Posting Title: Legal Officer, P4
Job Code Title: LEGAL OFFICER
Department/Office: United Nations Mission in Kosovo
Duty Station: PRISTINA_ISC
Posting Period: 21 June 2021 - 05 July 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Legal Affairs-UNMIK-157892-F-Pristina (M)
Staffing Exercise N/A
Org. Setting and ReportingThis position is in the Office of Rule of Law/Justice and Corrections Section. The incumbent will report to the Chief of the Justice and Corrections Section of the Office of Rule of Law.
ResponsibilitiesUnder the general authority and guidance of the Chief of Justice and Corrections Section, the incumbent will:
•Monitor and report on developments of the justice and correction system in Kosovo.
•Liaise at technical level with representatives of Kosovo judicial institutions and the European Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo (EULEX), as well as with donors and other actors involved in the general rule of law area with the aim of monitoring, reporting and facilitating their interaction as required.
•Prepare and review international wanted notices (IWN) to be issued by UNMIK SRSG and coordinate as required with relevant offices within the mission, specifically with OLA and UNMIK Interpol Liaison Office.
•Serves as a lead officer in one or more areas of concentration, and independently handles a wide range of multi-disciplinary and complex legal matters involving issues of international, public, private and administrative law, with a special focus in the area of, criminal law (both substantive and procedural).
•Provides legal advice on diverse substantive and procedural questions of considerable complexity, which may include those related to constitutional law, judicial organization, criminal and criminal procedure laws, administrative law, anti-corruption, accountability of judicial personnel and other operational matters.
•Performs extensive legal research and analysis and prepares legal opinions, studies
and reports on issues relating to rule of law, judicial and correctional institutions and justice in general.
•Monitors and supports the work of commissions, committees, task forces, expert groups and other bodies, including the preparation of background materials, presentations, meeting reports, expert papers, policies, monitoring and reporting on implementation of rule of law activities, etc., as required.
•Monitors and reports on review and design of new, or new applications of, legal instruments, policy, guidelines, etc.
•Performs other duties as assigned.
Competencies•Professionalism: Knowledge of international legal procedures and instruments, including 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.
•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.
EducationAdvanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in international law. A first level university degree in combination with two years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Work ExperienceA minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in international law, including legal analysis, research and writing, is required.
Knowledge and experience in the Kosovo legal, judicial and corrections systems is desirable.
LanguagesEnglish and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of Albanian and Serbian is desirable.
AssessmentEvaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise and a competency-based interview.
Special NoticeThis "Recruit from Roster" job opening is only open to roster applicants who are already placed on pre-approved rosters, following a review by a United Nations Central Review Body. Only roster applicants who were placed on rosters with similar functions at the same level are considered to be eligible candidates. Eligible applicants receive an email inviting them to apply. Rostered applicants are encouraged to apply only if they are interested and available to take up the position at the duty station/s specified in the Job Opening. Applying to this job opening carries an expectation to accept the offer, if selected.
United Nations ConsiderationsAccording to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.
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The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.
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