An opportunity exists for a significant role in policy development in a unique British overseas territory—the Falkland Islands:
This is a new post intended to provide support and legal advice to a variety of Directorates within the Falkland Islands Government (FIG) in relation to public policy development. There is a pressing need for public policy development to underpin new legislation; in particular in connection with the prospect of hydrocarbon development. Your main duties would include:
- Working closely with colleagues across FIG to provide expert advice, including legal advice; to facilitate the development of Government policy on a wide range of subjects
- Providing advice and guidance in any matter requiring a change in the law (primary and secondary legislation); in particular to provide support for the development of high quality legislative drafting instructions
- Planning and conducting research and analysis in support of new policy development, which would include complex or novel legal questions
The applicant must be a solicitor or barrister (admitted UK/Ireland/Commonwealth) with at least five years’ post-qualification experience, and with at least 5 years successful public sector policy experience. You must be an effective and responsible team member with the skills and motivation needed to develop a new role in a new working environment.
Applicants seeking secondment/career break opportunities are welcome to apply.
- 12 month Fixed Term Contract, with potential for extension by mutual agreement if additional funding is available
- Salary Range £40-54k; starting salaries will be dependent upon experience.
- Eligibility for a 25% Gratuity, paid upon successful completion of the contract.
- 30 Days’ Annual Leave, plus government and public holidays (totalling 41 days’ leave).
- Relocation Allowance to help with moving costs.
- Flights Package for you and your dependants.
- Government Housing for rent at a subsidised rate and a starter pack to help you get settled in.
How to Apply
For more information and to apply online, please visit www.jobs.gov.fk
Closing date for applications is 20.00 UK time on 10 July 2020.
If you have any questions about working for the Falkland Islands Government or would like further information about the role or application process, you can find contact details at the above link.
The Working Environment
Law and Regulation Directorate
The Directorate provides a number of services, led by separate service heads who each reports to the Attorney General. These services are crucial to the achievement of the Government’s ambitions.
- Legal Services provides general legal advice and support to the Governments of the Falkland Islands and also of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands. We direct and conduct public prosecutions and act for Government in all legal proceedings and transactions. We also support the development and delivery of Government initiatives and projects by providing sound legal advice.
- The Registry maintains registers for property, births, marriages and deaths, local companies and charities. In addition to providing registry services, it provides a vital service to the community by ensuring elections are fair and the will of the people is freely expressed.
- The Regulatory team protects the people of the Falkland Islands by regulating Civil Aviation and Telecommunications.
- The Legislation team carries out the legislative drafting function, which supports the Government by turning policy into legislation. The Statue Law Commissioner also manages the online publication of laws and a programme of law revision, and monitors UK laws.
Falkland Islands Government (FIG)
The Falkland Islands is a British Overseas Territory, with full internal self-government.
As the largest employer in the Falkland Islands, we offer many unique and fulfilling job opportunities across a broad spectrum of public services. Our responsibilities include those typically managed by central government (eg, taxation, legislation and policy) as well as those usually managed on a local level such as town planning, health, social services and education. FIG also provides services specific to the needs of the Falkland Islands, such as fisheries research, power generation and the Government Air Service, FIGAS.
For more information about working for Falkland Islands Government, take a look at our recruitment microsite: www.jobs.gov.fk
The Falkland Islands
Set in the South Atlantic Ocean, approximately 400 miles east of South America and 8000 miles south west of the UK, the Falkland Islands are a small, thriving community with a British way of life, benefiting from good local services, a varied social calendar and an absence of traffic jams!
The Falkland Islands’ stunning natural environment provides an unspoiled landscape and amazing wildlife to observe and explore, including penguins, whales and dolphins.
For those with a sense of adventure, it provides opportunities which are hard to match anywhere else in the world.