Legal Officer /Case Manager
Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the Field Operations and Technical Cooperation Division (FOTCD), in the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). The incumbent reports to Coordinator of the Investigations Support Unit in the Emergency Response Section, under the overall supervision of the Coordinator of the Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan (CHRSS), based in Juba.
Within delegated authority the Legal Officer/ Case Manager will be responsible for the following duties connected to the collection of information and evidence:
•Handles a range of issues related to international criminal (substantive, procedural and comparative) law, including the interpretation and application of constitutive, legislative and other instruments governing United Nations activities and operations.
•Develops and implements collection plans and investigation plans including the definition of parameters and timetables of collection and investigation activities.
•Supervises the intake and proper storage of materials collected until they are registered and processed and ensures the secure preservation of the material collected, that proper chain of custody is kept, and that measures are in place for the protection of victims and witnesses.
•Conducts extensive legal research and analysis and prepare studies, comparative studies, briefs, reports and correspondence.
•Undertakes basic or extensive review of legal documents, instruments or other material.
•Prepares or assists in the preparation of drafts of background papers, studies, reports and requests for information.
•Prepares or assists in the preparation of agreements and contracts with governments, NGOs and other public and private entities.
•Assesses evidence for relevance and admissibility and prepares briefs of evidence.
•Provides guidance to more junior staff.
•Performs other duties as assigned.
•Professionalism: Knowledge of, and ability to apply, legal principles, concepts and procedures and terminology for review, examination, and processing of a range of legal documents. Knowledge of various legal research sources, including electronic, and ability to conduct research and analyze information on a wide range of legal issues. Knowledge of the civil law and/or common law legal systems and principles. Ability to interpret and apply legislative instruments, develop and present results, recommendations, and opinions clearly and concisely. Ability to draft legal papers and work under pressure. Ability to apply good legal judgment in the context of assignments given. 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.
•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.
A first level university degree in law and an advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in law are required. For the advanced university degree in law, specialization in international, criminal or humanitarian law is desirable. A first-level university degree in law in combination with two additional years of qualifying work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree in law.
A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in law, including legal analysis, research and writing on international criminal law, is required
A minimum of three years of work experience in an international criminal court or international accountability mechanism, or in a national court or tribunal dealing with serious international crimes is required.
Experience working on Human Rights Investigations is desirable.
Experience in the use of case management databases is desirable.
Relevant work experience in South Sudan is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the UN Secretariat, for this position fluency in English is required.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.
THIS TEMPORARY POSITION IS FROM 01 to 31 JANUARY 2021, AND IS SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY OF FUNDING.
• If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.
• While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post.
• Subject to the funding source of the position, the eligibility for this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.
• This temporary job opening may be limited to “internal candidates,” who have been recruited through a competitive examination administered according to staff rule 4.16 or staff selection process including the review of a central review body established according to staff rule 4.15.
• Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply.Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.
• Retirees above the mandatory age of separation who wish to be considered for the current temporary job opening must indicate the reason for their last separation as “retirement.” Such retirees shall not be employed by the Organization, unless (a) the operational requirements of the Organization cannot be met by staff members who are qualified and available to perform the required functions; and (b) the proposed employment would not adversely affect the career development or redeployment opportunities of other staff members and represents both a cost-effective and operationally sound solution to meet the needs of the service.
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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The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.