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8 Dec 2020

Judicial Affairs Officer

Job Description

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), Juba. Juba is classified in the “E” category and as a non-family duty station. The Judicial Affairs Officer is under the direct supervision of the Senior Judicial Affairs Officer and overall supervision of the Chief of Service, Rule of Law.


Within delegated authority, the Judicial Affairs Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

  • Participates in the development and implementation of the mission’s strategies related to the rule of law and the development/reform of the justice and legal systems and, depending on the mission’s structures, the prison system, to include advising national counterparts, providing training and monitoring the court and legal systems, etc.
  • Serves as a recognized expert in one or more areas of concentration (e.g. gender justice, juvenile justice,
  • etc.); provides policy and operational advice to senior management on an ongoing basis and assists in programming related activities at the national level; independently handles a wide range of multidiscipline, highly complex, and often sensitive and/or conflicting matters involving issues relating to the development or reform of legal or judicial systems/institutions.
  • Participates work teams; guides, supervises and evaluates the work of junior officers; may assist in the general management and administration of the work unit, organizing and prioritizing the workload and providing general coordination and supervision of assignments.
  • Plans, coordinates and supervises all activities in assigned area; ensures an integrated and harmonized approach among other components of the mission (e.g. corrections, human rights, political affairs, policy, gender, child protections, etc.) and UN entities.
  • Promotes knowledge management and information sharing, including developing a culture of respect for, and inclusion of, local actors in all judicial and legal system initiatives.
  • Participates in research studies and the preparation of written outputs, as well as performs extensive legal research and analysis on highly complex or novel legal issues/questions and prepares reports, studies, briefs, reports, and other written material; participates in legislative reviews and prepares commentaries.
  • Provides innovative technical advice and assistance to regional and local commissions, standing committees, and other offices, etc.
  • Coordinates/performs programmatic and administrative tasks necessary for the functioning of work unit, including contributing to the preparation of budgets, reporting on performance and results, managing and evaluating staff performance, job interviewing and evaluation of candidates.
  • Perform other related duties as required.


  • Professionalism:
    • Knowledge and understanding of Section’s mandate and strategic direction.
    • Demonstrated understanding of a range of issues related to judicial, prosecutorial and legal systems and their reform, as well as anti-corruption issues, transitional justice, and housing, land, and property policies.
    • Knowledge of criminal law, justice reform, transitional justice, including international criminal law, and informal justice mechanisms.
    • Ability to identify issues and judgment in applying technical expertise to resolve a wide range of problems.
    • Ability to conduct research, including ability to evaluate and integrate information from a variety of sources and assess impact on judicial affairs initiatives in assigned country/area.
    • Ability to work under pressure in a highly stressful environment (e.g. civil strife, natural disasters and human suffering).
    • 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 the audience
    • Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people 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, or bar qualification, or equivalent, 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.

Work Experience

  • A minimum of five years of progressively responsible professional experience, including three years as a practicing lawyer, prosecutor, judge, legal academic, legal consultant, or advisor in the field of justice, is required.
  • A minimum of one year of experience providing technical assistance for the development or reform of legal and judicial institutions in a transitional, developmental or post-conflict setting, outside the applicant’s country of nationality is required
  • Experience providing services in the field of Judicial affairs or related areas to or in a field operation of the United Nations Common System or a comparable international organization is desirable.
  • Experience in land policy reform and community-based alternative dispute resolution is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English (both oral and written) is required.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

Special Notice

Extension of the appointment is subject to Extension of the mandate and/or the availability of the funds.

Deadline: 02 January 2021

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