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Special Tribnal for lebanon

Legal Officer

Vacancy Ref NL-CHA-AC-P4-964
Deadline for Applications 20 January 2020 (4 days left)
Issuance Date 18 December 2019
Location Leidschendam
Organ / Section OFFICE OF THE CHAMBERS   /  
Post Level P-4
Depending on professional background, experience and family situation, a competitive compensation and benefits package will be offered. The successful applicant may be offered a fixed-term or a temporary appointment. A fixed-term contract at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon ("Tribunal") normally runs to 31 December 2020. Any subsequent extension(s) will be subject to the terms of the Tribunal’s mandate and/or the availability of funds.

The Special Tribunal for Lebanon is an international inter-governmental organization with its own independent legal identity and not a United Nations (UN) organization. However, the STL follows the UN common system of salaries, allowances and benefits to its staff members. UN staff members may also serve on loan or secondment from their parent department/office, if selected.

The recruitment process may include a pre-screening exercise, written tests and competency-based interviews.

It is not necessary at this stage to send copies of qualifications, previous employment contracts, entire publications, etc.

Qualified female candidates are encouraged to apply.

Only candidates who are under serious consideration will be contacted. The Tribunal is not in a position to respond to queries regarding information on the status of vacancies.

The Registrar reserves the right not to make any appointment to this vacancy, to make an appointment at a lower grade, or to make an appointment with a modified job description. All applications will be handled with strictest confidentiality.

Eligibility will include consideration of potential conflicts of interest.

*The English version of this vacancy announcement is authentic. The French and Arabic versions, if available, are not official translations and are provided for information purposes only.


Responsibilities
•Under the guidance of the Presiding Judge and the supervision of the Senior Legal Advisor, provide specialized legal advice on all aspects of substantive law and procedure with an emphasis on criminal and international law.

•Attend judicial proceedings and hearings and provide expert advice in an expeditious manner on the various issues arising before the Appeals Chamber.

•Under the guidance of the Presiding Judge and the supervision of the Senior Legal Advisor:
-draft preparatory documents, decisions and judgments for the Appeals Chamber in a timely manner;
-supervise the research and the drafting undertaken by the legal officers under his/her authority;
-ensure the day to day management of appeals (including contacts with the parties and others involved);
-participate in meetings with Judges and staff.

•Keep the Presiding Judge and Senior Legal Advisor fully informed of the status of matters pending before the Chamber and ensure that all obligations are met (particularly with respect to issuing orders, decisions and judgments).

•Assist the Senior Legal Advisor with respect to the administrative needs of the Chamber, including representing the Appeals Chamber at meetings with other sections/departments of the Tribunal.

•Generally, provide assistance and guidance in matters related to the Tribunal, both from a practical and legal point of view (within the limits of confidentiality obligations).

•Perform other duties as required.
Knowledge and Skills
•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 decisions, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.

•Planning and 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.

•Accountability – Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honors commitments; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.

•Creativity – Actively seeks to improve programs or services; offers new and different options to solve problems or meet client needs; promotes and persuades others to consider new ideas; takes calculated risks on new and unusual ideas; thinks “outside the box”; takes an interest in new ideas and new ways of doing things; is not bound by current thinking or traditional approaches.

•Technological Awareness – Keeps abreast of available technology; understands applicability and limitations of technology to the work of the office; actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks; shows willingness to learn new technology.

•Commitment to Continuous Learning – Keeps abreast of new developments in own occupation/profession; actively seeks to develop oneself professionally and personally; contributes to the learning of colleagues and subordinates; shows willingness to learn from others; seeks feedback to learn and improve.

•Vision - Identifies strategic issues, opportunities and risks; clearly communicates links between the Organization’s strategy and the work units’ goals; generates and communicates broad and compelling organizational direction, inspiring others to pursue that same direction; conveys enthusiasm about future possibilities.

•Leadership – Serves as a role model that other people want to follow; empowers others to translate vision into results; is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives; establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support; anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions; drives for change and improvement; does not accept the status quo; shows the courage to take unpopular stands.

•Empowering Others – Delegates responsibility, clarifies expectations and gives staff autonomy in important areas of their work; encourages others to set challenging goals; holds others accountable for achieving results related to their area of responsibility; genuinely values all staff members’ input and expertise; shows appreciation and rewards achievement and effort; involves others when making decisions that affect them.

•Managing Performance – Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority; makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member; accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills; monitors progress against milestones and deadlines; regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff; encourages risk-taking and supports creativity and initiative; actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff; appraises performance fairly.

•Building Trust – Provides an environment in which others can talk and act without fear of repercussions; manages in a deliberate and predictable way; operates with transparency; has no hidden agenda; places confidence in colleagues, staff members and clients; gives proper credit to others; follows through on agreed upon actions; treats sensitive or confidential information appropriately.

•Judgment/Decision making – Identifies key issues in complex situations and comes to the heart of problems 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.
Qualifications
•Education: Advanced university degree in law (Master’s degree or equivalent), preferably with a specialisation in international and/or criminal law. A first level university degree in combination with 9 years of qualifying work experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.

•Work Experience: A minimum of 7 years of professional legal experience at either the national or international level, preferably with an emphasis on international criminal law.

•Languages: Arabic, English and French are the official languages of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon. For this post full proficiency in oral and written English is required. Working knowledge of French is desirable. Knowledge of Arabic is an asset.

•Other: Knowledge of the functioning of Chambers of international courts and tribunals. Excellent legal drafting skills.