Director Public Prosecution vacancy
The Government of the Republic of Nauru is seeking to recruit a dynamic and highly experienced prosecutor with a demonstrated track record in leading prosecutions in a common law jurisdiction, preferably in the Pacific to head the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP). The successful applicant will be instrumental in managing and inspiring a small team of legal professionals, fostering and growing external partnerships with key stakeholders, including the Department of Justice and the Nauru Police Force.
You will be a disciplined, mature and experienced criminal prosecutor instrumental in driving change and providing leadership and direction to your staff to create a culture of excellence and success. Demonstrated experience in the management of people and building partnerships will be essential. This is a demanding role which would suit a mid-career lawyer looking for an exciting and rewarding professional challenge.
The ODPP reviews and where appropriate, prosecutes criminal cases following investigations by police, fisheries and others.
The ODPP also advises police and other departments in matters relating to criminal offences.
• Prosecution of cases in the Supreme and District Courts of Nauru
• Oversight of the office of the DPP including the paralegals and Police prosecutors.
• Assist in building local capacity in the area of criminal investigations to ensure the effective execution of prosecutions.
• Provision of advice (on case management and issues) to the Secretary for Justice and Border Control.
• Preparation of criminal matters for trial and prosecution of those matters before the Supreme and District Courts.
• Representation in relation to appeals in the Supreme Court of Nauru or the High Court of Australia.
• Provision of policy advice on criminal matters to the Secretary for Justice and Border Control, including suggestions for legislative reform.
• Provision of advice to the Nauru Police Force as regards on-going criminal investigations.
• Supervision of personnel within the office of the DPP, including oversight of Police Prosecutors and paralegals.
• Provision of other such assistance or performance of functions that may involve matters of public and administrative law in relation to criminal matters.
• Delivery of the Pleaders Course
• Carry out duties of higher roles in the Department in the absence of members of staff (for example Secretary for Justice and Border Control)
• To allocate work to the Public Prosecutors and other staff in the office of the DPP
• Ensuring all Human Resource activities comply with operational procedures, Acts and Regulations.
Required Qualification, Skills & Experience:
– Bachelor of Laws or equivalent, Master of Laws would be an advantage.
– At least minimum of ten (10) years’ experience in prosecuting serious criminal cases
– Demonstrated track record as a criminal barrister preferably a small island jurisdiction
– Experience in management and oversight of a professional team.
– Professional experience in a Pacific island community or similar jurisdiction is desirable
– Develop and maintain a culture of improvement within the Section
– Highly motivated individual with the ability to work without supervision
– The ability to multi-task, organise and prioritise work
– A mature professional with high standard of integrity and good governance
– A solution/outcome orientated style with can-do disposition
– Excellent communication skills with the gravitas to liaise with senior legal sector professionals
– Excellent attention to detail and ability perform under pressure
– Analytical ability to accurately assess and report on panel performance – Willingness to work and adapt to the constraints of small community with limitations and respect for different culture and expectations.
Remuneration & Benefits.
The successful candidate will receive a regional market competitive salary, free accommodation and subsidised utilities. A vehicle will also be assigned to the role. Recreation leave of 20 days, sick leave of 10 days, a mobile phone, free medical and education for dependents will be provided locally.
A detailed Curriculum Vitae comprising no more than 4 pages together with the names and contacts of 3 professional and character referees should be sent by electronic mail and addressed to:
The Secretary for Corporate Services,
Office of the Chief Secretary,
Yaren District, Nauru;
the Chief HR & Governance Adviser Mr. Maritino Nemani;
Only successful candidates will be notified.
Closing date of application: Tuesday 8 August, 2017.