Job Vacancy: Senior International Relations Officer within the legal and international affairs team.
About Legal & International Affairs:
The Legal and International Affairs Unit is responsible for legal and international affairs relating to the MFSA. The team is responsible to provide general legal counsel across the organization relating to diverse areas including the MFSA’s functions and operations. The Unit tenders advice on various legal, contractual, strategic and operational matters as well as on issues relating to the Authority’s governance structure. The Legal team handles the coordination relating to the legislative process in the drafting of amendments or new laws and transpositions of domestic legislation under the MFSA’s governance. International engagement is another key function entrusted to this unit. The team coordinates relations and memoranda of understanding with other regulators, as well as the exchange of information resulting thereto. This unit is responsible for coordinating relations with international organizations and other foreign regulators with the aim of contributing towards the shaping of the global regulatory agenda and international policy in the field of financial services.
The eventual appointee will be reporting to the Deputy International Relations Counsel and will be responsible for handling EU and International Affairs. The person engaged in this position will be expected to carry out the following tasks:
- Drafting and negotiation of Memoranda of Understanding;
- Handling of exchange of information requests from other regulatory authorities;
- Formulation of positions on EU finance related dossiers for the MFSA;
- Follow up with representatives of other Member States, the Permanent Representation of Malta to the EU, Ministries as well as the European Commission and other Supervisory Authorities, as required;
- Attending and coordinating meetings with relevant stakeholders and representatives from the European Parliament and other EU and International institutions in order to strengthen Malta’s contacts and develop fruitful and productive connections;
- Keeping track of developments, collate and scrutinise relevant documentation issued by the EU institutions and other EU fora;
- Drafting briefing notes and conducting comparative assessments on financial related instruments;
- Perform other duties as required.
Other important information
- We are looking for candidates with solid academic background (ideally including a post-graduate qualification) in Law, EU & International Relations, Economics and/or in another finance related background.
- The role calls for an academic qualification in a relevant field of study at National Qualification Framework Level 6 or better, duly certified by the Malta Qualifications Recognition Information Centre (MQRIC) or a widely recognised professional qualification at a comparable level.
- Candidates with three (3) years or longer working experience relevant to the role will be preferred.
- If you do not have the necessary academic or professional qualifications but you have at least fourteen (14) years of relevant experience in a related area, we would still be interested in speaking with you.
The MFSA is an Equal Opportunities Employer as certified by the NCPE (National Commission for the Protection of Equality) and is committed to a policy of equal opportunity in all aspects of employment and will take care to avoid any form of discrimination in its recruitment procedures. The MFSA reserves the right to withdraw this call at any time and not to select any of the Candidates. It is the responsibility of applicants in possession of qualifications awarded by Universities and other similar institutions outside Malta to produce a recognition statement on comparability of qualifications issued by the Malta Qualifications Recognition Information Centre (MQRIC). Applicants should do so preferably at application stage or otherwise at the preliminary interview should an applicant be selected for such interview. Details can be obtained by accessing the National Commission for Further and Higher Education website on www.ncfhe.org.mt under MQRIC heading. The MFSA shall ensure that any processing of personal data is in accordance with Regulation (EU) 2016/679 (General Data Protection Regulation), the Data Protection Act (Chapter 586 of the Laws of Malta) and any other relevant European Union and national law. For further details, you may refer to the Data Protection Policy on the MFSA webpage www.mfsa.com.mt. Candidates are to note that the submission of any false statement/s or omission, even if unintended, may lead to the cancellation of their application and may render the candidate’s appointment liable to termination. Furthermore, please note that candidates may be asked to submit any documentation in support of the information provided, including but not limited to, proof of qualifications and Police Conduct Certificates.
Malta Financial Services Authority:
The Malta Financial Services Authority (MFSA) is the single regulator for financial services in Malta. It was established by law on 23 July 2002 taking over supervisory functions previously carried out by the Central Bank of Malta, the Malta Stock Exchange and the Malta Financial Services Centre. The Authority is a fully autonomous public institution and reports to Parliament on an annual basis.