Job Opening

Posting Title: RULE OF LAW OFFICER, P4 [Filled from Roster]
Job Code Title: RULE OF LAW OFFICER
Department/Office: United Nations Logistic Base
Duty Station: BRINDISI
Posting Period: 28 September 2022 - 27 October 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Rule of Law-UNLB-190443-R-Brindisi (M)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

The United Nations Global Service Centre (UNGSC) provides critical Supply Chain, Geospatial, Information and Telecommunications Technologies services and Training to all Secretariat Entities, Peacekeeping and Special Political missions, Agencies, Funds and Programmes of the UN system worldwide.

The position is located in the Justice and Corrections Standing Capacity (JCSC), based in the United Nations Global Service Centre (UNGSC) in Brindisi. While Brindisi is a family duty station, the incumbent may be deployed to "D" and "E" non-family duty stations for several months at a time. The incumbent will report to the JCSC Team Leader when not deployed or as per mission structure, to the Head of the Justice or Rule of Law component when deployed. Upon authorization of the Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations, this capacity deploys to field missions on short notice to: (i) start-up rule of law and/or justice components in new United Nations field operations (including participating in pre-mission planning); (ii) reinforce existing United Nations field operations in providing assistance and support to national authorities in the area of justice, and (iii) undertake operation assessments and mapping of the national justice systems, as well as evaluations of activities and programmes conducted by the justice components of peace operations.
When deployed at the request of other United Nations departments, programmes, agencies or funds or, of the Global Focal Point for the Rule of Law, s/he shall follow the respective reporting structures and be guided by the strategic and operational directives of the relevant department, agency, fund or programme.

Responsibilities

Within limits of delegated authority and depending on location, the Rule of Law Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
• Develops and implements key components for a policy framework related to the rule of law and strengthening of the criminal justice system and related institutions in host country, while implementing and advising on the legal framework institutional reform of the judiciary, prosecution service and law enforcement agencies and legal representations or aid.
• Provides policy and operational advice to senior management, assists in programming related activities at the national level and handles a wider range of multi-disciplinary, complex and often sensitive and/or conflicting matters involving issues pertaining to criminal justice policy, national security policy, reform of the security sector and reform of the judicial system and related institutions.
• Provides innovative technical advice and assistance to local commissions and other stake holders within the international community located in Host country to ensure cohesive and coordinated programme delivery.
• Contributes to the development of the rule of law strategic plan and policymaking framework in the context of the mission’s mandate and assist in the day-to-day coordination of key activities with other mission components (e.g. corrections, human rights, political affairs, policy, gender, child protection, etc.) and UN entities.
• Takes the lead in conducting programme activities in areas of concentration (e.g. gender justice, juvenile justice etc.) to include advising and mentoring national counterparts, facilitating and organizing workshops and consultations, supporting national criminal justice system organization, training of national actors and/or monitoring of the court and legal system, including field offices, if required.
• Advises on and prepares complex legal research and analysis and outputs, such as work unit reports and assessments, policy documents and guidelines, briefings, etc.
• Participates in legislative reviews and drafts commentaries and other relevant documents.
• Represents the mission and serves on various standing boards and committees, as required.
• Supports and participates in national level coordination, planning and/or reform processes and donor coordination, to include supporting the completion of major reviews of the justice sector and the development of long-term national strategic plans.
• Directs and manages teams, as required; develops and trains staff under her/his supervision.
• 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.
• Takes the lead in identifying, establishing and maintaining contacts and partnerships with other actors (national and international) in assigned areas of responsibility with a view to pursuing work programme objectives and ensuring participation in and effective integration of ideas in the planning and implementation of judicial affairs activities.
• Performs programmatic and administrative tasks necessary for the functioning of work unit, including contributing to the preparation of budgets, reporting on performance and results, managing and evaluating staff performance, job interviewing and evaluation of candidates.
• Performs other related duties as required.

Competencies

Professionalism: Knowledge of rule of law and legal system issues, including knowledge of criminal law, and relevant international human rights standards and their relationship and linkages to the broader developmental/post conflict recovery framework and initiatives; Knowledge of planning processes, programme design, project and programme management, implementation and oversight; Knowledge of the institutions of the United Nations system and respective institutional mandates; Knowledge of United Nations policies and guidelines related to rule of law assistance programmes; 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.

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.

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.

Judgment/Decision-making: Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly; gathers relevant information before making a decision; considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them; takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization; proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information; checks assumptions against facts; determines that the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; makes tough decisions when necessary

Education

An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law is required. A first-level university degree in any field, with a bar qualification or equivalent, in combination with two additional years of relevant legal experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible professional experience in implementing law reforms and overseeing the implementation of national policies and plans in rule of law and security matters is required.

Experience as a practicing lawyer, prosecutor, judge, legal academic, legal consultant, or adviser in the field of justice is required.

A minimum of one year of experience providing technical assistance for the development or reform of legal and judicial institutions in a transitional, developmental or post-conflict setting, outside the applicant’s country of nationality is required.

Experience working with the investigation and prosecution of serious/international crime is required.

Programme/project management experience is required.

Management experience is desirable.

Field experience, especially in a peacekeeping operation, is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English and French is required.

Assessment

Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

Special Notice

This position is open for recruitment for an initial period of one year and may be subject to extension.

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.

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

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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