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Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located within the Collection, Analysis and Sharing Section of the International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism to Assist in the Investigation and Prosecution of Persons Responsible for the Most Serious Crimes under International Law Committed in the Syrian Arab Republic since March 2011 (IIIM), Geneva. The Legal Officer is under the direct supervision of the Chief of Collection, Analysis and Sharing Section.


Within delegated authority, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:

1) Prepares or coordinates actions with the Chief of Collection, Analysis and Sharing Section. Assists in fulfilling his or her supervisory functions and provides legal direction and investigative recommendations;
2) Provides legal and policy advice on the preparation of files and on sharing material with investigative and prosecuting authorities;
3) Assesses whether the evidence collected proves the elements of the offences considered, and meets other legal requirements, such as admissibility and reliability;
4) Oversees the legal work of the section, including the preparation of files, and independently handles a wide range of multidisciplinary and complex legal matters;
5) Coordinates and directs the work of other legal officers, analysts and investigators dealing with significant issues as required, and supervises the work of junior officers generally, as well as on specific projects;
6) Prepares and/or supervises the preparation of legal documents to be shared with national authorities;
7) Under the guidance of the Chief of AFPS, provides legal advice to the Head and staff of the IIIM on diverse substantive and procedural legal issues of international and domestic criminal law, which can include questions of considerable complexity and those related to policy and diplomatic matters;
8) Attends in-house briefings, plans meetings and renders advice as necessary;
9) Assesses the need to further the investigation. Identifies avenues of investigation and conducts interviews of witnesses and suspects;
10) Performs extensive legal research and analysis and prepares legal opinions, briefs, reports and correspondence; and
11) Performs other assignments as requested by the Chief of Collection, Analysis and Sharing Section.


PROFESSIONALISM: Sound knowledge of international legal procedures and instruments, including international criminal law, with a particular emphasis on the legal practice of the international criminal tribunals. Sound knowledge of the functioning of criminal investigations and prosecutions at the national and international levels and experience in ligation. Ability to apply legal expertise to analyzing a diverse range of complex issues and in developing innovative solutions. Strong analytical skills and proficiency in legal writing and expression and ability to prepare legal documents. Ability to work well in a multicultural environment. Ability to work to tight deadlines and to handle multiple concurrent projects. Good computer skills and ability to use relevant software applications and online legal research tools. 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; 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.

TEAMWORK: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others' ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in law, criminal law or international criminal law. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. The candidate must have been admitted to practice law in a national system.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven (7) years of progressively responsible legal experience, of which at least five (5) years of experience in international criminal law is required. A minimum of three (3) years of experience in criminal prosecution, including experience working at an International Criminal Tribunal is also required. Experience drafting or reviewing indictments (or the equivalent) is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of Arabic is desirable.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which will 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.

Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.

An impeccable record for integrity and professional ethical standards is essential.

The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

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 or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, 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.

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.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

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.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

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