The Southern Africa Development Community Secretariat (SADC) is seeking to recruit highly motivated and experienced professionals who are citizens of Member States of the SADC to fill the position of Secretary to the SADC Administrative Tribunal (SADCAT) to its Tribunal.
Position: Secretary to the SADC Administrative Tribunal (SADCAT) - Job Grade 2
Reporting to thePresident of SADCAT the incumbent will have the following specific duties and responsibilities:
i. Maintain and manage the work of the SADCAT;
ii. Analyze cases and appeals brought before the SADCAT and provide written technical advice where requested by the President for their consideration at proceedings before the SADCAT;
iii. Provide assistance and guidance to the SADCAT on procedural issues;
iv. Function as custodian of all legal records and documentation pertaining to the work of the SADCAT;
v. Publish annual Reports containing summarized information on the number and nature of cases heard before the SADCAT;
vi. Transmit dossiers and other documentation to Judges relating to cases referred to them;
vii. Receive applications instituting proceedings submitted to the SADCAT and related documentation of the case;
viii. Receive responses to applications and transmit them to Staff members;
ix. Ensure all applications are properly filed in accordance with the Rules of Procedure of SADCAT;
x. Make all notifications required in connection with cases before the SADCAT;
xi. Prepare a dossier for each case recording all actions taken in connection with the case; the dates thereof, and the dates on which any document or notification forming part of the procedure are received in or dispatched from the Secretary's office;
xii. Prepare documents recording the outcome of the SADCAT’s proceedings. Attend hearings and meetings of SADCAT as may be instructed by the President;
xiii. Prepare and keep the minutes of these hearings and meetings as may be instructed by the President;
xiv. Perform the functions entrusted to the Secretary by the Rules; and
xv. Carry out any other tasks assigned by the President.
The incumbent should be a national of SADC and have a Masters Degree in Law or equivalent qualification with specialization in Administrative Law.
The incumbent must have at least a minimum of 10 years litigation experience in the public, sector or in private practice and experience in Administrative law and mediation skills.
Other relevant skills required
General knowledge of law, in-depth knowledge of international law and constitutional law; Legal analytical skills; Problem solving skills; Negotiation skills; Legislative drafting skills; Research, policy analysis and development; Organizational skills; Communication and networking; Advocacy and management; Computer literacy; Management experience and excellent interpersonal skills and ability to organize and motivate others and to work in a multi-cultural environment;
Proficiency in one of the SADC official working languages (English, Portuguese, French). Knowledge of other more than one official working languages would be an added advantage.
Candidates must preferably be between 30 and 50 years old.
Tenure of appointment
The appointment will be made on a fixed term contract for a period of four (4) years, renewable once for an equal period subject to satisfactory performance.