JUDICIAL AFFAIRS OFFICER
Org. Setting and Reporting
The position is located in the Justice and Corrections Standing Capacity (JCSC), based in the United Nations Global Service Center (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 Justice or Rule of Law component when deployed.
Upon authorization of the Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations, the JCSC 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.
Within delegated authority, the Judicial Affairs office will be responsible for the following duties:
• Fulfil the start-up function of the JCSC: The incumbent may be included in pre-mission planning and assessment, including participation in Inter-Agency Technical Assessment Mission and assistance in strategic and operational planning in the context of the Integrated Mission Planning Process (IMPP), and the Integrated Strategic Framework (ISF).
• 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 rule of law components; (ii) to undertake operational and strategic assessments and preparing UN rule of law programme documents, funding proposals and rule of law transition plans, including concrete implementation plans, as well as reviews of activities and programmes conducted by the justice and corrections components.
• When deployed, 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.
• 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 at the national level; independently handle a wide range of multi-discipline, high complex, and often sensitive and/or conflicting matters involving issues relating to the development or reform of legal or judicial systems/institutions.
• Plan, coordinate, and supervise all activities in assigned area; ensure an integrated and harmonized approach among other components of the mission (e.g. corrections, human rights, political affairs, policy, gender, child protection, etc.) and UN entities.
• Promote knowledge management and information sharing, including developing a culture of respect for, and inclusion of, local actors in all judicial and legal system initiatives.
• Design and implement rule of law projects and contribute to the creation of strategic documents, including justice sector strategies and transition plans;
• 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.
Professionalism: Knowledge of rule of law 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 planning processes, programme design, project and programme management, implementation and oversight; 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. Provides leadership and 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 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, or bar qualification, or equivalent, in addition to a first level degree in law, is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of relevant legal experience in the field of justice or rule of law assistance may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of five years of progressively responsible professional experience as practicing lawyer, prosecutor, judge, legal consultant, or advisor in the field of justice, is required.
A minimum of one year of experience providing technical assistance for the development or reform of legal and judicial institutions in a transitional, developmental or post-conflict setting, outside the applicant’s country of nationality is desirable.
Experience in drafting rule of law research is required.
Project management experience in rule of law is desirable.
Field experience, especially in a peace operation is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English and Arabic (both oral and written) is required. Knowledge of French is also required.Assessment
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include a written test which may be followed by a competency-based interview.
Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
This position is open for recruitment for an initial period of one year and may be subject to extension.
The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff.
Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.
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
Pursuant to section 7.11 of ST/AI/2012/2/Rev.1, candidates recruited through the young professionals programme who have not served for a minimum of two years in the position of their initial assignment are not eligible to apply to 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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