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12 Dec 2020

Senior Rule of Law Officer

Job Description

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in UNMISS’s Rule of Law Advisory Section, Juba. Juba classified in the “E” category and as a non-family duty station Justice Advisory Team, which is charged with supporting government efforts to rebuild justice sector institutions, implement the peace agreement, promote accountability for gross violations of human rights, and reform the security sector. The Senior Rule of Law Officer will report directly to the Chief of Service, Rule of Law.


  • Supports the Chief of Service, Rule of Law in the development of mission-wide strategies, policy direction and guidance for the mission’s activities in promoting the rule of law and maintaining a repository of such material;
  • Assists the Chief of Service, Rule of Law in supporting the mission leadership in in efforts to promote stronger institutional coordination of the Joint Integrated Police and strengthen linkages between the police and broader justice and corrections institutions;
  • Supports the Chief of Service, Rule of Law in facilitating stronger coordination of rule of law programme activities across all mission components and international community;
  • Prepares analytical reports, background papers, talking points and other technical legal documents to advise and guide mission leadership, national partners, and international community on matters related to national legal reform and the broader rule of law architecture;.
  • Actively contributes to the formulation of the Team’s overall strategies, policies, programme of work and planning processes;
  • Participates in the training of staff of the Rule of Law Advisory Section and other related sections; fosters teamwork and communication among staff in the Rule of Law and across organizational boundaries;
  • Perform other related duties as requested.



  • Knowledge of the substantive role of the UN on the rule of law in general and of UN interventions on specific areas/themes related to the rule of law in particular
  • Shows ability to produce reports and papers on substantive issues and to coordinate, review and edit the work of others
  • Shows ability to apply UN rules, regulations, policies and guidelines in work situations
  • 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 -Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing

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


  • Actively seeks to improve programmes or services
  • Offers new and different options to solve problems or meet client needs
  • Promotes and persuades others to consider new ideas
  • Takes calculated risks on new and unusual ideas; thinks “outside the box”
  • Takes an interest in new ideas and new ways of doing things
  • Is not bound by current thinking or traditional approaches


  • Provides an environment in which others can talk and act without fear of repercussion
  • Manages in a deliberate and predictable way
  • Operates with transparency; has no hidden agenda
  • Places confidence in colleagues, staff members and clients
  • Gives proper credit to others
  • Follows through on agreed upon actions
  • Treats sensitive or confidential information appropriately

Judgement/ Decision-making:

  • Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly
  • Gathers relevant information before making a decision
  • Considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them
  • Takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization
  • Proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information
  • Checks assumptions against facts
  • Determines that the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision
  • Makes tough decisions when necessary


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 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 ten years of progressively responsible experience as a practicing lawyer, prosecutor, judge, legal academic, legal consultant, or adviser in the field of justice is required.
  • A minimum of five years of field experience obtained outside of the applicant’s country of nationality providing technical assistance and coordination for the development or reform of corrections, police, and other justice sector institutions is required.
  • Five years of work experience working on the topic of rule of law and transitional justice in conflict and post-conflict societies is required.
  • Experience preparing reports, background papers, talking points, and correspondences on rule of law for senior management is required.
  • Experience working on the development and implementation of transitional justice mechanisms, including providing technical advice or coordination for the establishment of accountability mechanisms and use of informal or traditional justice mechanisms, is desirable.
  • Experience working in South Sudan or the region 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.

Special Notice

This position is temporarily available for 364 days. If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.

Deadline: 23 December 2020

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