Job Opening

Department/Office: United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali
Duty Station: BAMAKO
Posting Period: 09 January 2018 - 15 January 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Rule of Law-MINUSMA-91234-F-Bamako (M)
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 United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) in Bamako. Bamako is classified as a “C” hardship duty station and a non-family duty station. The Chief of Rule of Law reports to the Deputy Special Representative to the Secretary General (DSRSG/HC/RC/RR).

The United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) was established by Security Council resolution 2100 of 25 April 2013 to support political processes in that country and carry out a number of security-related tasks.
MINUSMA’s mandate was further amended by Security Resolution 2295 (2016), renewing its mandate until 30 June 2016.This mandate, essentially, is refocused on the implementation of the Peace Agreement and the supervision of the ceasefire. Besides the specific tasks assigned to MINUSMA, the Security Council in its Resolution 2295 establishes the obligations of the Malian parties to the Peace and National Reconciliation Agreement and of the relevant international actors, including the Comité de Suivi de l’Accord (Agreement Monitoring Committee) and its members.
In particular, the mandate of the Mission focuses its activities on key tasks related to the implementation of the peace agreement: Ceasefire; support for the implementation of the Agreement for Peace and Reconciliation in Mali; good offices; and reconciliation.


Within delegated authority, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:

• Provides advice to senior management on policy and matters related to: Strategic planning and management of the Malian justice sector, including legal, judicial and corrections institutions; Legislative and regulatory drafting, enactment and revisions in the Ministry of Justice and National Assembly; Legal and regulatory impact upon business environment and economic growth, justice sector transparency and accountability, penal code and legal access implementation; Strengthening investigation and prosecution capacity with respect to crimes related to violent extremism and serious violations of international humanitarian law, including conflict-related sexual violence; and Land management and usurpation in the mission area.
• Provides leadership, strategic vision and guide the Mission’s engagement with the Government, on judicial affairs and corrections issues; Formulates, develops and directs the implementation of the work programme; Develops, oversees and coordinates programmed activities, provides programmatic/substantive reviews of work, ensuring appropriate coordination and integration with MINUSMA’s general mandate and with all of its components (e.g. corrections, human rights, political affairs, civil affairs/governance, policy, gender, etc.) and all UN entities; In particular, cooperation with UN police strategies, policy analyses and activities to maximize Rule of Law’s and UN Police’s comparative advantages and synergies.
• Takes a leadership role in building the Rule of Law team, providing vision, including the identification of staff skill requirements and direct participation in the recruitment process.
• Coordinates justice sector activities, and facilitates coherent policies of international donors and implementers through leadership, vision, mediation and good offices, on the national and regional level, pursuant to MINUSMA’s mandate. Facilitates support and provides platforms for Government, Judicial and National Assembly coordination and policy coherence in the Justice Sector. Co-Chair with UNDP UNDAF Country Team Pillar IV, Justice and Rule of Law, and its integrated work plan and strategies. Strengthen the Global Focal Point arrangement.
• Supervises the preparation of legal and factual research and analysis, studies, presentations, briefs, policy documents and reports regarding legal, judicial and corrections issues in the mission area.
• Provides expert advice on political developments on the ground from a rule of law and justice accountability perspective and assists the DSRSG on various aspects of the work programme, and externally to the government, international and national partners, and other entities on policy and operations; recommends appropriate actions and generally facilitates joint efforts and coordination of activities related to legal and judicial reform initiatives.
• 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.
• Participates in MINUSMA’s senior management group; represents the Mission and serves on various standing boards, steering committees and other bodies, as required.
• Oversees the programmatic/administrative tasks necessary for the functioning of the work units, including the preparation of budgetary inputs, reports on budget/programme performance, evaluations of staff performance (PAS), and input for results-based budgeting.
• Represents the unit at international, regional or national meetings; provides programmatic/substantive expertise on issues, or holds programmatic/substantive and organizational discussions with representatives of other institutions.
• Leads and supervises the organization of meetings, seminars, etc. on substantive issues; manages the substantive preparation and organization of such meetings or seminars.
• Perform other related duties as required such as working very closely with UNDP and Government authorities to support ongoing national efforts in the areas of elaborating a national strategy to fight violent extremism as well as the elaboration of a justice sector development programing.


