Job Opening

Posting Title: JUDICIAL AFFAIRS OFFICER, P3 (Temporary Job Opening)
Job Code Title: JUDICIAL AFFAIRS OFFICER
Department/Office: Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 16 June 2022 - 29 June 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Rule of Law-OSRSG-SVC-183557-J-New York (X)
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 Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict (SRSG-SVC) and will serve as a member of the United Nations Team of Experts on the Rule of Law and Sexual Violence in Conflict (TOE). The position will report to the Team Leader of the TOE.

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the Judicial Affairs Officer will be responsible for the following duties.

• Contributes to the development and implementation of key component(s) of the approved programme, including the overall strategy and policy framework related to the rule of law and the development/reform of the legal and judicial systems as they relate to conflict-related sexual violence.
• Advises and mentors national partners on the implementation of rule of law related provisions of formal commitments on addressing conflict-related sexual violence made to the United Nations through the SRSG-SVC by parties to conflict, including the investigation and prosecution of military/civilian criminal offences, court management and other civilian/military judicial system issues with a view to promoting international standards and building capacity, as well as ensuring effective case management.
• Serves as liaison between national authorities and potential partners, including the provision of technical and operational assistance in programme development and implementation.
• Advises national and international partners on the design, organization and delivery of training programs and projects, including sustainable training strategies.
• Ensures effective knowledge management and information sharing, including developing a culture of respect for, and inclusion of, local actors in all judicial and legal system initiatives.
• Provides technical and operational support in implementing workshops, seminars, outreach programmes and other related activities.
• Advises on and prepares extensive research and analysis of international human rights law, humanitarian law, criminal law and transitional justice, including comparative legal, operational or procedural questions; prepares or assists in the preparation of a variety of written outputs.
• Prepares or assists in the preparation of administrative and policy outputs such as reports and assessments, policy documents and guidelines, and participates in legislative or policy reviews and drafts/reviews specialized commentaries and analyses.
• Performs programmatic and administrative tasks necessary for the functioning of the TOE including contributing to the preparation of budgets, developing funding requests, reporting on performance and results, evaluating staff performance, interviewing and evaluating candidates.
• Fosters coordination and maintains close working relationships with relevant mission components (e.g. corrections, human rights, political affairs, policy, gender, child protection, etc.), UN agencies and other international and national partners.
• Provides guidance to more junior staff.
• Performs other related duties as required.


Work implies frequent interaction with the following:
Counterparts and other staff from all relevant components of the mission, as well as UN specialized agencies, funds and programmes. Legal professionals and civil society representatives; counterparts in relevant government ministries, parliament, the courts, associations, law schools, women’s groups, non-governmental organizations, international organizations, diplomatic missions, donors, the media, consultants, etc.

Results Expected:
Delivers sound analytical and technical inputs and advice that contribute to improving and advancing the TOE’s mandate, in accordance with applicable policies, rules and practices. Provides independent, accurate and comprehensive research on diverse issues. Takes action to identify issues/problems and develops creative approaches to problem resolution. Provides timely delivery of assigned outputs, including carefully conceived, well written studies, recommendations, and other written products. Effectively interacts with diverse groups involved in addressing conflict-related sexual violence, judicial affairs and related activities being performed.

Competencies

• Professionalism: Knowledge and understanding of the TOE’s mandate and strategic direction. Knowledge of institutional mandates, policies and guidelines pertaining to judicial affairs; women, peace and security; protection of civilians; and conflict-related sexual violence. Demonstrated understanding of a range of issues related to judicial, prosecutorial and legal systems, reform, capacity building, etc. Knowledge of international criminal law, humanitarian law, human rights law and relevant international human rights standards, etc. Ability to identify issues and judgment in applying technical expertise to resolve a wide range of problems. Ability to conduct research, including ability to evaluate and integrate information from a variety of sources and assess impact on judicial affairs initiatives in assigned country/area. Ability to work under pressure, on occasion in a highly stressful environment (e.g. civil strife, natural disasters and human suffering). 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.
• 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 law. A first-level university degree in combination with other relevant academic qualifications and/or legal experience in the field of justice and/or rule of law assistance may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of five years of professional experience as a practicing lawyer, prosecutor, judge, consultant or advisor in the field of justice / rule of law is required

A minimum of one year of professional experience on strengthening judicial and legal systems to address international and transnational crimes, including sexual violence is required

One year of professional experience working in a transitional, developmental or post-conflict setting outside the applicant’s country of nationality is desirable

Experience in programme/project management in rule of law is desirable

Experience working with the United Nations or a similar international organization is desirable.

Languages

Fluency in spoken and written English and French is required. Knowledge of another UN language is desirable.

Special Notice

This position is available for 364 days.
• At the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. The United Nations is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The United Nations recruits and employs staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds or disabilities. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application.

• While this temporary job opening 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.

• Subject to the funding source of the position, the eligibility for this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.

• This temporary job opening may be limited to “internal candidates,” who have been recruited through a competitive examination administered according to staff rule 4.16 or staff selection process including the review of a central review body established according to staff rule 4.15.

• 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.

• Retirees above the mandatory age of separation who wish to be considered for the current temporary job opening must indicate the reason for their last separation as "retirement." Such retirees shall not be employed by the Organization, unless (a) the operational requirements of the Organization cannot be met by staff members who are qualified and available to perform the required functions; and (b) the proposed employment would not adversely affect the career development or redeployment opportunities of other staff members and represents both a cost-effective and operationally sound solution to meet the needs of the service.

Pursuant to section 7.11 of ST/AI/2012/2/Rev.1, candidates recruited through the young professionals programme who have not served for a minimum of two years in the position of their initial assignment are not eligible to apply to this position.

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

A current staff member who holds a fixed-term, permanent or continuing appointment may apply for temporary positions no more than one level above his or her current grade. However, a current staff member who holds an appointment at the G-6 or G-7 level may also apply to temporary positions in the Professional category up to and including the P-3 level, subject to meeting all eligibility and other requirements for the position. In accordance with ST/AI/1999/17 section 2.3, an SPA may only be granted to one level higher than the personal level of the staff member assigned to higher-level functions in his or her own category, whether the higher-level functions are one or several levels higher than the personal level of the staff member. Staff in the General Service and related categories temporarily placed against a post at the Professional level may receive an SPA to the P-1 or P-2 level.

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. An external candidate selected for this position is bound by the prevailing condition of the staff selection system under ST/AI/2010/3, as
amended, and ST/AI/2010/4/Rev.1. A staff member holding a temporary appointment who is recruited in the Professional and above categories on a temporary appointment, and placed on a position authorized for one year or longer may not apply for or be reappointed to his/her current position within six months of the end of his/her current service. This provision does
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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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