Special Tribnal for lebanon

Senior Legal Advisor

Vacancy Ref NL-CHA-PO-P5-920
Deadline for Applications 6 May 2019 (-391 days left)
Issuance Date 5 April 2019
Location Leidschendam
Organ / Section OFFICE OF THE CHAMBERS   /  Appeals & President's Office
Post Level P-5
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 duration or until 31 December 2019, limited to the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL). This appointment and any subsequent extension(s) will be subject to terms of the Tribunal's mandate and/or the availability of funds.

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

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

A roster of suitable candidates will be established for this post as a result of this selection process for both fixed-term/established and general temporary assistance posts.

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 applicants 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.

The incumbent serves as Senior Legal Advisor to the Appeals Chamber: he /she plans, organises and coordinates all the activities within the Appeals Chamber.

Duties include:

Advises the Appeals Chamber Judges on all aspect of substantive and procedural law, with emphasis on criminal and international law, and on case management. Advises the Judges in preparing decisions and leads the work of the Appeals Chamber staff. Ensures the consistency of decisions drafting. Attends meetings and hearings of the Appeals Chamber and liaises between the Judges, Parties and other Organs within the Tribunal. Supervises research projects by the Appeals Chamber staff and interns. Performs other functions as required.

Knowledge and Skills
• Professionalism – Strong drafting, organizational, and interpersonal skills; Strong management background, with demonstrated proficiency in the application of court management and administration principles; proven ability to conduct comprehensive and complex legal analysis; proven ability to work well under pressure and meet strict guidelines; knowledge of international criminal justice systems highly desirable. Experience in supervising the drafting of complex Appeals Judgements in an international criminal Tribunal is highly desirable.

• Client Orientation – Ability to identify clients’ needs and appropriate solutions; ability to establish and maintain productive partnerships with clients and sensitivity to management issues.

• Communication – Solid writing skills and proven legal drafting skills in English required; French and/or Arabic language skills are an asset; effective verbal communication skills, ability to conduct briefings/presentations and to carry out other representational duties.

• Teamwork - Strong interpersonal skills demonstrated by the ability to lead and gain the assistance and cooperation of others in a team; ability to build trust through operating with transparency and creating an open and positive environment; ability to work in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.

• Vision – Ability to identify key strategic issues, opportunities and risks; establish and communicate broad and compelling organisational and managerial direction.

• Leadership - Strong managerial/leadership skills; recognised as having successfully managed large teams; demonstrated flexibility in leadership by performing and/or overseeing the analysis of complex management policy issues; creating a conducive enabling work environment, including the ability to effectively lead, supervise mentor, develop and evaluate staff and design training/skills enhancement initiatives to ensure effective transfer of knowledge/skills; tact and negotiating skills; good judgement and decision-making skills.

• Managing Performance – Ability to establish priorities and to plan, coordinate and monitor the work of others; and ability to make timely decisions under stressful conditions.

• Education: Advanced university degree in law (Master’s degree or equivalent), preferably with a specialization in international or criminal law.

• Work Experience: A minimum of 10 years of progressively responsible experience with an emphasis on international criminal and/or public international law. International experience at an international criminal tribunal is desirable. Working experience related to Lebanon and the region is desirable.

• Languages: Arabic, English and French are the official languages of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon. For this post proficiency in oral and written English with working knowledge of French and/or Arabic is highly desirable.