Job Opening

Posting Title: INTERN - LEGAL AFFAIRS OTP Trial Division, I (Temporary Job Opening)
Job Code Title: INTERN - LEGAL AFFAIRS
Department/Office: International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia
Duty Station: THE HAGUE
Posting Period: 23 May 2017 - 20 October 2017
Job Opening Number: 17-Legal Affairs-ICTY-79825-J-The Hague (O)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Special Notice

A complete online application including ALL of the documents listed below is required. The relevant forms and instructions are found at http://www.icty.org/sid/113. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

Applicants must attach ALL of the following documents to each UN Careers portal application submitted via https:careers.un.org:
1. Completed Intern Acceptance and Undertaking
2. Completed Internship preference and availability forms
3. Two (2) letters of recommendation
4. Copies of university/law studies transcripts (including courses taken and grades received)
5. A photocopy of valid medical insurance OR a signed statement confirming your intent to obtain medical insurance while you are in the Netherlands.
6. A sample of your written work preferably in a field relevant to the work of the Tribunal and not longer than ten pages.

Please note that documents may only be in English or French.

As Inspira is not customized to accept ICTY internship applications, the Careers Portal does not refer specifically to the attachments that are required to apply for an ICTY internship. To attach the required documents listed above, follow the steps in the ICTY Internship Applicant's Manual.

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the ICTY-MICT Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) and under the supervision and direction of a legal officer in a dedicated trial team. Selections will be made on a rolling basis. The International Tribunal for the Prosecution of Persons Responsible for Serious Violations of International Humanitarian Law Committed in the Territory of the Former Yugoslavia since 1991, more commonly referred to as the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), is a body of the United Nations established to prosecute serious crimes committed during the wars in the former Yugoslavia, and to try their perpetrators. The tribunal is an ad hoc UN court which is based in The Hague, The Netherlands. The Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals (MICT) is a body of the United Nations established in 2010 to carry out a number of essential functions of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) and the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), after the completion of their respective mandates. The MICT comprises two branches. One branch covers functions inherited from the ICTR and is located in Arusha, Tanzania. The other branch is located in The Hague and inherited functions from the ICTY.

An ICTY-MICT OTP internship is UNPAID and full-time. Core working hours for interns are Monday to Friday from 09h00 to 17h30. Overtime may be required to meet deadlines for specific projects. Interns work under the supervision of a staff member in the office to which they are assigned. The duration of an ICTY-MICT OTP internship can range from a minimum of three months to a maximum of six months, according to the needs of the intern's assigned office.

Responsibilities

In the Trial Section, duties of legal interns include, but are not limited to, assisting trial attorneys with preparing examinations in chief and cross examinations, proofing witnesses, researching and drafting of parts of motions and final briefs, and classifying and preparing evidence for trial. Interns may also perform research on comparative and international criminal law issues, prepare agenda or draft discussion papers for legal meetings and draft the corresponding minutes, draft legal correspondence, and perform other litigation-related tasks. Interns may also perform routine tasks such as cite checking and compiling and collating materials.

Competencies

• Professionalism – Knowledge, experience and/or training in international criminal law, international humanitarian law, human rights law and/or public international law. 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.

• Communication – Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; effectively distils complex legal issues for a variety of legal and other audiences; 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.

Education

Candidates for legal internships in the OTP are required to be, at a minimum, in their final year of university legal studies. If the candidate has already completed a four-year undergraduate university degree before commencing graduate legal studies, he or she must have completed at least one year of graduate legal studies by the time the internship commences. It is particularly useful for interns to have legal training or experience in international criminal or humanitarian law. Applicants must be computer literate in standard software applications.

Work Experience

Applicants are not required to have professional work experience for participation in the programme. Applicants must be at least 18 years old. Previous legal experience is an asset

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the Tribunal. Fluency in oral and written English is required. Candidates with a knowledge of French are encouraged to apply. Knowledge of other languages, particularly Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, is an asset

Assessment

Short-listed candidates may be contacted by the hiring team directly if further information is needed during the review of their application. Due to the high volume of applications received, candidates who have not been short-listed will not be contacted

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.

The United Nations shall place 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. (Charter of the United Nations - Chapter 3, article 8). 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 inspira account-holder homepage.

Applications are pre-screened by the system according to the published requirements of the job opening on the basis of the information provided in the application. In relation to the requirements of the job opening, applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their qualifications, including their education, work experience, and language skills. Each applicant must bear in mind that submission of incomplete or inaccurate applications may render that applicant ineligible for consideration for the job opening. Initial screening and evaluation of applications will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted. Applications cannot be amended following submission. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to a reference-checking process to verify the information provided in the application.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at midnight (New York time) on the deadline date.

No Fee

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