British High Commission Liaison Prosecutor Paralegal Assistant (CPS) Jobs in South Africa

British High Commission Liaison Prosecutor Paralegal Assistant (CPS) Jobs in South Africa

Main Purpose of Job:

The country-based assistant will support and assist the Liaison Prosecutor in achieving their objectives as set by the CPS.

The Liaison Prosecutor works with UK law enforcement and prosecution agencies to ensure effective investigative and prosecution outcomes in the UK and South Africa and to develop and improve relationships with South African partners.

The Liaison Prosecutor’s work can sometimes involve providing support to UK prosecution and law enforcement authorities with casework in jurisdictions outside of South Africa. The country-based assistant may also be required to support such work.

The country-based assistant will work closely with the Liaison Prosecutor to provide administrative and organisational assistance including: providing research support (written and oral), ensuring the extensive and varied caseload is adequately managed and reports and records are kept up-to-date, and attending meetings with UK and South African partners.

The country-based assistant may also be called upon to conduct legal research, help to prepare guidance and briefing documents and assist the Liaison Prosecutor in preparing and delivering presentations. The country-based assistant may be given independent casework tasks and will be asked to help the Liaison Prosecutor develop and improve relationships with UK and South African stakeholders.

The country-based assistant may be asked to attend internal meetings at the High Commission to represent the CPS on the country board and/or operations board if the Liaison Prosecutor is unavailable.

This job will give the successful candidate an opportunity to gain experience in working with the Crown Prosecution Service, UK law enforcement and the local authorities. The country-based assistant will be encouraged to develop an understanding of policy work and may have opportunities to shadow other colleagues.

The country-based assistant should be prepared to attend training events to develop and improve their legal knowledge and administrative skills.

The country-based assistant will be based at the British High Commission in Pretoria but may also work with the Liaison Prosecutor at the South African Department of Justice and Constitutional Development (subject to agreement of host country). Travel in South Africa, the region and to the UK may occasionally be required.

There will be a degree of autonomy in the role during which the successful candidate will be expected to identify tasks which will assist the Liaison Prosecutor or the wider network.

Security Clearance Level required: SC.

Please note that only nationals of UK, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand who have resided in these countries within the last five years are likely to meet this requirement.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Establishing, maintaining, and strengthening relationships with key stakeholders within South Africa and in particular within the Ministry of Justice (MOJ), the Attorney General (AG), the Public Prosecution Offices (PPO) in South Africa.

  • Maintaining existing cooperative and productive working relationships with the UK law enforcement agencies and other HMG departments represented at Post.

  • Case management of UK Mutual legal assistance (MLA), asset recovery and extradition requests, including initial review and triage, if directed by the Liaison Prosecutor.

  • Providing essential administrative support, to contribute to the delivery of project work to
    enhance bilateral cooperation and progress UK priorities, to include proactively maintaining the database of requests for formal international cooperation from the UK to the South Africa.

  • Providing legal support by conducting open source legal research of South Africa criminal justice laws and criminal justice processes, as directed by the Liaison Prosecutor.

  • Preparing formal written reports, maintaining the CPS casework log, transfer log and risk register and submitting these to CPS International each month at the direction of the Liaison Prosecutor.

  • Identifying case work actions and assisting with the progression of case work, sometimes independently in the absence of the Liaison Prosecutor; knowing when to escalate up where necessary

  • Conducting ad-hoc, open-source research and analysis, presenting findings in a logical and concise manner.

  • Managing the Liaison Prosecutor’s diary appointments including organising meetings, preparing and distributing agendas, briefing papers and minutes.

  • Working closely with the CPS Operational Delivery team to plan and organise travel for inward and outward visits, and to compile and organise programmes for incoming/outgoing conferences, workshops and other training events.

  • Supporting broader Embassy/High Commission work and objectives where appropriate, to include crisis response and cover for HMG partners at post during periods of absence as required.

  • Travelling to the UK, or traveling in-country or regionally, to support the Liaison Prosecutor including to attend training events / team days.

  • The above list is not exhaustive and the country-based assistant will be required to be flexible and take on other ad hoc tasks as required.

    Essential Qualifications, Skills and Experience

  • SC clearance (or the ability to be cleared to SC)

  • Fluent in written and spoken English

  • IT skills including working knowledge of Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills with an ability to work with a range of stakeholders and to convey messages in a professional way

  • Organisational and time-management skills with ability to demonstrate initiative, autonomy and self-motivation

  • Self-starter with enthusiasm of energy, able to work independently as well as part of a team

  • Results driven with excellent attention to detail

  • Ability to handle multiple tasks and projects at pace

  • Ability to work effectively within a small team

  • Ability to work flexibly and work extended hours, sometimes at short notice

    Desirable Qualifications, Skills and Experience

  • Legal or law enforcement experience is desirable; particularly an understanding of the CPS and/or other parts of the English legal system

  • Ability to speak in another official SA language is desirable but not essential

  • Experience in an international work environment

    How to Apply

    For more information and job application details, see; British High Commission Liaison Prosecutor Paralegal Assistant (CPS) Jobs in South Africa

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