Attorney General, St Helena Government

ATTORNEY GENERAL
Locum role x 6 months and / or substantive role on 2 year contract available.
Competitive salary negotiable according to experience and qualifications, 
plus international supplement.

About the role
The Attorney General is the principle legal adviser to the Governor and the governments of St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha and provides wide-ranging expert legal advice.  The role is diverse, from overseeing all legislative drafting, management of the legislative programme, responsible for criminal prosecutions, drafting contracts and other legal instruments. Overseeing the Attorney General’s Chambers, the role is responsible for the leadership and development of the legal and administrative team.

What you’ll do
No two days will be the same in this role, and you will carry out a broad and varied range of activities assigned to the Attorney General under the Constitution and other laws and policies.  You’ll have overall responsibility for all Crown Proceedings, will manage the legislative programme, delivery responsibilities for criminal responsibilities, draft contracts/legal agreements and other legal instruments, whilst ensuring that the Attorney General’s Chambers develops and adapts to reflect the changing needs of the islands.  Other specific role responsibilities are outlined in the attached job profile.

What you’ll bring
You’ll be a qualified and experienced solicitor or barrister (minimum 7 years post qualification) with experience in both civil and criminal litigation, including higher court advocacy, across both the public and private sectors.  As well as your broad range of experience, you’ll bring effective leadership and management skills, and demonstrable experience of leading and developing high performing teams.  A high level of communication, analytical, planning, influencing skills, and interpersonal attributes (including influencing, networking and diplomacy) are critical in this role.

What we offer
In addition to a negotiable salary (based on experience and qualifications) the following benefits are offered:
International supplement - £19,900 pa pro rata, full details of which are in the Overseas Vacancy information at www.sthelenapublicservicejobs.sh, relocation allowance, pension contribution of 7.5% of salary at the end of the completed period, 30 days’ annual leave per annum pro rata, plus public holidays. Full details of the supplements and allowances are in the Overseas Vacancy Information at
 www.sthelenapublicservicejobs.sh


The appointment will be subject to:
•    Satisfactory employment references
•    Enhanced Criminal Records Check
•    Medical and Dental Clearance

What’s it like to live and work on St Helena?
St Helena is a small volcanic island, situated in the South Atlantic, part of the wider British Overseas Territory of Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha, situated approximately 1,200 miles from the mainland of South Africa and 800 miles from our nearest neighbour, the island of Ascension. Travel to and from the island is via a weekly (from October 2022) charter flight to Johannesburg, with international connections from there. To thrive here on this unique, challenging and beautiful island, you must be resilient, adaptable and able to live, work and engage with a small community.  More information can be found by visiting https://www.sthelenatourism.com/

How do I apply?
An application form is available at www.sthelenapublicservicejobs.sh Further information can be found here on this site, or you may contact Kedell Worboys on 0044-203-818 7610 or by email shgukrep@sthelena.gov.com  Applications should be sent to recruitment@sainthelena.gov.sh and received by 14 October 2022.  To be considered for the role you must complete our application form.  Please do not submit your CV.  For the locum position, applications will be assessed as received, therefore the closing date may be brought forward if a suitable applicant is identified.

St Helena Government positively accepts applications from all members of the community regardless of race, gender, disability, age, sex, sexual orientation, religion or belief, and will consider all applications on the basis of merit, in accordance with the person specification.

First stage interviews: October, by Skype or Zoom
Required start date:  November 2022 (locum) or early 2022 (substantive)