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NHI Bahamas is a new national health insurance programme for The Bahamas introduced by the Government. NHI Bahamas will make our health care system more modern, affordable and accessible.

NHI Bahamas is currently seeking qualified candidates for the following position:

Legal Advisor/Secretary to the Board
| Nassau, New Providence

Classification: Management

Salary/Grade: TBD

Reports to: Board of Directors and Managing Director

 

Overview

The Legal Advisor/Secretary to the Board is responsible to the Board of Directors of the NHIA and should be accountable to the Board through the Chairman on all matters relating to corporate governance. In the performance of a legal advisory role, this position reports to the Managing Director.  This position is a member of the Management Team of the NHIA and as such, collaborates and liaises with the Managing Director and other members of the management team.

The position requires a comprehensive understanding of laws that govern the NHIA, healthcare, insurance and human resources in The Bahamas. Specifically, the Legal Advisor/Secretary to the Board will have a legal background with a strong knowledge of corporate governance, policy development and related matters.

The Legal Advisor/Secretary to the Board, will establish an effective working relationship with the Managing Director, management, staff and other key stakeholders, as necessary.

Overall Responsibilities

Legal

  • Advises the Board, Managing Director, and management on legal matters.
  • Coordinates all litigation matters involving the NHIA.
  • Ensures that the Board and management are aware of and in compliance with relevant laws and regulations.
  • Acts as main liaison between the NHIA and the Office of the Attorney General.
  • Provides input to contract development and contract management, as necessary.

Board Matters

 

  • Facilitates the smooth operation of the Board’s formal decision making process.

 

  • Organizes Board and Board Committee meetings ensuring that there is proper and appropriate co-ordination of these meetings and an effective flow of information.

 

  • Formulates meeting agendas with the Chairman and Managing Director and advises management on content and organisation of memoranda or presentations for the meeting.

 

  • Collects, organizes and distributes such information, documents or other papers for Board and Board Committee meetings

 

  • Ensures that all meetings are minuted and that the minute books are maintained with certified copies of the minutes, and that action is taken on matters arising.

 

  • Communicates Board decisions to those required to implement them and ensuring that actions and tasks assigned are managed appropriately and to the required timetable, reporting back as required.

 

  • Ensures that Board and Board Committee meetings are properly constituted and provided with clear terms of reference.

 

  • Manages the Board’s secretariat, where appropriate, ensuring the effective running of the Board’s support system including the production of Board and Board Committee papers.

 

  • Advises and guides the Board on any legal and regulatory implications of the NHIA’s strategic plan.

 

  • Assists in the compilation of board papers and filters them to ensure compliance with the NHI Act and good corporate governance practice.

 

  • Ensures that meetings and resolutions of the Board are properly held and passed in accordance with the NHI Act and good corporate governance practice.

 

  • Raises matters which may warrant the attention of the board.

 

  • Assists in the proper induction of directors, including assessing the specific training needs of directors.

 

  • Provides comprehensive practical support and guidance to directors both as individuals and as a collective.

 

  • Facilitates the acquisition of information by all board and committee members so that they can maximize their ability to contribute to board meetings and discussions.

 

Corporate Seal

  • Ensures the safe custody and proper use of any company seals.

Registers

  • Maintains the Register of Interests.

 

 

 

Annual report and accounts

  • Coordinates the preparation, publication and distribution of the Authority’s annual report and accounts and interim statements, in consultation with the Authority’s internal and external advisers.

 

  • Assists the Board and directors to draft the narrative reporting sections of the annual report, as required, covering corporate governance, the work of the board and the board committees.

 

  • Facilitates the publication of electronic versions of the annual report on the NHIA’s website.

Governance

  • Advises and assists the Board and directors in the discharge of their duties and responsibilities.

 

  • Advises and facilitates board performance evaluations and any ongoing development matters resulting from that exercise.

 

  • Ensures that the NHIA has a robust framework for compliance with appropriate governance standards in accordance with the NHI Act and good corporate governance practice.

General compliance

  • Monitors and implements procedures which allow for compliance with relevant regulatory and legal requirements.

 

  • Arranges for the NHIA to access a comprehensive legal service, where appropriate.

 

  • Reports to the Board on any matters of non-compliance.

Additional Duties

  • Ensures that directors are aware of their statutory duties under the NHI Act.

 

  • Advises the collective Board on their duties, including dealing with issues relating to directors’ conflicts of interest in accordance with the NHI Act.

