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Executive (Treaties Section), International Affairs Division

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Agency: Attorney-General's Chambers
Job no.: 518545
Work type: Permanent/Contract
Location: Singapore
Categories:Administration Support, Law/Legal Services

The Attorney-General's Chambers plays a pivotal role in enhancing the rule of law and strengthening the efficiency and integrity of Singapore's legal system. It also assists the Judiciary in the fair and impartial administration of justice in Singapore in carrying out its prosecutorial functions.

As the Government’s legal adviser in all aspects of public administration law, criminal law, international law and legislation, AGC is able to provide a vast array of legal expertise for the good governance of Singapore.

We invite interested applicants who meet our requirements to submit your applications online. The successful applicant can look forward to a greatly satisfying career in a prestigious and respected Organ of State: the Attorney-General's Chambers.

About Us

The International Affairs Division (IAD) of the Attorney-General’s Chambers provides legal advice to all Government departments, Ministries and statutory boards on international law issues. The IAD also represents Singapore at bilateral and multilateral negotiations, and in international disputes, trade-related proceedings and at other international fora. We are a vibrant and relatively small Division which was set up in 1995 in order to advance and protect Singapore’s interests through international law. Our work covers a diverse range of matters, including international trade law, human rights, law of the sea, aviation law and international criminal law.

The IAD Treaties Section will be dedicated to co-ordinating all procedural matters related to the making and conclusion of treaties and other international instruments by Singapore. The Treaties Section will offer treaty-related service across the whole of the Singapore Government, by drafting and vetting treaties and related legal instruments and providing guidance on policy, processes and practical issues relating to the negotiation and the conclusion of treaties by Singapore.

The Treaties Section will also provide a centralised database of all treaties which Singapore has entered into, as well as help to coordinate matters such as the registration of treaties with the United Nations, and the performance of Singapore’s responsibilities as the depositary for various multilateral treaties.

Responsibilities:

About You

As an Executive attached to the Treaties Section in the IAD, you will assist the Manager in coordinating the work and responsibilities of the Section. You will also be expected to perform supervisory duties and cover the work of the Manager, where possible, in his/her absence.

Your Role as an Executive

Nature & Scope of position

As a member of the Treaties Section, your work will include:

  • Working closely with the Manager to design and implement effective workflow processes to ensure that the KPIs of the Treaties Section are met;
  • Assisting with the engagement of key Ministries/agencies to identify and assist them with the procedural steps in the treaty-making process, as well as establishing and maintaining long term relationships to promote a co-ordinated approach across whole-of-government;
  • Maintaining a precedent advice database to assist with the preparation of draft advice on treaty procedures and processes;
  • Assisting in the design, development and regular review of a Treaty Handbook as guidance material for the Whole-of-Government;
  • Providing information on the procedures, form and modalities for treaty signing;
  • Monitoring of the status of treaties , e.g. when treaties are entered into force, terminated or are due for renewal;
  • Assisting with the preparation of the signing copies of the treaty, instrument of full powers and the consolidation of related treaty documents;
  • Assisting with the review and enhancement to the Centralised Online Repository for Treaties (CORT) database;
  • Assisting with the maintenance of KM resource on the Law of Treaties;
  • Assisting with the drafting and vetting of treaties and related legal instruments;
  • Providing guidance to junior officers in the team;
  • Assisting with legal research work where appropriate;
  • Taking charge of organising various initiatives, projects or events handled by IAD and AGC;
  • Drafting of administrative papers, minutes, reports and correspondences;
  • Monitoring of budget and statistics for reporting purposes; and
  • Coordinating various administrative and operational matters relating to the work of the Treaties Section.
  • Executing outreach strategies to establish and maintain relationships within government as well as with foreign counterparts to promote a co-ordinated approach towards treaty-making.

 

Other Accountabilities

As a member of the Singapore Public Service, you will also be responsible for ensuring the proper handling of files and documents according to established and approve procedures, including handling and sealing based on security classification.

You will also be responsible for ensuring that all work, whether ad hoc or routine, is completed on time and of high standard.

 

Requirements:

  • Excellent working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications (in particular, Microsoft Word, Excel, and Powerpoint)
  • Good IT skills and ability to learn new systems quickly
  • Strong command of the English Language and good writing skills
  • Good organisational, inter-personal and communication skills
  • Self-driven, able to multi-task, result-orientated and takes initiative
  • Able to work independently and as part of a team
  • Able to work under tight timelines, pressure and time constraints
  • Able to perform research assignments effectively and efficiently in an independent manner
  • Meticulous and pays attention to details
  • Able to process and handle a high amount of information in a conscientious and organised manner

All new appointees will be appointed on a two-year contract in the first instance.

If you are shortlisted for the position, you should hear from us within 30 days of the closing date of the advertisement.

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