1) Offshore Minerals Legal Adviser:

Commonwealth Secretariat

Location: Kiribati

Closing Date: 11 May 2016

Contract Duration: 2 years


Kiribati faces offshore mineral management challenges in three key areas, comprising: deep-sea mineral activities within national jurisdiction; Exploitation of aggregates (shallow sand and gravel); and sponsorship of deep-sea mineral activities within international jurisdiction.

In each of these areas there are potentially lucrative and development-promoting opportunities which Kiribati as an LDC/SIDS is keen to engage. This process has however been stalled by limited legal and technical expertise, limited human capacity, the lack of appropriate policy and legal frameworks, the absence of a well-fitting fiscal regime, and limited monitoring capabilities and options. This has left Kiribati without the ability to put in place appropriate frameworks alongside functional institutional capacities, to pursue these opportunities while effectively and sustainably managing their marine environment and natural capital.

*To apply you must be a citizen of a Commonwealth member country.

*Please download/view the full terms of reference here for the role before submitting your application.

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Pacific Islands Law Officers' Network

PILON is a network of senior public law officers from Pacific Island countries,

including Australia and New Zealand, which focuses on common legal issues

within the Pacific region. PILON was established in 1982 and holds meetings annually.

At the 25th meeting in Kiribati in February 2007, PILON changed its name from the

Pacific Islands Law Officers’ Meeting (PILOM), reflecting members’ desire for

emphasis to be placed on the information-sharing role of the organisation.

The PILON Secretariat is the coordination mechanism for PILON and is

responsible for progressing the PILON Work Plan and assisting with

organisation of the annual meeting. The Secretariat has been based in Apia,

Samoa since early 2011.