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Legal Officer, P4

UN MICT - United Nations International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals

Arusha, Tanzania

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Office of the President of the United Nations Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals (MICT) (Arusha Branch). The incumbent will work under the guidance of the President and will report to the Chef de Cabinet.

Responsibilities

The Legal Officer is responsible for providing legal support with respect to the mandated residual functions, including drafting and reviewing orders and decisions; analyzing relevant law, rules and policies; advising the President on the issues and applicable law; and drafting reports, policies, speeches, correspondence and talking points. The incumbent will further support the President and Chef de Cabinet by assisting with the direction and management of the office, including helping to supervise the staff of the Office of the President.

Competencies

  • Professionalism – Strong organizational, drafting, and interpersonal skills; proven ability to conduct comprehensive legal analysis; proven ability to work well under pressure and meet strict guidelines. Knowledge of the UN system desirable; knowledge of international criminal justice systems highly desirable. 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;
  • 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;
  • 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;
  • 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 improvement; does not accept the status quo; shows the courage to take unpopular stands;
  • Managing Performance – Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority; makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member; accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills; monitors progress against milestones and deadlines; regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff; encourages risk-taking and supports creativity and initiative; actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff; appraises performance fairly.

Education

Advanced university degree in law, preferably with specialization in international, criminal or humanitarian 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 7 years of progressively responsible professional legal experience, at either the national or international level, with experience in criminal law, international law or humanitarian law. Previous experience with the ad hoc Tribunals is highly desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required, and working knowledge of French is highly desirable.

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