COU01 - COUNSEL TO THE COMMISSION

The Ombudsman Commission of Papua New Guinea is an independent constitutional institution established to protect and promote good leadership and governance in Papua New Guinea. The Commission has in the past few years undergone a major institutional strengthening project which has enhanced every aspect of its operational and administrative functions.

The position of Counsel to the Commission is created by the Organic Law on the Ombudsman Commission and is currently vacant. The Counsel –

  • is the Ombudsman Commission’s principal legal adviser and a key policy adviser to the Commission
  • provides legal and policy advice to the Commission on all aspects of its constitutional functions and operational activities.
  • is expected to produce high standards of work, provide quality advice without fear or favour and properly guide the Commission in making sound and quality decisions.
  • provides support to the Operations Division in the conduct of major investigations under the Organic Law on the Ombudsman Commission and the Organic Law on the Duties and Responsibilities of Leadership
  • imposes quality control on all of the Commission’s major outputs, including investigation reports and referrals to the Public Prosecutor
  • conducts litigation in the National Court and the Supreme Court on behalf of the Ombudsman Commission
  • must possess good management skills and able to employ good management strategies and best management practices in achieving results.

Qualifications and experience

The successful applicant must –

  • have a degree in law from a tertiary institution recognised by the Commission and demonstrate that he has practised successfully as a lawyer for a substantial number of years either in Papua New Guinea or in a country with a legal system that, in the opinion of the Commission, is substantially similar to the legal system of Papua New Guinea
  • be admitted to practise as a lawyer in Papua New Guinea (or be eligible for immediate admission, in which case documentary proof of eligibility is required)
  • be of high standing and respected within the legal profession
  • possess an acute appreciation of the Constitutional Laws of Papua New Guinea, in particular the constitutional mandate of the Ombudsman Commission.
  • have a sound knowledge of administrative law, criminal law, civil law and law principles and  practice

Experience in law enforcement or investigations or constitutional law advocacy is advantageous, as are other qualifications, eg accountancy, or experience, eg in private practice or international relations, in related fields.

The Commission provides exciting and challenging career opportunities rewarded with competitive remuneration and an environment that acknowledges progression based on good performance.

Applications are invited from nationals and non-nationals suitably qualified, experienced, mature, high personal integrity and highly motivated with the personal drive to produce real results.

Full details of salary, conditions of employment and job descriptions outlining the selection criteria for the position can be obtained by contacting the  Human Resource Unit on 308 2667, 308 2698 and 308 2678.

To apply, complete the Application Form OC 2.2.2 addressing the selection criteria, including current curriculum vitae, copies of qualifications, the names and contact numbers of three referees to:

The Secretary
Ombudsman Commission
Petromin Haus
Hubert Murray Highway
PO Box 1831
PORT MORESBY 121
National Capital District

ATTENTION: Human Resources Manager

Or alternatively email: jobs@ombudsman.gov.pg

 APPLICATIONS CLOSE AT 12 NOON ON FRIDAY 9 OCTOBER 2020

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