Posting Title: JUDICIAL AFFAIRS OFFICER, P3
Job Code Title: JUDICIAL AFFAIRS OFFICER
Department/Office: United Nations Mission in Kosovo
Duty Station: PRISTINA_ISC
Posting Period: 23 November 2020 - 07 December 2020
Job Opening Number: 20-Rule of Law-UNMIK-145026-F-Pristina (M)
Staffing Exercise N/A
Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) in Pristina. The incumbent reports to the Deputy Chief of the Justice Section.
Within delegated authority, the Judicial Affairs Officer will be responsible for the following
•Contribute to the development and implementation of the programme of the Justice Section, including the overall strategy and policy framework related to the rule of law and provide relevant policy and operational advice to senior management on an ongoing basis.
•Monitor developments in the area of the rule of law, including on how political developments affect the functioning of the rule of law.
•Serve as a liaison between UNMIK and the Kosovo judicial institutions with a special focus on access to justice, judicial integration and rule of law reform.
•Report daily and periodically on issues of major concern related to rule of law in Kosovo and the Mission in general.
•Undertake liaison activity at technical level between with EULEX components and UNMIK, and with other international stakeholders in Kosovo.
•Conduct legal research and prepare draft legal reports on a variety of issues relating to judicial institutions and justice matters in general, on the basis of the applicable law, international law and international human rights law.
•Provide substantive inputs and administrative support for the development and implementation of programmatic activities and other projects of the Justice section, taking into consideration the political context in Kosovo.
•Process requests for the issuance of international wanted notices.
•Provide guidance to more junior staff.
•Perform other related duties as required.
• Professionalism: Demonstrates in-depth understanding of legal and judicial institutions, policies, actors and issues in Kosovo; demonstrates ability to analyse political developments and how they affect rule of law issues; proven drafting and editing skills, preferably including knowledge of the reporting requirements of the DPKO Office of Rule of Law and Security Institutions; demonstrated capacity to build information networks; familiarity with the political dynamics in Kosovo and the Western Balkans; commitment to implement the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement 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 others 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
Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in law, preferably with specialization in international and/or criminal law in addition to a first level degree in law, is required. A first-level university degree in combination with other relevant academic qualifications and/or legal experience in the field of justice and/or rule of law assistance may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. Admission to a Bar Association is desirable.
A minimum of five years of progressively responsible professional experience as a practicing lawyer, prosecutor, judge, legal academic, legal consultant, or advisor in the field of justice, or in human rights at national or international level, is required.
A minimum of two years experience in a transitional, developmental or post-conflict setting, outside the applicant's country of nationality, is required
Proven experience drafting high-quality documents in English is required
Prior experience interacting with rule of law actors and reporting on
issues concerning the functioning of the justice system is strongly desirable.
working in UN field missions, especially in peacekeeping operations, is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in oral and written English is required.
Previously rostered candidates are not subject to any further assessment and as such, will not be invited for such an assessment.
This "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 Considerations
According 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.
Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.
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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