Job Opening

Posting Title: Rule of Law Officer, P3
Department/Office: United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali
Duty Station: BAMAKO
Posting Period: 27 December 2018 - 10 January 2019
Job Opening Number: 18-Rule of Law-MINUSMA-109381-F-Bamako (M)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in Bamako, in the Justice and Corrections Section of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA). The Rule of Law Officer P-3 reports directly to the Chief of the justice and Corrections Section.


The incumbent will coordinate recommendations forwarded by the Agency Technical Assessment Mission and maintain a strong interaction with interlocutors in the Government and civil society institution.
Coordinate in implementing key components for a policy framework related to the rule of law and strengthening of the criminal justice system and related institutions in host country, while implementing and advising on the legal framework institutional reform of the judiciary, prosecution and law enforcement agencies and legal representation of aid.
Perform programmatic and administrative tasks necessary for the functioning of work unit, including contributing to the preparation of budgets, reporting on performance and results, managing and evaluating staff performance, job interviewing and evaluation of candidates. Provide policy and operational advice to Senior/Chief Rule of Law, assists in programming related activities at the national level and handles a wider range of multi-disciplinary, complex and often sensitive and/or conflicting matters involving issues pertaining to criminal justice, national security policy, reform of the security sector and reform of the judicial system and related institutions.
Provides innovative technical advice and assistance to local commissions and other stake holders within the international community located in Host country to ensure cohesive and coordinated programme delivery.
Contributes to the development of the rule of law strategic plan and policy making framework in the context of the mission's mandate and assist in the day-to-day coordination of key
activities with other mission components (e.g., corrections, human rights, political affairs, policy, gender, child protection, etc.) and UN entities.
Assist in conducting programme activities in areas of concentration (e.g. gender justice, juvenile justice, etc.) to include advising and mentoring national counterparts, facilitating and organizing workshops and consultations, and mentoring national counterparts, facilitating and organizing workshops and consultations, supporting national criminal justice system organization, supporting training of national actors and/or monitoring of the courts and legal system, including other field offices, if required.
Advise on and prepare complex legal research and analysis and outputs, such as work unit reports and assessment, policy documents and guidelines, briefings, etc.
Participates in legislative reviews and drafts commentaries and other relevant documents.
Represents the mission and serve on various standing boards and committees, as required.
Supports and participates in regional level coordination, planning and/or reform processes and donor coordination to include supporting the completion of major reviews of the criminal justice sector and the development of long-term regional strategic plans.
Provides training to junior staff under her/his supervision.
Ensures effective knowledge management and information sharing, including developing a culture of respect for and inclusion of, local actors in all judicial and legal system initiatives.
Assists in identifying, establishing and maintaining contacts and partnerships with other actors (national and international in assigned areas of responsibility with a view to pursuing work programme objectives and enabling participation in and effective integration of ideas in the planning and implementation of judicial affairs activities.
Perform other relevant duties as required.


•Professionalism: Knowledge and understanding of unit’s mandate and strategic direction. Demonstrated understanding of a range of issues related to judicial, prosecutorial and legal systems, reform, capacity building, etc. Knowledge of criminal law, relevant international human rights standards, etc. Ability to identify issues and judgment in applying technical expertise to resolve a wide range of problems. Ability to conduct research, including ability to evaluate and integrate information from a variety of sources and assess impact on judicial affairs initiatives in assigned country/area. Ability to work under pressure, on occasion in a highly stressful environment (e.g. civil strife, natural disasters and human suffering). 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. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

•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 audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

•Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.


An advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in law, law enforcement, international relations, or security studies is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in rule of law, diplomacy, law enforcement, security, or related field is required. Extensive experience in rule of law outreach, facilitation, analysis, advice and reporting is required. Experience working in a United Nations common system field operation (inclusive of peacekeeping, political missions and UN agencies, funds, and programmes) - or similar international organization or non¬governmental organization - in a conflict or post-conflict setting is desirable. Expertise and experience in project management preparing of budgets, reporting on performance and results is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English and French is required.


Previously rostered candidates are not subject to any further assessment and as such, will not be invited for such an assessment.

Special Notice

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.

United Nations Considerations

According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions.

Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

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