Special Tribnal for lebanon

Trial Counsel

Vacancy Ref NL-OTP-PD-P4-785
Deadline for Applications 28 March 2017 (-452 days left)
Issuance Date 7 March 2017
Location Leidschendam
Organ / Section OFFICE OF THE PROSECUTOR   /  Trial Section
Post Level P-4
The Office of the Prosecutor wishes to establish a roster of suitable candidates for a P-4 Trial Counsel post as a result of this selection process, to fill any such vacant fixed-term established or general temporary assistance posts that may arise on the Trial Team or the Connected Cases/Related Cases Team.
Depending on professional background, experience and family situation, a competitive compensation and benefits package will be offered to candidates selected from the roster to fill such a position. The successful applicant(s) will be offered either a fixed-term appointment of one year or a temporary appointment until 31 December 2017, limited to the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL). This appointment and any subsequent extension(s) will be subject to 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 (UN) organization. However, the STL follows the UN common system of salaries, allowances and benefits 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-screening exercise, written tests and competency-based interviews.
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.

Reporting to, and under the supervision of the Senior Trial Counsel, the Trial Counsel will be responsible for performing the following duties:

• Suggests and contributes to the implementation of prosecutorial strategies, objectives and methods for trial;

• Manages and supervises the preparation of components of the case;

•Reviews the evidence collected for relevancy and makes recommendations as to its sufficiency in light of the elements of the offences charged;

• Reviews the evidence and makes recommendations as to whether it has been collected according to applicable legal standards and will be admissible at trial;

• Appears in court, and examines and cross-examines witnesses;

• Presents oral arguments in pre-trial and trial proceedings as appropriate;

• Conducts legal research and participates in the drafting of written submissions to the Pre-Trial Judge and the Trial Chamber of the Tribunal; participates in the preparation of briefs, motions, responses, and legal and factual memoranda as necessary;

• Communicates with the Defence, the Legal Representatives for Victims, other Organs of the Tribunal and external persons and entities, as appropriate;

• Supervises legal research and prepares draft legal opinions on substantive and procedural issues that arise in cases at the pre-trial and trial stages;

•Undertakes field missions, as required;

• Performs other assignments, as required.
Knowledge and Skills
• Professionalism - In court experience, in particular in examining and cross-examining witnesses; Strong analytical and evaluative skills combined with good judgment; proven ability to effectively review and edit the work of others; diplomacy and tact. In-depth knowledge of international criminal law and procedure; broad-based experience in applying legal expertise to an analysis of a range of complex and novel legal issues and problems and in developing innovative and creative solutions.

•Planning and Organizing - Demonstrated planning, management and organisational skills; ability to establish priorities and to plan, organize and meet deadlines in a complex, dynamic environment; resourcefulness, sound judgment and decision-making skills; strong coordination skills.

• Communication - Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including ability to make and defend recommendations; ability to explain difficult issues; ability to persuade people with varying points of view; 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 foster teamwork, encourage initiative and 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 organizational boundaries.
• Education: University degree in law and admission to practice in a national jurisdiction. A specialisation in criminal law/international criminal law/Lebanese law is an asset.

• Work Experience: At least 9 years of progressively responsible professional legal experience, including experience in the practice of domestic or international criminal law, preferably as a prosecutor. In court experience and experience in examining and cross-examining witnesses is required. Experience in managing components of complex cases such as multi-defendant cases, terrorism, murder and organised crime cases 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. Possession of an advanced university degree in a relevant field may be considered in substitution of years of experience.

• Language: Arabic, English and French are the official languages of STL. For this post fluency in oral and written English is required. Working knowledge of the other language(s) is an asset.