Legal Officer, P-3

  • Location
    Arusha, Tanzania
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Nov 15

Position description

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals, at the Arusha branch. The incumbent will work under the direct supervision of the Officer in Charge/Senior Legal Officer.


The incumbent will perform the following duties:

  • Handles a range of issues related to criminal law in consultation with the Officer in Charge and/or the Legal Officer.
  • Conducts extensive legal research and analysis and prepares legal opinions and briefs on a wide range of international criminal law issues as well as studies, reports and correspondence.
  • Reviews and analyzes legal documents or other material.
  • Drafts submissions, reports, analysis and correspondence.
  • Facilitates case-related inquiries for visiting prosecutors and investigators and prepares or assists in the preparation of responses to requests for assistance from national and other requesting authorities. Drafts correspondence on matters related to enquiries from the general public, academic institutions, researchers and other sources.
  • Supervises searches for particular material and reviews the identified material for the purposes of disclosure to the defence or provision to requesting authorities.
  • Prepares advice to archivists on documents, the OTP evidence collection and case-related research enquiries.
  • Assists senior colleagues in servicing 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.
  • Attends court hearings and advocates before the IRMCT as required.
  • Assists and supports the work of The Hague Branch as required.
  • Performs other functions as directed by the Officer in Charge and/or Legal Officer.


  • Professionalism: Knowledge of the genocide and crimes committed in Rwanda. Knowledge of, and ability to apply, legal principles, concepts and procedures for review, examination, and processing of a range of legal documents. Sound knowledge of substantive and procedural criminal law or international criminal law. Knowledge of various legal research sources, including electronic/online research tools, and ability to conduct research and analyze information on a wide range of legal issues. Ability to interpret and apply legal instruments, develop and present results, recommendations, and opinions clearly and concisely. Ability to draft legal documents and work under pressure. Discretion and ability to apply good legal judgment in the context of assignments given. Experience and ability to work well in a multicultural environment. Shows pride in work and in achievements. 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 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 is required.
  • A first level university degree in combination with two (2) additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.

Work Experience

  • A minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible professional legal experience is required.
  • Experience in conducting complex criminal prosecutions is desirable.
  • Experience working in international criminal tribunals is desirable.


  • 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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