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Legal Officer (3 Positions) at United Nations December 2023

Legal Officer (3 Positions) at United Nations

Legal Officer (3 Positions) at United Nations December 2023, 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. Responsibilities 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.

Legal Officer (3 Positions) at United Nations

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. 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. Ask s 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. Legal Officer (3 Positions) at United Nations

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. Legal Officer (3 Positions) at United Nations

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. 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.

NOTE FOR PREVIOUSLY ROSTERED CANDIDATES

Roster candidates must express their interest and availability for published job openings by submitting an updated PHP and cover letter. 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. Legal Officer (3 Positions) at United Nations 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. Reasonable accommodation may be provided to applicants with disabilities upon request, to support their participation in the recruitment process.

By accepting a letter of appointment, staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General, who may assign them to any of the activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). Further, staff members in the Professional and higher category up to and including the D-2 level and the Field Service category are normally required to move periodically to discharge functions in different duty stations under conditions established in ST/AI/2023/3 on Mobility, as may be amended or revised. This condition of service applies to all position specific job openings and does not apply to temporary positions. Applicants are urged to carefully follow all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira, and to refer to the Applicant Guide by clicking on “Manuals” in the “Help” tile 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. Legal Officer (3 Positions) at United Nations

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