Legal Adviser (P-4) - Short Term (18575)

  • Added Date: Thursday, 06 December 2018
  • Deadline Date: Monday, 10 December 2018

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Organizational Unit: Legal Office, Registry
Duty Station: The Hague - NL
Type of Appointment: Short Term Appointment
Minimum Net Annual Salary: €84,303.00
Contract Duration: Until 30/06/2019

Special Notice:

A Short-Term Appointment is used to recruit staff to meet short-term needs. The duration of this assignment is provided above. The maximum duration of a short-term appointment including extensions shall not exceed 12 months.

A Short-Term Appointment does not carry any expectancy, legal or otherwise, of renewal and shall not be converted to any other type of appointment.

Due to the short-term nature of the assignment, the ICC reserves the right to make an appointment at one grade lower than that stated in the vacancy with a modified job description.

A current ICC staff member who is holding a fixed-term appointment may apply for any short-term position. Where a current ICC staff member is selected to a short-term position, he or she will be temporarily assigned to the position in line with section 4.10 of ICC/AI/2016/001. GS-level posts are subject to local recruitment only.

The terms and conditions of service for staff members appointed under a short-term appointment are governed by ICC/AI/2016/001.

Organisational Context
The Registry’s Legal Office (LO) combines a commitment to legal excellence with a result-oriented and policy-friendly approach in delivering legal services. The LO operates as a dynamic and multifaceted international law practice in anticipation of and in response to client requirements, in both operational and policy matters.

The LO supports the performance of the legal functions of the Registrar under the Rome Statute, Rules of Procedure and Evidence, Regulations of the Court, Regulations of the Registry, Financial Regulations and Rules, Staff Rules and Regulations and other legal instruments governing the ICC. This concerns both the judicial functioning of the ICC, where the Registry is involved, and legal matters affecting the ICC as an international organization and its legal position as a whole. In performing this dual role, the Section is responsible for ensuring the quality, uniformity and consistency of legal positions across the Registry and its Divisions of Judicial Services, External Operations, and
Management Services - including the coordination of an internal legal network. The Bureau provides a broad range of legal services including drafting, negotiating, advising and litigating.

The LO is headed by the Legal Counsel.

Duties and Responsibilities
Within this framework, the incumbent will be independently handling a wide range of complex legal matters relating to disputes particularly under international administrative law.

These duties include:

  • Serves as senior lawyer in on-going and forthcoming staff disputes and disciplinary matters, by providing highly-specialized legal opinions and advice, conducting substantive legal research and analysis, and conducting litigation;
  • Coordinates the work in the area of staff disputes and disciplinary matters within the Registry Legal Office, in consultation with the Human Resources Section;
  • Reviews, drafts and advises on complex legal analysis, submissions and opinions, correspondence and settlement agreements;
  • Represents the Court in proceedings before the internal administration of justice mechanisms and the ILO Administrative Tribunal, as well as in arbitration and conciliation proceedings or in negotiations or other procedures for the conclusion of agreements or the settlement of disputes;
  • Advises on matters of liability in connection with the operations of the Court;
  • Participates in inter-organ working groups on matters within area of responsibility and provides advice and assistance in resolving substantive and procedural legal issues; and
  • Performs other or additional duties as assigned.

Essential Qualifications
Advanced university degree in law with specialisation in international law or other related field. A first level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience is accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. Bar admission or equivalent (e.g. solicitor), with substantial post-qualification experience, is desirable.

A minimum of seven years (nine years with a first level university degree) of progressively responsible professional experience in a legal environment relevant to the work of the Court, and to the aforementioned duties and responsibilities .
Experience in complex legal analysis, research and writing is desirable. Experience in providing legal advice with respect to staff disputes and disciplinary matters of an international organization is desirable.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Extensive knowledge of international administrative law.
  • Strongly developed legal skills, including excellent litigation skills (concise, well-reasoned, persuasive, and legally and factually correct) and research skills;
  • Strong analytical skills, and effective communication, negotiation, diplomatic and advocacy skills, combined with interpersonal skills and political sensitivity;
  • Theoretical and practical knowledge of the legal, political, administrative, financial and procedural framework of the
  • Court in both operational and policy matters;
  • Highly developed case and project management skills to ensure consistent and timely legal services;
  • Effective coordination of work;
  • Knowledge of relevant electronic document and information management systems;
  • Proven ability to provide direction, plan and establish priorities to ensure an effective work structure to maximize productivity;
  • Sound judgment; ability to drive innovation and eliminate barriers to effective and efficient work practices;
  • Proven track record of good customer service by providing policy-friendly advice and support services within an international organization and a complex multi-cultural environment;
  • Excellent decision-making skills, with the ability to balance interests and translate the general strategic plans of senior management (including Legal Counsel) into concrete strategies; and
  • Operates with professionalism and integrity.

Knowledge of Languages:
Proficiency in either of the working languages of the Court (English and French) is required, and working knowledge of the other is desirable. Knowledge of another official language of the Court (Arabic, Chinese, Russian, Spanish) would be considered an asset.

ICC Core Competencies

Dedication to the mission and values
- Acts consistently in accordance with the mission and values of the Organisation;
- Maintains confidentiality, acts with integrity and shows respect for diversity;
- Shows commitment to the organisation;
- Presents a positive image of the organisation during external discussions.

- Applies professional and technical expertise;
- Keeps abreast of organisational issues;
- Produces workable solutions to a range of problems.

- Listens, consults and communicates proactively;
- Handles disagreements with tact and diplomacy;
- Recognises and rewards the contribution of others.

Learning and developing
- Identifies development strategies needed to achieve work and career goals and makes use of developmental or training opportunities;
- Learns from successes and failures;
- Seeks feedback and gives feedback to others to increase organisational effectiveness;
- Seeks opportunities for improvement of work;
- Has an open mind and contributes to innovation.

Handling uncertain situations
- Adapts to changing circumstances;
- Deals with ambiguity, making positive use of the opportunities it presents;
- Plans activities and projects well in advance and takes account of possible changing circumstances;
- Manages time effectively.

- Expresses opinions, information and key points of an argument clearly;
- Handles contacts with diplomacy and tact;
- Communicates in a transparent and open way with internal and external contacts while complying with confidentiality requirements.

Realising objectives
- Accepts and tackles demanding goals with enthusiasm;
- Keeps to agreements with others;
- Focuses on client needs;
- Takes responsibility for actions, projects and people;
- Monitors and maintains quality and productivity.

General Information

  • The selected candidate will be subject to a Personnel Security Clearance (PSC) process in accordance with the ICC policy. The PSC process will include but is not limited to, verification of the information provided in the personal history form and a criminal record check. All candidates should be in a positon to submit electronic copy of their passport and all diplomas listed on their profile when requested;
  • Applicants may check the status of vacancies on ICC E-Recruitment web-site;
  • Position to be filled preferably by a national of a State Party to the ICC Statute, or of a State which has signed and is engaged in the ratification process or which is engaged in the accession process, but nationals from non-state parties may also be considered;
  • In accordance with the Rome Statute, the ICC aims to achieve fair representation of women and men for all positions;
  • Applications from female candidates are particularly encouraged;
  • Consideration is given to achieving diverse geographical representation at the ICC, to the extent possible;
  • Personnel recruited at the General Service level are not entitled to all of the benefits granted to internationally-recruited staff;
  • The ICC reserves the right to not make any appointment to the vacancy, to make an appointment at a lower grade, or to make an appointment with a modified job description.

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