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Chef de Cabinet

THE HAGUE

Org. Setting and Reporting

The post is located in the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (Mechanism), The Hague Branch. The incumbent will work under the direction of and report to the Prosecutor.

Responsibilities

Under the direction of the Prosecutor, the incumbent’s duties and responsibilities will be as follows:

•Provides policy guidance to the Prosecutor on conceptual strategy development and management of the implementation of the Office’s overall strategies, policies and procedures.
•Together with the Heads of Office at each branch and team leaders, plans and oversees the management of activities undertaken by the Office; ensures that substantive work programmes and activities are carried out in a timely and coordinated fashion.
•Co-ordinates the work carried out by the Office.
•Contributes to the reporting to intergovernmental bodies on budget performance and on substantive issues, as appropriate, particularly those presented in biannual and annual reports to the Security Council and General Assembly.
•Ensures that the outputs produced by the Office maintain high-quality standards.
•Prepares inputs for the work programme of the Office, determining priorities, and allocating resources for the completion of outputs and their timely delivery.
•Carries out administrative tasks necessary for the functioning of the Office, including preparation of budgets, assigning and monitoring of performance parameters and critical indicators, reporting on budget/programme performance, preparation of inputs for results-based budgeting, evaluation of staff performance (PAS), interviews of candidates for job openings and evaluation of candidates.
•Manages, guides, develops and trains staff under his/her supervision.
•Fosters teamwork and communication among staff in the Office and across organizational boundaries.
•Represents the Office at meetings, seminars, etc. on issues related to the work of the Office.
•Provides diplomatic, policy and political expertise to the Office and the Prosecutor on issues related to the Office’s mandate and up-to-date information on substantive political and diplomatic developments.
•Holds substantive and organizational discussions with and serves as the principal focal point for the Prosecutor’s communications with representatives of member state governments, the UN Secretariat, other UN agencies, international organizations and NGOs.

Competencies

Core Competencies:
•Professionalism: Strong professional competence and mastery of international criminal justice and the work of international prosecution offices, as well as the political and diplomatic dimensions of international criminal justice. Demonstrated expertise in war crimes justice issues in the former Yugoslavia and/or Rwanda. Demonstrated experience in providing legal, political and policy advice to senior officials, and ability to maintain relationships with external partners in support of the organization’s mandate and work. 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 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.

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.
•Vision: Identifies strategic issues, opportunities and risks; clearly communicates links between the Organization’s strategy and the work unit’s goals; generates and communicates broad and compelling organizational direction, inspiring others to pursue that same direction; conveys enthusiasm about future possibilities.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law, preferably with specialisation in criminal law or international law. A first level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.

Work Experience

Minimum of 10 years of progressively responsible experience in law, with an emphasis on international criminal law and international and/or national criminal tribunals prosecuting war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide. Experience with the ICTY, the ICTR or the Mechanism is strongly preferred. Experience with the UN Security Council and General Assembly preferred.

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 a second official UN language is an advantage.

Assessment

There may be a technical test followed by a competency-based interview.

Special Notice

The appointment is limited to the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals. 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 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.

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 or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, 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.

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.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side 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.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

No Fee

THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS.

Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
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  • Organization: International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals
  • Location: THE HAGUE
  • Grade: P-5, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Senior level
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  • Closing Date: 2018-08-23

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