Bureau of Standards Jamaica
The Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ) is seeking to identify suitable candidates to fill the position of Legal Officer
The Legal Officer plans and directs all general legal activities of the Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ) in order that it achieves its mission of promoting the international competitiveness of Jamaican producers, facilitating trade and protecting consumers and advice on Corporate Governance and Ethics Management issues.
Advises the BSJ and the Standards Council on legal matters and/or ensure that required advice can be accessed;
Interprets and advises on laws, international conventions and agreements relevant to the BSJ.
Coordinates Court proceedings;
Represents BSJ in legal matters and/or identify & ensure appropriate legal representation for the BSJ;
Liaises with and instructs outside counsel from time to time;
Examines and comments on Bills emanating from Ministries that may be related to conformity assessment issues;
Analyzes and reviews existing legislations and make recommendations for changes as required;
Drafts necessary amendments to the existing laws related to the regulatory framework and administration of the BSJ for the attention of relevant parties;
Coordinates with the Office of the Parliamentary Counsel, Attorney General’s Chambers and the Portfolio Ministry in the preparation of new laws and regulation relating to the BSJ;
Instructs the Chief Parliamentary Counsel to ensure that the policies of the BSJ are represented in Bills;
Prepares and/or ensure that required advice can be accessed in preparing Cabinet submissions seeking approval for the enactment if laws or promulgation of standards;
Attends meetings of the Legislation Committee, sittings of the House of Representative and the Senate at which Bills relevant to the BSJ are being considered;
Collaborates with the management of the BSJ to ensure that its operations are kept up-to-date and in keeping with international standards, guidelines, established policies and procedures and developments of the BSJ.
Provides legal advice on matters relating to the procurement of goods and services as required
Prepares cases for submission to the Director of Public Prosecutions and the Attorney General’s Chambers; determining the completeness of the information and the adequacy of any evidence
Prepares contracts for the acquisition of goods and services
Prepares cabinet submissions seeking approval for the enactment of laws or promulgation of standards and technical regulations
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required:
Comprehensive knowledge of the Standards, Weights and Measures and the Processed Food Acts and Regulations.
Working knowledge of International Conventions relevant to the BSJ’s activities.
Comprehensive knowledge of the Contractor General Act and the Public Management & Accountability Act
Comprehensive knowledge of business laws, commercial and trade practices
Comprehensive knowledge of civil and criminal law procedures
Excellent interpersonal & communication (written & oral) skills.
Excellent organizational skills.
Excellent customer service attitude.
Ability to work under minimal supervision.
Ability to be able to independently handle, draft, current, modify all the legal documents.
Ability to take the initiative to identify and resolves problems
Minimum Qualificaitons and Experience:
Certificate in Legal Education
At least three (3) to five (5) years’ experience in a similar capacity
Applications must be submitted no later than Wednesday, 10 April 2019 at 4:00 p.m. by email to:
Director, Human Resource Management & Development
Bureau of Standards Jamaica
6 Winchester Road
Please note that while we appreciate all applications, only shortlisted applicants will be contacted