Special Tribnal for lebanon

Legal Officer

Vacancy Ref TVA-NL-CHA-AC-P3-978
Deadline for Applications 30 January 2020 (-187 days left)
Issuance Date 16 January 2020
Location Leidschendam
Organ / Section OFFICE OF THE CHAMBERS   /  Appeals & President's Office
Post Level P-3

The Special Tribunal for Lebanon (“Tribunal”) is an international inter-governmental organization with its own independent legal identity and not a United Nations (UN) organization. However, the Tribunal 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.

Depending on professional background, experience and family situation, a competitive compensation and benefits package will be offered. The successful applicant may be offered a temporary appointment for a period of up to six months, to cover the temporary absence of a staff member. Any subsequent extension(s) will be subject to the terms of the Tribunal’s mandate and/or the availability of funds.

In addition, the Appeals Chamber wishes to establish a roster of suitable candidates for the position of P-3 Legal Officer as a result of this selection process for any vacancy that may arise for both fixed-term established and temporary assistance posts.

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.

Under the supervision of the Appeals Chamber's (Senior) Legal Officer, the incumbent assists the Appeals Chamber Judges in planning, organising and coordinating activities within the Appeals Chamber. Duties include: providing specialised legal advice on all aspects of substantive and procedural law pending before the Appeals Chamber; assess briefs and authorities submitted by the Parties; assisting in the drafting, reviewing and revising of decisions, orders, judgments and opinions; undertaking legal research and preparing memoranda, particularly in international criminal law and Lebanese law; monitor relevant developments in criminal and international law; assists Appeals Chamber Judges appointed as Judge for Staff Appeal on international civil service law matters; performing other relevant duties as required.
Knowledge and Skills
• Professionalism - Knowledge of international criminal procedural and substantive law or knowledge of Lebanese criminal law; Knowledge of the workings of an international organisation; Experience in applying legal expertise to a diverse range of complex legal issues; Analytical skills and ability to conduct comprehensive legal research; Proficiency in drafting legal memoranda, decisions, orders and opinions under pressure and short deadlines; Ability to work to tight deadlines and in an efficient manner; discretion and sound judgment in applying legal expertise to sensitive, complex legal issues; Ability to handle multiple concurrent projects/cases; Ability to supervise legal research, analysis, drafting and editing of judicial documents.

• Planning and Organising - Ability to establish priorities, coordinate with others and handle a large volume of work in an efficient and timely manner; Ability to foresee risks, allow for contingencies when planning, and monitor and adjust plans as necessary.

• Communication - Strong interpersonal and communication skills; Ability to listen and demonstrate openness in sharing information and keeping team informed; Ability to speak and write clearly and effectively; Ability to tailor language, tone, style and format to match the audience.

• Teamwork - Ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with people of different national and cultural backgrounds with respect for diversity; Ability to place team agenda before agendas of individuals, to act in accordance with final group decision and to accept joint responsibility for team tasks; Ability to manage divergence of views in a team while working on sensitive and highly technical legal issues; Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; Willingness to learn from others.
• Education: Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in law preferably with a specialisation in criminal law, international criminal law, public international, international administrative or Lebanese law. A first-level university degree with specific training in criminal law, international criminal law or public international law, together with a relevant combination of academic qualifications and experience, may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

• Work Experience: A minimum of five years (or seven years if in possession of a first-level university degree) of professional legal experience at the national or international level, with an emphasis on criminal law, international criminal law, public international law, international administrative law or Lebanese law.

• Languages: Arabic, English and French are the official languages of the Tribunal. For this post, proficiency in oral and written English is required. Working level of French or Arabic is strongly desirable.

• Other: Experience in an Appeals Chamber is desirable. Proven legal drafting skills in English. Proven ability to use computer applications.