Job Opening

Posting Title: LEGAL OFFICER, P3
Job Code Title: LEGAL OFFICER
Department/Office: International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals
Duty Station: THE HAGUE
Posting Period: 08 June 2022 - 07 July 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Legal Affairs-RMT-182468-R-The Hague (R)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) of the United Nations International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (IRMCT) (The Hague Branch). The incumbent will work under the direct supervision of the Legal Officer and Officer in Charge/Senior Legal Officer. *Appointment of the successful candidate to this position will be subject to budgetary approval.

Responsibilities

The incumbent will perform the following duties:
• Handles a range of issues related to criminal law in consultation with the Officer in Charge and/or the Legal Officer.
• Conducts extensive legal research and analysis and prepares factual and legal opinions, filings and memoranda on a wide range of international criminal law issues.
• Conducts case-related research and analyzes legal documents and evidence, including when required for the purposes of investigations, trials, appeals and review proceedings.
• Drafts submissions, reports, analysis and correspondence.
• Facilitates case-related inquiries for prosecutors and investigators and prepares or assists in the preparation of responses to requests for assistance from national and other requesting authorities and access requests.
• Supervises searches for particular material and reviews the identified material for the purposes of disclosure to the defence or provision to requesting authorities.
• Assists in post-conviction investigations and court advocacy before the IRMCT as required.
• Contributes to capacity-building initiatives as needed.
• Assists and supports the work of the Arusha Branch as required.
• Coordinates or supervises project or staff as assigned.
• Performs other functions as directed by the Officer in Charge and/or the Legal Officer.

Competencies

Professionalism: Knowledge of, and ability to apply, legal principles, concepts and procedures for review, examination, and processing of a range of legal documents and evidence. In-depth knowledge of substantive and procedural criminal law or international criminal law. Knowledge of various legal research sources, including electronic/online research tools, and ability to conduct research and analyze information on a wide range of legal issues. Ability to interpret and apply legal instruments, develop and present results, recommendations, and opinions clearly and concisely. Ability to draft legal documents and analyze evidence under pressure. Good computer skills and ability to use relevant software applications and online legal-research tools. Discretion and ability to apply sound legal judgment in the context of assignments given. Experience and ability to work well in a multicultural environment. 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 the audience. Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

Planning and 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 or equivalent) in law, preferably with specialisation in criminal law or procedure. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.

Work Experience

Do you have a minimum of 5 years of progressively responsible legal experience in criminal law or international criminal law? This is required.

Have you practiced as a prosecutor, defence lawyer or legal officer in criminal cases? This is desirable.

Have you worked in an international criminal court or tribunal? This is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the Mechanism. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required; knowledge of French is desirable. Knowledge of Bosnian/ Croatian/ Serbian is an asset.

Assessment

There will be a competency-based interview and there may also be a technical test.

Special Notice

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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