Posting Title: ASSOCIATE LEGAL OFFICER, P2 (Temporary Job Opening)
Job Code Title: ASSOCIATE LEGAL OFFICER
Department/Office: International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals
Duty Station: ARUSHA
Job Opening Number: 21-Legal Affairs-RMT-155241-J-Arusha (R)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
Org. Setting and Reporting
The post is located in the Office of the Registrar, Arusha Branch, Registry. Under the supervision of the Deputy Officer-in-Charge and within limits of delegated authority, the incumbent will provide legal and administrative support to the Registrar, Officer-in-Charge and staff of the Office of the Registrar in support of the operations of the Mechanism.
*Appointment of the successful candidate to this position will be subject to budgetary approval.
The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.
•Conduct legal research on a diverse range of assigned issues in constitutional, international, public, private, administrative and criminal law (substantive, procedural and comparative) using multiple research sources; select relevant material, analyse information and present findings for internal review.
•Assist in the review of legal documents, instruments or other material; identify important issues, similarities and inconsistencies, etc.
•Assist in the preparation of draft submissions, background papers, studies, reports, legal opinions/advice, official correspondence, briefing notes, talking points, speeches, etc. pertaining to the mandate of the Mechanism.
•Assist in providing drafting support and legal advice on a wide range of issues: including but not limited to judicial support; requests for assistance from national jurisdictions; enforcement of sentences, Mechanism policies; records and archives matters; witness protection, detention matters; Mechanism agreements and contracts, claims and disputes; and human resources matters.
•Assist in the provision of legal support to Registry sections (including Administration, the Mechanism Archives and Records Section, the Language Services Section, and the Witness Support and Protection Unit).
•Assist in servicing conferences, committees, commissions, tasks forces and other bodies, including by preparing background material, summaries and reports.
•Provide briefings before meetings; provide written reports of such meetings; ensure follow-up of decisions are taken.
•Perform other 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. 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.
•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.
•Planning and Organising – 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 (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law, preferably with an emphasis in international or criminal law. A first level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.
- Minimum of 2 years of progressively responsible experience in law, preferably with an emphasis in international law. Previous working experience with international organizations, government, academia, or NGOs is desirable.
- English and French are the working languages of the Mechanism. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Working knowledge of French is desirable.
Candidates will be assessed by a comparative matrix.
Staff members of the United Nations Secretariat must fulfil the lateral move requirements to be eligible to apply for this vacancy. Staff members are requested to indicate all qualifying lateral moves in their Personal History Profile (PHP) and cover letter.
The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff, as per the Secretary General´s Gender Parity Strategy. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.
At the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. The United Nations is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The United Nations recruits and employs staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds or disabilities. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application.
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, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, 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. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.
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.
The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.
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Posting Period: 07 May 2021 – 20 May 2021
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