Legal and Policy Analyst
 
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Ad title: Legal and Policy Analyst
Provided by: American Chamber of Commerce
Published: Jan 12 / Updated: Jan 13 / Deadline: Jan 27
American Chamber of Commerce Seeks Legal and Policy Analyst.

11th January 2017

Job Description:

The American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) in Georgia is looking for a senior legal and policy analyst. The analyst will act as a coordinator and analytical and research support for AmCham's public policy work. This will include tracking and analyzing new laws and government initiatives, supporting AmCham in its engagement with government, parliament and civil society as well as coordination of AmCham committees. This offers a great opportunity for a lawyer, with a strong background in business or economics, to work on important public policy issues for one of the most influential organizations in Georgia.

Responsibilities:

** Tracking government policy and legislative initiatives that relate to the business environment, tax, business law and economics
** Discuss with members about issues that they are facing and report the results to the Executive Director and the Board
** Attending meetings with government officials to discuss new initiatives or concerns of AmCham members
** Attend parliamentary committee meetings that discuss key issues or new laws
** Identifying opportunities for donor-funded advocacy work that is in line with AmCham priorities
** Translating new laws and providing summary and written analysis in English
** Coordinate meetings with AmCham committees, keep minutes from those meetings and support the public policy efforts of the committees.

Requirements/Skills:

** Fluent English speaking and excellent professional English writing
** Degree in law and understanding of Georgian legal system (ideally with an emphasis on commercial law)
** Good knowledge of the business environment and economic development in Georgia
** Research and writing skills in English
** Extremely well organized and capable of multi-tasking and working to tough deadlines

Remuneration:

Net salary in the range of GEL 1500-5000 (Gross 1875-6250), depending on experience and qualifications
Comprehensive healthcare coverage

Application Process:

Applicants should send materials to Saba Gvetadze (s.gvetadze@amcham.ge) in English. Please put: 'AmCham Legal and Policy Analyst' in the subject line.

** CV
** Cover letter
** Writing sample in English. Please write a two page essay in English to answer one of the following questions:
** What is wrong with the judiciary/legal system in modern Georgia for businesses? Assess any recent government initiatives that are intended to improve the situation
** Explain current weaknesses in the tax system in Georgia. Assess any recent government initiatives that are intended to improve the situation.

Deadline: 5pm, Friday 27 January, 2017 5pm

Short-listed candidates will be asked to take a series of tests in the AmCham office.

About AmCham Georgia:

American Chamber of Commerce in Georgia (AmCham) is the largest international business chamber in Georgia with 210 members. Our public policy work aims to increase the simplicity, consistency, predictability and openness of the Georgian business environment. Our work in public policy utilizes our own network of members, our strong connections with the US and Georgian Governments, our role on the Investor Council and 7 committees.

Investor Council:

One of the key vehicles for engagement with the Government is the Investor Council. The Investor Council was created by Prime Ministerial Decree in May 2015 and AmCham Georgia was one of the founding members. Chaired by the Georgian Prime Minister, the Council brings together the main economic agencies of the government (including Ministers of Economy, Regional Development and Infrastructure, Agriculture, Finance and the Business Ombudsman), representatives of the private sector and international financial institutions. The first meeting of the Investor Council was held on November 2015 and since that time, meetings have been held every 6-8 weeks.

Committee Work:

Our committee work acts as a platform for more intensive analysis of particular sectors or business issues. It also provides a framework for dialogue with the government. We have seven active committees:

** Commercial law and tax
** Agribusiness
** Trade and transportation
** Energy Mining and Utilities
** Corporate social responsibility
** Education and training
** Tourism committee

Member Meetings and Social events:

In addition to public policy work we have thre member meetings per month, including a luncheon, a roundtable and a cocktail reception. These provide an opportunity for members to connect with senior members of the government and international community as well as catch-up with one another. In 2017 we hosted the Prime Minister, the Minister of Economy, the Minister of Justice, the Minister of Education, the head of the National Bank, the head of the IMF and many others. In addition to our regular member events we also have larger events, like our Gala Ball last year and our annual 4th of July barbeque or the election breakfast following the US election last year.

Investor.ge:

Our main publication is the business magazine Investor.ge (http://www.investor.ge). This is the most regularly published and longest standing investment magazine published in English in Georgia and aims to provide objective and accessible news and analysis on emerging business sectors, investment deals and changes in government policy, as it relates to the corporate sector. The magazine is distributed for free and available by email or on our website.
 
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