JUDICIAL AFFAIRS OFFICER (TEMPORARY JOB OPENING) [Temporary]
Org. Setting and Reporting
The position is located in the Justice and Corrections Standing Capacity (JCSC), based in the United Nations Global Service Centre (UNGSC) in Brindisi. While Brindisi is a family duty station, the incumbent may be deployed to ‘D’ and ‘E’ non-family duty stations for several months at a time. The incumbent will report to the JCSC Team Leader when not deployed or as per mission structure, to the Head of the Corrections or Rule of Law component when deployed.
Upon authorization of the Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations, this capacity deploys to field missions on short notice to: (i) start-up rule of law and/or justice components in new United Nations field operations (including participating in pre-mission planning); (ii) reinforce existing United Nations field operations in providing assistance and support to national authorities in the area of justice, and (iii) undertake operation assessments and mapping of the national justice systems, as well as evaluations of activities and programmes conducted by the justice components of peace operations.
When deployed at the request of other United Nations departments, programmes, agencies or funds or, of the Global Focal Point for the Rule of Law, s/he shall follow the respective reporting structures and be guided by the strategic and operational directives of the relevant department, agency, fund or programme.
The incumbent is expected to support all three core functions of the JCSC, including the temporary leading of a justice component or programme.
The incumbent may also be deployed to: (i) existing, evolving or downsizing peacekeeping operations facing staffing gaps or surge needs to provide targeted and time-limited advisory support to justice or rule of law components; (ii) to undertake operational assessments and mapping of the national justice system, as well as reviews of activities and programmes conducted by the justice and corrections components.
Within delegated authority, the Judicial Affairs Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
•Fulfill the start-up function of the JCSC which include pre-mission planning and assessment, including participation in Technical Assessment Missions (TAM) and assistance in strategic and operational planning in the context of the Integrated Mission Planning Process (IMPP), and the Integrated Strategic Framework (ISF).
•Assist in developing, and when appropriate, updating concepts of operations and other planning tools for United Nations rule of law components; identifying profiles required in the justice area, recruiting national and international staff, and building up and leading justice support teams at the start-up phase of a mission component. Assist in the establishment of an early coordination mechanism and may be called upon to provide technical advice to the justice sector, working closely with the Standing Police Capacity (SPC), and relevant mission rule of law components.
•Participate in de-briefings on deployments, write after-action reviews, participate in training and other professional development activities, prepare for the next deployment and contribute to the development of lessons learned, best practices studies and training programmes.
When deployed to a field mission:
•Serve as a recognized expert in one or more areas of concentration (e.g. gender justice, juvenile justice, etc.); provide policy and operational advice to senior management on an ongoing basis and assist in programming related activities a the national level; independently handles a wide range of multi-discipline, highly complex, and often sensitive and/or conflicting matters involving issues relating to the development or reform of legal or judicial systems/institutions.
•Participate in the development and implementation of the mission’s strategies related to the rule of law and the development/reform of the justice and legal systems and, depending on the mission’s structures, the prison system, to include advising national counterparts, providing training and monitoring the court and legal systems, etc.
•Coordinate and direct work teams; guides, supervises and evaluates the work of junior officers; may assist in the general management and administration of the work unit, organizing and prioritizing the workload and providing general coordination and supervision of assignments.
•Plan, coordinate and supervise all activities in assigned area; ensures an integrated and harmonized approach among other components of the mission (e.g. corrections, human right, political affairs, police, gender, child protections, etc.) and UN entities.
•Take the lead in promoting knowledge management and information sharing, including developing a culture of respect for, and inclusion of, local actors in all judicial and legal systems initiatives.
•Organize and supervise research studies and the preparation of written outputs, as well as perform extensive legal research and analysis on highly complex or novel legal issues/questions and prepare reports, studies, briefs, and other written material; participate in legislative reviews and prepare commentaries.
•Provide innovative technical advice and assistance to regional and local commissions, standing committees, and other offices, etc.
•Coordinate/perform programmatic and administrative tasks necessary for the functioning of work unit, including contributing to the preparation of budgets, reporting on performance and results, managing and evaluating staff performance, job interviewing and evaluation of candidates.
•Perform other related duties as required.
Knowledge of judicial and legal system issues, including knowledge of criminal law and relevant international human rights standards and their relationship and linkages to the broader developmental/post conflict recovery framework and initiatives; Knowledge of the institutions of the United Nations system and respective institutional mandates; Knowledge of United Nations policies and guidelines related to rule of law assistance programmes.
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.
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.
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.
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 that the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; makes tough decisions when necessary.
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.
An advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in law is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience and bar qualification or equivalent may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.Work Experience
A minimum of seven years of professional experience as a practicing lawyer, prosecutor, judge, legal consultant or advisor in the field of justice/rule of law is required.
This must include a minimum of one year of professional working in a transitional, developmental or post-conflict setting outside the applicant's country of nationality on strengthening judicial and legal systems is required.
Experience in programme management in rule of law is desirable.
Experience in recruitment and leading justice support teams is desirable.
Field experience, preferably in Africa, is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English and French (both oral and written) is required.
Knowledge of Arabic is desirable.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include a written test which may be followed by an informal interview.Special Notice
• This position is temporarily available until 12 November 2021. If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.
• While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post.
• Subject to the funding source of the position, the eligibility for this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.
• This temporary job opening may be limited to “internal candidates,” who have been recruited through a competitive examination administered according to staff rule 4.16 or staff selection process including the review of a central review body established according to staff rule 4.15.
• Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply.Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.
• Retirees above the mandatory age of separation who wish to be considered for the current temporary job opening must indicate the reason for their last separation as "retirement." Such retirees shall not be employed by the Organization, unless (a) the operational requirements of the Organization cannot be met by staff members who are qualified and available to perform the required functions; and (b) the proposed employment would not adversely affect the career development or redeployment opportunities of other staff members and represents both a cost-effective and operationally sound solution to meet the needs of the service.
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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