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Special Tribnal for lebanon

Associate Legal Officer

Vacancy Ref NL-CHA-AC-P2-977
Deadline for Applications 17 February 2020 (-5 days left)
Issuance Date 23 January 2020
Location Leidschendam
Organ / Section OFFICE OF THE CHAMBERS   /  Appeals & President's Office
Post Level P-2
The successful applicant will be offered a fixed-term appointment of one year duration or until 31 December 2020. Such appointment and any subsequent extension(s) are subject to the terms of the mandate and/or the availability of funds.

A roster of suitable candidates may be established for this particular profile as a result of this selection process for both fixed-term established and general temporary assistance posts. In addition, this selection process and the roster may be used to fill posts at the P-1 grade in the Presidency and Appeals Chamber. Candidates who meet the minimum requirements for the P-1 grade (an advanced university degree or at least two years relevant work experience in combination with a first-level university degree) are welcome to apply and they may be considered for a post at the P-1 grade

Depending on professional background, experience and family situation, a competitive compensation and benefits package will be offered. The Special Tribunal ("Tribunal") is an international inter-governmental organization with its own independent legal identity and not a UN organization. However, the Tribunal follows the UN common system for benefits and entitlements 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-selection procedure, written tests and interviews to assess levels of competency.

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 or unsolicited open applications.

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 version, if available, is not an official translation and is provided for information purposes only.


Responsibilities
Assist the Appeals Chambers Judges and Legal Officers in providing specialized legal, judicial and administrative support. Duties include: conducting legal research, particularly in international criminal law and Lebanese substantive and procedural criminal law; preparing legal memoranda; assisting in the drafting of orders and decisions; assisting in assessing briefs and authorities submitted by parties; assisting in managing files of submissions and decisions; monitoring relevant developments in international law; performing other duties as required.

Assist the President Office and Chef de Cabinet in planning, organizing and coordinating judicial and administrative activities in the President's Office. Duties include: assisting in drafting speeches and reports; supporting the President's judicial functions through legal research, particularly on international, criminal and Lebanese law; assisting the preparation of memoranda and decisions for the President; assisting the preparation of plenary sessions of the Tribunal's judges; performing other duties as required.

Knowledge and Skills
Professionalism - Knowledge of procedural and substantive law at either the national or international level; experience in applying legal expertise to a diverse range of complex legal issues; ability to analyse evidence and to conduct comprehensive legal research; proficiency in legal drafting and ability to prepare legal memoranda and opinions under pressure and short deadlines; ability to balance a number of cases and work in an efficient and directed manner; discretion and sound judgment in applying legal expertise to sensitive, complex legal issues; ability to work to tight deadlines and handle multiple concurrent assignments.

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 work collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; Willingness to learn from others.
Qualifications
• Education: Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in law, preferably with a specialisation in international or criminal law. A first-level university degree in law, preferably with a specialisation international or criminal law, in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

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

• Languages: Arabic, English and French are the official languages of the STL. For this post, proficiency in either English or French is required. Knowledge of Arabic is an asset.

• Other: Proven ability to conduct comprehensive yet rapid analysis. Knowledge of the functioning of international tribunals is highly desirable.