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Legal Adviser - Oceans and Natural Resources

Location: Pall Mall, London SW1
Closing date: 12 May 2021

Salary: £73,171 p.a + benefits        

Closing date: 12 May 2021, 1700hrs GMT 

We have an outstanding opportunity in our Trade, Oceans and Natural Resources Directorate for a Legal Adviser - Oceans and Natural Resources (ONR), with expertise in Law of the Sea.

The successful candidate will provide legal and policy advice, either individually or as a member of a multi-disciplinary Advisory team, to Commonwealth member country governments either bi-laterally or through multi-lateral projects.

Other responsibilities entailed in this role include (but are not limited to):

  • Advising on and assisting member countries with the formulation of policies for the facilitation and regulation of ocean and maritime sectors, including appropriate legislative, contractual and regulatory frameworks relating to the focus areas;
  • Analysing proposals, recommending negotiating strategies and providing support to member government teams in negotiations involving complex inter-related policy, legal, fiscal and economic issues;
  • Working with ONR colleagues to develop strategic partnerships and initiatives with multi-lateral and bi-lateral agencies in relation to the focus areas, and maintaining contacts with senior government officials, investors and other international agencies;
  • Contributing to international seminars, conferences and expert group meetings.

To be considered you must have a first degree and/or a relevant post-graduate degree related to Law of the Sea, with a specialisation in aspects of ocean governance or boundary delimitation. Candidates must also have a minimum of ten years of experience at a senior level in the practice of Law of the Sea and in the implementation of projects related to ocean governance or maritime boundary delimitation.

The Commonwealth is a voluntary association of 54 member governments and provides guidance on policy making, technical assistance and advisory services to Commonwealth member countries. We support governments to help achieve sustainable, inclusive and equitable development.

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

Please apply by submitting a CV and cover letter. Covering letters should be structured to address the key criteria required in the person specification, giving clear examples.