Special Tribnal for lebanon

Legal Officer (for roster purposes)

Vacancy Ref NL-OTD-LAU-P3-970
Deadline for Applications 9 January 2020 (-208 days left)
Issuance Date 10 December 2019
Location Leidschendam
Organ / Section OFFICE OF THE DEFENCE   /  Legal Aid Unit
Post Level P-3
The Defence Office wishes to establish a roster of suitable candidates for the position of P-3 Legal Office as a result of this selection process for any vacancy that may arise for both fixed-term established and general temporary assistance posts.

Depending on professional background, experience and family situation, a competitive compensation and benefits package will be offered. The successful applicant may be offered a fixed-term or a temporary appointment. Regular contracts at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (“Tribunal”) normally run to 31 December 2020. Subsequent extension(s) are subject to the terms of the Tribunal’s mandate and/or the availability of the funds.

The Tribunal is an international inter-governmental organization with its own independent legal identity and not a United Nations organization. However, the Tribunal follows the UN common system of salaries, allowances and benefits. UN staff members may also serve on loan or secondment from their parent department/office, if selected.

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

The Defence Office is one of the four organs of the Tribunal. Its mandate is to promote and protect the rights of the defence. This duty includes maintaining a list of qualified Legal Officers to assist the Defence Counsel with the representation of a suspect or accused before the Tribunal.

This announcement is an open call to fill a roster of qualified Legal Officers. Candidates will be interviewed before being admitted to the roster. Selected Legal Officer(s) from the roster would be hired as staff member(s) and would work directly with the Counsel of a Defence team.

Working directly with the Defence Counsel before the Tribunal, the incumbent performs a wide range of legal functions, for example:

• Conduct legal research on a diverse range of assigned issues in criminal law and procedure as applicable before the Lebanon, international criminal courts, Lebanese and other domestic courts, as well as in other areas of specialization including laws on terrorism and international human rights law. Uses multiple legal research (electronic) tools; selects relevant material, analyzes information and presents findings for internal review.

• Assist in the preparation and drafting of legal and factual submissions to the court during the pre-trial, trial and appeals phases of the proceedings.

• Summarize and analyze evidentiary material (including telecommunications evidence), witness statements, expert reports and other relevant material and identifies important issues, similarities, inconsistencies etc., with a view to the preparation and presentation of the case for the defence. Assist the Defence Counsel with the assessment of the relevance or admissibility of evidence. Assist with investigations.

• During the proceedings, assist in the maintenance of an effective command of the evidence presented in court, using a variety of (electronic) tools, such as an electronic courtroom environment.

• Perform other duties as assigned by the Defence Counsel.
Knowledge and Skills
•Professionalism: Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results.

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

•Teamwork: Good interpersonal skills, willingness to share knowledge and encourage cooperation, ability to work in a multi-cultural environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.
•Accountability: Ability to work well and consistently, while observing strict deadlines.

•Communication: Ability to write in a clear and concise fashion and to communicate effectively orally.

•Technological Awareness: Good ability to work with computers. Proficiency in MS Office applications (e.g. MS Word, Excel) and other IT applications.

•Creativity: Actively seeks to improve programmes or services; offers new and different options to solve problems or meet counsels need; takes calculated risks on new and unusual ideas.

•Judgment/decision-making: Identifies key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly.
•Education: An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law with a focus on criminal or international criminal law. A first-level university degree with a focus on criminal or international criminal 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 progressively responsible professional legal experience with emphasis on (international) criminal law (or seven years if in possession of a first-level university degree). Knowledge of and/or experience in Lebanese criminal law is a strong asset.

•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. Working knowledge of the other official language(s) is a strong asset.

•Other: Strong organizational, drafting, and interpersonal skills; proven ability to conduct comprehensive legal analysis; proven ability to work well under pressure and meet strict deadlines; knowledge of international criminal justice systems highly desirable.