Special Tribnal for lebanon

Senior Legal Officer

Vacancy Ref NL-CHA-TC-P5-806
Deadline for Applications 29 June 2017 (-383 days left)
Issuance Date 8 June 2017
Location Leidschendam
Organ / Section OFFICE OF THE CHAMBERS   /  Trial Chamber
Post Level P-5
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 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.
The recruitment process may include a pre-selection procedure, written tests and interviews to assess levels of competency.

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.

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 applicants 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 tribunal 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.

Organizational setting and Reporting:

This position is in the Chambers and the successful candidate will be the most senior legal advisor to the Judges of the Trial Chamber.


The senior legal officer will provide expert advice to the Judges on substantive legal and procedural issues, with emphasis on criminal and international law, and on case management. They will attend judicial hearings and assist in preparing decisions and judgements based on judicial discussions and deliberations. Other duties include: supervising the work of legal officers working in the Trial Chamber, including its drafting and legal research; managing all cases before the Trial Chamber; acting as the general liaison between the parties, Tribunal organs and the Chamber; participating in meetings with the Judges; presiding over meetings as required by Chambers; performing associated administrative tasks related to the efficient running of the Trial Chamber and the Tribunal as a whole including participating in interview panels and committees.
Knowledge and Skills
• Professionalism - Strong organizational, drafting, and interpersonal skills; proven ability to conduct comprehensive legal analysis; proven ability to work well under pressure and meet strict guidelines; 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; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; ability to remain calm in a stressful working environment.

• Communication - Strong communication skills, including speaking, writing and editing clearly and effectively. Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

• Planning and Organising - Develops clear goals and strategies; identifies priorities and assignments and adjusts these as required; allocates appropriate time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently, and; works under pressure and to deadlines.

• Leadership - Serves as a role model who others wish to follow; empowers others to achieve results; proactively develops strategies to accomplish goals; establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support; anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions; pursues necessary change and improvement; has the courage to take unpopular stands; ensures the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work, and; fosters an environment of accountability.

• Judgement/Decision-making - Identifies with precision and speed the key issues in complex situations; gathers relevant information before making a decision; considers positive and negative impacts of decisions before making them; considers the impact of decisions on others and the Tribunal; proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information; checks assumptions against facts; determines that the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; makes tough decisions when necessary.
• Education: A university degree in law (from either a common law or civil law jurisdiction) is required, in conjunction with a comprehensive knowledge of international criminal law and procedure. A Masters degree in international criminal law, international humanitarian law and/or international human rights law is highly desirable.

• Work Experience: A minimum of 12 years progressively responsible professional experience at the international level, preferably with an emphasis in international criminal law or international law. Experience in working at an international criminal law court or tribunal is highly desirable.

• Languages: Arabic, French and Arabic are the working languages of the Tribunal. Fluency in written and spoken English is essential. Working knowledge of French is desirable. Knowledge of Arabic is an advantage.