Vacancy Notice – RSS ARU Legal Adviser
JOB TITLE : LEGAL ADVISER
LOCATION : BARBADOS
REPORTS TO : DIRECTOR ARU
DURATION : 1st APRIL 2018 – 31st MARCH 2020 (2 YEARS)
The purpose of the ARU will be to build sustainable regional capacity in asset recovery as a means of tackling and disrupting serious organised crime and corruption within the OECS and Barbados. It will do so by enhancing the knowledge and skills of investigators, prosecutors and magistrates/judges and providing practical guidance and support in dealing with such matters. The unit is funded under the UK Department for International Development (DFID), Caribbean Anti-corruption Programme.
Summary of relationships and responsibilities of the ARU Regional Legal Adviser
The ARU Legal Adviser (LA), based in Barbados, will work with the ARU Senior Legal Adviser (SLA). The LA will assist with the mentoring and advising of all practitioners, but particularly prosecutors, magistrates and the judiciary, involved with money laundering investigations, civil forfeiture, restraint, asset confiscation and the corruption of public officials, in all the jurisdictions covered by the programme.
Although based in Barbados, the LA will be required to travel regularly to all of the jurisdictions included in the programme. The LA may also be required to attend regional and international meetings.
The RLA may be expected to work extended and unsocial hours, sometimes at short notice, to be flexible, and to respond outside normal office hours, without any entitlement for additional remuneration.
The LA will support the SLA and the Director ARU in the delivery of the strategic objectives and key messages of the ARU.
- To support the SLA in all activities and responsibilities of the
- To provide practical guidance, support and advice to prosecutors, lawyers, investigators and legal officials on asset recovery, including cash seizures, civil forfeiture, money laundering and corruption prosecutions as well as providing guidance on the FAFT 40 Recommendations.
- To provide guidance to those involved with preparing Production Orders, Restraint orders, Forfeiture Orders and Confiscation Statements and how to apply for them in the
- To interact with prosecutors and others within the criminal justice systems to ensure they understand their roles and responsibilities in dealing with money laundering, civil forfeiture and asset confiscation
- To develop capacity within the Offices of the Director of Public Prosecutions by mentoring prosecutors and lawyers in the preparation and presentation of money laundering
- To deliver training, workshops or seminars to prosecutors, lawyers, magistrates and financial investigators, to increase their capability and confidence to deal with asset recovery and money laundering
- To work with the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court and the Supreme Courts in the other relevant jurisdictions to raise the awareness of the judiciary on asset recovery, money laundering,
- To provide legal and practical guidance and support to the Director ARU and the Financial Investigations
- To encourage greater use of money laundering legislation to prosecute ‘high profile criminals’, as a precursor to confiscating their assets, by providing practical guidance to investigators and
- To ensure that asset recovery continues to play a prominent part at all levels within the criminal justice
- To provide advice to host authorities on legislative and procedural matters, including identification of legislative and systemic weaknesses, advise on improvements to existing legislation and/or the drafting of new
- To lobby Attorneys General and other key stakeholders to introduce a common Proceeds of Crime Act, including full civil forfeiture, and other legislative changes required, providing advice and drafting assistance, where
- To encourage senior government officials to establish effective mechanisms to reinvest confiscated and forfeited assets in law enforcement, financial investigation units, criminal justice systems and social and developmental programmes, through the introduction of asset sharing protocols.
- To engender a collaborative prosecutorial approach to asset recovery in the Caribbean and promoting regional
- To liaise with senior government and legal officials to enlist their cooperation and support in placing asset recovery as an integral part of all serious crime
- To report to the SLA and/or the Director on legal and procedural issues on a regular and timely basis, as
- To mentor regional lawyers whilst on short term secondments with the ARU, so that when they return to their parent organisations they are better able to deal with asset recovery, money laundering and corruption
- To coordinate with regional and international stakeholders in the delivery and implementation of strategies for the effective prosecution of organised criminals and the use of proceeds of crime legislation.
- The post will be based at the RSS HQ offices in Barbados
- An allowance to cover accommodation and living expenses in Barbados will be included within the salary
- It will be a fixed term contract with the RSS from 1st April 2018 to 31st March 2020 and is an unaccompanied
- The post is non-pensionable.
- The position will require regular travel and the successful candidate will receive traveling allowance in accordance with approved rates
- Salary, allowances and vacation leave are in accordance with the terms and conditions stipulated by RSS Council of Ministers and RSS Standing Orders
- Medical insurance will be provided by the
- The successful applicant will be required to pass a polygraph test prior to taking up this position
- Congenial office accommodation is provided.
- Institutional support will be provided in accordance with established Regional Security System policies and
- Required to maintain confidentiality and
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
- Knowledge of and ability to interpret Proceeds of Crime, Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Legislation of Barbados and the Eastern
- Working knowledge of Criminal and Civil asset recovery, Money Laundering and Corruption prosecutions. [Experience in the subject areas would be an asset]
- Knowledge of FATF 40
- Ability to provide oral and written advice on matter relating to proceeds of crime, money laundering and
- Working knowledge of the Criminal Justice Systems of Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean.
- Competent working knowledge of court procedures, legal principles and
- Effective team
- Demonstrated supervisory
- Effective communication and interpersonal skills as well as ability to motivate and mentor
- Ability to analyse issues, interpret and make sound
- Proven ability to solve legal problems in a methodical and practical
- Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with colleagues and the public.
- Punctuality and consistent attendance to
- Ability to organise and work independently on multiple tasks/projects and complete assignments within specified
- Knowledge of government procedures and practices.
- Computer literate. [Proficiency in PowerPoint required]
Qualifications and Experience
- Bachelor of Laws Degree with a Certificate in Legal Education or equivalent plus a minimum of 6 years of experience in legal practice. [Some working knowledge of Asset recovery would be an asset]
- Bachelor of laws Degree with a Certificate in Legal Education or equivalent plus a minimum of 2 years of experience in Proceeds of Crime and Money Laundering prosecutions.
- Demonstrated knowledge and technical expertise relevant to the
- Accuracy, thoroughness and timeliness of work
- Quality of work
- Judgment and decision-making as it pertains to area of
- Demonstrated positive interaction and effective communication with work colleagues and stakeholders.
Applications, along with an up to date CV, two (2) references and certified copies of documents pertaining to qualifications, should be addressed to:
The Programme Administrator Asset recovery Unit
Regional Security System HQ Barbados
via Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
to reach no later than 23rd February 2018.
NB: Unsuitable candidates will not be acknowledged. Candidates meeting the minimum qualifications and experience may not be considered for an interview. Only the candidates with the best qualifications and experience will be shortlisted for interview.