Job Opening ID: 226333
Job Network : Political, Peace and Humanitarian
Job Family : Rule of Law
Category and Level : Professional and Higher Categories, P-4
Duty Station : BANGUI
Department/Office : United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic
Date Posted : Jan 23, 2024
Deadline : Feb 5, 2024
Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA), The Judicial Affairs Officer P-4 level reports to the Chief Justice and Corrections Section. The focus is to lead the planning, monitoring, evaluation and reporting of the Justice and Corrections Section.
Within the delegated authority, the Judicial Affairs Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
• Participates in the development and implementation of the mission’s strategies related to the rule of law in particular in relation to the functioning of the ordinary courts and the development/reform of the justice and legal systems and, depending on the mission’s structures, the prison system, to include advising national counterparts, providing training and monitoring the court and legal systems, etc.
• Serves as the primary planning and reporting expert in the Justice and Corrections Section; provides policy and operational advice to senior management on an ongoing basis and assists in programming related activities at the national level; independently handles a wide range of multi discipline, highly complex, and often sensitive and/or conflicting matters involving issues relating to the development or reform of legal or judicial systems/institutions.
• Coordinates and directs work teams; guides, supervises and evaluates the work of junior officers; may assist in the general management and administration of the work unit, organizing and prioritizing the workload and providing general coordination and supervision of assignments.
• Plans, coordinates and supervises all activities in assigned area; ensures an integrated and harmonized approach among other components of the mission (e.g., corrections, human rights, political affairs, policy, gender, child protections, etc.) and UN entities.
• Takes the lead in promoting knowledge management and information sharing, including developing a culture of respect for, and inclusion of, local actors in all judicial and legal system initiatives.
• Organizes and supervises research studies and the preparation written outputs, as well as performs extensive legal research and analysis on highly complex or novel legal issues/questions and prepares reports, studies, briefs, reports, and other written material; participates in legislative reviews and prepares commentaries.
• Provides innovative technical advice and assistance to regional and local commissions, standing committees, and other offices, etc.
• Coordinates/performs 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.
• Coordinates, manages and analyzes data related to the Section’s Results Based Budgeting framework and performance indicators in the Comprehensive Performance Assessment System (CPAS).
• Monitors progress in the implementation of the Section’s workplan Via the integrated planning, Management and Reporting (IPMR) tool, in compliance with the Secretary General’s data strategy.
• Perform other related duties as required.
Professionalism: Proficiency in the use of personal protection weapons, communications/surveillance equipment and close protection transportation. Demonstration of high standard of physical fitness. 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: The ability to draft in English at a level requiring at most very minimal editing is required. 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.
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.
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 Organization. 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.
Advanced university degree (master’s degree or equivalent) in law, or bar qualification, or equivalent, in addition to a first level degree in law, is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two years relevant academic qualifications and/or legal experience in the field of justice and/or rule of law assistance may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Job – Specific Qualification
A minimum of seven (7) years with a master’s degree or nine (9) years with a bachelor’s degree of progressively responsible professional experience, including five (5) years as a practicing lawyer, prosecutor, judge, legal academic, legal consultant, or advisor in the field of justice, is required.
A minimum of two (2) years of experience providing or reporting on technical assistance to the justice system in the Central African region is required.
Experience drafting high-level strategic reports, documents, and talking points in the field of judicial affairs or related areas in a field operation of the United Nations Common System or a comparable international organization is required.
Experience with United Nations or a comparable international organization’s (governmental or non-governmental) planning processes is desirable.
Experience with drafting briefing notes and talking points using data-driven analysis is desirable.
Coordination experience in a UN peacekeeping operation is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position advertised, fluency in both English and French is required.