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Posting Title: LEGAL OFFICER, P4
Job Code Title: LEGAL OFFICER
Department/Office: International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals
Duty Station: ARUSHA
Posting Period: 14 February 2020 – 14 March 2020
Job Opening Number: 20-Legal Affairs-RMT-131292-R-Arusha (R)
Staffing Exercise N/A
Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Immediate Office of the Registrar, Registry of the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (IRMCT), Arusha Branch.

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Responsibilities


  • The incumbent will provide a range of legal and policy support to the Registrar and the Chief, Registry, Arusha branch.
  • Serve as the lead Legal Officer in one or more areas of concentration, and independently handle a wide range of multi-discipline and complex legal matters involving issues of international, public, private, administrative, international humanitarian and criminal (both substantive and procedural) law.
  • Perform extensive legal research and analysis and prepare legal opinions, studies, briefs, reports and correspondence.
  • Contribute to review and design of new, or new applications of, legal instruments, policy, guidelines, etc, including in regard to judicial support functions.
  • Review, advise on and draft complex contracts, agreements, and other legal documents.
  • Provide legal advice on the interpretation and application of staff regulations and rules, including the review of administrative decisions.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
Competencies
  • Professionalism: Knowledge of international legal procedures and instruments, including administrative and criminal law, both substantive and procedural. 
  • Thorough understanding of judicial structures and procedures.
  •  Ability to apply legal expertise to analyzing a diverse range of complex and unusual legal issues and problems and in developing innovative and creative solutions in prosecuting complex criminal cases.
  •  Strong analytical skills and ability to conduct comprehensive legal research on a range of issues, including those of a unique and/or complex nature. 
  • Strong drafting and oral communication skills; ability to prepare legal briefs, opinions, indictments or legal submissions/motions, and a variety of legal instruments and related documents. 
  • Discretion and sound judgment in applying legal expertise to sensitive, complex legal issues. Ability to work against tight deadlines and handle multiple concurrent projects/cases. 
  • Knowledge of contemporary international relations and of UN system, organization and interrelationships. 
  • 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.
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 the audience. Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

Accountability – Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments. Delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards. Operates in compliance with organisational regulations and rules. Supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments. Takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.

MANAGERIAL COMPETENCIES

  • Managing Performance – Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority. Makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member. Accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills. Monitors progress against milestones and deadlines. Regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff. Encourages risk-taking and supports creativity and initiative. Actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff. Appraises performance fairly.
  • 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 Organisation. 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.

Education

Advanced university degree in law required, with specialization in international, criminal or humanitarian law desirable. A first level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree

Work Experience

Minimum of 7 years of progressively responsible professional legal experience required, preferably with an emphasis in criminal law, international law or humanitarian law.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the Mechanism. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Working knowledge of French is highly desirable.

Assessment

There may be a technical test followed by a competency-based interview.

Special Notice

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.


The appointment is limited to the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals. Appointment of the successful candidate on this position will be limited to the initial funding of the post. Extension of the appointment is subject to the extension of the mandate and/or the availability of funds. As the international tribunals are not integrated in the Secretariat, UN Staff Members serve on assignment or secondment from their parent department/office if selected. Appointments of staff members in the United Nations are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General. Staff Members are expected to move periodically to new functions in accordance with established rules and procedures, and may in this context be reassigned by the Secretary-General throughout the Organization based on the changing needs and mandates.

NOTE FOR PREVIOUSLY ROSTERED CANDIDATES
Roster candidates must express their interest and availability for published job openings by submitting an updated PHP and cover letter.

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.
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Human Resources Associate 

Background
As one of the original eight pilot countries for the UN Reform initiative Delivering as One, Tanzania is a global leader in advancing reforms of the UN system, with a view to support accelerated harmonization in implementation practices, coherence in programming, and alignment with national systems, intended to produce a reduction in transaction costs and enhanced development impact.

Deepening reform will require new and even more innovative ways for the UN agencies to work together. Programme planning, resource mobilization, evaluation, and review activities will be done collaboratively. There will be increased harmonization of UN policies, procedures and tools, possibly leading towards the establishment of a One UN Operations Team.


