Special Tribnal for lebanon

Legal Officer

Vacancy Ref NL-OTR-VWU-P3-494
Deadline for Applications 13 December 2012 (-4003 days left)
Issuance Date 14 November 2012
Location Leidschendam
Organ / Section REGISTRY   /  
Post Level P3
Depending on professional background, experience and family situation, a competitive compensation and benefits package will be offered. Subject to the budget approval for 2013, the successful applicant will be offered a fixed-term appointment of one year duration limited to the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL). Any subsequent extension(s) are subject to terms of the Tribunal's mandate and/or the availability of the 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.

Under the direct supervision of the Chief of Victims and Witnesses Unit (VWU), in the Registry, and within limits of delegated authority, the Legal Officer is responsible for the following duties:

• Act as VWU/Registry focal point for all legal matters pertaining to the work and mandate of the VWU;
•Provide advice and assistance to the Chief of the Unit, as well as to the Unit's Protection and Operations Officers, in the legal aspects of their work;
•Monitor and provide legal analysis of the various court filings and proceedings;
•Act as VWU focal point on Legal Workflow, including monitoring relevant operations in the system and designing and integrating protective measures and other relevant components into Legal Workflow;
•Provide legal advice as to matters arising from orders or decisions from Chambers and assist in the preparation of filings to be submitted to Chambers on behalf of the Unit;
•Provide specialist legal advice to the Unit, other sections within the Registry and the parties on the implications of judicial orders or decisions and/or any other issues affecting victims and witnesses;
•When required, assist or act on behalf of the Chief of the Unit or the Head of Protection in making submissions to Chambers in relation to matters of interest to the protection and appearance of victims and witnesses;
•Assist the Protection Unit in the conceptualization and negotiation of confidential relocation agreements with third countries and STL Protection Programme participants;
•When required, provide the Protection Unit with substantive and legal advice and assistance on victim and witness protection matters;
•When required, assist the VWU Protection Unit with the development of and training on legal strategies in regards to protective measures;
•Provide legal assistance and advice on immigration procedures and other matters arising from the movement of witnesses, victims and or others at risk to and from the STL;
•Provide legal assistance and advice to the Unit on matters relative to the status of victims and witnesses coming within the remit of VWU;
•Provide specialist advice on administrative legal issues in regards to Confidential Protection Program matters;
•Provide legal advice on VWU policies and SOP's; and,
•Perform any other duties as required.
Knowledge and Skills
•Professionalism - Thorough knowledge of international criminal and humanitarian law, focus on witness protection matters.
•Planning and Organizing - Develops clear goals; Identifies priority activities and assignments; Allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work.
•Accountability - Delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards.
•Creativity - Actively seeks to improve programmes or services; Offers new and different options to solve problems or meet clients' needs.
•Communication - Excellent communication skills, both oral and written; asks questions to clarify and exhibits interest in having two-way communication.
•Teamwork - Excellent interpersonal skills; Ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with colleagues with sensitivity and respect for diversity.
• Education: Advanced university degree in international, criminal or humanitarian law. A combination of relevant academic qualifications and extensive experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

• Work Experience: At least 7 years (or 5 years if in possession of advanced university degree) of progressively responsible professional experience in a national legal system or international organisation with focus on international or humanitarian law. Previous experience in international criminal tribunals is considered an 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. Knowledge of the other language(s) is an asset.

•Other: Proven ability to work under stressful conditions.

•Note: The successful candidate is required to enter into a Confidentiality Agreement with the Victims and Witnesses Unit.