Legal Counsel

The Office of the Information and Data Protection Commissioner (“IDPC”) is currently looking to recruit a Legal Counsel ​(full-time) to join their team.

 

About the IDPC

The IDPC is the national supervisory authority responsible for monitoring and enforcing the provisions of:

  • the GDPR, as implemented into Maltese national law;
  • the e-Privacy Directive, as transposed into Maltese national law;
  • the Freedom of Information Act;
  • the Re-Use of Public Sector Information Act.

Role Description

The Legal Counsel will work within IDPC’s legal team, and he / she will report directly to the Information and Data Protection Commissioner. His or her main tasks and responsibilities include:

  • investigating throughout local and cross-border data protection complaints;
  • providing legal advice and support on the legal analysis of personal data breaches and of other technical matters, including but not limited to processing of personal data by means of video-surveillance devices;
  • processing requests under the Freedom of Information Act and other laws regulated by the IDPC;
  • responding queries (both in writing and by phone) concerning laws regulated by the IDPC, and handling requests for assistance by data subjects on how to exercise their rights under such laws;
  • representing the IDPC by attending and actively contributing at international and European fora and expert groups, both remotely and in person;
  • representing and defending the IDPC in judicial proceedings before the Information and Data Protection Appeals Tribunal, the Courts of Appeal and any civil, criminal or other case as may be required;
  • cooperating with other local, European and international regulators and authorities;
  • collaborating and exchanging information with supervisory authorities of other countries and participating in joint programmes, meetings and conferences, both in Malta and abroad;
  • regularly monitoring developments in the data protection field, including researching national and European case-law and analysing the impact thereof on IDPC’s work;
  • delivering lectures, presentations and awareness-raising sessions on the laws regulated by the IDPC;
  • proposing innovations and improvements to the current practices and systems with the objective to enable the IDPC to achieve better and more effective results in its operations;
  • providing legal advice on any other matter as may be required, including internal compliance;
  • discharging such other responsibilities as may, from time to time, be assigned by the Commissioner.

 

Required Qualifications

At the time of their application, candidates must:

  • fulfil the requirements indicated in Annex I;
  • have a thorough knowledge, both written and spoken (at least C1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages), of the Maltese and of the English language;
  • possess a level 7 Malta Qualifications Framework (MQF) law degree pursued in Malta, or alternatively an equivalent academic qualification gained abroad and recognised as equivalent in Malta by the Malta Qualifications Recognition Information Centre (MQRIC);
  • possess a warrant to exercise the profession of Advocate in Malta;
  • have a sound knowledge and understanding of European data protection law and of data protection international instruments;
  • have at a minimum of one (1) year of professional experience in European data protection law;
  • be computer-literate and at ease with e-mails and office automation tools.

 Preferable / Additional Qualifications

 Preference will be given to eligible candidates who: 

  • have performed duties as data protection officers;
  • have experience with handling requests to exercise data subjects’ rights under the GDPR;
  • have experience in carrying out data protection impact assessments;
  • have experience in drafting data protection notices, personal data breaches notifications, records of processing activities, agreements and other data protection-related documents and policies;
  • have a good knowledge of information security fundamentals.

Interested applicants are invited to submit by the stipulated deadline their latest CV to our e-mail address idpc.info@idpc.org.mt by clearly identifying the position they are applying for. Applicants may be requested to produce original certificates and, or documentation for physical verification during the recruitment process.

Please visit this URL to access IDPC’s recruitment data protection notice.

 

Annex I

 By the closing time and date of this call for applications, applicants must be:

  • citizens of Malta;
  • citizens of other Member States of the European Union who are entitled to equal treatment to Maltese citizens in matters of employment by virtue of EU legislation and treaty provisions dealing with the free movement of workers;
  • citizens of any other country who are entitled to equal treatment to Maltese citizens in matters related to employment by virtue of the application to that country of EU legislation and treaty provisions dealing with the free movement of workers;
  • any other persons who are entitled to equal treatment to Maltese citizens in matters related to employment in terms of the law or the above-mentioned EU legislation and treaty provisions, on account of their family relationship with persons mentioned in the paragraphs above;
  • third country nationals who have been granted long-term resident status in Malta under regulation 4 of the Status of Long-Term Residents (Third Country Nationals) Regulations, 2006 or who have been granted a residence permit under regulation 18(3) thereof, together with family members of such third country nationals who have been granted a residence permit under the Family Reunification Regulations, 2007; or
  • in possession of a residence document issued in terms of the “Residence Status of United Kingdom Nationals and their Family Members in Malta in accordance with the Agreement on the Withdrawal of the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland from the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community Regulations”.

 

Jobsplus Permit Number 267/2022

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