Job Opening

Posting Title: Legal Officer, P4 (Temporary Job Opening)
Job Code Title: LEGAL OFFICER
Department/Office: United Nations Investigative Team for Accountability of Da’esh/ISIL
Duty Station: BAGHDAD
Posting Period: 25 November 2019 - 02 December 2019
Job Opening Number: 19-Legal Affairs-UNS-SPM UNITAD-127550-J-Baghdad (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 within the United Nations Investigative Team to promote accountability for crimes committed by Da'esh / ISIL (UNITAD) and will be based in Baghdad, Iraq. This post is located within the Office of the Special Adviser. The candidate will report to the Special Adviser.

UNITAD was established by the Secretary-General pursuant to Security Council resolution 2379 (2017), according to which it is mandated to support domestic efforts to hold ISIL (Da'esh) accountable by collecting, preserving and storing evidence in Iraq of acts that may amount to war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide committed by the terrorist group ISIL (Da'esh) in Iraq.

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:

Provides advice on a wide range of legal and policy issues affecting Iraq and the mandate and activities of the Investigative Team as it relates to cooperation with Iraqi authorities, including but not limited to areas of public international law and international judicial cooperation and international criminal law matters;

Provides substantive and practical support to the Special Adviser and Head of the Investigative Team in identifying analyzing and monitoring political developments and emerging issues with respect to the implementation of the Investigative Team's mandate, and ensure integrated and coherent functioning of the Investigative Team, through effective direction and management, in accordance with the guidance of the Special Adviser;

Reviews and monitors developments in Iraq; assesses trends which might affect the political and security situation and the political impact of intra-regional issues; recommends solutions and possible actions by the Special Adviser and Head of the Investigative Team;

Assists in facilitating cooperation and the sharing of information, expertise and best practices between the Investigative Team and the Government of Iraq as well as with relevant local institutions and actors, with respect to the implementation of accountability of measures against ISIL (Da’esh);

Organizes and participates in meetings and discussions with the Government of Iraq, local institutions and actors as well as other internal and external actors and organizations, as required, with a view to furthering the implementation of the mandate of the Investigative Team and Special Adviser;

Drafts reports, briefs and publications relevant to the mandate of the Investigative Team;

Provides advice on the legal status of the Investigative Team and its members, including in areas such as international cooperation and Status of Forces/Status of Mission Agreements; advises on and assists in the implementation of aspects of the activities of the Investigative Team and the Special Adviser with respect to its mandate to promote global accountability for the crimes committed by ISIL (Da’esh), including matters relating to international law, international criminal law and international judicial cooperation, as appropriate;

Performs extensive legal research and analysis on highly complex or novel issues/questions and prepares legal opinions, studies, briefs, reports, and correspondence; represents the Investigative Team at meetings, conferences, seminars, etc..;

Performs other duties, as assigned.

Competencies

Professionalism: Knowledge of international legal procedures and instruments, including criminal law, both substantive and procedural. Ability to apply legal expertise to analyzing a diverse range of complex and unusual legal issues and problems and in developing innovative and creative solutions in prosecuting complex criminal cases. Strong analytical skills and ability to conduct comprehensive legal research on a range of issues, including those of a unique and/or complex nature; proficiency in legal writing and expression. Discretion and sound judgment in applying legal expertise to sensitive, complex legal issues. Strong negotiating skills and ability to influence others to reach agreement. Ability to work to tight deadlines and handle multiple concurrent projects/cases. Knowledge of contemporary international relations and of UN system, organization and interrelationships. 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.

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.

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.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law is required. A first-level degree (Bachelors’ or equivalent) in the specified fields with two additional years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible professional legal experience, including in international criminal law or international judicial cooperation is required.
Experience in legal work regarding legal assistance in criminal matters is desirable.
Experience in working on matters related to ISIL / Da’esh or Iraq is desirable.
Experience working in the start-up phase of a United Nations peacekeeping or special political mission is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Fluency in Arabic is desirable. Knowledge of another official UN language is desirable.

Assessment

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

Special Notice

• This position is temporarily available. 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.

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No Fee

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