Judicial Affairs Officer, P3

United Nations - AU/UN Hybrid Operation in Darfur
  • Location
    Kabkabiya, Sudan
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Oct 21

Position description

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Kabkabiyah North Darfur, UNAMID Team Site, in the Rule of Law Section of the UNAMID. The Judicial Affairs Officer P-3 will work under the guidance and supervision of the Chief Rule of Law Section, the Senior Judicial Affairs Officer and the Team Leader of the UNAMID Team Site.


Within delegated authority, the Judicial Affairs Officer P-3 will be responsible for the following duties:

  • Participates in the development and implementation of key component(s) of the approved programme, and priorities in the rule of law for UNAMID, established by the General Assembly and the Security Council, namely, the reestablishment of the criminal justice chain in designated return areas, the support to the Special Prosecutor and the Special Curt Court for Darfur Crimes, and the support to the dispute resolution mechanisms at the local level through the rural courts. He/she will also work in collaboration with the UNCT, especially UNDP in implementing rule of law tasks in the context of the UNAMID transition in the SLFs from 2020 onwards;
  • Advises and mentors national partners on a range of issues (e.g. investigation and prosecution of military/civilian criminal offences, court management and other civilian/military judicial system issues) with a view to promoting international standards and building capacity, as well as ensuring effective case management.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 in the justice and in the prison area in South Darfur in collaboration with the Chief Rule of Law, the UNDP Coordinator of the SLF South and the Senior Corrections Advisor, including contributing to the preparation of budgets, reporting on performance and results, evaluating staff performance, job interviewing and evaluation of candidates.
  • Fosters coordination and maintains close working relationships with relevant mission components (e.g. human rights, political affairs, policy, gender, child protection, etc.), UN agencies and other international and national partners.
  • Provides guidance to more junior staff including National Professional Officers.
  • Performs other related duties as required.


  • Professionalism: 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.
  • 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.


  • 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 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.

Work Experience

  • A minimum of five years of professional experience as a practicing lawyer, prosecutor, judge, legal academic, legal consultant, or advisor in the field of justice is required.
  • A minimum of three years of professional experience in a transitional, developmental or post-conflict setting outside the applicant’s country of nationality, or alternatively, three years of professional experience working on justice issues in an international governmental or international non-governmental organization, including in the UN system, is required.
  • Experience in management of programmatic funds and reporting and monitoring upon use of funds is required.
  • Experience in research and analysis of issues pertaining to traditional/customary/informal dispute resolution mechanisms is desirable.
  • Experience in drafting reports in English is required.


  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, excellent skills both written and oral in English are required.

Application instructions

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