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Legal Drafter

Belmopan, Belize

Legal Drafter
Belmopan, Belize
Pre-Employment investigation may include: criminal/background check; drug screening; fingerprint checks; employment verification; verification of education (relevant to employment); credit checks; and may include other requested checks by DoS: INL (Clearance FAQs HERE)

ATSG Corporation prides itself on our proven dedication to providing expert assistance to our government partners—without any surprises. We work hard to honor our commitment to our clients while ensuring our employees feel secure and empowered in their work. We take excellent care of our team, so they may have the freedom and confidence to focus on their missions and provide nothing but the best output on the work site and at home.

The company provides a variety of services within the Intelligence Community. Our products may be diverse, but the results are one and the same—on schedule, on budget, and completed with superior quality. We are experienced in areas such as Mobility, Enterprise Architecture, Data Processing, Law Enforcement Mission Support, and Acquisition Support. As an organization, we are consistently expanding our footprint in the contracting community.

We are presently identifying candidates for the following position: Belize Legal Drafter. This candidate will work with Dept. of State, International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (DOS-INL) in Belmopan, Belize on the Central America Regional Security Initiative (CARSI) contract.

The CARSI contract, one of the largest and most sophisticated multi-lateral security efforts in the world, provides funding for the US Government to assist the governments of the CARSI countries with police professionalization, justice sector reform, counter narcotics efforts, border security management, crime and violence prevention, and anti-corruption efforts. This initiative will focus on a series of Policing, Specialty, IT and Administrative roles. Requirements and responsibilities for this role are as follows:  

Minimum Qualifications—

  • Belize Local National or Third Country National of Caricom countries

  • The candidate must be able to pass an ATSG background investigation to begin employment and must obtain and maintain an MRPT Clearance to gain Embassy access and be eligible for continued employment.

  • FSI level 4/4 English

  • A postgraduate degree in legislative drafting would be an advantage.

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Law (preferably by a recognized and reputable institution in the Commonwealth), Social Science or related field and

  • Ten (10) years’ professional legislative drafting experience, working within an Attorney General’s Chambers, Law Reform Authority or similar organization and experience of British Laws and legal framework.

  • Five (5) years professional Experience working regionally or internationally including within the Caribbean or the Commonwealth.

  • Five (5) years’ working experience producing anti-corruption and good governance related policies and legislation.

  • All working experience shall include knowledge and experience working with Parliamentarians, Experience in Management of Asset Forfeiture and any other relevant experience for the position.

  • Ability to engage with a cross-section of stakeholders in the public and private sectors.

  • In-depth knowledge and understanding of Belizean, Caribbean or Commonwealth Constitutions, statutes, and subsidiary laws.

  • Able to conduct on the job training with local counterpart(s) on legislative drafting and training in the enforcement of relevant legislation.

  • Proven ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines.

  • Excellent communication skills as well as the ability to communicate fluently in English (spoken and written);

  • Demonstrated ability to apply best practices, lessons learned, and international norms to an overseas environment.

  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills working with all levels.

  • Demonstrated communications skills, oral and written, in English

Preferred Qualifications—

  • Knowledge of Embassy organization and familiarity with program, organization, and operation of other U.S. agencies involved in rule of law programs abroad

The Advisor will provide the following assistance support to INL Belmopan and the Government of Belize:

  • Assist the government of Belize to engage in legislative reforms to combat corruption and to enact best practices in governance for both the executive and the legislature that will ensure meaningful accountability and transparency. These include:

    1. Legislation to empower and strength the Integrity Commission, Elections and Boundaries Commission, the Office of the Contractor General, and the Office of the Auditor General;

    2. The implementation of a government procurement process rules and protocols through an E- marketplace for the government to ensure fairness, competition and transparency in the procurement of supplies, works and services;

    3. Legislation to reduce discretionary ministerial powers and eliminate political intervention in the public service;

    4. Reform of the public service regulations and protocols to introduce rules and regulations that will ensure public officers are hired and promoted based on merit and not simply years of service or because of political allegiance or reticence, ensure greater accountability in the public service, better service to the general public, and that will seek to eliminate corruption within the public service;

    5. Introduction of legislation with measures to protect whistle-blowers and witnesses involved in corruption cases;

    6. Reform of our electoral laws to modernize them and to ensure that they allow for transparency and fairness to all stakeholders in the electoral process to ensure that our democracy is truly representative of the people; and

    7. Reform the standing orders that govern the National Assembly to allow for a healthier debate on issues and greater accountability to the public.

  • Liaise with responsible Government Ministries/Departments and stakeholders regarding policy and drafting instructions;

  • Undertake a review of relevant national legislation in relation to the drafting instructions;

  • Prepare draft legislation and protocols;

  • Work together with the responsible Government legal office responsible for legislative drafting (e.g. Attorney General’s office or Parliamentary Counsel) on the development of the draft legislation;

  • Consult with stakeholders and develop consultation reports containing consultation outcomes, analysis of the recommendations from consultations, and a list of people consulted;

  • Facilitate consultation on draft legislation and train line ministries on enforcement of draft legislation;

  • Develop supporting material, including explanatory memorandum or white paper, legislation implementation plan and Cabinet paper for the draft legislation;

  • Be prepared to support draft model legislative briefs.

  • Works closely with the INL Belize section, and specifically the Criminal Justice Sector Program

  • Monitors and Evaluates programs for impact is a critical part of the required duties.

  • Supports, assists, and advises INL Belize in its support to the Government of Belize on police reform across the nation.

  • Provides evaluation and feedback to INL Belize.

  • Makes recommendations for the most effective solutions.

  • National and international travel may be required.

  • A work plan is required for this position.

  • Report to and provide regular updates to the Attorney General and the Solicitor General;

  • Consult internally with the Solicitor General or a Senior Crown Counsel on technical policy issues;

  • Provide advice, where in the opinion of the drafter, new Bills or amendments may conflict with existing legislation;

  • Provide legislative drafting assistance in line with national, technical and procedural

  • Provides weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual reports of relevant program activity, progress toward desired impacts, recommendations for advancing program and U.S. objectives, project highlights, and other relevant significant information including metrics, milestones achieved, and other relevant statistical data.

  • Reports on scheduled upcoming meetings, trainings, and other activities.

*Candidates are encouraged to submit a .doc or .docx resume that explicitly addresses each of the requirements listed above.
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Equal access to programs, services and employment is available to all persons. Those applicants requiring reasonable accommodation to the application and/or interview process should notify a representative of the Recruiting Team.

This contractor and subcontractor shall abide by the requirements of 41 CFR 60-300.5(a) and 60-741.5(a). These regulations prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals on the basis of protected veteran status or disability and require affirmative action by covered prime contractors and subcontractors to employ and advance in employment qualified protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.

To comply with Federal law, ATSG Corporation participates in E-Verify.  Successful candidates must pass the E-Verify process after hire.

We respectfully request not to be contacted by recruiters and/or staffing agencies.

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