THE Central government has been looking for a director or deputy secretary-ranked officer with an LLB degree to fill up the post of first secretary (legal) at Permanent Mission of India (PMI), WTO, Geneva for a period of three years. The officer “should have” experience in trade, commerce, industry and allied sectors either at the Centre or in the state government, according to…a DoPT letter sent to union secretaries and state chief secretaries with a request to forward the names of the eligible officers by February 27, 2017. Though LLB degree is mandatory, the exposure to international negotiations in trade, commerce, industry and allied sectors and work experience on legal documents and treaties, are only “desirable”, not mandatory, thereby expanding the base of the pool from whom the selection can be made.
The other mandatory qualifications include working for at least 2 years at the Centre under the Central Staffing Scheme, vigilance clearance, no debarment from Central deputation, at least “very good” service record if not “outstanding”. The officer should not be over 54 years of age and should not have been posted on an assignment in a foreign/captive post of government of India earlier. Further, the officer should not have been nominated for foreign training or should not be on training or foreign assignment, currently. The DoPT letter also said that the officer should not be on study leave or long leave, and should be at least one batch below the batch of officers who are currently empanelled to hold the post of joint secretary or its equivalent with the Central government.