Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located within the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict (SRSG-SVC) and will serve as a member of the United Nations Team of Experts on the Rule of Law and Sexual Violence in Conflict (TOE). The incumbent will report to the Team Leader of the TOE.
In the area of concentration, within delegated authority and location, and, as necessary, the Legal Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
- Serves as a lead officer on conflict-related sexual violence, and independently handles a wide range of multi-discipline and complex legal matters involving issues of international humanitarian, human rights, and criminal law, to include interpretation and application of instruments in that area of concentration (both substantive and procedural);
- Provides legal advice on diverse substantive and procedural questions of considerable complexity, which may include those related to criminal investigations and prosecutions, etc.;
- Performs extensive legal research and analysis and prepares legal opinions, studies, briefs, reports, and correspondence; provides legal advice to the TOE.
- Prepares legal submissions as necessary in the course of supporting investigations and prosecutions;
- Services diplomatic conferences, commissions, committees, task forces, expert groups and other bodies, including preparation of background materials, summaries of issues and views of delegations, meeting reports, etc.;
- Reviews, advises on and drafts complex agreements, institutional and operational modalities, and other legal documents; develops new legal modalities to meet unique needs/circumstances;
- Serves on various standing boards, committees, ad hoc working groups and task forces, as required; promotes the work of the United Nations and represents the organization at meetings, conferences, seminars, etc.;
- Coordinates and directs other staff dealing with conflict-related sexual violence problems as required, and/or mentors and supervises the work of junior officers on specific projects;
- Contributes to review and design of new, or new applications of, legal instruments, policy, guidelines, etc.;
- Performs other duties as assigned.
- Professionalism: Knowledge of the prosecution and adjudication of sexual violence cases, international legal procedures and instruments, including international humanitarian law, human rights law, and criminal law, both substantive and procedural. Ability to apply legal expertise to analyzing a diverse range of complex and unusual legal issues and problems and in developing innovative and creative solutions in prosecuting complex criminal cases. Strong analytical skills and ability to conduct comprehensive legal research on a range of issues, including those of a unique and/or complex nature; proficiency in legal writing and expression and ability to prepare legal briefs, opinions, indictments or legal submissions/motions, and a variety of legal instruments and related documents. Ability to lead and cross-examine witnesses and make substantial legal arguments before Chambers of judges, or if required to take responsibility for the prosecution of criminal trials. Discretion and sound judgment in applying legal expertise to sensitive, complex legal issues. Strong negotiating skills and ability to influence others to reach agreement. Ability to work to tight deadlines and handle multiple concurrent projects/cases. Knowledge of contemporary international relations and of UN system, organization and interrelationships. 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;
- 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;
- Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments. Delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards. Operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules. Supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments. Takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.
- An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in international law or related field is required. A first-level degree (Bachelor’s degree or equivalent) with two additional years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
- A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in law, including legal analysis, research and writing is required;
- A minimum of one year of experience providing technical assistance for the development or reform of legal and judicial institutions in relation to sexual violence in conflict, transitional, developmental or post-conflict setting is required;
- Experience working on Women, Peace and Security agenda with the United Nations or in a similar international organization is desirable;
- Experience working in or in support of a United Nations common system field presence (inclusive of peacekeeping operations, special political missions, agencies, funds and programmes), or other similar international organization is desirable.
- English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is desirable.
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