National Legal Specialist, Antigua and Barbuda

Organization: FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Country: Antigua and Barbuda

City: St. John’s, Antigua and Barbuda

Office: FAO in St. John’s, Antigua and Barbuda

Closing date: Thursday, 3 June 2021


National Legal Specialist - Antigua and Barbuda

Job Posting: 20/May/2021

Closure Date: 03/Jun/2021, 9:59:00 PM

Organizational Unit : SLC

Job Type: Non-staff opportunities

Type of Requisition : PSA (Personal Services Agreement)

Grade Level : N/A

Primary Location: Antigua and Barbuda

Duration : Antigua and Barbuda - Home based with a final mission (depending on the pandemic situation)

Post Number : N/A

FAO seeks gender, geographical and linguistic diversity in its staff and international consultants in order to best serve FAO Members in all regions.

FAO is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality, background and culture

Qualified female applicants, qualified nationals of non-and under-represented member nations and person with disabilities are encouraged to apply

Everyone who works for FAO is required to adhere to the highest standards of integrity and professional conduct, and to uphold our values. FAO has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and FAO, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination

All selected candidates, therefore, will undergo rigorous reference and background checks

All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality

The incumbent may be re-assigned to different activities and/or duty stations depending on the evolving needs of the Organization

Organizational Setting

The Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations develops a project for improving animal identification and traceability in the Caribbean Region. This project is in alignment with the strategic Objectives 4 (Enable more inclusive and efficient agricultural and food systems) and Strategic Objective 2 (Make Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries more productive and sustainable). The strategic objectives here cited are framed under the Regional Initiative 3 (Sustainable and Resilient Agriculture). The project will be implemented in Guyana, Barbados, Antigua and Barbuda, Saint Lucia and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. The national/regional legal consultant will be responsible to prepare the analysis of national legislation that will serve as basis for the proposals for legal reform, for their presentation to the national counterparts and to prepare new legislation.

Reporting Lines

Under the technical supervision of the Legal Officer, Development Law branch, and the overall supervision of the FAO Sub-regional Office for the Caribbean, in close coordination with the project coordinator, the technical officers in the sub-regional and regional office and other members of the project team, the national consultant will: Tasks and Responsibilities

Get familiar with FAO publications on AIT, with a focus on the legal issues as well as with other key documents produced or provided under the project as well as with the OIE standards relevant for AIT;
Collect all national and regional legislation relevant for AIT, with a focus on the legislation relevant for data protection and data access. Analyse the legislation and prepare a national legal report following the models provided by the Legal office. This report will explain the national legal system and tradition, the institutional framework for AIT, and all the legislation relevant for AIT, including data protection. It will identify gaps and weak areas and provide recommendations for legal reform;
Correct and amend the report as necessary and introduce the comments of the international legal consultant, the national counterparts and other members of the project team;
Present the report to the national counterparts, discuss and validate the report and guide a discussion on next steps. Prepare a short report of the meetings/workshop;
Based on the results of the discussion, prepare new draft legislation in close collaboration with the national counterparts and the international consultant;
Present, discuss and validate the draft legislation with the national counterparts and the project team. Prepare a short report of the meetings;
Prepare a final report explaining the legal approval procedure required for the draft legislation;
Support the drafting of regional-level legislation, as needed;
Prepare a final report including: the updated legal analysis, a commented version of the draft legislation and recommendations for its approval and implementation.


Minimum Requirements

Advanced University degree in legislation and/or related field;
At least 5 years of relevant practical experience in agriculture legislation and/or veterinary legislation;
Working knowledge of English;
National of Antigua and Barbuda or resident in the country with a regular work permit.

FAO Core Competencies

Results Focus



Building Effective Relationships

Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Technical/Functional Skills

Legal drafting experience will be considered an asset;
Experience in managing teams of consultants;
Experience in capacity development activities;
Computer literacy is required;
Quality of both oral and written communication skills;
Limited knowledge of Spanish or French may be considered an asset.

Please note that all candidates should adhere to FAO Values of Commitment to FAO, Respect for All and Integrity and Transparency.


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Applications received after the closing date will not be accepted.

Only language proficiency certificates from UN accredited external providers and/or FAO language official examinations (LPE, ILE, LRT) will be accepted as proof of the level of knowledge of languages indicated in the online applications.

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