Special Tribnal for lebanon

Legal Officer

Vacancy Ref NL-CHA-PTC-P3-973
Deadline for Applications 3 February 2020 (-183 days left)
Issuance Date 2 January 2020
Location Leidschendam
Organ / Section OFFICE OF THE CHAMBERS   /  Pre-Trial Chamber
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 2020. Such appointment and any subsequent extension(s) are subject to the terms of the STL’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 UN organization. However, STL 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-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.

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..

• Under the guidance of the Pre-Trial Judge and supervision of the Senior Legal Officer: undertake extensive legal research and legal drafting; if applicable, supervise legal research and drafting of preparatory legal documents and decisions by junior staff and interns;
• Provide specialized legal advice on all aspects of substantive law and procedure with an emphasis on criminal law, international law and international criminal law and present opinions clearly;
• Provide legal analysis of evidence;
• Assess briefs and authorities submitted by the parties;
• Attend judicial proceedings and hearings;
• Provide draft memoranda and decisions in a timely manner;
• Monitor relevant developments in criminal and international law;
• Perform other duties as required.
Knowledge and Skills
• Professionalism- Knowledge of international criminal procedural and substantive law and/or knowledge of domestic criminal procedure and substantive law.; knowledge of the workings of an international tribunal; 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; 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.

• Communication – Strong interpersonal and communication skills. Ability to listen and demonstrate openness in sharing information and keeping team informed.

• 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.

• Planning and 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 programs 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.

• Technological Awareness – Keeps abreast of available technology; understands applicability and limitations of technology to the work of the office; actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks; shows willingness to learn new technology.

• Commitment to Continuous Learning – Keeps abreast of new developments in own occupation/profession; actively seeks to develop oneself professionally and personally; contributes to the learning of colleagues and subordinates; shows willingness to learn from others; seeks feedback to learn and improve.
• Education: Advanced university degree in law (Master’s degree or equivalent), preferably with a specialisation in criminal and/or international criminal. A first level university degree with specific training in criminal, international criminal or public international law, in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience, may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

• Work Experience: A minimum of five years of professional legal experience at either the national or international level, preferably with an emphasis on international, domestic criminal or international criminal law.

• 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. Proficient oral and reading skills in French are required. Knowledge of Arabic would be an asset.

• Other: Knowledge of the functioning of the chambers of international courts and tribunals. Proven ability to conduct comprehensive yet rapid analysis and to use specialised computer applications. Proven legal drafting skills.