Legal Adviser – Oceans and Natural Resources

Salary: £73,171 p.a + benefits        

We have an outstanding opportunity for a Legal Adviser with with expertise in extractives sector governance in the Oceans and Natural Resources (ONR) section of our Trade, Oceans and Natural Resources Directorate.

In particular, the post-holder will be responsible for:

  • taking direct responsibility for the management of a portfolio of natural resource projects with particular emphasis on mining (including sea-bed minerals) and petroleum;
  • providing legal and policy advice in other areas relevant to the work of ONR including renewable energy, energy transition, and other maritime activities.

The successful candidate will provide legal and policy advice, either individually or as member of a multi-disciplinary ONR Advisory team, to Commonwealth Member countries and regional organisations. Other responsibilities include: providing advice on, and assisting member countries to formulate policies for the facilitation and regulation of private sector investment in maritime and natural resource sectors, including appropriate legislative, contractual and regulatory frameworks; analysing proposals, recommending negotiating strategies and, where necessary, providing support to Member government teams in negotiations; delivering various capacity building initiatives, managing project execution by defining project parameters, reporting on project implementation and monitoring project performance; collaborating with ONR colleagues to develop strategic partnerships and initiatives with multi-lateral and bi-lateral agencies, and maintaining contacts with senior government officials, investors and other international agencies. The job involves frequent overseas travel.

To be considered, you must have a first degree and/or relevant post-graduate degree in Law, with a specialisation in aspects of natural resources, maritime or public international law. Also required is a minimum of ten years’ experience at a senior level in the practice of the law and implementation of projects related to the extractives sectors; demonstrated skills in legislative drafting, policy, regulation, and/or negotiations relating to extractives or international maritime law; prior experience in an international context, gained in a government ministry, the private sector or an international organization.

We are the inter-governmental body of the Commonwealth, comprising 53 sovereign states. Our aim is to provide sustainable development through professional advice, transfer of best practice, and the enhancement of skills and knowledge, all to the betterment of over two billion citizens. Our efforts are concentrated where we have a clear ability to add global value.

To join us, you must be a citizen of a Commonwealth country.

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Closing date: 29 November 2019, 1700hrs GMT     

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