Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the United Nations Investigative Team to promote accountability for crimes committed by Da’esh / ISIL (UNITAD) and will be based in Erbil, Iraq, Office of Field Investigations. The Rule of Law Officer reports to Chief, Office of Field Investigations.
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 delegated authority, the Rule of Law Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
• Helps to coordinate the case-building modality in the joint development of international crimes casefiles related to the crimes of ISIL/Da’esh in Iraq with Iraqi judicial partners, and maintains a strong interaction with these interlocutors.
• Coordinates in implementing key components of the modality related to the rule of law and strengthening of key skills in identified areas of support by these judicial partners, while advising colleagues on engagement with the judiciary and prosecution service in Iraq.
• Provides policy and operational advice in a national context to the Chief, Office of Field Investigations and Field Unit Heads, 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 investigations linked to international crimes of ISIL/Da’esh, and the Iraqi judicial system and related institutions.
• Assists in conducting programme activities in areas of case-building for international crimes of Da’esh to include advising and mentoring national counterparts, facilitating and organizing workshops and consultations, supporting national criminal investigations into international crimes of ISIL/Da’esh, training of national actors as required.
• Advises on and prepares complex legal research and analysis and outputs, such as work unit reports and assessments, policy documents and guidelines, briefings, etc. Participates in legislative reviews and drafts commentaries and other relevant documents.
• Supports and participates in national level coordination, planning and/or reform processes and donor coordination in support of the modality.
• Provides training to junior 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 initiatives of the Investigative Team.
• 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 ensuring participation in and effective integration of ideas in the planning and implementation of judicial affairs activities.
• Performs programmatic and administrative tasks necessary for the functioning of the 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.
• Performs other related 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.
• Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law is required. A first-level university degree in law criminal justice, international law or any relevant field, in combination with two additional years of relevant legal experience in the field of rule of law assistance, 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.
A minimum of two years of progressively responsible professional experience in the area of criminal investigations and/or analysis linked to the crimes of ISIL/Da’esh in Iraq, is required.
Experience as a practicing lawyer, prosecutor, judge, legal academic, legal consultant, or adviser in the field of justice is required.
Experience in cases of international criminal law, humanitarian law or public international law is desirable.
A minimum of one year of experience providing technical assistance with judicial institutions in a transitional, developmental or post-conflict setting, is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the UN Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Fluency in Arabic is required. Knowledge of Kurdish is desirable.
Note: “Fluency” equals a rating of ‘fluent’ in all four areas (speak, read, write, and understand), and “Knowledge of” equals a rating of ‘confident’ in two of the four areas.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.Special Notice
• Candidates for the National Professional Officer category shall be of the nationality of the country where this position is located.
• Fully vaccinated status for COVID-19 or willingness to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 is required for this position.
• The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance and geographical diversity in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.
• At the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. The United Nations is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The United Nations recruits and employs staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds or disabilities. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application.
• This position is 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.
• 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.
• 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.
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.
Reasonable accommodation may be provided to applicants with disabilities upon request, to support their participation in the recruitment process.
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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