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Special Tribnal for lebanon

Legal Officer

Vacancy Ref NL-CHA-AC-P3 -1023
Deadline for Applications 29 September 2021 (-23 days left)
Issuance Date 14 September 2021
Location Leidschendam
Organ / Section OFFICE OF THE CHAMBERS   /  Appeals & President's Office
Post Level P-3
Special notice: This recruitment will be conducted in two phases. First priority will be given to internal candidates and candidates impacted by post abolition at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL). If no suitable candidate is found in the first phase, recruitment may proceed to the second phase where external candidates will be considered.

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 or temporary appointment in line with the STL's policies and practices on the duration of appointments. Such appointment and any subsequent extension(s) will be subject to terms of the Tribunal's mandate and/or the availability of funds. The 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. The STL is part of the Inter-Organization Agreement concerning the Transfer, Secondment or Loan of Staff among the Organizations applying the UN Common System of Salaries and Allowances (Inter-Organization Agreement). The STL, therefore, accepts arrangements for loans or secondments under the Inter-Organization Agreement in respect of selected candidates.

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 particular profile as a result of this selection process for both fixed-term established and general temporary assistance posts.

Qualified female candidates are encouraged to apply.

It is not necessary at this stage to send copies of qualifications, previous employment contracts, entire publications, etc.

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 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 the strictest confidentiality.


Responsibilities
Under the supervision of the Chef de Cabinet / Senior Legal Advisor of the Presidency and Appeals Chamber, the incumbent assists the Appeals Chamber Judges in planning, organising and coordinating activities within the Appeals Chamber. Duties include: drafting and assisting with drafting the Appeals Chamber judgment as a priority; providing specialised legal advice on all aspects of substantive and procedural law pending before the Appeals Chamber; assess briefs and authorities submitted by the Parties; assisting in the drafting, reviewing and revising of decisions, orders, judgments and opinions; undertaking legal research and preparing memoranda, particularly in international criminal law and Lebanese law; monitor relevant developments in criminal and international law; assists Appeals Chamber Judges appointed as Judge for Staff Appeal on international civil service law matters; performing other relevant duties as required.
Knowledge and Skills
Professionalism - Knowledge of international criminal procedural and substantive law or knowledge of Lebanese criminal law; Knowledge of the workings of an international organisation; 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 under pressure and short deadlines; 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.

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 place team agenda before agendas of individuals, to act in accordance with final group decision and to accept joint responsibility for team tasks; Ability to manage divergence of views in a team while working on sensitive and highly technical legal issues; 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 criminal law, international criminal law, public international, international administrative or Lebanese law. A first level university degree with specific training in criminal law, international criminal law or public international law, together with a relevant combination of academic qualifications and experience, may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree

• Work Experience: In combination with an advanced university degree, at least 5 years of professional legal experience at the national or international level, with a preferred emphasis on criminal law, international criminal law, public international law, international administrative law or Lebanese law. With a first-level university degree, a minimum of 7 years of qualifying experience is required.

• 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.

• Other: Experience in an Appeals Chamber is desirable. Proven legal drafting skills in English. Proven ability to use computer applications.