Job Opening

Posting Title: Senior Regional Legal Adviser (for West and Central Africa) - Temporary, P5 (Temporary Job Opening)
Job Code Title: SENIOR LEGAL OFFICER
Department/Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Duty Station: DAKAR
Posting Period: 08 January 2020 - 14 January 2020
Job Opening Number: 20-Legal Affairs-UNODC-128911-J-Dakar (E)
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 the Regional Office for West and Central Africa (ROSEN) of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Dakar, Senegal. The Senior Regional Legal Advisor will work under the direct supervision of the UNODC Regional Representative for West and Central Africa based in Dakar, Senegal and the substantive guidance of the Organized Crime and Illicit Trafficking Branch and Justice Section of UNODC in Vienna, Austria. Hr or she will also liaise and cooperate closely with all relevant substantive UNODC headquarters sections in Vienna.

For more information on UNODC, please visit our website: www.unodc.org

Responsibilities

The incumbent will perform the following specific duties:

•Provide, coordinate and supervise expert legal advisory services and assistance to multiple countries in West and Central Africa, including to respective Ministries of Justice and other relevant agencies, in all areas related to UNODC’s mandate, particularly organized crime and illicit (drug) trafficking.

•Provide assistance in the implementation of the UN and other International Conventions on drugs, crime, corruption and terrorism, as well as technical guidance on internal programme and project related matters in the area of legal assistance and criminal justice sector reform, in the context of the implementation of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Political Declaration and Regional Action Plan to Address the Growing Problem of Illicit Drug Trafficking, Organized Crime and Drug Abuse in West Africa.

•Oversee the implementation and lead the Network of Central Authorities and Prosecutors for West Africa in coordination with the Global Programme for Assisting Member States to Prevent and Combat Organized and Serious Crime.

•Represent UNODC in drug, crime and corruption related legislation matters on the international stage and liaise with national or international counterparts as to increase cooperation in the context of strengthening national and regional legal frameworks.

•Provide expert legal advisory services of a high professional standard to requesting Governments in West/Central Africa by providing substantive assistance and guidance to Member States in the drafting of legislation on corruption, trans-national organized crime, criminal justice reform, and other areas within UNODC’s mandates, in line with the respective international legal instruments, norms and standards. Carry-out assessment/advisory missions to counties, review draft or current domestic legislations, assist governments in the revision/drafting of National Plans of Action and elaborate detailed technical assessment reports for successive legal/criminal justice reforms.

•Provide policy and technical advice to the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) as well as to the ECOWAS Commission with regard to the implementation of the UN and other International Conventions and regional action plans. Advise all relevant national and regional stakeholders on the development, planning and introduction of suitable legal countermeasures needed in countries/areas most affected by illicit drug trafficking, corruption and organized crime.

•Promote programming and advance integrated programme development across all thematic areas within UNODC’s mandate, aimed at strengthening legislative frameworks and criminal justice systems in West and Central Africa.

•Upon request, formulate new projects related to the implementation of the Drug Conventions, the Convention against Transnational Organized Crime and its Protocols including emerging crimes, the Convention against Corruption and any other relevant international and/or regional conventions. Assist Governments in designing projects for capacity building within legislative bodies and/or the judiciary.

•Upon request, assist Project/Programme Offices in the development of their respective legal advisory and assistance components and the development of relevant projects under National Integrated Programmes and in the context of regional initiatives/projects.

•Provide technical inputs to the implementation of ongoing legal/criminal justice reform projects on counter-narcotics enforcement, anti-corruption and anti organized crime on the country, field office or regional level. Assess the quality and impact of ongoing legal assistance measures.

•Contribute to the effective mobilization of resources for global, regional and national programmes.

•Build synergies and incorporate global UNODC initiatives when elaborating country assessments or providing technical advice to legislative agencies and the judiciary.

•Maintain permanent liaison on legal matters with international bodies and organizations including inter alia UNOWA, ECOWAS and ECCAS, and work closely with liaison officers and donor representatives in charge of legal assistance in the West and Central Africa. Seek appropriate partnerships with other entities of the United Nations System in the development of regional and national programmes and related activities.

•Organize and participate in meetings, workshops, study tours and seminars for high level officials in relation to UNODC mandate areas.

•Supervise the drafting and preparation of a variety of reports and papers, especially key policy and programmatic documents.

•Take the lead in managing selected projects and supervise and guide other professional and national staff.

•Perform other duties as required.

Competencies

•Professionalism: Has knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to the control and prevention of crime, drug and/or terrorism related areas. Has knowledge of development policy, technical cooperation and substantive work covered by UNODC’s mandate (drug control, organized crime, corruption, criminal justice reform etc.). Has demonstrated ability to provide innovative technical leadership by performing, overseeing and/or advising on the planning, development and management of operations. Has demonstrated ability to negotiate and apply good judgment, to provide expert legal advice to counterparts and to assume a key role in networking with national and international partners. Is able to produce reports and papers on integrated programmatic issues and to review and edit the work of others. Is able to apply UN rules, regulations, policies and guidelines in work situations. 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.

•Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.

•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 improvements; does not accept the status quo; shows the courage to take unpopular stands. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.

•Judgement/Decision-making: Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly; gathers relevant information before making a decision; considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them; takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization; proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information; checks assumptions against facts; determines the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; makes tough decisions when necessary.

Education

An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law is required. A first-level university degree in similar fields in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of ten years of relevant progressively responsible professional work experience in a relevant legal field, including in crime prevention and criminal justice matters, is required.
Several years of experience in the area of criminal justice administration as a prosecutor, lawyer, judge or of investigations is required.
Practical work experience in international cooperation in criminal matters is required.
Work experience in an African environment is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English and French is required. Knowledge of Portuguese is desirable. Knowledge of other United Nations official languages is an advantage.

Assessment

Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise and a competency-based interview.

Special Notice

• This position is temporarily available for six months, subject to the availability of funds. 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.

• 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.

• Dakar is classified in the A category (family duty station).

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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