Thursday, November 19, 2009

Office of the President of Timor-Leste, Senior Legal Adviser, Deadline December 11, 2009.

Senior Legal Advisor
to the Office of the President of Timor-Leste
Location: Timor-Leste (Dili)
Application Deadline: 11-Dec-09
Position: Legal Advisor to the Office of the President of Timor-Leste
Languages Required: English, Portuguese
Starting Date: 01-Jan-2010
Duration of Initial Contract : six months extendable
The Department of Legal and Constitutional Affairs assists the President on legal and constitutional affairs. It is responsible for technical tasks at the President’s request, namely ensuring the due administrative course of legal diplomas submitted for promulgation, as well as following-up decrees and other acts of legal and constitutional competence of the President.
The Legal Advisor works within the Department of Legal and Constitutional Affairs of the Office of the President and its tasks will be determined according to the Terms of Reference defined by the Chief of Staff and by the Head of Department.
Duties and Responsibilities
  • Provide legal support to the decisions of the President whenever he asks.
  • Follow-up all matters of legal and constitutional relevance and keep the President apprised.
  • Follow-up debates in the National Parliament and report on a periodical basis for the President.
  • Assist with and/or prepare legal reports, observations and opinions, review and analyse laws and regulations to keep the President apprised.
  • Prepare the President’s diplomas, namely nomination and exoneration decrees of the Prime-Minister, members of Government, diplomatic representatives of Timor-Leste and of other bodies on which the President has constitutional competence.
  • Analyse and formulate opinions on the diplomas sent to the President for promulgation.
  • Analyse and formulate opinions on processes of pardon sent by the Government and support the President in that procedure.
  • Assure the analysis of Proposals of Laws and of Decree-Laws for the President’s information and promulgation.
  • Analyse legal questions posed by the functioning of the Office of the President, or specifically asked for by the President or Chief of Staff.
  • Prepare reports and documentation, briefings and talking points for the President.
  • Cooperate with Political Support Services of the President, on legal and constitutional matters of political relevance.
  • University degree and Masters in Law, and relevant experience in the legal area.
  • Experience in research of legal matters and information gathering to produce reports and internal information.
  • Experience in legal drafting.
  • Good experience of IT systems: proficient in Windows and Microsoft (Word, Excel, etc).
  • Proficient in Portuguese and English.
  • Knowledge of Tetum and/or Bahasa Indonesia is an advantage.
Personal and Professional Characteristics:
  • Uphold the image of the Office of the President by demonstrating discipline, use of appropriate language and equal treatment of everyone, without any form of discrimination.
  • Obey all applicable rules according to the current legislation, namely the Public Service Law, the Code of Conduct, the Organic Law and the Internal Rules of the Office of the President, as well as all other norms approved and that apply to the post.
  • Capacity to work in teams and to easily relate with colleagues.
  • Excellent organizational skills and to manage work independently.
  • Excellent analytical skills.
  • Maturity and sense of responsibility.
  • Adaptability and capacity to manage stressful situations.
  • Good initiative.
  • Good communication skills.
How to apply
Applications need to be sent to our email address:, no later than 17:00hours Timor-Leste time on, 11 December 2009.
Only short-listed candidates will be contacted