Posting Title: Assistant Legal Officer (Investigations), NOA (Temporary Job Opening)
Job Code Title: ASSISTANT LEGAL OFFICER
Department/Office: United Nations Investigative Team for Accountability of Da’esh/ISIL
Duty Station: ERBIL
Posting Period: 02 May 2023 – 16 May 2023
Job Opening Number: 23-Legal Affairs-UNS-SPM UNITAD-208064-J-Erbil (X)
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
Organisational Setting and ReportingThis position is located in the Field Investigations Unit-4 (FIU4) of the Office of Field Investigations (OFI) in the United Nations Investigative Team to promote accountability for crimes committed by Da’esh / ISIL (UNITAD). The Assistant Legal officer (Investigations) will report to the team’s Investigator. 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 Assistant Legal Officer (Investigations) may be responsible for the following duties:
- Assists Legal Officers and Investigators in conducting investigations of alleged violations of international criminal law including genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes
- Assists in the preparation of drafts of background papers, studies, reports, obtaining statements of the interviews and analyze information;
- Assists in the preparation of legal opinions/advice on the preparation of concise investigations reports and conduct of post investigation activities;
- Assists in providing legal advice and carrying out investigative tasks and activities;
- Assists Legal Officers and Investigators with searching for, collecting and analyses of evidence, including in electronic format. Assists in administering programmes of technical legal assistance;
- Assists Legal Officers in servicing diplomatic conferences, commissions, committees, task forces and other bodies including preparation of background materials, summaries of issues and views of delegations, etc;
- Performs other duties as assigned.
CompetenciesProfessionalism: Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to investigations. Good research, analytical and problem-solving skills, including ability to identify and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Knowledge of various research methodologies and sources, including electronic sources on the Internet, intranet and other databases. Proficiency in software applications used in investigations. Ability to apply good judgment in the context of assignments given, ability to gather evidence and interview subjects and witnesses. 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 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.
EducationFirst-level university degree in law is required.
Work ExperienceA minimum of two years of full time progressively responsible experience in law, including legal analysis, research and writing is required. A minimum of one years of full time progressively responsible experience in investigatory work is required. Experience with an international or multilateral public institution is desirable. Experience with an international criminal tribunal, international criminal investigative entity, or NGO, collecting evidence, information, and data in a field mission environment, is desirable. Experience in working in investigations or intelligence analysis in relation to ISIL (Da’esh) or in relation to another complex criminal groups/entities, is desirable.
LanguagesEnglish and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in English and Arabic is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage. 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.
AssessmentEvaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.
- This position is funded by 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.
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