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Lawyer

Location:Dublin, Remote

Job Length:Contract

Date:08/04/2021

Firm:Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA)

Job Type:Full Time

Email Address:

Reference:210224

Practice Area:In-House/ Public Sector

Web Address:http://www.hpra.ie

Health Products Regulatory Authority is currently seeking to recruit a Lawyer. Reporting to the In-house Lawyer, the role of the Lawyer is to assist the In-house Lawyer in providing legal advice as required, namely in the areas of:

  • In-house and external legal queries;
  • Litigation;
  • European and national health products legislation;
  • Development of policy and procedures consistent with legislation;
  • Administrative and transparency law;
  • Agreements and memoranda of understanding;
  • Corporate governance and ethics in public office;
  • Contracts and procurement.

Key responsibilities

Operational objectives

  • In-house and external legal queries;
  • To assist the In-house Lawyer with queries from operational units, the management committee, and external stakeholders on relevant legislation or any query of a legal nature;
  • Litigation;
  • To assist the In-house Lawyer with personal injury cases, judicial review, and statutory appeals;
  • To assist in the management of documentation, discovery procedures and drafting of pleadings;
  • To assist in preparation for hearings;
  • European and national health products legislation;
  • To be familiar with all national and European legislation in the areas regulated by the HPRA, including medicines, controlled drugs, cosmetics, medical devices, tissues & cells, blood, clinical trials, transplantation of human organs, scientific animal protection;
  • To provide advice, as required, to monitor case law in particular the Court of Justice of the European Union and to consider the impact of such case law on the HPRA;
  • Development of policy and procedures consistent with legislation;
  • To assist the In-house lawyer and the operational units in developing policy and procedures that are derived from or consistent with legislation;
  • Administrative and transparency law;
  • To be aware of and to assist in the areas of administrative law, access to information requests, including under the Freedom of Information and Data Protection legislative frameworks;
  • To monitor related case law and consider how it may impact on the HPRA;
  • Agreements and memoranda of understanding;
  • To assist in drafting and maintaining agreements and memoranda of understanding in relation to the work of the HPRA at national and international level;
  • Corporate governance and ethics in public office;
  • To be aware of and to assist in the area of corporate governance at national and international level;
  • To assist in drafting governance documents at national and international level;
  • To be aware of and provide assistance in relation to ethics in public office;
  • To monitor related legislation, case law and consider how it may impact on the HPRA;
  • Contracts and procurement;
  • To assist in relation to supplier/services contracts and related procurement;
  • To assist in relation to and drafting of commercial contracts and agreements generally, including IT related;
  • To monitor related case law and consider how it may impact on the HPRA;
  • Other;
  • To assist on other areas of legislation such as health and safety, protected disclosures, employment as appropriate;
  • To monitor related case law and consider how it may impact on the HPRA

Quality and Knowledge Management

  • Assisting in the effective implementation of the HPRA Quality Management System;
  • Assisting the In-house Lawyer to ensure that there are effective mechanisms in place to capture, store and communicate key information, experience and knowledge gained by the legal section.

Performance Management

  • Participating in the performance development programme (PDP) within the Legal section to maximise efficiency gains;
  • Working with the In-house lawyer to agree appropriate performance related targets;
  • Taking measures to identify and resolve issues impacting performance in the legal section;
  • Reporting regularly on progress against specified objectives, goals and performance targets;
  • Effectively communicating objectives, goals and performance targets within the team;
  • Promoting a positive, open, friendly and professional working environment.

Communication/Customer Focus       

  • Attending and contributing to meetings of the FCI department and Legal section as appropriate;
  • Ensuring that HPRA policies and procedures are communicated in a consistent way to stakeholders;
  • Liaising with relevant external organisations, where required, in relation to activities and processes;
  • Liaising/supporting other areas of the HPRA where appropriate;
  • Representing the HPRA at external meetings, as required;
  • Responding to queries from internal and external stakeholders.

General

  • Perform such other duties as the HPRA may reasonably require;

Qualifications and experience

To be considered for this post, candidates must have:

  • Relevant professional qualifications as a solicitor or barrister is essential;
  • Three-plus years post qualification experience is essential;
  • Excellent knowledge of EU and Irish legislation, Irish and EU judicial systems, public administrative law;
  • Excellent knowledge and experience of managing and coordinating litigation proceedings;
  • Excellent drafting skills;
  • Excellent knowledge of access to information legislative frameworks (e.g., Freedom of Information, Data Protection);
  • Excellent knowledge of contract law and procurement;
  • Excellent knowledge of corporate governance and ethics in public office;
  • Strong analytical, judgement and decision-making competencies and a high level of integrity and professionalism with a track record of acting with tact and discretion;
  • Evidence of very strong team-working and collaboration skills;
  • Proven operational and organisational skills and ability to meet tight deadlines and commitment to high quality of work, including accuracy and attention to detail, together with ability to maximise information technology and communication systems;
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, both oral and written.

In addition to this the ideal candidate will have;

  • A minimum of two years’ experience in medicines regulation, professional regulation, regulation generally or equivalent;
  • In depth knowledge of legislation pertaining to medicines, controlled drugs, cosmetics, medical devices, tissues & cells, blood, clinical trials, transplantation of human organs, scientific animal protection or related areas.

Applications should be submitted via the HPRA Recruitment Portal.

The closing date for applications for this post is 20 Aprill 2021.

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