject to satisfactory performance and provided that the person has been practicing for at least three
(3) proven years after obtaining the Warrant of Lawyer.
 
2.4 A Legal Officer (Salary Scale 8) will progress to Salary Scale 7 (which in the year 2020 is equivalent to
€24,894 x €531.17 - €28,081) on completion of six (6) years service in the grade of Legal Officer, subject to satisfactory performance.
 
2.5 The appointee will be entitled to such other benefits and subject to such other conditions as may be stipulated in any pertinent agreement between the Government and the competent Union.
 
2.6 The appointee must ensure that s/he operates within the framework of the Code of Ethics and of Section
6.2.3 of the Public Service Management Code, and will not carry any form of work outside of Government employment which may lead to a conflict with their official duties with the Government. Private work invariably necessitates the permission of the Permanent Secretary.
 
Duties
 
3. The duties of Junior Legal Officer include:
 
i. the exercise of his/her profession, and will also be required to perform such other duties compatible with the post which includes work related to EU Affairs, including:
 
follow up dossiers in relation to EU affairs; advise on legal issues;
assist in the policy formulation and other functions of the respective Directorate in relation to areas falling within the ambit of the Ministry;
undertake law drafting tasks in connection with National legislation and harmonisation of EU legislation;
 
ii. liaise with the Office of the Attorney General and other ministries and entities whenever necessary;
 
iii. being responsible to look after the legal interests of the Departments falling within the portfolio of the Ministry for Home Affairs, National Security and Law Enforcement;
 
iv. advise on various legal topics, as well as to vet and draft agreements and contracts;
 
v. prepare drafts of laws, regulations or other enactments and amendments to existing legislation in both English and Maltese, as necessary;
 
vi. prepare and file judicial acts, as well as follow up on same in Court;
 
vii. assist Departments falling under the Ministry and the Ministry itself, in lawsuits before the Courts and Tribunals, in Arbitration proceedings and to appear before other Boards as may be necessary, so as to also make legal submissions, in the interests of Government;
 
viii. be efficient in order to meet deadlines set and have initiative to deliver what is expected in a prompt manner;
 
ix. perform any other duties according as directed by the Permanent Secretary or his representative;
 
x. 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. able to communicate in the Maltese and English Language;
iii. in possession of the Warrant to practice the profession of Advocate in Malta .
 
Public Officers applying for this post must be confirmed in their current appointment.
 
4.2 Qualifications at a level higher than that specified above will be accepted for eligibility purposes, provided they meet any specific subject requirements.
 
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 https://recruitment.gov.mt.
 
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 - 4.4, have proven relevant work experience.
 
Submission of Applications
 
7.1 Applications are to be submitted, for the attention of the Human Resources Section, Ministry for Home Affairs, National Security and Law Enforcement, through the Recruitment Portal only at the following address: https://recruitment.gov.mt. 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, 13 March 2020. 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.
 
7.1 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;
     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 https://publicservice.gov.mt/en/people/Pages/PeopleResourcingandCompliance/FormsandTemplates.aspx or may be obtained from Human Resources Section, 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 www.homeaffairs.gov.mt and recruitment.mhse@gov.mt.