Legal Officer, P4

UN Independent Investigative Mechanism for Myanmar
  • Location
    Geneva, Switzerland
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
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  • Posted
    Apr 08

Position description

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in Geneva, Switzerland within the Collection, Analysis and Sharing Section (CASS). The Legal Officer reports to the Senior Legal Officer in CASS.


Within delegated authority, the Legal Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

  • Assists the Chief of Collection, Analysis and Sharing Section in fulfilling his or her supervisory and management functions, including in relation to other Legal Officers and Information Analysts.
  • Contributes to the development of policies and protocols and provides advice on complex legal issues relating to the collection, preparation and analysis of evidence and the development of case files for sharing with national, regional and international courts and tribunals.
  • Assesses the quality and sufficiency of the evidentiary materials collected, including the identification of evidentiary gaps and whether evidentiary materials meet legal requirements, such as admissibility and reliability.
  • Participates in complex criminal investigative missions, including the strategizing, planning and organizing of such missions.
  • Prepares and/or supervises the preparation of evidentiary materials and case files to be shared with national, regional and international courts and tribunals.
  • Supports the development and implementation of protection and support measures to meet the needs of victims and witnesses who engage with the IIMM.
  • Monitors, conducts research and provides advice on the interpretation and application of legal developments in domestic and international jurisdictions relevant to the implementation of the IIMM’s mandate. Prepares and/or reviews studies, reports and correspondence.
  • Performs other assignments as required.


  • PROFESSIONALISM: Sound knowledge of international legal procedures and instruments, including international criminal law, with a particular emphasis on the legal practice of the international criminal tribunals. Sound knowledge of the functioning of criminal investigations and prosecutions at the national and international levels. Ability to apply legal expertise to the analysis of a diverse range of complex issues and develop innovative solutions. Strong proficiency in legal writing and expression, and ability to produce legal documents. Ability to work well in a multicultural environment. Ability to work to tight deadlines and to handle multiple concurrent projects. Good computer skills and ability to use relevant software applications and online legal research tools. 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; 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 AND 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.
  • 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.


  • Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law is required. A first-level university degree in law in combination with two additional years of qualifying work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

  • A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible professional legal experience is required.
  • Out of these, at least five years of experience working in the field of international criminal law is required.
  • A minimum of three years of experience working in an international or hybrid criminal tribunal or accountability mechanism is desirable.
  • Experience conducting criminal investigations, including interviewing witnesses, is desirable.
  • Experience working on sexual and gender-based crimes and crimes against children is desirable.
  • Experience drafting or reviewing indictments (or the equivalent) is desirable.


  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of a Myanmar language is desirable.

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