Job Opening

Posting Title: Legal Officer, P4
Job Code Title: LEGAL OFFICER
Department/Office: United Nations Mission in Kosovo
Duty Station: PRISTINA_ISC
Posting Period: 16 August 2021 - 14 September 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Legal Affairs-UNMIK-161432-R-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 in the Office of Rule of Law. The incumbent will report to the Chief of the Office of Rule of Law.

Responsibilities

Under the general authority and guidance of the Chief of the Office of Rule of Law, the incumbent will:

•Fulfil rule of law front office type of functions, coordinate programmatic activities and the implementation of rule of law RBB and CPAS provisions.
•Monitor and report on strategic developments in the rule of law areas in Kosovo, including progress in the efforts of the Rule of Law Working Group led by the government.
•Liaise at technical level with representatives of Kosovo, law enforcement and judicial institutions and the European Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo (EULEX) and OSCE, as well as with UNKT, donors and other actors involved in rule of law areas with the aim of monitoring, reporting and facilitating their interaction as required.
•Prepare and review international wanted notices (IWN) to be issued by UNMIK SRSG and coordinate as required with relevant offices within the mission, specifically with OLA and UNMIK Interpol Liaison Office.
•Serves as a lead officer in one or more areas of concentration, and engages in a wide range of multi-disciplinary and complex rule of law matters involving issues of international, public, private and administrative law, with a special focus in the area of, criminal law (both substantive and procedural).
•Provides advice on diverse substantive and procedural rule of law questions of considerable complexity, which may include those related to constitutional law, law enforcement and judicial organization, criminal and criminal procedure laws, administrative law, anti-corruption, accountability of rule of law personnel and other operational matters.
•Performs extensive legal research and analysis and prepares legal opinions, studies
and reports on issues relating to rule of law, law enforcement and judicial and correctional institutions.
•Monitors and supports the work of commissions, committees, task forces, expert groups and other bodies, including the preparation of background materials, presentations, meeting reports, expert papers, policies, monitoring and reporting on implementation of programmatic and other rule of law activities, etc., as required.
•Monitors and reports on review and design of new, or new applications of, legal instruments, policy, guidelines, etc. impacting on democratic good governance and separation of powers.
•Performs other duties as assigned.

Competencies

•Professionalism: Knowledge of rule of law front office type of functions and rule of law procedures and instruments, including law enforcement and criminal law analysis, both substantive and procedural, as well as programmatic activities, review and processing of international wanted notices, and RBB and CPAS implementation. 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 analysing complex criminal cases. Strong analytical skills and ability to conduct comprehensive rule of law research on a range of issues, including those of a unique and/or complex nature; proficiency in rule of law writing and expression and ability to prepare papers and reports on a variety of rule of law issues. Ability to produce analysis on procedures adopted by prosecutors and judges of criminal trials. Strong interpersonal and negotiating skills and ability to influence others to reach agreement. Ability to work to tight deadlines and handle multiple concurrent projects/tasks. 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.
•Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively on rule of law and related political context; 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.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in a law field. A first level university degree in combination with two years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in rule of law areas, including programmatic activities, preparation and review of international wanted notices, research and writing is required.
Knowledge of and experience on front office type of functions, RBB and CPAS, and the Kosovo legal, law enforcement and judicial system is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of Albanian and Serbian is desirable.

Assessment

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

Special Notice

Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures. 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. Extension of the appointment is subject to extension of the mandate and/or the availability of the funds.

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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