Job Opening

Posting Title: LEGAL OFFICER, P4
Job Code Title: LEGAL OFFICER
Department/Office: United Nations Assistance to the Khmer Rouge Trials
Duty Station: PHNOM-PENH
Posting Period: 30 August 2021 - 28 September 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Legal Affairs-UNAKRT-162806-R-Phnom-Penh (X)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

Under the applicable law, and in accordance with the terms of the Agreement between the United Nations and the Royal Government of Cambodia, the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) has jurisdiction to try senior leaders and those who were most responsible for the crimes and serious violations of Cambodian penal law, international humanitarian law and custom, and international conventions recognized by Cambodia, during the period of the Khmer Rouge regime from 17 April 1975 to 6 January 1979.

While the ECCC is established as a national institution, the Royal Government of Cambodia sought the technical assistance of the United Nations in operating the Extraordinary Chambers. In Resolution A/57/228 and A/57/228B, the General Assembly approved the involvement of the United Nations and endorsed the agreement outlining the arrangements between the two parties. The United Nations Assistance to the Khmer Rouge Trials (UNAKRT) was established in 2005 to provide on-going technical, operational and logistical support to the Royal Government of Cambodia in all aspect of the ECCC's operations.

To learn more about UNAKRT, please visit our website: http://www.unakrt-online.org.

This position is located in the Supreme Court Chamber (SCC). The incumbent reports directly to the International judges of the SCC.

Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the International Judges of the SCC, the Legal Officer is required to perform the following functions.

• Serves as a lead officer in one or more areas of concentration, and independently handles a wide range of multi-discipline and complex legal matters involving issues of international criminal law (both substantive and procedural).
• Provides legal advice on diverse substantive and procedural questions of considerable complexity, including those related to criminal proceedings before the Extraordinary Chambers.
• Performs and coordinates extensive legal research and analysis and prepares and coordinates legal opinions, studies, briefs, reports and correspondence; provides legal advice to the judges of the ECCC Supreme Court Chamber.
• Reviews, advises on and drafts complex decisions, orders and judgements, or legal motions/submissions and other legal documents; develops new legal modalities to meet unique needs/circumstances.
• Serves on various standing boards, committees, ad hoc working groups and task forces, as required.
• Coordinates and direct teams of other legal officers dealing with complex issues as required, and/or mentors and supervises the work of junior officers on specific projects.
• 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 and ability to prepare legal briefs, opinions, indictments or legal submissions/motions, and a variety of legal instruments and related documents. 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. 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; 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.

• 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 international law. A relevant first level university degree in the above 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 seven years of progressively responsible experience in law, including legal analysis, research and writing is required.
Experience working with criminal appeal proceedings before domestic jurisdictions, the ECCC or other international(ized) tribunals is desirable.

Languages

The Official working language of the ECCC are English, French and Khmer. For the post advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of French is desirable. Knowledge of Khmer is desirable.

Assessment

Qualified applicants may be evaluated through a competency-based interview and/or other assessment methods.

Special Notice

Appointment against this position is limited to the United Nations Assistance to the Khmer Rouge Trials (UNAKRT). Issuance of appointment is contingent upon availability of funds and extension of mandate.

The initial appointment will be for a period of one year, subject to budgetary approval. The expected commencement date is 1 January 2022. Any extension of appointment is subject to the mandate of UNAKRT, satisfactory performance and availability of funds.

The United Nations shall place 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. (Charter of the United Nations - Chapter 3, article 8). The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

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.

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