Posting Title: LEGAL OFFICER (Recruit from Roster), P4
Job Code Title: LEGAL OFFICER
Department/ Office: International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals
Duty Station: ARUSHA
Posting Period: 23 September 2015-8 October 2015
Job Opening number: 15-LEG-RMT-48509-F-ARUSHA (R)
Please note that this post will be effective from 1 January 2016. This “Recruit from Roster” job opening is only open to roster applicants who are already placed on pre-approved rosters, following a review by a United Nations Central Review Body. Only roster applicants who were placed on rosters with similar functions at the same level are considered to be eligible candidates. Eligible applicants receive an email inviting them to apply. Rostered applicants are encouraged to apply only if they are interested and available to take up the position at the duty station/s specified in the Job Opening. Applying to this job opening carries an expectation to accept the offer, if selected.
The appointment is limited to the Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals. Appointment of the successful candidate on this position will be limited to the initial funding of the post. Extension of the appointment is subject to the extension of the mandate and/or the availability of funds. As the Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals is not integrated in the Secretariat, UN Staff Members serve on assignment or secondment from their parent department/office if selected. Appointments of staff members in the United Nations are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General. Staff Members are expected to move periodically to new functions in accordance with established rules and procedures, and may in this context be reassigned by the Secretary-General throughout the Organization based on the changing needs and mandates.
Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in Chambers of the United Nations Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals (MICT) (Arusha Branch). The incumbent will work under the direction of the assigned Judge(s) and will report to a Senior Legal Officer.
The Legal Officer is responsible for providing legal support with respect to the mandated residual functions, including: providing specialized legal advice on substantive and procedural questions of considerable complexity; providing legal support to Senior Legal Officers and Judges; conducting extensive legal research and analysis, preparing legal memoranda and studies on various legal issues in international criminal law, international humanitarian law, human rights law, public international law, and comparative law; drafting and editing judicial documents and contributing substantially to the preparation of orders, decisions, and judgements; providing leadership to teams that support the trial and/or appeal phases, and supervising the work of junior legal officers on specific projects, as required; maintaining files on the Mechanism’s practice and development and monitoring relevant developments in international law; serving on various standing boards, committees, ad hoc working groups and task forces, as required.
Professionalism – Strong organizational, drafting, and interpersonal skills; proven ability to conduct comprehensive legal analysis; proven ability to work well under pressure and meet strict guidelines. Knowledge of the UN system is desirable; knowledge of international criminal justice systems is highly desirable. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations.
• Communication – Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
• Planning and Organising – Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.
• Leadership – Serves as a role model that other people want to follow; empowers others to translate vision into results; is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives; establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support; anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions; drives for change and improvement; does not accept the status quo; shows the courage to take unpopular stands.
• Managing Performance – Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority; makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member; accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills; monitors progress against milestones and deadlines; regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff; encourages risk-taking and supports creativity and initiative; actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff; appraises performance fairly.
Advanced university degree in law, preferably with specialization in international, criminal law or humanitarian law. A first level university degree in law in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.
Minimum of 7 years of progressively responsible professional legal experience, at either the national or international level, with experience in criminal law, international law or humanitarian law. Previous experience in one of the ad hoc Tribunals is highly desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required, and working knowledge of French is highly desirable.
The position will be recruited from the roster.
United Nations Considerations
Candidates will be required to meet the requirements of Article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter as well as the requirements of the position. The United Nations is committed to the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity for all its human resources, including but not limited to respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to whether they have committed, or are alleged to have committed criminal offences and/or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.
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