View Vacancy - Assistant to UK Liaison Prosecutor (ALB22.517)

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Crown Prosecution Services

The Liaison Prosecutor works with UK law enforcement and prosecution agencies to ensure effective investigative and prosecution outcomes in the UK and the Western Balkans, and to develop and improve relationships with Western Balkan partners.

The Liaison Prosecutor is based in Tirana, Albania, but works with partners across the Western Balkans region (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, and Serbia.)

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

The Liaison Prosecutor’s work can sometimes involve providing support to UK prosecution and law enforcement authorities with casework in other jurisdictions. 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 Albanian language 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 Western Balkan partners.

The country-based assistant may also be called upon to conduct legal research, help to prepare guidance and briefing documents in Albanian and English 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 Western Balkan stakeholders.

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 Embassy in Tirana. Travel within Albania, the Western Balkans 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.

 Roles and responsibilities:

  • Establishing, maintaining, and strengthening relationships with key stakeholders within the Albania and the Western Balkans region, and in particular within the Ministry of Justice (MOJ), General Prosecution Office, and Public Prosecution Offices (PPO). 
  • 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 written and spoken translation services for the Liaison Prosecutor and stakeholders, sometimes at pace, maintaining a consistently high standard of translating and interpreting.  
  • 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 Western Balkans countries. 
  • Providing legal support by conducting open source legal research of Western Balkans countries’ criminal justice laws and criminal justice processes, as directed by the Liaison Prosecutor.
  • Preparing formal written reports, maintaining the CPS casework log, data 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 British Embassy 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.

  • Fluency in Albanian and English C1 Level is essential – both written and verbal;
  • 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.
  • Legal or law enforcement experience.
Communicating and Influencing, Delivering at Pace, Managing a Quality Service, Working Together
30 November 2022
Executive Officer (EO)
Full-time, Fixed term, with possibility of renewal
Europe, Eastern Europe & Central Asia
British Embassy
1 February 2023

This is for a full-time employment, on a fixed term basis for one-year with a view for extension.

The gross salary per month is ALL 152,485.

This is a full-time position of 5 days (36 hours net per week). Embassy working hours are from 08.30-17:00 Mon-Thu and 08.30-14:30 on Fridays.

No accommodation and relocation expenses are payable in connection with this position.

The successful candidate must have the right to live and work in Albania.

The Embassy supports the work-life balance of its employees and is open to flexible working.

The successful candidate will be required to pass a language skills test and undergo security clearance before commencing the role.

The successful candidate will be subject to a professional background check and security clearance - local and international ‘Vetting’ process will be performed to the successful candidate.

All applicants should have a pre-existing legal status to live and work in Albania. The British Embassy does not facilitate/sponsor visa applications and work permits. Staff recruited locally by the British Embassy in Albania are subject to terms and conditions service according to Albanian employment.

Please note that the deadline for applications is 23:55 on the day mentioned in the above field “Application deadline”.

We advise you to allow enough time to complete and submit your full application, since only applications completed and submitted before the deadline will be considered.

Please be aware that the deadline for submitting applications is considered to be the time zone for the country where the vacancy has arisen.

Please be advised that the British Diplomatic Missions will not be able to meet the travel costs incurred when travelling to the interview, nor the costs connected with relocation if offered a job.

* Please note Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, Teaching, Assessment indicates Level C1 as Mastery or proficiency Level which comprehends that a person can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read; can summarize information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation; can express themselves spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in the most complex situations. For more information please click on the following link CEFR.

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This opportunity is closed to applications.