Competencies

Operational and Resource Management

  • Ensures the integration of priorities and strategies across the organization.
  • Provides input into NHIA strategic plan, identifying long and short-term strategies for organizational growth and development.
  • Leads complex, cross-organizational projects, managing risks, establishing priorities and ensuring delivery.
  • Manages financial and employee resources to support the achievement of goals and objectives.
  • Negotiates and receives funding for capital equipment needs, service agreements/purchase contracts and identify, assesses and recommends new technologies.
  • Contributes significantly to end results expected of the NHIA.
  • Influences service decisions by collaborating with peers across the organization and with other organizations.

System Transformation and Quality Assurance

  • Contributes to planning and goal setting for NHIA.
  • Determines strategies to resolve complex and contentious issues impacting the legal function, in line with goals for the organization.
  • Makes decisions that support the best interests of the organization and supports strategic priorities.
  • Seeks approval from Managing Director, and Board where appropriate, for new programs or projects outside the scope of budgeted or strategic plans that have impact across the organization.
  • Fosters the delivery of innovation and best-practice solutions in all aspects of the function.
  • Identifies, researches and leads strategic development initiatives.
  • Ensures measures are in place to minimize organizational risk.

 People and Leadership

  • Manages the Legal function; responsible for performance management, including disciplinary action and hiring within the function.
  • Initiates corrective and preventive actions for employees.
  • Provides growth and mentoring opportunities for team members and leaders promoting their development and career.

Partnerships and Stakeholder Management

  • Manages relationships throughout the organization, to build awareness and to ensure the achievement of specific goals, priorities and directives.
  • Networks with colleagues across the organization to exchange ideas, share learning and identify areas of change.
  • Manages relationships to assist in monitoring functional issues, to develop and implement organizational programs/processes and manage resources.
  • Liaises with counterparts at other organizations to exchange information, share best practices and industry trends.
  • Represents the organization’s interests and position through events, external committees, seminars, etc.
  • Responds to queries that broadly impact NHIA strategy and policies

Minimum Education and Experience

  • Minimum Bachelor’s degree in Law and a Post-Graduate degree and/or professional certificate in a related area.
  • Called to the Bahamas Bar.
  • Professional qualification in corporate governance or corporate secretaryship (e.g. ICSA) will be an added advantage.
  • Minimum 10 years relevant work experience.

Personal characteristics

  • Collaborative
  • Demonstrates high integrity and ethical behavior
  • Is respectful and supports diversity
  • Is results- and action-oriented
  • Has strong interpersonal skills
  • Is a strong and effective communicator
  • Demonstrates computer literacy
  • Functions in complexity and ambiguity
  • Acts as a role model for values and code of conduct of the organization

Classification: Management

Salary/Grade: TBD

Reports to: Board of Directors and Managing Director

 

Overview

The Legal Advisor/Secretary to the Board is responsible to the Board of Directors of the NHIA and should be accountable to the Board through the Chairman on all matters relating to corporate governance. In the performance of a legal advisory role, this position reports to the Managing Director.  This position is a member of the Management Team of the NHIA and as such, collaborates and liaises with the Managing Director and other members of the management team.

The position requires a comprehensive understanding of laws that govern the NHIA, healthcare, insurance and human resources in The Bahamas. Specifically, the Legal Advisor/Secretary to the Board will have a legal background with a strong knowledge of corporate governance, policy development and related matters.

The Legal Advisor/Secretary to the Board, will establish an effective working relationship with the Managing Director, management, staff and other key stakeholders, as necessary.

Overall Responsibilities

Legal

  • Advises the Board, Managing Director, and management on legal matters.
  • Coordinates all litigation matters involving the NHIA.
  • Ensures that the Board and management are aware of and in compliance with relevant laws and regulations.
  • Acts as main liaison between the NHIA and the Office of the Attorney General.
  • Provides input to contract development and contract management, as necessary.

Board Matters

 

  • Facilitates the smooth operation of the Board’s formal decision making process.

 

  • Organizes Board and Board Committee meetings ensuring that there is proper and appropriate co-ordination of these meetings and an effective flow of information.

 

  • Formulates meeting agendas with the Chairman and Managing Director and advises management on content and organisation of memoranda or presentations for the meeting.

 

  • Collects, organizes and distributes such information, documents or other papers for Board and Board Committee meetings

 

  • Ensures that all meetings are minuted and that the minute books are maintained with certified copies of the minutes, and that action is taken on matters arising.

 

  • Communicates Board decisions to those required to implement them and ensuring that actions and tasks assigned are managed appropriately and to the required timetable, reporting back as required.

 

  • Ensures that Board and Board Committee meetings are properly constituted and provided with clear terms of reference.

 

  • Manages the Board’s secretariat, where appropriate, ensuring the effective running of the Board’s support system including the production of Board and Board Committee papers.

 

  • Advises and guides the Board on any legal and regulatory implications of the NHIA’s strategic plan.

