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Special Tribnal for lebanon

Associate Legal Officer

Vacancy Ref TVA-NL-OTC-P2-788
Deadline for Applications 28 March 2017 (-61 days left)
Issuance Date 7 March 2017
Location Leidschendam
Organ / Section OFFICE OF THE CHAMBERS   /  
Post Level P-2
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 December 2017 limited to the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL). Any subsequent extension(s) are subject to the 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 organization. However, the STL follows the UN common system of salaries, allowances and benefits. 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 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.


Responsibilities
Assist the Judges and legal officers by providing specialised legal, judicial and administrative support. Duties include: extensive legal research (particularly on international criminal law); preparation of draft memoranda, court decisions and orders; legal analysis of evidence; assessing briefs and authorities submitted by the parties; maintaining files on Tribunal practice and development; monitoring relevant developments in international law. Perform 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; analytical skills and ability to conduct comprehensive legal research; proficiency in legal drafting and ability to prepare legal memoranda and opinions under pressure and subject to short deadlines; ability to balance a number of cases and to 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 to handle multiple concurrent projects/cases.

• Planning and Organising: Ability to establish priorities, coordinate with others and handle a large volume of work in an efficient and timely manner.

• Accountability: Ability to work well and consistently, while observing strict deadlines.

• Communication – Strong interpersonal and communication skills.

• Teamwork – Ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with people of different national and cultural backgrounds with respect for diversity.

• Judgement/decision-making: Identifies key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly.
Qualifications
• Education: Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in law, preferably with a specialisation in international, criminal or international criminal law. A first level university degree with specific training in international, criminal or international criminal law, together with a relevant combination of academic qualifications and experience, may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.

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

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

• Other: Knowledge of the functioning of the Chambers of international tribunals. Proven ability to conduct comprehensive yet rapid analysis and to use specialised computer applications.