Special Tribnal for lebanon

Legal Officer

Vacancy Ref NL-CHA-TC-P3-510
Deadline for Applications 9 February 2013 (-3699 days left)
Issuance Date 10 January 2013
Location Leidschendam
Organ / Section OFFICE OF THE CHAMBERS   /  
Post Level P3
Depending on professional background, experience and family situation, a competitive compensation and benefits package will be offered. The successful applicant will be offered a fixed-term appointment of one year limited to the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL). Any subsequent extension(s) are subject to terms of the Tribunal’s mandate and/or the availability of the funds. The Special Tribunal for Lebanon is an international inter-governmental organization with its own independent legal identity and not a UN organization. However, STL follows the UN common system for benefits and entitlements to its staff members. UN staff members may also serve on loan from their parent department/office, if selected.

Under the supervision of the P4 Legal Officer of the Trial Chamber, the incumbent will be responsible for planning, organizing and coordinating activities within the Trial Chamber and for providing specialized legal, judicial and administrative support. The Legal Officer will be responsible for the following tasks: drafting and/ or revising decisions, orders and judgments; advising the Trial Chamber Judges on both substantive and procedural matters as required, including making recommendations where appropriate; preparation of draft memoranda; assisting Judges with legal and administrative support in the Courtroom; preparing for Trial and organizing material for Courtroom use; legal analysis of documentary and oral evidence; assessing submissions of the parties and participants; detailed legal research, particularly on international criminal law; managing and supervising junior legal officers; deputising for the P4 Legal Officer; maintaining a list of pending issues to be dealt with by the Trial Chamber; monitoring relevant developments in international law; organizing seminars and lectures for the benefit of Chambers and the Tribunal as a whole. Performing other relevant duties as required.
Knowledge and Skills
•Professionalism- Knowledge of international criminal procedural and substantive law; broad-based experience in applying legal expertise to complex and novel legal issues and problems and in developing innovative and creative solutions; analytical skills and ability to conduct comprehensive legal research; proven proficiency in legal drafting and ability to prepare legal memoranda, decisions, orders, and opinions under pressure and subject to short deadlines; ability to work in an efficient and directed manner; discretion and sound judgment in applying legal expertise to sensitive, complex legal issues; ability to work to tight deadlines and handle multiple concurrent projects/ cases; ability to supervise legal research, analysis, drafting and editing of judicial documents; strong analytical and evaluative skills combined with good judgment; ability to review and edit the work of others.

•Communication- Strong interpersonal and communication skills; speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to and correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping team informed; tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience.
•Teamwork- Ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with people of different national, legal and cultural backgrounds with respect for diversity; ability to place team agenda before agendas of individuals; ability to act in accordance with final group decisions and to accept joint responsibility for team tasks; works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; willingness to learn from others.
•Education: Advanced university degree in law, with specific training in international, criminal, or international criminal law. A first level university degree with specific training in international, criminal, or international criminal law, together with a relevant combination of academic qualifications and experience, may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.
•Work Experience: A minimum of five years of progressively responsible professional legal experience (seven if in possession of a graduate level degree) at the national or international level, with an emphasis on criminal, international or international criminal law. Persons with criminal trial experience, either in a domestic or international criminal tribunal, are highly desirable.
•Languages: Arabic, English and French are the official languages of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon. For this post, fluency in oral and written French and English is required. Knowledge of Arabic is an advantage.
•Other: Proven drafting skills in French and English; ability to use computer applications; proven ability to conduct comprehensive yet rapid analysis; a comprehensive understanding of the practicalities of a criminal trial; ability to work under pressure and to meet strict deadlines; knowledge of the functioning of the United Nations and of international tribunals is highly desirable.