Job Opening

Posting Title: Rule of Law Officer, P4 (Temporary Job Opening)
Department/Office: United Nations Mission in Kosovo
Duty Station: PRISTINA_ISC
Posting Period: 14 October 2019 - 28 October 2019
Job Opening Number: 19-Rule of Law-UNMIK-125205-J-Pristina (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 Pristina, Kosovo, within the Office of Rule of Law of the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK). Pristina is classified as a family duty station. The incumbent will report to the Director of the Office of Rule of Law, or his/her designate. The Regional Representative of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) for South Eastern Europe, based in Vienna, Austria, will be an additional reporting officer. The incumbent will work closely with the UNODC field offices and with relevant offices of UNODC Headquarters in Vienna.


Within delegated authority, the Rule of Law Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

Advisory Services and Mentoring:
• Reviews existing legal framework, assesses technical assistance needs and training requirements of the judiciary, prosecution service and law enforcement agencies and entities and recommends actions to meet needs.
•Provide advisory services to UNMIK and other partners with the aim of supporting planning, designing and managing appropriate response measures to organised crime and in particular countering illicit financial flows, corruption and terrorism as well as strengthening the asset recovery process in close consultation with relevant components of UNODC in the regional field offices and in Vienna;
• Provides advisory services and mentoring to governmental authorities, in particular the judiciary, prosecution service and law enforcement agencies and entities, with the aim to support planning, designing and managing appropriate response measures to address organised crime and in particular countering illicit financial flows, corruption and terrorism as well as strengthening the asset recovery process.

Capacity Building and Training:
• Develops and delivers a broad range of capacity-building activities in policy and operational practices to targeted groups;
• Initiates, develops, coordinates and contributes to training curricula and training materials to support and sustain programme/project goals and outputs.
Technical Assistance:
• Plans, coordinates and supports the implementation of the programme strategies and activities, and provides technical inputs to the implementation of rule of law related projects;
•Plans, leads and delivers capacity-building and training activities to judiciary, prosecution service and law enforcement agencies and entities on effective operational and policy measures;
•Leads and participates in complex needs assessment and other technical missions to evaluate and elaborate technical assistance proposals.

Liaison and Partnerships:
• Maintains regular contacts, fosters cooperation and works in close coordination with governmental and international judicial and law enforcement authorities and entities, agencies and institutions, and other relevant operational counterparts to ensure the complementarity of the activities undertaken by technical assistance providers and international organizations;
•Facilitates regional and international cooperation and information exchange in judicial, prosecutorial, investigative and intelligence matters with regard to criminal justice and in particular organised crime, including illicit financial flows, corruption and terrorism, and strengthening the asset recovery process.
•Coordinate, participate and carry out periodic assessments of the performance practices and operations through the evaluation of the quality of judicial, prosecutorial and law enforcement responses to organised crime, including illicit financial flows, corruption and terrorism.

Other related tasks:
• Organizes and prepares a variety of written outputs, working papers, reports, background papers, analyses, presentations, proposals and documents, briefings, training materials, manuals, guides and toolkits;
• Attends policy-making and expert group meetings to monitor, analyze and advise on substantive issues related to the specialized technical area and participates as a resource person in workshops, seminars, training courses and meetings;
•Performs other duties as required.


Professionalism: Has knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and sound operational practices relevant to criminal justice. Has knowledge of policies and practices in international crime prevention, including substantive and specific technical knowledge relevant to judicial and law enforcement practices, organized crime, financial crime, asset recovery, terrorist financing and related areas. Has knowledge and understanding of relevant international instruments, including United Nations Security Council resolutions and conventions relating to organised crime, corruption and countering illicit financial flows. Is able to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Is able to conduct data collection using various methods. Has conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct needs assessments in the relevant field. Is able to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, to plan own work and to manage conflicting priorities. Has proven ability to contribute to complex technical assistance programmes, to provide expert advice in substantive areas, deliver presentations and training and mobilize external partners and stakeholders. Has up to date knowledge of United Nations policies, rules and regulations, guidelines and procedures. 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.

Planning & Organizing: 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.

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 interested.

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 decisions, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect his/her own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.


An advanced university (Master's degree or equivalent) in law is required. Alternatively, a first-level university degree in law in combination of two additional; years of qualifying experience and bar qualification or equivalent may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. Certification or other qualification in training design and delivery is an advantage.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of relevant, progressively responsible professional experience in rule of law or related area is required.
This experience should include a minimum of five years’ experience in one or more of the following areas: practicing lawyer, prosecutor, judge, legal academic, legal consultant or advisor in the field of justice and/or rule of law assistance. Three years’ experience providing technical assistance supporting legal and judicial institutions, including experience outside the applicant’s country of nationality, is required.
Experience in the development and delivery of judicial and law-enforcement training and providing advice and assistance to judges, prosecutors and law enforcement officers in the area of judicial and law-enforcement cooperation in criminal matters and/or illicit financial flows, is required.
Experience of working in the South Eastern Europe region is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in English, i.e. oral and written proficiency, is required. Knowledge of another United Nations official language is an advantage.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

Special Notice

• This position is temporarily available until 30 June 2020 with possible extension. If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.

• While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post.

• Subject to the funding source of the position, the eligibility for this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.

• This temporary job opening may be limited to “internal candidates,” who have been recruited through a competitive examination administered according to staff rule 4.16 or staff selection process including the review of a central review body established according to staff rule 4.15.

• Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply.Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.

• Retirees above the mandatory age of separation who wish to be considered for the current temporary job opening must indicate the reason for their last separation as "retirement." Such retirees shall not be employed by the Organization, unless (a) the operational requirements of the Organization cannot be met by staff members who are qualified and available to perform the required functions; and (b) the proposed employment would not adversely affect the career development or redeployment opportunities of other staff members and represents both a cost-effective and operationally sound solution to meet the needs of the service.

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, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, 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. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.

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.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

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