Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located within the United Nations Investigative Team for Accountability of Da'esh / ISIL (UNITAD) and will be based in Baghdad, Iraq. The incumbent reports to the Chief Economic Crimes Units (ECU), Office of Field Investigations (OFI),.
UNITAD was established by the Secretary-General pursuant to Security Council resolution 2379 (2017), according to which it is mandated to support domestic efforts to hold ISIL (Da'esh) accountable by collecting, preserving and storing evidence in Iraq of acts that may amount to war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide committed by the terrorist group ISIL (Da'esh) in Iraq.
Within the delegated authority, the Rule of Law Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
Coordinate in implementing key components for a policy framework related to the rule of law and strengthening of the criminal justice system and related institutions in host country, while implementing and advising on the legal framework institutional reform of the judiciary, prosecution and law enforcement agencies and legal representation of aid.
Perform 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. Provide policy and operational advice, assists in programming related activities at the national level and handles a wider range of multi-disciplinary, complex and often sensitive and/or conflicting matters involving issues pertaining to criminal justice, fight against impunity, extension of state authority and reform of the judicial system and related institutions.
Contributes to the development of the rule of law strategic plan and policy making framework in the context of the mission's mandate and assist in the day-to-day coordination of key
activities with other mission components (e.g., corrections, human rights, political affairs, policy, gender, child protection, etc.) and UN entities.
Assist in conducting programme activities in areas of concentration to include advising and mentoring national counterparts, facilitating and organizing workshops and consultations, and mentoring national counterparts, facilitating and organizing workshops and consultations, supporting national criminal justice system organization, supporting training of national actors and/or monitoring of the courts and legal system, including other field offices, if required.
Advise on and prepare complex legal research and analysis and outputs, such as work unit reports and assessment, policy documents and guidelines, briefings, etc.
Participates in legislative reviews and drafts commentaries and other relevant documents.
Represents the mission and serve on various standing boards and committees, as required.
Supports and participates in regional level coordination, planning and/or reform processes and donor coordination to include supporting the completion of major reviews of the criminal justice sector and the development of long-term regional strategic plans.
Provides training to staff under her/his supervision.
Ensures effective knowledge management and information sharing, including developing a culture of respect for and inclusion of, local actors in all judicial and legal system initiatives.
Assists in identifying, establishing and maintaining contacts and partnerships with other actors (national and international in assigned areas of responsibility with a view to pursuing work programme objectives and enabling participation in and effective integration of ideas in the planning and implementation of judicial affairs activities.
Perform other relevant duties as required.
•Professionalism: 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.
•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.
An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law is required. A first-level university degree in any field, with a bar qualification or equivalent, in combination with two additional years of relevant legal experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree. A first-level university degree in law, in combination with two additional years of relevant academic qualifications and/or additional legal experience in the field of rule of law assistance, may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.
A minimum of five years of progressively responsible professional experience in implementing law reforms and overseeing the implementation of national policies and plans in rule of law and security matters is required.
Experience as a practicing lawyer, prosecutor, judge, legal academic, legal consultant, or adviser 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 is desirable.
Experience providing services in the field of Rule of Law or related areas to or in a field operation of the United Nations Common System or a comparable international organization is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English and Arabic is required.
Note: "Fluency" equals a rating of 'fluent' in all four areas (speak, read, write, and understand).
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.
• UNITAD is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.
• Fully vaccinated status for COVID-19 or willingness to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 is required for this position.
• This position is funded through a trust fund and temporarily available. 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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