Senior Assistant Prosecutor, P4

Senior Assistant Prosecutor, P4

UN ESCAP - United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific

Phnom-Penh, Cambodia


Under the overall supervision of the International Co-Prosecutor and the direct day-to-day supervision of the Deputy Co-Prosecutor, the incumbent performs the following duties in the investigation, pre-trial, trial and appeal phase of its caseload:

  • drafts comprehensive briefs, motions, responses and replies on complex and voluminous evidence and law for court submission;
  • researches, analyses and evaluates witness and documentary evidence and prepares internal memoranda on this research and analysis;
  • provides legal advice on complex procedural and substantive law as well as on an extensive body of evidence;
  • assists in discharging the prosecutions disclosure obligations;
  • assists in the coordination, supervision and development of junior staff and national and international interns;
  • contributes to the development of prosecution policy and best practices;
  • represents the office as required particularly in outreach events; and
  • performs other duties as necessary to discharge the prosecution mandate.


  • PROFESSIONALISM: Written advocacy skills; knowledge of international criminal law and practice (both substantive and procedural), extensive experience in applying legal expertise to analyzing a diverse range of complex and unusual legal and factual issues and problems; ability to develop innovative and creative solutions; significant experience in building a complex criminal prosecution case; strong analytical skills, discretion and sound judgment in applying legal expertise to sensitive and complex legal issues; demonstrated planning and organisational skills; Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence; 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 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.
  • 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. 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.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in criminal, international or comparative law. A first level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience in criminal or large scale civil litigation. Extensive drafting of complex legal and factual documents/materials is required. High level analytical abilities, able to synthesize and organize large volumes of documentary evidence independently. High level legal research and drafting abilities of prosecution briefs at the investigation, pre-trial, trial and appellate level is required. Proven ability to supervise, develop and manage junior staff and interns in complex criminal cases. Prior experience with an international or hybrid criminal tribunal is desirable.

Other Skills:

Advanced ability to use computer software applications i.e. information databases, Internet/intranet services and library sources, etc. Experience with case mapping software e.g. Case Map is desirable. Knowledge of applicable ECCC law, and knowledge of the Khmer Rouge period (1975 – 1979) and relevant evidentiary and legal issues is desirable.


The working languages of the ECCC are English, French and Khmer. For this post, fluency in spoken and written English is required. Knowledge of French and Khmer is an asset.

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