This temporary position is located in the Assessment & Technical Assistance Office, Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED) for a period of 11 months, with the possibility of an extension. The incumbent reports to the Technical Expertise and Research Branch.
For this position, the Legal Officer:
Serves as a lead officer in one or more areas of concentration, and independently handles a wide range of multi-discipline and complex legal matters involving issues of international humanitarian, criminal and human rights law, to include identification of existing practices, challenges and policy options for States to implement counter-terrorism measures in compliance with International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and to improve the understanding of the interrelation between counter-terrorism and IHL by counter-terrorism stakeholders, including Member States, the Counter-Terrorism Committee (CTC), CTED and other UN Global Compact Counter-Terrorism entities, including the United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism;
Performs extensive legal research and Analysis and prepares legal opinions, studies, briefs, reports, including a CTED report identifying existing practices, challenges and policy options for States to implement counter-terrorism measures in compliance with IHL and to improve the understanding of the interrelation between counter-terrorism and IHL to be submitted to the CTC in 2021;
Provides legal advice on diverse substantive questions of considerable complexity, including on the relationship between counter-terrorism and IHL both for Member States and UN entities based on resolutions 2395 (2017), 2396 (2017), 2462 (2019) and 2482 (2019) urging Member States to ensure that all measures taken to counter terrorism comply with their obligations under international law, including international humanitarian law, International Human Rights law and international refugee law, and urging States to take into account the potential effects of counterterrorism measures on exclusively humanitarian activities, including medical activities, that are carried out by impartial humanitarian actors in a manner consistent with international humanitarian law.
Serves on various ad hoc working groups and task forces, as required; promotes the work of the United Nations and represents the organization at meetings, conferences, seminars, etc..
Performs other duties as assigned.
•Professionalism: Excellent knowledge of international humanitarian law, and good knowledge of international Criminal Law, and international human rights law. Knowledge of international counter-terrorism instruments and counter-terrorism law. Ability to apply expertise to analyzing a diverse range of complex and unusual legal and political issues and problems and in developing innovative and creative solutions in dealing with complex counter-terrorism problems. Strong analytical skills and ability to conduct comprehensive legal and political research on a range of issues, including those of a unique and/or complex nature; proficiency in writing and expression and ability to prepare briefs, opinions and a variety of documents. Discretion and sound judgment. Strong negotiating skills and ability to influence others to reach agreement. Ability to work to 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. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
•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.
•Planning& Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in international law. A specialized degree in International Humanitarian Law (IHL) would be highly desirable. A first level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in International Humanitarian Law (IHL), human rights, Criminal Justice or related field is required
Experience in legal analysis and research as well as practical experience in the implementation of IHL is required
Experience related to counter-terrorism is desirable. Experience in implementation of sanctions-related measures, including exemption mechanisms is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the UN Secretariat. For the position advertised fluency in English (both oral and written) is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.
• This temporary position is temporarily available for an 11 month period, with the possibility of an extension. 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.
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.
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