Special Tribnal for lebanon

Associate Legal Officer

Vacancy Ref TVA-NL-REG-RLO-P2-975
Deadline for Applications 10 February 2020 (-176 days left)
Issuance Date 9 January 2020
Location Leidschendam
Organ / Section REGISTRY   /  Legal Section
Post Level P-2
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 will be offered a temporary appointment until 31 October 2020, 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 Registry Legal Office wishes to establish a roster of suitable candidates for the position of P-2 Associate 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.

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 Registry Legal Office forms part of the Registry. The Registry Legal Office performs legal reviews and provides analysis and advice on complex institutional legal issues.

Under the overall direction of the Registrar and the general supervision of the Senior Legal Advisor to the Registrar, the incumbent is responsible for the following duties:
• Conduct legal research on a diverse range of assigned issues in international law and other legal areas of specialization using multiple search sources; select relevant material, analyse information and present findings for internal review.

• Assist in reviewing legal documents, instruments and other material in order to identify important issues, similarities and inconsistencies etc.

• Assist in the preparation of agreements, memoranda of understanding and exchanges of letters with governments, international organizations, NGO’s and other public entities.

• Assist in reviewing and providing legal advice on commercial contracts with private entities.

• Assist in representing the organisation before the staff appeals Judge or in administrative proceedings, including disciplinary cases.

• Assist in providing legal advice on human resource matters and assist in reviewing administrative decisions.

• Review administrative instructions, information circulars, Registrar’s bulletins and standard operating procedures and provide legal advice to the issuing organ or section.

• Assist in support or providing legal advice to other sections and organs, on issues such as victims’ participation, and prosecution investigation projects.

• Perform other duties as required.
Knowledge and Skills
• Professionalism – Theoretical knowledge of and ability to apply, legal principles, concepts, procedures and terminology for review, examination, and processing of a range of legal documents; familiarity with and experience in the use of varied legal research sources, including electronic sources; analytical skills as demonstrated through research and analysis of a range of legal issues and interpretation and application of international legislative instruments; demonstrated ability to apply good legal judgement in the context of assignments given; ability to plan own work and manage conflicting priorities.

• Communication – Good communication skills, including ability to explain and present technical information. Ability to apply excellent legal drafting skills and ability to draft well under pressure.

• Teamwork – Good interpersonal skills, ability to work in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.

• Planning & Organizing – Effective organizational skills and ability to handle a large volume of work in an efficient and timely manner. Ability to multi-task, to prioritise and to complete assigned work within allocated time.

• 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.

• Client Orientation – Ability to identify clients’ needs and appropriate solutions; ability to establish and maintain working relations with members of the Chambers and Registry in general.

• Commitment to Continuous Learning – Keeps abreast of new developments in own occupation/profession; actively seeks to develop oneself professionally and personally.
• Education: Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law, preferably with specialization in international law. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. Familiarity with Middle Eastern affairs is an asset.

• Work Experience: A minimum of two years (or four if in possession of a first-level university degree) of progressively responsible professional legal experience in international law, criminal law, administrative law or commercial law.

• 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 and/or Arabic is an asset.

• Other: Strong drafting skills; proven ability to conduct comprehensive legal analysis; proven ability to meet strict deadlines; knowledge of international criminal justice systems and/or administrative law of international organisations highly desirable.