Special Tribnal for lebanon

Deputy Registrar

Vacancy Ref NL-OTR-ODR-D1/D2-803
Deadline for Applications 2 July 2017 (-380 days left)
Issuance Date 2 June 2017
Location Leidschendam
Organ / Section REGISTRY   /  Immediate Office of Registrar
Post Level D-1/D-2
The successful applicant will be offered a fixed-term appointment of one year duration limited to the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL). Such appointment and any subsequent extension(s) are subject to terms of the STL's mandate and/or the availability of the funds. An appointment will be made at either the D1 or D2 level, depending on the qualifications of the successful candidate

Depending on professional background, experience and family situation, a competitive compensation and benefits package will be offered. 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 may 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 English version of this vacancy announcement is authentic. The French and Arabic version, if available, is not an official translation and is provided for information purposes only.

Under the authority of the Registrar, the incumbent is responsible for the management of the Tribunal's judicial support services and, in the absence of the Registrar, deputises for him or her. The incumbent:

• Advises the Registrar on general policy issues, in particular with regard to judicial support for the chambers and parties, and related services;

• Carries overall responsibility for supervising and coordinating the judicial support functions of the Tribunal in accordance with the statute of the Tribunal, the Rules of Procedure and Evidence and the Headquarters Agreement concluded between the United Nations and the Host Country. These responsibilities relate to pre-trial proceedings, proceedings before the Trial Chamber and appellate proceedings.

• Exercises executive and operational authority over the respective units comprising judicial support services: formulating priorities, defining objectives and supervising the work of the Victims and Witnesses Unit (VWU), the Victims Participation Unit (VPU), the Court Management and Support Services (CMSS), the Language Services Section (LSS) and the Information Services Section (ISS) to ensure the smooth conduct of in-court trial support services; the integrity and reliability of the Tribunal's corporate technology infrastructure and information management; meet pre- and post-trial support service requirements of the chambers, participants and other internal stakeholders; and ensure smooth relations and cooperation with parties to the proceedings, external stakeholders, and between the judicial services and administration divisions.

• Engages with the Office of the President, the Office of the Prosecutor, and the Defence Office on matters affecting the performance of JSS functions, and the delivery of JSS services to these Organs.

• The incumbent will provide advisory support and assistance to Chambers with respect to performance management oversight, scheduling and other matters as required.

The Deputy Registrar advises the Registrar to enhance the Registry's strategic leadership, spearhead internal communication, identify areas for improvement, generate ideas and strategies, and work collaboratively with the Registry's Divisions and Sections to facilitate decision-making, promote consistency and coordination.

The Deputy Registrar will participate in strategic transition planning activities, ensuring that archiving and legacy procedures are implemented, and that the Tribunal will meet its ongoing obligations post-proceedings.
Knowledge and Skills
• Professionalism - Knowledge of the substantive field of work in general and of specific areas being supervised. Ability to produce reports and papers on technical issues and to review and edit the work of others; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations.

• 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.

• 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 decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.

• Planning & 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 honours 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 programmes 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.

• Client Orientation - Considers all those to whom services are provided to be "clients" and seeks to see things from clients' point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients' needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients' environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.

Managerial Competencies:

• 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 improvements; does not accept the status quo; shows the courage to take decisions. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.

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

• 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.

• Building Trust - Provides an environment in which others can talk and act with respect; manages in a deliberate and predictable way; operates with transparency;; places confidences in colleagues, staff members and clients; gives proper credit to theirs; follows through on agreed upon actions; treats sensitive or confidential information appropriately.

• Managing Performance - Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority; makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear; 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.

• Judgement/Decision-making - Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem 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 the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; makes tough decisions when necessary.
• Education: Advanced University Degree in Law, Public Administration or related field.

• Work Experience: For appointment at the D1 level, a minimum of 15 years of progressively responsible professional experience in legal matters or court administration, including in the context of international criminal justice. For appointment at the D2 level, a minimum of 17 years of progressively responsible experience in the above listed fields.

Further requirements include: Demonstrable familiarity with the work of a Registry within an international or hybrid/mixed criminal tribunal; Extensive management experience, including working with persons from diverse backgrounds.

Experience in information management and experience in implementing major change management initiatives are considered assets.

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