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Job Opening

Posting Title: ASSOCIATE LEGAL OFFICER, P2
Job Code Title: ASSOCIATE LEGAL OFFICER
Department/Office: International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals
Duty Station: THE HAGUE
Posting Period: 26 October 2021 – 24 November 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Legal Affairs-RMT-166450-R-The Hague (R)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

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This position is located in the Chambers Legal Support Section of the United Nations International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (Mechanism). The P-2 Associate Legal Officer will work under the direction of the assigned Judge(s) and under the supervision of (Senior) Legal Officers.
*Appointment of the successful candidate to this position will be subject to budgetary approval.

Responsibilities

• Perform legal research of issues of international criminal law and procedure, international humanitarian law and human rights law, and provide specialized legal advice, both written and oral; select and analyze relevant international and national legal materials for the preparation of judicial documents and legal memoranda;
• Draft judicial documents and prepare legal memoranda;
• Assist as necessary with judicial proceedings; assist during meetings and participate in working groups;
• Collaborate effectively with staff at all levels to achieve the goals of the Section and the Mechanism as a whole;
• Assist in the review of legal documents, instruments and other material; identify important issues, similarities and inconsistencies; and
• Perform other duties as may be assigned.

Competencies

• Professionalism – Possesses knowledge of international criminal law and/or humanitarian law. Possesses strong analytical skills and ability to conduct comprehensive legal research. Demonstrates proficiency in legal writing and expression and ability to prepare legal memoranda, opinions, and a variety of legal instruments and related documents under pressure and within short deadlines. 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 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.

Education

Advanced university degree in law, preferably with specialization in international criminal law, humanitarian law, criminal law, or international law. A first level university degree in law in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.

Work Experience

Minimum of 2 years of progressively responsible professional legal experience, at either the national or international level, with an emphasis on legal analysis, research and writing.

Previous experience in one of the ad hoc Tribunals or the Mechanism and/or prior experience providing legal support to a judiciary are highly desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the Mechanism. For the position(s) advertised, fluency in oral and written English or French is required. Working knowledge of the other is highly desirable.

Assessment

There may be an assessment exercise for qualified candidates followed by a competency-based interview.

Special Notice

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 Mechanism. Appointment of the successful candidate on this position 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 Mechanism is 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.
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.

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. 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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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.

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No Fee

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