Special Tribnal for lebanon

Legal Officer (one post and for rostering purposes)

Vacancy Ref NL-OTP-PD-LAAS-917
Deadline for Applications 28 April 2019 (-399 days left)
Issuance Date 29 March 2019
Location Leidschendam
Organ / Section OFFICE OF THE PROSECUTOR   /  Appeals Section
Post Level P-3
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 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 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.

The Legal Officer will work in the Legal Advisory and Appeals Section (LAAS) in the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP). Reporting to, and under the supervision of Senior Appeals Counsel, Head of LAAS, the incumbent will be responsible for performing the following duties:

• Conducts research and provides legal and strategic advice on all aspects of the work of the OTP on issues of international criminal law, public international law, international human rights law, comparative law, Lebanese law and other domestic laws as they affect the work of the OTP;

• Conducts and manages simultaneous legal research projects regarding various substantive and procedural legal issues, within both international and domestic law;

• Drafts motions, responses, replies, briefs and other legal submissions filed by the OTP before the Appeals Chamber of the Tribunal;

• Assists senior LAAS counsel when appearing before the Appeals Chamber and makes submissions before the Appeals Chamber under the supervision of senior LAAS counsel;

• Makes recommendations at working level and to senior OTP staff, and suggests courses of action in relation to the legal issues that cut across the mandate of the OTP and the legal aspects of the OTP's activities;

• Provides legal advice to and works collaboratively with other OTP teams, including OTP investigators regarding investigative steps, as well as the Immediate Office of the Prosecutor;

• Analyzes legal issues and prepares legal opinions, studies, briefs, reports and correspondence;

• Contributes to the review and design of legal instruments, policies, guidelines, systems etc., as necessary;

• Drafts proposed amendments to official documents of the Tribunal, such as the Rules of Procedure and Evidence and the Practice Directions;

• Assists members of the OTP in their preparation for and appearance in court;

• Assists in the arrangement of and/or conduct of legal training for OTP staff;

• Liaises on behalf of the OTP with various services of the Tribunal;

• Represents the OTP in various inter-organ committees; and

• Performs other duties as required.

Knowledge and Skills
• Professionalism - Strong research, analytical and evaluative skills combined with good judgment; Demonstrated ability to effectively review and edit the work of others; Diplomacy and tact; In-depth legal knowledge, including knowledge of public international law and international criminal law and procedure; Broad-based experience in applying legal expertise to complex and novel legal issues and problems and in developing innovative and creative solutions.

• Leadership - Demonstrated intellectual leadership and ability to integrate knowledge with broader strategic, policy and operational objectives; Ability to provide managerial leadership in overseeing work of more junior staff.

• Planning and Organizing - Demonstrated planning and organisational skills; Ability to establish priorities and to plan and organise own work and monitor the work of more junior staff in a complex, dynamic environment, and to work under tight deadlines; Resourcefulness, sound judgment and decision-making skills; Strong coordination skills.

• Communications - Excellent oral and written communication skills; Ability to persuade people with varying points of view; Ability to convey difficult issues and positions to senior officials; Ability to prepare written reports and orally convey information in a clear, concise, accurate and meaningful manner; Demonstrable skills in legal writing and expression; Ability to independently prepare legal papers.

• Teamwork - Excellent inter-personal skills with an ability to work effectively with others in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity; Integrity; Ability to operate across organizational boundaries; Solicits input by genuinely valuing others' ideas and expertise; Willing to learn from others.
• Education: University degree in law. Specialization in criminal law, international criminal law, international law, or Lebanese law is an asset. Legal training in the civil law system is an asset. Admission to practice in a national jurisdiction is an asset.

• Work Experience: In combination with an advanced university degree, at least 5 years of progressively responsible legal experience, including experience in the practice of domestic or international criminal law (prosecution, defence or judiciary) and preferably involving participation in appeal proceedings. With a first-level university degree, a minimum of 7 years of qualifying experience is required.

Experience in the civil law system is an asset. Significant drafting experience, in particular briefs or assisting with judgments, is an asset. In-court oral advocacy experience, in particular making submissions to the court, is an asset. Experience in United Nations investigations, at international criminal tribunals, or in the prosecution of complex terrorism cases is an asset. Experience in the practice of Lebanese criminal law and procedure is an asset.

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