Join Us to Protect Personal Data Privacy The Office of the Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data, Hong Kong (PCPD), an independent regulatory body established to monitor, supervise, enforce and promote compliance with the Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance (PD(P)O), invites high calibre candidates who...

Join Us to Protect
Personal Data Privacy
The Office of the Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data, Hong Kong (PCPD), an independent regulatory body established to monitor, supervise, enforce and promote compliance with the Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance (PD(P)O), invites high calibre candidates who have a passion to serve Hong Kong to join the PCPD in its work.

Senior Legal Counsel

Job level Middle
Education Bachelor Degree
Location
Within Hong Kong
Employment type Contract
Industry Government / Civil Services / Public Sector / Public Utilities
Job function Government / Social Services > Government
Published On 28/05/2022

Requirements
a) A good Bachelor’s Degree in Law from a recognised university in Hong Kong or a university in a common law jurisdiction;
b) A Level 2 result in the Use of English paper and a Level 2 result in the Use of Chinese paper in the Common Recruitment Examination, or preferably Grade “B” or above in Use of English in the Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination (HKALE), or Grade “5*” or above in English Language in the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination (HKDSE), or equivalent, or a minimum overall band score of 7.5 in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with the Writing Sub-test score not lower than 7; good command of written and spoken Chinese, preferably Grade “B” or above in Chinese Language in the Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination (HKCEE), or Grade “5*” or above in HKDSE, or equivalent;
c) Solicitor or barrister admitted to practice in Hong Kong; and
d) A minimum of 7 years of post-qualification experience. Candidates with less experience with the right calibre will also be considered.

Expectations

a) A broadly based experience in private practise or public organisations, preferably with experience in advising on the implementation of statutory functions and exercise of statutory powers by a regulatory authority or a law enforcement agency; or on the handling of complaint cases;
(b) Proven capability in providing legal advice in respect of legislative and regulatory review / reform and legislative amendments;
(c) Strong analytical ability to make independent judgement with a high level of acumen in social and political issues;
(d) Positive, diligent and self-motivated with good inter-personal skills; and
(e) Excellent presentational skills in both written and oral English and Chinese.

Major Duties

a) To provide legal advice on proposed legislative amendments to the PD(P)O;
b) To provide legal advice on the implementation and enforcement of provisions of the PD(P)O, and proposed legislation and administrative measures that may affect the privacy of individuals in relation to personal data;
c) To monitor the development of overseas data protection laws and undertake research-related work;
d) To handle civil proceedings and Administrative Appeals Board cases;
e) To draft and update guidance notes, implementation guidelines and/or Codes of Practice issued by the PCPD;
f) To represent the PCPD in seminars and public engagements related to the PD(P)O;
g) To vet and provide legal advice on responses to media enquiries, public enquiries and the handling of complaints and data breach incidents;
h) To monitor the legal assistance scheme and (where appropriate) to provide legal advice on legal assistance applications and reviews; and
i) To supervise legal counsel in providing legal support and advisory services to the PCPD.

Remuneration Package

The successful candidate will be rewarded with commensurate remuneration package with monthly salary ranging from $117,580 to $135,470. He or she will be appointed on 2 years’ contract terms. In addition to a 5-day week, we provide annual leave, medical and dental insurance benefits, cash allowance and a gratuity on satisfactory completion of the contract which, when added to the employer’s contribution to a Mandatory Provident Fund scheme, is up to 15 % of the total basic salary for the contract period. Candidates with less than 7 years of post-qualification experience, if appointed, will be remunerated at a package commensurate with the experience.

Points to Note
Close of Applications: 13 June 2022 (Monday)

Application Procedures:
Interested candidates may apply in confidence by 1) providing a detailed resume, 2) completing the job application form available on the PCPD’s website (https://www.pcpd.org.hk/english/about_pcpd/career/career.html), and 3) providing a cover letter in English or Chinese, stating the candidate’s suitability for the job, all of which should be sent to the Human Resources Section of the PCPD by email (email address: hr@pcpd.org.hk).

Applications without all prescribed documents will not be considered.

Applicants who do not hear from us within six weeks from the date of the close of applications should consider their applications unsuccessful. All applications will be treated in strict confidence. Personal data provided will be used for recruitment purpose only and in accordance with the Code of Practice on Human Resource Management issued by the PCPD, which can be downloaded from the PCPD’s website. In accordance with our data retention policy, the personal data of unsuccessful candidates collected for this recruitment exercise will be kept for 24 months from its completion and thereafter the data will be destroyed.
F
or enquiries, please call Ms Wan at 3423 6657.

The PCPD is an Equal Opportunities Employer.
www.pcpd.org.hk