Legal Officer, P3

UN International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals
  • Location
    Arusha, Tanzania
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Sep 28

Position description

Org. Setting and Reporting

This post is located in the Office of the Registrar, of the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (IRMCT), Arusha Branch. The incumbent will work under the direct supervision of the Deputy Officer-in-Charge.


  • Provides legal and administrative support to the Registrar, Officer-in-Charge and staff of the Office of the Registrar in support of the operations of the Mechanism.
  • Analyses international statutes and laws, assesses their impact on the exercise of the Mechanism’s mandate and strategies on their implementation.
  • Processes and communicates information on a wide range of institutional and legal issues with Sections in both Branches of the Mechanism, as well as with UN HQ and other UN bodies.
  • Prepares or assists in the preparation of draft submissions, background papers, reports, studies, legislative texts and commentaries on those texts, in the field of administrative law, public and private international law.
  • Drafts or reviews legal submissions of the Registrar and submissions in relation to judicial review of administrative decisions taken by the Registrar.
  • Handles a range of issues related to constitutional, international, public, private, administrative and criminal (substantive, procedural and comparative) law, including the interpretation and application of constitutive, legislative and other instruments governing United Nations activities and operations.
  • Draft briefs, reports and correspondence, legislative texts, policies and agreements on various aspects of the Registry operations, including on sensitive matters.
  • Conducts extensive legal research and analysis and prepares studies, comparative studies, briefs, reports and correspondence.
  • Undertakes review of legal documents, instruments or other material; identifies important issues, similarities and inconsistencies, etc.
  • Drafts or assists in the preparation and review of agreements and contracts with Governments, NGOs and other public and private entities, as well as in the negotiation and settlement of claims and disputes and in handling private international law and international trade law matters.
  • Acts as liaison officer with other offices of the Mechanism; represents the views and instructions of the Registrar as required.
  • Provides drafting and review support in relation to, and legal advice on, a wide range of issues, including but not limited to judicial support, requests for assistance from national jurisdictions, enforcement of sentences, witness protection, detention matters, human resources matters and administrative decisions, records and archives matters, agreements and contracts, claims and disputes, and Mechanism policies.
  • Performs other duties, as required.


  • Professionalism: Knowledge of international criminal tribunals operations, preferably with an emphasis on the Registrar’s responsibilities. Knowledge of the United Nations system. Proven drafting skills and ability to work under pressure. Ability to apply good legal, strategic and policy judgment in the context of assignments given. 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. Commitment to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects 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.
  • Teamwork – Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organisational 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, preferably with an emphasis in international law. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

  • Minimum of 5 years of progressively responsible experience in law, including legal analysis, research and writing.
  • Previous direct working experience with international organisations is highly desirable.
  • Proven experience in international criminal courts is an asset.


  • English and French are the working languages of the Mechanism. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Working knowledge of French is desirable.

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