Rule of Law Officer [Temporary]
- Organization: UN - United Nations
- Location: Baghdad
- Grade: Mid level - NO-C, National Professional Officer - Locally recruited position
- Legal - Broad
- Legal - International Law
- Democratic Governance
- Closing Date: Closed
Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the United Nations Investigative Team to promote accountability for crimes committed by Da'esh / ISIL (UNITAD) and will be based in Baghdad. The Rule of Law Officer reports to the Chief, Office of Evidence Management.
UNITAD was established by the Secretary-General pursuant to Security Council resolution 2379 (2017), according to which it is mandated to support domestic efforts to hold ISIL (Da'esh) accountable by collecting, preserving and storing evidence in Iraq of acts that may amount to war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide committed by the terrorist group ISIL (Da'esh) in Iraq.
Within delegated authority, the Rule of Law will be responsible for the following duties:
• Assisting the Chief of Evidence Management in the coordination of the units within the Office of Evidence Management,
• Coordinating the implementation of key components for a policy framework related to the rule of law and the strengthening of the criminal justice system and related institutions in Host country, while implementing and advising on the legal framework institutional reform of the judiciary, prosecution service and law enforcement agencies and legal representations or aid.
• Maintaining an up-to-date understanding regarding the evolving evidence holdings of the Investigative Team, and assisting the Chief of Evidence Management in enforcing the coherent and consistent application of internal processes across the entirety of the evidence lifecycle, including in the areas of evidence collection, storage, management, analysis, and security.
• Assisting in the implementation of programme activities in areas of concentration to include advising and mentoring national counterparts, facilitating and organizing workshops and consultations, supporting national criminal justice system organization, training of national actors and/or monitoring of the court and legal system, including field offices, if required.
• Supporting the Chief of Evidence Management in drafting, reviewing and advising on briefing notes, opinions, studies, background materials, guidelines, protocols and standard operating procedures.
• Participating in legislative reviews and drafting of commentaries and other relevant documents.
• Supporting and participating in national level coordination, planning and/or reform processes and donor coordination, including to support the completion of major reviews of the justice sector and the development of long-term national strategic plans.
• Assisting in the identification, establishment and maintenance of contacts and partnerships with other actors (national and international) in assigned areas of responsibility with a view to pursuing work programme objectives and ensuring participation in and effective integration of ideas in the planning and implementation of the unit’s activities.
• Performing programmatic and administrative tasks necessary for the functioning of the unit, including contributing to the preparation of budgets, reporting on performance and results, managing and evaluating staff performance, job interviewing and evaluation of candidates.
• Assisting in the maintenance of the Section's relevant databases and registers for evidence management and analysis.
• Providing training to junior staff under her/his supervision.
• Performing other duties as required.
• Professionalism: Knowledge of human resources policies, practices and procedures and ability to apply them in an organizational setting. Ability to identify issues, formulate opinions, make conclusions and recommendations. 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.
• Judgement / Decision-Making: 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
An advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in law or related field is required. A first-level university degree, with a bar qualification or equivalent, in combination with two additional years of relevant legal experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree. A first-level university degree in law, in combination with two additional years of relevant academic qualifications and/or additional legal experience in the field of rule of law assistance and/or evidence management, may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.
A minimum of five years of progressively responsible professional experience in implementing law reforms and overseeing the implementation of national policies and plans in rule of law and security matters is required.
Experience in drafting, document production and editing are required.
A minimum of one year of experience providing technical assistance to judicial institutions in a transitional, developmental, or post-conflict setting is required.
Previous experience supporting tribunals and/or investigative mechanisms is an asset is desirable.
Experience in using MS Office applications (Excel, Word, etc.), email/internet and e-discovery tools is an asset is desirable.
Management experience is desirable.
Experience providing services in the field of evidence management or related areas to or in a field operation of the United Nations Common System or a comparable international organization is desirable.
Experience in working with database management and office technology equipment is desirable.
Experience as lawyer/litigator, prosecutor, judge, or legal academic, legal consultant, or adviser in the field of justice is required.
English and French are the working languages of the Secretariat. Fluency in English and Arabic is required; knowledge of the other language is desirable.
NOTE: English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English and Arabic is required. NOTE: ''Fluency'' equals a rating of ''fluent'' in all four areas (read, write, speak, understand) and ''Knowledge of'' equals a rating of ''confident'' in two of the four areas.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.Special Notice
• Candidates for the National Professional Officer category shall be of the nationality of the country where this position is located.
• This position is temporarily available. 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 an 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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