JUDICIAL AFFAIRS OFFICER
Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA). The Judicial Affairs Officer, P-3 reports to the Chief of Justice and Corrections or the Head of the Prosecution and Judicial Support Unit within the Justice and Corrections Section or to the Head of the regional office. The focus of this job is supporting judicial processes following violations of CAR national law and international humanitarian law.Responsibilities
Within delegated authority, the Judicial Affairs Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
Supports the Central African justice system with obtaining and processing evidence,
• Assists in provision of technical and logistical support for the ordinary courts.
• Prepares all types of regular and special reports and other documents serving the communication strategy of the Section.
• Prepares planning and budgeting documents necessary for the operation of the Section, especially in its support for the justice system.
• Prepares or assists in the preparation of administrative and policy outputs such as reports and assessments, policy documents and guidelines, and participates in legislative or policy reviews and drafts/reviews specialized commentaries and analyses.
• Performs programmatic and administrative tasks necessary for the functioning of work unit, including contributing to the preparation of budgets, reporting on performance and results, evaluating staff performance, jog interviewing and evaluation of candidates.
• Advises on and prepares extensive research and analysis, including comparative legal, operational or procedural questions; prepares or assists in the preparation of a variety of written outputs.
• Fosters coordination and maintains close working relationships with relevant mission components (e.g. corrections, human rights, political affairs, political affairs, policy, gender, child protection, SSRS, women protection, UNPOL, etc.), UN agencies and other international and national partners.
• Serves as liaison between national authorities and potential partners, including the provision of technical and operational assistance in programme development and implementation.
• Advises national and international partners on the design, organization and delivery of training programs and projects, including sustainable training strategies.
• Ensures effective knowledge management and information sharing, including developing a culture of respect for, and inclusion of, local actors in all judicial and legal system initiatives.
Provides technical and operational support in implementing workshops, seminars, outreach programmes and other related activities.
Provides guidance to more junior staff.
• Perform other related duties as required.
• Work implies frequent interaction with the following:
Counterparts and other staff from all relevant components of the mission, as well as UN specialized agencies, funds and programmes.
Legal professionals and civil society representatives; counterparts in relevant government ministries, Parliament, the courts, associations, law schools, women’s groups, non-governmental organizations, international organizations, diplomatic missions, donors, the media, consultants, etc.
• Results Expected:
Delivers sound analytical and technical inputs and advice that contribute to improving and advancing the mission’s mandate, in accordance with applicable policies, rules and practices.
Provides independent, accurate and comprehensive research on diverse issues. Takes action to identify issues/problems and develops creative approaches to problem resolution. Provides timely delivery of assigned outputs, including carefully conceived, well written studies, recommendations, and other written products. Effectively interacts with diverse groups involved in judicial affairs and related activities being performed.
-Knowledge and understanding of unit's mandate and strategic direction.
-Demonstrated understanding of a range of issues related to judicial, prosecutorial and legal systems, reform, capacity building, etc.
-Knowledge of criminal law, relevant international human rights standards, etc.
-Ability to identify issues and judgment in applying technical expertise to resolve a wide range of problems. Ability to conduct research, including ability to evaluate and integrate information from a variety of sources and assess impact on judicial affairs initiatives in assigned country/area.
-Ability to work under pressure, on occasion in a highly stressful environment (e.g. civil strife, natural disasters and human suffering).
-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.
-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 & 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
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law. A first-level university degree in combination with other relevant academic qualifications and/or legal experience in the field of justice and/or rule of law assistance may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A master’s degree and a minimum of five (5) years of professional experience as a practicing lawyer, prosecutor, judge, legal academic, legal consultant, or advisor in the field of justice, OR a first level university degree and a minimum of seven (7) years of relevant professional experience as a practicing lawyer, prosecutor, judge, legal academic, legal consultant, or advisor in the field of justice is required.
A minimum of one (1) year of experience in a transitional, developmental, or post-conflict setting, outside the applicant's country of nationality, or two years of professional experience working on justice issues or rule of law issues in an international governmental or non-governmental organization outside the applicant's country of nationality is required.
A minimum of one (1) year of experience working on the ground to support a legal, rule of law or judicial institutions in a developmental, transitional or post-conflict setting is required.
Experience in legal analysis and experience in planning, budgeting and working on the Comprehensive Performance Analysis System is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post advertised, fluency in English and French (both oral and written) is required.Assessment
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.Special Notice
Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.
The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance and geographical diversity in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.
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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