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Recruit Ref: G12888
Posting Date: 2021-05-14
Department of Justice
Division/Section/Unit: Constitutional and Policy Affairs Division
Temporary Legal Consultant (Constitutional and Policy Affairs)-(Non-Civil)
Job Description
To be deployed to the China Law Unit in the Constitutional and Policy Affairs Division. Subject to the Department’s operational needs, the postholder is expected to engage in the following areas of work –
(a) To conduct research and prepare research notes or draft advice in English (or, when so required, in Chinese) on Mainland law issues;
(b) To provide legal input on draft memorandum of understanding or draft cooperative arrangements to be entered into between Hong Kong and the Mainland;
(c) To provide support in organising or arranging promotional events, workshops, seminars, visits, training programmes, etc., both in Hong Kong and the Mainland;
(d) To provide support in relation to visits to and from the Mainland which includes the preparation of draft bilingual briefs, background paper, powerpoints, speaking points and speeches;
(e) To provide legal input on draft cooperative initiatives proposed by Mainland authorities with Hong Kong; and
(f) To undertake such other duties as may be assigned from time to time.

General Notes: (a) Candidates must be permanent residents of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region at the time of appointment unless specified otherwise.
(b) As an Equal Opportunities Employer, the Government is committed to eliminating discrimination in employment. The vacancy advertised is open to all applicants meeting the basic entry requirements irrespective of their disability, sex, marital status, pregnancy, age, family status, sexual orientation and race.
(c) Non-civil service vacancies are not posts on the civil service establishment. The candidate appointed is not on civil service terms of appointment and conditions of service. The candidate appointed is not civil servants and will not be eligible for posting, promotion or transfer to any posts in the Civil Service.
(d) The entry pay, terms of appointment and conditions of service to be offered are subject to the provisions prevailing at the time the offer of appointment is made.
(e) Where a large number of candidates meet the specified entry requirements, the recruiting department will devise shortlisting criteria to select the better qualified candidates for further processing. In these circumstances, only shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend recruitment examination and/or interview.
(f) It is Government policy to place people with a disability in appropriate jobs wherever possible. If a disabled candidate meets the entry requirements, he/she will be invited to attend the selection interview/written examination without being subject to any further shortlisting criteria. Applicants who have declared disabilities found suitable for appointment may be given an appropriate degree of preference over other applicants whose suitability for appointment is considered comparable to that of the former. The Government policy and other related measures on employment of persons with disabilities are set out in the booklet “Employ People Based on Their Abilities - Application for Government Jobs by Persons with Disabilities” which is available for reference on the Civil Service Bureau’s website at https://www.csb.gov.hk under “Administration of the Civil Service – Appointments”.
(g) Holders of academic qualifications other than those obtained from Hong Kong institutions/Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority may also apply but their qualifications will be subject to assessments on equivalence with the required entry qualifications. They should submit copies of their official transcripts and certificates in person or by post to the above contact address as appropriate. (h) Non-civil service vacancy information contained in this column is also available at the GovHK’s website (https://www.gov.hk).
Requirements
Candidates –
(a) must have passed the National Unified Legal Professional Qualification Examination or the former National Unified Judicial Examination and obtained the certificate for the National Unified Legal Professional Qualification or the certificate of competency for the National Unified Judicial Examination;
(b) must have a bachelor’s degree in law;
(c) must have ‘Level 2’ result in the Use of English paper and ‘Level 1’ result in the Use of Chinese paper in the Common Recruitment Examination (CRE). In this connection, Level 5 or above in English Language of the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination (HKDSEE); or Grade C or above in Use of English of the Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination (HKALE); or Grade C or above in English Language of the General Certificate of Education (Advanced Level) are accepted as equivalent to ‘Level 2’ in the Use of English paper of the CRE. Further, candidates with an overall band of 6.5 or above with no subtest score below band 6 obtained in the same sitting in the Academic Module of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) within the two-year validity period of the test is considered as having met the English language proficiency requirement of this post. The IELTS test result must be valid on any date during the application period. Besides, Level 4 in Chinese Language of the HKDSEE; or Grade D in Chinese Language and Culture or Chinese Language and Literature of the HKALE are accepted as equivalent to ‘Level 1’ in the Use of Chinese paper of the CRE. Candidates without the requisite CRE results but who have met the other entry requirements may also apply. Appointment will be subject to their obtaining ‘Level 2’ in the Use of English paper and ‘Level 1’ in the Use of Chinese paper of the CRE on or before 25 June 2021. Candidates who do not have Level 1 in the Use of Chinese paper of the CRE by the time of appointment may also be appointed subject to the operational needs of the Department;
(d) should preferably have the following professional experience: be a solicitor with at least three years’ professional experience since admission in Hong Kong or in any one of the recognised jurisdictions as stipulated in Section 2A and Schedule 2 of the Legal Officers Ordinance (Cap. 87); or a barrister with at least four years’ professional experience since attaining the right to full practice in Hong Kong or in any one of the recognised jurisdictions as stipulated in Section 2A and Schedule 2 of the Legal Officers Ordinance (Cap. 87); or a foreign lawyer registered under the Legal Practitioners Ordinance (Cap. 159) with at least three years’ professional experience in Hong Kong or elsewhere; and
(e) should preferably have been a holder of a Mainland lawyer’s practice certificate with at least three years’ professional experience as a Mainland lawyer.

