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  • Department of Economic and Social Affairs

Closing date: Friday, 16 December 2016

Posting Title: LEGAL OFFICER, P3

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Job Code Title: LEGAL OFFICER

Department/ Office: Department of Economic and Social Affairs

Duty Station: PHNOM-PENH

Posting Period: 17 November 2016-16 December 2016

Job Opening number: 16-LEG-DESA-69987-R-PHNOM-PENH (X)

Staffing Exercise ID: N/A

United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Special Notice

Appointment against this position is limited to the United Nations Assistance to the Khmer Rouge Trials (UNAKRT). The initial appointment will be for a period of one year; an extension is subject to the extension of the mandate of UNAKRT and/or the availability of funding.

The United Nations shall place 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. (Charter of the United Nations - Chapter 3, article 8). The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

Organizational Setting and Reporting

Under the applicable law, and in accordance with the terms of the Agreement between the United Nations and the Royal Government of Cambodia, the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) has jurisdiction to try senior leaders and those who were most responsible for the crimes and serious violations of Cambodian penal law, international humanitarian law and custom, and international conventions recognized by Cambodia, during the period of the Khmer Rouge regime from 17 April 1975 to 6 January 1979.

While the ECCC is established as a national Court, the Royal Government of Cambodia sought the technical assistance of the United Nations in operating the court. In Resolution A/57/228 and A/57/228B, the General Assembly approved the involvement of the United Nations and endorsed the agreement outlining the arrangements between the two parties. The United Nations Assistance to the Khmer Rouge Trials (UNAKRT) was established in 2005 to provide on-going technical, operational and logistical support to the Royal Government of Cambodia in all aspect of the Court’s operations.

This position is located in the Trial Chamber of the ECCC.

To learn more about UNAKRT, please visit our website http://www.unakrt-online.org

Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Senior Legal Officer, and the overall supervision of the Judges of the Chamber, the incumbent will carry out the following responsibilities:

Conduct and supervise legal research on a diverse range of issues in international, comparative and criminal law and other areas of specialization, using multiple research sources;
Draft legal memoranda and reports on a wide range of international, comparative and criminal law issues;
Analyse legal documents or submissions, identifying important issues and providing specialist advice thereon (oral or written);
Assist Judges in preparation of decisions or judgements;
Assist in the preparation of evidence for judgment drafting purposes through Case Map software;
Provide legal support to the Senior Legal Officer in his day-to-day work on both substantive and administrative matters;
Contribute to a positive and productive team environment; and

Perform any other assignments as required.

Cambodian Civil Law Criminal Law Gender perspective Human Rights Humanitarian Law International Criminal Law Judicial Proceedings Legal Research

Results Expected: Excellent research, analysis and presentation of key information to facilitate decision-making. Deliver well-reasoned and clearly written recommendations, opinions, legal memoranda and other relevant drafts within required deadlines, identifying all relevant issues and legal authority. Apply all appropriate policies, guidelines, procedures and processes. Interact effectively and harmoniously with colleagues and concerned parties.

Competencies

PROFESSIONALISM: In-depth knowledge of international criminal proceedings and instruments, with exposure to the Civil Law system being particularly valuable; experience in applying legal expertise to analyzing and resolving a diverse range of legal issues and problems; Sound judgment in dealing with sensitive and complex legal issues; Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence; 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.

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