 

  • Assists in the compilation of board papers and filters them to ensure compliance with the NHI Act and good corporate governance practice.

 

  • Ensures that meetings and resolutions of the Board are properly held and passed in accordance with the NHI Act and good corporate governance practice.

 

  • Raises matters which may warrant the attention of the board.

 

  • Assists in the proper induction of directors, including assessing the specific training needs of directors.

 

  • Provides comprehensive practical support and guidance to directors both as individuals and as a collective.

 

  • Facilitates the acquisition of information by all board and committee members so that they can maximize their ability to contribute to board meetings and discussions.

 

Corporate Seal

  • Ensures the safe custody and proper use of any company seals.

Registers

  • Maintains the Register of Interests.

 

Annual report and accounts

  • Coordinates the preparation, publication and distribution of the Authority’s annual report and accounts and interim statements, in consultation with the Authority’s internal and external advisers.

 

  • Assists the Board and directors to draft the narrative reporting sections of the annual report, as required, covering corporate governance, the work of the board and the board committees.

 

  • Facilitates the publication of electronic versions of the annual report on the NHIA’s website.

Governance

  • Advises and assists the Board and directors in the discharge of their duties and responsibilities.

 

  • Advises and facilitates board performance evaluations and any ongoing development matters resulting from that exercise.

 

  • Ensures that the NHIA has a robust framework for compliance with appropriate governance standards in accordance with the NHI Act and good corporate governance practice.

General compliance

  • Monitors and implements procedures which allow for compliance with relevant regulatory and legal requirements.

 

  • Arranges for the NHIA to access a comprehensive legal service, where appropriate.

 

  • Reports to the Board on any matters of non-compliance.

Additional Duties

  • Ensures that directors are aware of their statutory duties under the NHI Act.

 

  • Advises the collective Board on their duties, including dealing with issues relating to directors’ conflicts of interest in accordance with the NHI Act.

Competencies

Operational and Resource Management

  • Ensures the integration of priorities and strategies across the organization.
  • Provides input into NHIA strategic plan, identifying long and short-term strategies for organizational growth and development.
  • Leads complex, cross-organizational projects, managing risks, establishing priorities and ensuring delivery.
  • Manages financial and employee resources to support the achievement of goals and objectives.
  • Negotiates and receives funding for capital equipment needs, service agreements/purchase contracts and identify, assesses and recommends new technologies.
  • Contributes significantly to end results expected of the NHIA.
  • Influences service decisions by collaborating with peers across the organization and with other organizations.

System Transformation and Quality Assurance

  • Contributes to planning and goal setting for NHIA.
  • Determines strategies to resolve complex and contentious issues impacting the legal function, in line with goals for the organization.
  • Makes decisions that support the best interests of the organization and supports strategic priorities.
  • Seeks approval from Managing Director, and Board where appropriate, for new programs or projects outside the scope of budgeted or strategic plans that have impact across the organization.
  • Fosters the delivery of innovation and best-practice solutions in all aspects of the function.
  • Identifies, researches and leads strategic development initiatives.
  • Ensures measures are in place to minimize organizational risk.

 People and Leadership

  • Manages the Legal function; responsible for performance management, including disciplinary action and hiring within the function.
  • Initiates corrective and preventive actions for employees.
  • Provides growth and mentoring opportunities for team members and leaders promoting their development and career.

Partnerships and Stakeholder Management

  • Manages relationships throughout the organization, to build awareness and to ensure the achievement of specific goals, priorities and directives.
  • Networks with colleagues across the organization to exchange ideas, share learning and identify areas of change.
  • Manages relationships to assist in monitoring functional issues, to develop and implement organizational programs/processes and manage resources.
  • Liaises with counterparts at other organizations to exchange information, share best practices and industry trends.
  • Represents the organization’s interests and position through events, external committees, seminars, etc.
  • Responds to queries that broadly impact NHIA strategy and policies

Minimum Education and Experience

  • Minimum Bachelor’s degree in Law and a Post-Graduate degree and/or professional certificate in a related area.
  • Called to the Bahamas Bar.
  • Professional qualification in corporate governance or corporate secretaryship (e.g. ICSA) will be an added advantage.
  • Minimum 10 years relevant work experience.

Personal characteristics

  • Collaborative
  • Demonstrates high integrity and ethical behavior
  • Is respectful and supports diversity
  • Is results- and action-oriented
  • Has strong interpersonal skills
  • Is a strong and effective communicator
  • Demonstrates computer literacy
  • Functions in complexity and ambiguity
  • Acts as a role model for values and code of conduct of the organization

 

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Apply by October 20, 2017 | E-mail to: careers@nhibahamas.gov.bs
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