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Special Tribnal for lebanon

Assistant Legal Officer (1 post and for rostering purposes)

Vacancy Ref TVA-NL-OTP-PD-P1-939
Deadline for Applications 2 October 2019 (-1003 days left)
Issuance Date 3 September 2019
Location Leidschendam
Organ / Section OFFICE OF THE PROSECUTOR   /  Appeals Section
Post Level P-1
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 for duration of six months or until 31 December 2020.

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 (STL) 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
The Assistant Legal Officer will work in the Legal Advisory and Appeals Section (LAAS) of the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP). Reporting to, and under the supervision of the Senior Appeals Counsel, the Assistant Legal Officer will be responsible for performing the following duties:

• Conducts legal research and prepares draft legal opinions on substantive and procedural issues, including on issues of international criminal law, public international law, comparative law, Lebanese law and other domestic laws, as they arise in the context of the OTP’s work;

• Provides analysis on complex or novel legal issues and prepares legal opinions, studies, briefs, and reports;

• Assists in drafting written submissions to the Pre-Trial Judge, the Trial Chamber, and the Appeals Chamber of the Tribunal, including the preparation of briefs, motions, and responses;

• Assists members of the OTP in their preparation for and appearance in court; and

• Performs other relevant duties as required
Knowledge and Skills
• Professionalism - Strong research, analytical and evaluative skills including an ability to interpret and apply the law applicable to the STL, combined with good judgment. Experience in applying legal expertise to complex and novel legal issues and problems and in developing innovative and creative solutions. Ability to understand the nature of evidentiary materials; and to apply and maintain confidentiality. Diplomacy and tact.

• Planning and Organising - Demonstrated planning, management and organisational skills; ability to work under pressure and on multiple tasks simultaneously; to establish priorities and to plan, organise and meet deadlines in a complex, dynamic environment; resourcefulness.

• Communications – Excellent verbal and written communication skills; ability to convey difficult issues and positions to senior officials; ability to prepare written reports and orally convey information in a clear, concise, accurate and meaningful manner. Superior skills in legal writing and expression, and ability to independently prepare legal papers.

• Teamwork - Excellent inter-personal skills with an ability to work effectively with other staff in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity; integrity; strong interpersonal skills; ability to operate across organisational boundaries.

Qualifications
• Education: University degree in law. A specialisation in international criminal law and/or public international law and/or Lebanese law is an asset. Admission to practice in a national jurisdiction is an asset. Legal training in the civil law system is an asset.

• Work Experience: At least two years of progressively responsible professional experience, including experience in the practice of domestic or international criminal law. Possession of an advanced University degree in a relevant field may be considered in substitution of years of experience. Legal research experience in international criminal law is required. Experience in the practice of Lebanese criminal law and procedure is an asset. Prior experience in international investigations or at international criminal tribunals is an asset. Awareness of the political, historical and cultural context of the Middle East is an asset.

• 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. Knowledge of the other official languages is an asset.