Job Opening

Posting Title: RULE OF LAW OFFICER, P4
Department/Office: Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Conflict Prevention
Duty Station: BUJUMBURA
Posting Period: 10 April 2018 - 24 April 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Rule of Law-OSASG-CP-95883-F-Bujumbura (M)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

Under the general supervision of the Head of Office, and under the direct supervision of the Principal Security Sector Reform Officer, the Rule of Law Officer will serve in the United Nations Team in Burundi as mandated under UN Security Council Resolution 2248.


Within delegated authority, 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 and security reform strategic plan and policymaking framework in the context of the Office’s mandate and assist in the day-to-day coordination of key activities.
•Takes the lead in conducting programme activities in areas of concentration (e.g. gender justice, juvenile justice etc.) to include advising 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.
•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.
•Provides UN SSR policy advice to the senior UN official responsible for SSR support, as well as assistance in strategic planning, design, implementation, review and evaluation of SSR programmes/projects.
•Prepares substantive input to SSR position papers and reports for presentation to relevant bodies.
•Establishes and maintains contacts and partnerships with key officials and other actors (national and international) inside and outside the organization in assigned areas of responsibility with a view to pursuing SSR objectives and ensuring participation in and effective integration of ideas in the planning and implementation of SSR activities.
•Represents the SSR capacity and participates in international, regional or national meetings related to SSR, 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 security 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.


PROFESSIONALISM: 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.

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 & 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.

ACCOUNTABILITY: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honors commitments; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.


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. A first-level university degree in law, in combination with two additional years of relevant academic qualifications and/or additional legal experience in the field of rule of law assistance, may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible professional experience in security sector reform or rule of law, including the implementation of national policies and plans in rule of law and security matters; this must include a minimum of one year of experience providing technical assistance for the development or reform of legal and judicial or security sector institutions in a transitional, developmental or post-conflict setting, outside the applicant’s country of nationality. Management experience is desirable. UN field experience, especially in a peacekeeping operation or special political mission, is desirable.


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 desirable.


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

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

The 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 according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. 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 reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

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