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Legal Officer Vacancies at the United Nations / IRMCT – 3 Positions December 2023

Legal Officer Vacancies at the United Nations / IRMCT – 3 Positions

Legal Officer Vacancies at the United Nations / IRMCT – 3 Positions December 2023, United Nations / IRMCT International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals Org. Setting and Reporting These posts are located in the Office of the Registrar, of the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (IRMCT), Arusha Branch (2 positions) and Hague Branch (1 position). The incumbents will work under the direct supervision of the Deputy Officer-in-Charge of the Arusha Branch or Hague Branch respectively.


Provides 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. Analyses international statutes and laws, assesses their impact on the exercise of the Mechanism’s mandate and strategies on their implementation. Processes and communicates information on a wide range of institutional and legal issues with Sections in both Branches of the Mechanism, as well as with UN HQ and other UN bodies. Prepares or assists in the preparation of draft submissions, background papers, reports, studies, legislative texts and commentaries on those texts, in the field of administrative law, public and private international law.

Drafts or reviews legal submissions of the Registrar and submissions in relation to judicial review of administrative decisions taken by the Registrar. Handles a range of issues related to constitutional, international, public, private, administrative and criminal (substantive, procedural and comparative) law, including the interpretation and application of constitutive, legislative and other instruments governing United Nations activities and operations. Draft briefs, reports and correspondence, legislative texts, policies and agreements on various aspects of the Registry operations, including on sensitive matters. Conducts extensive legal research and analysis and prepares studies, comparative studies, briefs, reports and correspondence. Undertakes review of legal documents, instruments or other material; identifies important issues, similarities and inconsistencies, etc.

Legal Officer Vacancies at the United Nations / IRMCT – 3 Positions

Drafts or assists in the preparation and review of agreements and contracts with Governments, NGOs and other public and private entities, as well as in the negotiation and settlement of claims and disputes and in handling private international law and international trade law matters. Acts as liaison officer with other offices of the Mechanism; represents the views and instructions of the Registrar as required. Provides drafting and review support in relation to, 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, witness protection, detention matters, human resources matters, and administrative decisions, records and archives matters, agreements and contracts, claims and disputes, and Mechanism policies. Performs other duties, as required.

Competencies Professionalism: Knowledge of international criminal tribunals operations, preferably with an emphasis on the Registrar’s responsibilities. Knowledge of the United Nations system. Proven drafting skills and ability to work under pressure. Ability to apply good legal, strategic and policy judgment in the context of assignments given. 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 the audience. Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed. Teamwork – Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational 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 Advanced university degree (master’s degree or equivalent) in law, preferably with an emphasis in international law is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two (2) additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Job – Specific Qualification

Not available. Work Experience a Minimum of 5 years of progressively responsible experience in law, including legal analysis, research and writing is required Previous direct working experience with international organizations is desirable. Proven experience in international criminal courts (i.e., ICTR, ICTY or IRMCT) is desirable. Languages 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. Assessment There may be an assessment exercise for qualified candidates followed by a competency-based interview. Special Notice Appointment of the successful candidates to these positions 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.

The appointment is limited to the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals. Appointment of the successful candidate for these positions will be limited to the initial funding of the post. Extension of the appointment is subject to the extension of the mandate and/or the availability of funds. As the international tribunals are not integrated in the Secretariat, UN Staff Members serve on assignment or secondment from their parent department/office if selected. Legal Officer Vacancies at the United Nations / IRMCT – 3 Positions

Appointments of staff members in the United Nations are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General. Staff Members are expected to move periodically to new functions in accordance with established rules and procedures and may in this context be reassigned by the Secretary-General throughout the Organization based on the changing needs and mandates. Legal Officer Vacancies at the United Nations / IRMCT – 3 Positions


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