Job Opening

Posting Title: Assistant Appeals Counsel, P3
Job Code Title: LEGAL OFFICER
Department/Office: International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals
Duty Station: THE HAGUE
Posting Period: 26 May 2021 - 24 June 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Legal Affairs-RMT-155763-R-The Hague (R)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

The position is located in The Hague Branch of the Office of the Prosecutor and reports to the Principal Legal Counsel and Senior Appeals Counsel.
*Appointment of the successful candidate to this position will be subject to budgetary approval.

Responsibilities

Under the guidance of the Principal Legal Counsel or a Senior Appeals Counsel, the incumbent:
•Prepares appeals to be heard before the Appeals Chamber of the MICT. This will involve handling a wide range of multidisciplinary and complex legal matters involving substantive and procedural issues of international and domestic criminal law, and to a lesser extent, issues related to international humanitarian law (public international law);
•Assists in reviewing judgments and orders of the Trial Chambers and contributes to advice on grounds of appeal;
•Undertakes analysis and legal research of legislation and jurisprudence, both from national and international jurisdictions;
•Reviews trial records and participates in the preparation & drafting of appeal briefs, motions, responses, and legal & factual memoranda as necessary; and, if necessary, attends court with Principal Legal Counsel or Senior Appeals Counsel and presents oral arguments at hearings before the Appeals Chamber. Assists Principal Legal Counsel or Senior Appeals Counsel in the preparation of oral argument and in the presentation of oral submissions before the Appeals Chamber.

Competencies

•Professionalism: Experience at international criminal tribunals or experience working on complex criminal cases in national jurisdictions, including participation on in appeals. Knowledge of procedural and substantive criminal law at the international or national level. Experience in applying legal expertise to diverse range of complex legal issues. Strong analytical skills and ability to conduct comprehensive legal research on a range of issues. Proficiency in legal writing and ability to prepare legal briefs and opinions under pressure and short deadlines. Can balance a number of cases, and work in an efficient and directed manner. Presents complex legal submissions and is a skilful oral advocate. Discretion and sound judgment in applying legal expertise to sensitive, complex legal issues. Works to tight deadlines and handles multiple concurrent projects/cases. 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. Commitment to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects 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 the audience. Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

•Teamwork – Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organisational 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.

Education

Advanced university degree in law. A first level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree. Membership in good standing of any Bar or law society in any national jurisdiction. Standing at an international criminal court or tribunal may be considered in lieu of Bar or law society membership.

Work Experience

Minimum of 5 years of progressively responsible legal experience, in the field criminal law, international criminal law or international humanitarian law.
Has litigation experience.
Prior experience at the ICTY, ICTR, or other international criminal tribunal or court is highly desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the Mechanism. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Working knowledge of French is an advantage.

Assessment

There may be an assessment exercise for qualified candidates followed by a competency-based interview.

Special Notice

The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

The appointment is limited to the International Residual Mechanism for 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 international tribunals are 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.

NOTE FOR PREVIOUSLY ROSTERED CANDIDATES
Roster candidates must express their interest and availability for published job openings by submitting an updated PHP and cover letter.

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.

The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.

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No Fee

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