Under the guidance and supervision of the Human Resources Analyst, the HR Associate ensures execution of transparent and efficient HR services in CO. The HR Associate promotes a collaborative, client-oriented approach and supports to the maintenance of high staff morale.

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The Human Resources Associate can supervise clerical and support staff of the HR Unit. The HR Associate works in close collaboration with the operations, programme and projects’ staff in the CO and UNDP HQs staff for resolving complex HR-related issues and information exchange.

Duties and Responsibilities


  • Ensures administration and implementation of HR strategies and policies focusing on achievement of the following results
  • Full compliance of records and reports with UN rules, regulations, UNDP policies, procedures and strategies; effective implementation of the internal control framework.
  • CO HR business processes mapping and elaboration of the content of internal Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) in HR management in consultation with the direct supervisor and office management, control of workloads of the supervised staff.
  • Provision of information to the management and staff on strategies, rules and regulations
  • Provides HR services focusing on achievement of the following results:
  • Implementation of recruitment processes including drafting job description, provision of input to job classification process, vacancy announcement, screening of candidates, participation interview panels.
  • Creation/update of positions in Atlas, association of positions to chart fields (COAs), update of COA information, setting up vendor, performing the functions of Admin.HR, Position Administrator and Absence Processor in Atlas. Preparation of contracts (fixed-term, ALD, SSAs, SCs) and recurring Pos in Atlas. Timely follow up with Finance staff on Global payroll issues.
  • Input and tracking of all transactions related to positions, recruitment, benefits, earnings/deductions, retroactivities, recoveries, adjustments and separations through Atlas.
  • Maintenance of the CO staffing table.
  • Preparation of submissions to the Local Compliance Review Panel.
  • Provision of information on benefits/entitlements to the International Staff and Experts.
  • Maintenance of the rosters including e-rosters.
  • Validation of cost-recovery charges in Atlas for HR services provided by UNDP to other Agencies.
  • Ensures proper staff performance management and career development focusing on achievement of the following results:
  • Provision of background information and maintenance of the related data acting as Secretary of CRG.
  • Participation in preparation of Whole Office Learning plan and individual learning plans in consultation with the Senior Management and Learning Manager.
  • Ensures conduct of UN-related surveys focusing on achievement of the following results:
  • Collection of information and preparation of reports for comprehensive and interim local salary, hardship and place-to-place surveys. Participation in the work of LSSC.
  • Ensures facilitation of knowledge building and knowledge sharing in the CO focusing on achievement of the following results:
Organization of trainings for the operations/ projects staff on HR issues.
Synthesis of lessons learnt and best practices in HR.
Sound contributions to knowledge networks and communities of practice
Competencies
Innovation
Leadership
People Management
Communication
Delivery
Building Strategic Partnerships
Promoting Organizational Learning and Knowledge Sharing
Job Knowledge/Technical Expertise
Promoting Organizational Change and Development
Design and Implementation of Management Systems
Client Orientation
Promoting Accountability and Results-Based Management
Required Skills and Experience
University Degree in HR, Business or Public Administration would be desirable but is not required
6 years of progressively responsible HR and/or administrative experience is required at the national or international level.
Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc) and experience in handling of web-based management systems.
HR Certification programme required
Proficiency in English.
Working knowledge of other UN language desirable
Disclaimer
Important applicant information

All posts in the GS categories are subject to local recruitment.

Applicant information about UNDP rosters

Note: UNDP reserves the right to select one or more candidates from this vacancy announcement. We may also retain applications and consider candidates applying to this post for other similar positions with UNDP at the same grade level and with similar job description, experience and educational requirements.

Workforce diversity

UNDP is committed to achieving diversity within its workforce, and encourages all qualified applicants, irrespective of gender, nationality, disabilities, sexual orientation, culture, religious and ethnic backgrounds to apply. All applications will be treated in the strictest confidence.
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Vacancy End Date 21/02/2020 (Midnight New York, USA)

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