Rule of Law Officer, P3

UN Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan (UNITAMS)
  • Location
    Khartoum, Sudan
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    May 31

Position description

Org. Setting and Reporting

The position is located in the United Nations Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan (UNITAMS). The United Nations Security Council adopted resolution 2524 (2020) authorizing the mandate of UNITAMS which is to assist the political transition, progress towards democratic governance, in the protection and promotion of human rights, and sustainable peace; support peace processes and implementation of future peace agreements; assist peacebuilding, civilian protection and rule of law, in particular in Blue Nile and South Kordofan (the Two Areas) and Darfur; and support the mobilisation of economic and development assistance and coordination of humanitarian assistance. The position is based in Khartoum within the Office of Protection of Civilians. The incumbent will report to the Senior Rule of Law Officer.


Within the delegated authority, the Rule of Law Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

  • contributes to the implementation of the UNITAMS rule of law mandate, in particular with information gathering, analysis and advice, retaining working level contact with relevant national rule of law counterparts and international partners and provide relevant analysis for programming and decision making.
  • design, draft and support capacity building programmes for rule of law national counterparts and engage at the technical level on rule of law coordination. The incumbent will advise on and support the preparation of assessment reports, reports addressing complex strategic and operational issues, policy documents and guidelines.
  • coordinate in implementing key components for a policy framework related to the rule of law and strengthening of the criminal justice system and related institutions in Sudan, while implementing and advising on the legal framework institutional reform of the judiciary, prosecution service, and rule of law agencies and legal representations or aid.
  • provides policy and operational advice to Senior/Chief Rule of Law, assists in programming related activities at the national level and handles a wider range of multi-disciplinary, complex and often sensitive and/or conflicting matters involving issues pertaining to criminal justice policy, and reform of the judicial system and related institutions.
  • provides innovative technical advice and assistance to local commissions and other stake holders within the international community located in Sudan to ensure cohesive and coordinated programme delivery.
  • contributes to the development of the rule of law strategic plan and policymaking framework in the context of the mission’s mandate and assist in the day-to-day coordination of key activities with other mission components and UN entities.
  • advises on and prepares complex legal research and analysis and outputs, such as work unit reports and assessments, policy documents and guidelines, briefings, etc.
  • participates in legislative reviews and drafts commentaries and other relevant documents.
  • represents the mission and serves on various standing boards and committees, as required.
  • supports and participates in national level coordination, planning and/or reform processes and donor coordination, to include supporting the completion of major reviews of the justice sector and the development of long-term national strategic plans.
  • provides training to junior staff under her/his supervision.
  • 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.
  • assist in identifying, establishing and maintaining 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 judicial affairs activities.
  • performs 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.
  • capacity to adopt a strategic approach to the development of a justice system.
  • demonstrates ability to provide strategic normative advice on justice and anti-corruption issues related to policy reforms, ability to deliver complex legal analysis papers and deliver briefings.
  • performs other related duties as required.



  • Knowledge of legal and judicial system issues, as well as relevant international justice and human rights standards, and transitional justice.
  • 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.


  • 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.

Client Orientation:

  • Considers all those to whom services are provided to be "clients " and seeks to see things from clients' point of view.
  • Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect.
  • Identifies clients' needs and matches them to appropriate solutions.
  • Monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients' environment to keep informed and anticipate problems.
  • Keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects.
  • Meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.


  • An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law is required. A first-level university degree in any field, 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.

Work Experience

  • 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 as a practicing lawyer, prosecutor, judge, legal academic, legal consultant, or adviser in the field of justice is required; a minimum of three years 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.
  • A minimum of two years of experience in providing services in the field of Rule of Law or related areas to or in a United Nations special political mission or a comparable international organization is required.
  • Experience in working with Sharia law; informal justice mechanisms; international criminal justice and anti-corruption issues is required.
  • Experience in project and program management and design is desirable.
  • Experience in working on rule of law issues in Sudan is desirable.


  • Fluency in spoken and written English is required. Knowledge of a second UN language is an advantage. Fluency in written and spoken Arabic is desirable.

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