Job Opening

Posting Title: Associate Legal Officer
Duty Station: PHNOM-PENH
Posting Period: 12 February 2016 - 12 March 2016
Job Opening Number: 16-Legal Affairs-DESA-54107-R-Phnom-Penh (X)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Special Notice

Appointment against this position is limited to the United Nations Assistance to the Khmer Rouge Trials (UNAKRT). The initial appointment will be for a period of one year; an extension is subject to the extension of the mandate of UNAKRT and/or the availability of funding.

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 Court, the Royal Government of Cambodia sought the technical assistance of the United Nations in operating the court. 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 Court's operations.

This position is located in the Trial Chamber of the ECCC.

To learn more about UNAKRT, please visit our website


Under the direct supervision of the Legal Officer and the Senior Legal Officer, and the overall supervision of the Judges of the Chamber, the incumbent will carry out the following responsibilities:

•Conduct legal research and draft research papers on a diverse range of assigned issues in international, comparative and procedural criminal law using multiple research sources; select relevant material, analyze information and present findings for internal review;
•Assesses the relevance or admissibility of evidence gathered by the Office of the Co Investigating Judges;
•Assist in the review of legal documents, instruments, or other material; identify important legal issues;
•Assist in the preparation of drafts of background papers, reports, memoranda, legal opinions and decisions on a wide range of international, comparative and procedural criminal law issues;
•Assist the Legal Officer and/or the Senior Legal Officer in his/her day-to-day work in terms of both the administrative and procedural functions; and
•Perform any other assignments as required.

Results Expected: Good legal research, analysis and presentation of key information to facilitate decision-making. Deliver well-reasoned and clearly written recommendations, opinions and legal memoranda identifying all relevant issues and legal authority. Apply all appropriate policies, guidelines, procedures and processes. Interact effectively and harmoniously with colleagues and concerned parties.


Professionalism: In-depth knowledge of international criminal proceedings and instruments, with exposure to the Civil Law system being particularly valuable; experience in applying legal expertise to analyzing and resolving a diverse range of legal issues and problems; Sound judgment in dealing with sensitive and complex legal issues; Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence; 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.

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; and is culturally sensitive and respectful to colleagues and others.

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.


Advanced university degree (Masters or equivalent) in law, international criminal law or humanitarian law or related field. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of two (2) years of relevant professional working experience in judicial proceedings and/or international criminal law. Experience as a law clerk or legal officer in an internationalized tribunal or the judiciary of a national criminal court is most desirable.

Knowledge of the historical background of the Khmer Rouge Regime would be an asset. Knowledge of criminal case analysis software, such as Case Map, Text Map and ZyLab, would also be considered an asset.


The official working languages of the ECCC are Khmer, English and French. For this post, fluency in English (both oral and written) is required. Working knowledge of French is highly desirable while working knowledge of Khmer is an advantage.


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

United Nations Considerations

Candidates will be required to meet the requirements of Article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter as well as the requirements of the position. The United Nations is committed to the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity for all its human resources, including but not limited to respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to whether they have committed, or are alleged to have committed criminal offences and/or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

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