Posting Title: RULE OF LAW OFFICER, P3
Job Code Title: RULE OF LAW OFFICER
Department/Office: United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali
Duty Station: BAMAKO
Posting Period: 17 March 2023 – 15 April 2023
Job Opening Number: 23-Rule of Law-MINUSMA-204626-R-Bamako (M)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
Org. Setting and Reporting
The position is located in Bamako in the Justice and Corrections Section of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA). The Rule of Law Officer P-3 in Bamako will be located within the Reporting Unit of the Justice and Corrections Section and will report directly to the Senior Judicial Affairs Officer under the overall supervision of the Chief of Justice and Corrections Section.
Within the delegated authority, the Rule of Law Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
•Participates in the development and implementation of key component(s) of the approved programme, including the overall strategy and policy framework related to the rule of law and the development/reform of the legal and judicial systems.
•Advises and mentors national partners on a range of issues (e.g., investigation and prosecution of system issues) with a view to promoting international standards and building capacity, as well as ensuring effective case management.
•Serves as liaison between national authorities and potential partners, including the provision of technical and operational assistance in programme development and implementation.
•Advises national and international partners on the design, organization and delivery of training programs and projects, including sustainable training strategies.
•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
•Provides technical and operational support in implementing workshops, seminars, outreach programmes and other related activities.
•Advises on and prepares extensive research and analysis, including comparative legal, operational or procedural questions; prepares or assists in the preparation of a variety of written outputs.
• Prepares or assists in the preparation of administrative and policy outputs such as reports and assessments, policy documents and guidelines, and participates in legislative or policy reviews and drafts/reviews specialized commentaries and analyses.
•Performs programmatic and administrative tasks necessary for the functioning of work unit, including contributing to the preparation of budgets, reporting on performance and results, evaluating staff performance, job interviewing and evaluation of candidates.
•Fosters coordination and maintains close working relationships with relevant mission components (e.g., corrections, human rights, political affairs, policy, gender, child protection, etc.), UN agencies and other international and national partners.
•Provides guidance to more junior staff.
•Performs other related duties as required.
•Professionalism: Knowledge and understanding of unit’s mandate and strategic direction. Demonstrated understanding of a range of issues related to judicial, prosecutorial and legal systems, reform, capacity building, etc. Knowledge of criminal law, relevant international human rights standards, etc. Ability to identify issues and judgment in applying technical expertise to resolve a wide range of problems. Ability to conduct research, including ability to evaluate and integrate information from a variety of sources and assess impact on judicial affairs initiatives in assigned country/area. Ability to work under pressure, on occasion in a highly stressful environment (e.g., civil strife, natural disasters and human suffering). 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 minimum of five years of professional experience as a practicing lawyer, prosecutor, judge, legal academic, legal consultant, or advisor in the field of justice is required.
A minimum of two years of professional experience in a transitional, developmental or post-conflict setting outside the applicant’s country of nationality, is required.
Experience working to develop legal and judicial institutions in a developmental, transitional or post-conflict setting, outside the applicant’s country of nationality, is required.
Experience in drafting reports in English and French is required.
Experience in project management is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in oral and written French and English are required.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.
The United Nations Secretariat maintains rosters of qualified and available candidates to fill anticipated job openings in peacekeeping operations, special political missions, and other field operations.
The purpose of this job opening is to generate a list of qualified candidates for inclusion in the [roster name, level e.g. Chief, Geospatial Information Officer, P-4] roster. The entire assessment process takes an average of six months; all applicants will be notified in writing of the outcome of their application (whether successful or unsuccessful) within 14 days of the conclusion of the process. Successful candidates will be placed on the roster and subsequently will be invited to apply for field mission vacancies open only to roster members. Roster membership does not guarantee selection.
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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