Senior Judicial Affairs Officer, P5

United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali

Bamako, Mali

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) Bamako. Bamako is classified as a “C” hardship duty station and a non-family duty station. The incumbent reports to the Chief of the Justice and Corrections Section.


The United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) was established by Security Council resolution 2100 of 25 April 2013 to support political processes in that country and carry out a number of security-related tasks.

MINUSMA’s mandate was further amended by Security Resolution See para 20 (a) (i) of SCR 2364 of 2017, renewing its mandate until 30 June 2018.This mandate, essentially, is refocused on the implementation of the Peace Agreement and the supervision of the ceasefire. Besides the specific tasks assigned to MINUSMA, the Security Council in its Resolution 2364 establishes the obligations of the Malian parties to the Peace and National Reconciliation Agreement and of the relevant international actors, including the “Comité de Suivi de l’Accord” (Agreement Monitoring Committee) and its members.

In particular, the mandate of the Mission focuses its activities on key tasks related to the implementation of the peace agreement: Ceasefire; support for the implementation of the Agreement for Peace and Reconciliation in Mali; good offices; reconciliation, and to support the Government’s efforts for the effective restoration and extension of State authority and rule of law throughout the territory.


Within delegated authority, and under the supervision of Chief of the Justice and Correction Section, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:

  • Lead and manage the development and implementation of the mission’s strategies related to the support towards the strengthening and development of all aspects of the justice system, but particularly the arrest and prosecution of those accused of serious crimes as well as the support of institutions responsible for their trial. This includes: implementation of applicable international standards, development and implementation of strategic planning processes, including the support to the implementation of the Justice Reform Strategy, review and development of relevant legislation, rehabilitation of facilities, strengthening the capacity of the justice institutions, including for prosecution of serious crimes including in particular those linked with transitional justice, and supporting the development of effective linkages with the police and corrections systems. This will be undertaken by advising national counterparts and providing technical assistance, facilitating access to capacity development opportunities;
  • Establish and maintain contacts and effective relations with senior national government officials and civil society representatives, including counterparts in the Ministry of Justice and/or other relevant Ministries, the police, courts, prisons, non-governmental organizations, universities and law schools, media, diplomatic missions and donors;
  • Build linkages with development partners and donors to ensure a seamless transition to long-term development support and the mobilization of resources where necessary;
  • Advise on and prepare assessment reports, reports addressing complex strategic and operational justice system issues, policy documents and guidelines.
  • Work closely on a day-to-day basis with the Corrections team section. Establish close working relationship with relevant components (human rights, police, gender, etc.) and the UN Country Team, particularly in the framework of joint programming, generation as well as management of programmatic funds, and transition planning, for increased synergies based on respective comparative advantages;
  • Support and enhance various coordination mechanisms at the mission, UN, and country wide level on justice and rule of law including through ROLSI, Global Focal Point initiative sand donor task force on Justice and rule of law;
  • Supervise programmatic and administrative tasks necessary for the functioning of the mission’s justice component, including the preparation of budgets, reporting on performance and results, recruiting staff and managing and evaluating staff performance;
  • Perform any other tasks as requested by the mission leadership.


  • Professionalism: Knowledge of legal and judicial system issues, including in particular transitional justice issues. Knowledge of relevant international human rights and humanitarian law standards; capacity to adopt a strategic approach to the development of a justice system. Knowledge of the technical challenges to the investigation and prosecution of complex crimes. 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. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work;
  • Integrity: Demonstrates the values of the United Nations in daily activities and behaviours; acts without consideration of personal gain; resists undue political pressure in decision-making; does not abuse power or authority; stands by decisions that are in the Organization’s interest, even if they are unpopular; takes prompt action in cases of unprofessional or unethical behaviour;
  • Respect for Diversity: Works effectively with people from all backgrounds; treats all people with dignity and respect; treats men and women equally; shows respect for and understanding of diverse points of view and demonstrates this understanding in daily work and decision-making; examines own biases and behaviours to avoid stereotypical responses; does not discriminate against any individual or group;
  • 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;
  • 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.

Managerial Competencies

  • Leadership: Serves as a role model that other people want to follow: empowers others to translate vision into results; is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives; establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support; anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions; drives for change and improvements; does not accept the status quo; shows the courage to take unpopular stands. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing;
  • Judgement/Decision-making: Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly; gathers relevant information before making a decision; considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them; takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization; proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information; checks assumptions against facts; determines the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; makes tough decisions when necessary.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in law and other social science disciplines or related area. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience


  • A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience as a practicing lawyer, academic, prosecutor, judge, legal consultant, international legal assistance adviser or human rights officer;
  • A minimum of one year providing technical assistance for the development/reform of legal and judicial institutions in a transitional, developmental or post-conflict setting, outside the applicant’s country of nationality;
  • A minimum of three years of experience managing a team.


  • A minimum of two years of experience prosecuting serious crimes in international or hybrid courts;
  • Experience in program management in areas such as crime prevention, strengthening prosecutorial capacity, cross-border legal cooperation, or counter-terrorism;
  • Experience with an international commission of inquiry or fact-finding body;
  • Experience working in the Sahel region.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations. For this post advertised, fluency in English and French is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an asset.

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