Job Opening

Posting Title: ASSOCIATE LEGAL OFFICER [Filled from Roster]
Duty Station: THE HAGUE
Posting Period: 24 November 2016 - 23 December 2016
Job Opening Number: 16-Legal Affairs-ICTFY-70430-R-The Hague (R)
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 Chambers Legal Support Section, Division of Judicial Support Services, Registry.


• Conduct legal research on a diverse range of assigned issues in criminal law, international law, international humanitarian law and other area(s) of specialization using multiple research sources; select relevant material, analyse information and present findings for internal review in either written or oral form;
• On behalf of the Judges, assist in the preparation of legal opinions and advice, draft background memoranda, decisions and judgments of the Tribunal;
• Assist the Judges and the Senior Legal Officer in the preparation and management of cases, and drafting of decisions during the pre-trial and pre-appeal phase of proceedings;
• Assist the Judges in the processing of evidence and documents submitted during trial;
• Liaise on behalf of the Judges and the Senior Legal Officer with the Registry, Prosecution and Defense;
• Assist Legal Officers in the review of legal documents, instruments, or other material; identify important issues, similarities, inconsistencies, etc;
• Work with the Senior Legal Officer on general research, drafting and other legal and administrative projects;
• Undertake special assignments allocated by a Judge;
• Assist Legal Officers in servicing the Outreach Programme, diplomatic conferences, commissions, committees, task forces, and other bodies, including preparation of background materials, summaries of issues and views of delegations, etc;
• Perform other duties as assigned.


• Professionalism - Theoretical knowledge of, and ability to apply, legal principles, concepts and procedures and terminology for review, examination, and processing of a range of legal documents; familiarity with and experience in the use of varied legal research sources, including electronic sources; analytical skills as demonstrated through research and analysis of a range of legal issues and interpretation and application of international legislative instruments and the ability to develop and present results/recommendations/opinions clearly and concisely (spoken and written); excellent legal drafting skills and ability to draft well under pressure; demonstrated ability to apply sound legal judgement in the context of assignments given; ability to plan own work and manage conflicting priorities. Commitment to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects of work. 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. Strong organizational, drafting, and interpersonal skills; knowledge of the UN system desirable; knowledge of international criminal justice systems highly desirable.

• 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.

• Teamwork – Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organisational 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.


Advanced university degree in law with specialisation in international, criminal or humanitarian law. A first level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.

Work Experience

Minimum of 2 years of progressively responsible legal experience, at either the national or international level, with emphasis in criminal law, international law or humanitarian law.


English and French are the working languages of the Tribunal. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English and/or French is required. Knowledge of a second official UN language is an advantage.


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

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, 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 or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

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.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the At-a-Glance on "The Application Process" and the Instructional Manual for the Applicants, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The screening and evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications, including but not limited to, their education, work experience, and language skills, according to the instructions provided on inspira. Applicants will be disqualified from consideration if they do not demonstrate in their application that they meet the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations. Applicants are solely responsible for providing complete and accurate information at the time of application: no amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to a reference-checking process to verify the information provided in the application.

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