Note: If selected, the candidate will be offered a salary of HK$70,465 per month.

Terms of Appointment: The successful candidate will be appointed on non-civil service contract terms for one year. Renewal of contract will be subject to the service need of the Department of Justice and the candidate’s performance. Higher salary may be granted to the selected candidate when the contract is renewed.
Remuneration
Salary: HK$70,465 per month

Fringe Benefits Fringe Benefits : Include an annual leave of 14 days per year of service; full pay sick leave in accordance with the provisions of the contract; and maternity/paternity leave, where appropriate.

Gratuity : Upon satisfactory completion of the contract, the appointee will be eligible for an end-of-contract gratuity which, when added together with the Government’s contribution to the Mandatory Provident Fund Scheme, will be equal to 15% of the total basic salary drawn during the contract period.
Apply Method
Candidates should apply in writing with a completed application form [G.F. 340 (Rev.3/2013)], which is obtainable from any Home Affairs Enquiry Centres of District Offices, Home Affairs Department or any Job Centres of the Employment Services Division, Labour Department. The said form can also be downloaded from the Civil Service Bureau’s website (https://www.csb.gov.hk). Completed form together with a full C.V. should be submitted in person or by post to the Administration Unit, Constitutional and Policy Affairs Division, Department of Justice, 5/F, East Wing, Justice Place, 18 Lower Albert Road, Central, Hong Kong (Enquiries: 3918 4569) by 4 June 2021. Please specify the title of the post being applied for on the envelope. The C.V. should include (a) gradings of the subjects taken in public examinations from secondary education onwards (with exact dates of scoring the results), if applicable; (b) results of LLB, PCLL or other legal professional examinations, listing the gradings of the subjects taken (with copies of transcripts and certificates); (c) exact date and place of admission/call; and (d) employment records with detailed description of duties. Applications with incomplete or unclear information will not be considered. Applicants are encouraged to provide their email addresses on the application forms. To avoid delayed or unsuccessful delivery of applications by post, please ensure that the correct address is clearly printed or written on the envelope and sufficient postage has been affixed before posting. Mail items bearing insufficient postage will not be delivered to this Department and will be returned to the sender or disposed of by the Hongkong Post, where appropriate. Applicants will bear any consequences arising from paying insufficient postage. Applications submitted by fax or e-mail will not be accepted. Candidates who are selected for interview will normally receive an invitation about 2 to 4 weeks after the closing date for application. Those who are not invited for interview may assume that their applications are unsuccessful.

Contact Address: The Administration Unit, Constitutional and Policy Affairs Division, Department of Justice, 5/F, East Wing, Justice Place, 18 Lower Albert Road, Central, Hong Kong

Enquiry Telephone: 3918 4569

Closing Date:04/06/2021

Summary
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Civil Service / Government 
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Job Position Level:
General 
Employment Term:
Temporary 
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Certificate 
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