Professionalism: Knowledge of the strategic direction of a peacekeeping mission and its operations, and understanding of the political, social and economic environment and their impact on the implementation of a mission’s mandate. Extensive knowledge of judicial, legal and correction 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. Ability to elaborate a strategic policy document on justice sector development and transform mandate objectives into a results-oriented work programme and manage the same. Knowledge of judicial and legal systems’ issues, and knowledge of national justice organisation, structure and functioning, and of civil law, criminal law and procedure, civil/business/land/ laws, accountability and transparency laws and mechanisms, and relevant international justice, rule of law and criminal law and relevant international human rights standards. Ability to analyse and evaluate critical matters pertaining to a broad spectrum of judicial affairs issues/problems. Ability to use creative thinking, and use independent judgment and discretion in advising on and handling major policy, programme and other issues/problems. Strong negotiating skills and ability to influence others to reach agreement on difficult issues. Ability to work under extreme pressure, on occasion in a highly stressful environment (e.g. civil strife, natural disasters and human suffering). Knowledge of institutional mandates, policies and guidelines related to judicial affairs and seasoned knowledge of the institutions of the UN system. Detailed understanding of the dynamics of the justice sector in African countries. 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.

Integrity: Demonstrates the values of the United Nations in daily activities and behaviours; acts without consideration of personal gain; resists undue political pressure in decision-making; does not abuse power or authority; stands by decisions that are in the Organization’s interest, even if they are unpopular; takes prompt action in cases of unprofessional or unethical behaviour.

Respect for Diversity: Works effectively with people from all backgrounds; treats all people with dignity and respect; treats men and women equally; shows respect for and understanding of diverse points of view and demonstrates this understanding in daily work and decision-making; examines own biases and behaviours to avoid stereotypical responses; does not discriminate against any individual or group.

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.

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.

Managerial Competencies:

Managing Performance: Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority; Makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member; Accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills; Monitors progress against milestones and deadlines; Regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff; Encourages risk-taking and supports creativity and initiative; Actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff; Appraises performance fairly.

Vision: Identifies strategic issues, opportunities and risks; clearly communicates links between the Organization’s strategy and the work unit’s goals; generates and communicates broad and compelling organizational direction, inspiring others to pursue that same direction; conveys enthusiasm about future possibilities.


Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent degree) in law. A first-level university degree in law in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience and bar qualification or equivalent may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

Required experience:
- A minimum of fifteen (15) years of progressively responsible work experience in the field of law, including ten years as a practicing lawyer, prosecutor, judge, legal academic, legal development consultant, or advisor in the field of justice and/or rule of law assistance.
- Experience providing technical assistance for the development or reform of legal and judicial institutions in a transitional, developmental conflict or post-conflict setting, outside the applicant’s country of nationality.
- Experience in programme design, management, evaluation and budgeting.
- Experience in managing a multi-disciplinary team.

Desired experience:
- Experience in transitional justice and international humanitarian law, including investigating and prosecuting serious violations of international humanitarian law and addressing terrorism-related offences.
- Experience in applying, advising and assessing national actors in civil law systems, as well as experience in legal reform and code revision within those law systems.
- Experience working in a conflict or post-conflict setting.
- Experience in representing an international organization or similar, through frequent face to face meetings with High Officials including Ministry of Justice, Chief Prosecutors, Bar Association President, and ranking members of Parliament/Legislature.
- Experience with an international commission of inquiry or fact finding body.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English and French is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an informal interview.

Special Notice

This "Recruit from Roster" job opening is only open to roster applicants who are already placed on pre-approved rosters, following a review by a United Nations Central Review Body. Only roster applicants who were placed on rosters with similar functions at the same level are considered to be eligible candidates. Eligible applicants receive an email inviting them to apply. Rostered applicants are encouraged to apply only if they are interested and available to take up the position at the duty station/s specified in the Job Opening. Applying to this job opening carries an expectation to accept the offer, if selected.

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 or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, 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.

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.

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