Organization: UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations
Country: Democratic Republic of the Congo
Closing date: 18 Mar 2017
STANDARD PRE-SELECTION TEST SCHEDULED for 1-3 April 2017.
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Extension of the appointment is subject to extension of the mandate and/or the availability of the funds.
Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the Justice and Corrections Section (Analysis and Reporting Cell) of the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) in Kinshasa. Kinshasa is classified as a “C” hardship duty station and a family duty station. The incumbent reports directly to the Chief Justice and Corrections Section.
Mandate On 1 July 2010, the Security Council, by its resolution 1925 the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) was established. The mission was authorised to use all necessary means to carry out its mandate relating, among other things, to the protection of civilians, humanitarian personnel and human rights defenders under imminent threat of physical violence and to support the Government of the DRC in its stabilization and peace consolidation efforts. For more information on the mission’s mandate visit http://www.un.org/en/peacekeeping/missions/monusco/mandate.shtml.
Within delegated authority, the Judicial Affairs Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
• Advises on and prepares extensive research and analysis, including comparative legal, operational or procedural questions; prepares or assists in the preparation of a variety of written outputs, including weekly and monthly reports, code cables, performance reports, analytical briefs, etc.
• Prepares or assists in the preparation of administrative and policy outputs such as reports and assessments, policy documents and guidelines, and participates in legislative or policy reviews and drafts/reviews specialized commentaries and analyses.
• Participates in the development and implementation of key component(s) of the approved programme, including the overall strategy and policy framework related to the rule of law and the development/reform of the legal and judicial systems.
• Advises and mentors national partners on a range of issues (e.g. investigation and prosecution of military/civilian criminal offences, court management and other civilian/military judicial system issues) with a view to promoting international standards and building capacity, as well as ensuring effective case management.
• Serves as liaison between national authorities and potential partners, including the provision of technical and operational assistance in programme development and implementation.
• Advises national and international partners on the design, organization and delivery of training programs and projects, including sustainable training strategies.
• Ensures effective knowledge management and information sharing, including developing a culture of respect for, and inclusion of, local actors in all judicial and legal system initiatives
• Provides technical and operational support in implementing workshops, seminars, outreach programmes and other related activities.
• Performs programmatic and administrative tasks necessary for the functioning of work unit, including contributing to the preparation of budgets, reporting on performance and results, evaluating staff performance, job interviewing and evaluation of candidates.
• Fosters coordination and maintains close working relationships with relevant mission components (e.g. corrections, human rights, political affairs, policy, gender, child protection, etc.), UN agencies and other international and national partners.
• Provides guidance to more junior staff.
• Performs other related duties as required.
Professionalism: Knowledge and understanding of unit’s mandate and strategic direction. Demonstrated understanding of a range of issues related to judicial, prosecutorial and legal systems, reform, capacity building, etc. Knowledge of criminal law, relevant international human rights standards, etc. Ability to identify issues and judgment in applying technical expertise to resolve a wide range of problems. Ability to conduct research, including ability to evaluate and integrate information from a variety of sources and assess impact on judicial affairs initiatives in assigned country/area. Ability to work under pressure, on occasion in a highly stressful environment (e.g. civil strife, natural disasters and human suffering). 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; remains calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
Integrity: Demonstrates the values of the United Nations in daily activities and behaviours; acts without consideration of personal gain; resists undue political pressure in decision-making; does not abuse power or authority; stands by decisions that are in the Organization’s interest, even if they are unpopular; takes prompt action in cases of unprofessional or unethical behaviour.
Respect for Diversity: Works effectively with people from all backgrounds; treats all people with dignity and respect; treats men and women equally; shows respect for and understanding of diverse points of view and demonstrates this understanding in daily work and decision-making; examines own biases and behaviours to avoid stereotypical responses; does not discriminate against any individual or group.
Communication: Speaks and writes 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 & Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of 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.
An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in law is required. A first-level university degree in law in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience and bar qualification or equivalent may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of five years of professional experience as a practicing lawyer, prosecutor, judge, legal academic, legal consultant, or advisor in the field of justice is required. A minimum of one year of relevant professional experience in a transitional, developmental or post-conflict setting outside the applicant’s country of nationality, is required. Experience in the provision of detailed legal analysis and reporting is required.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English and French is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview. Core values and competencies will be assessed throughout the evaluation process.
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United Nations Considerations
According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity, including but not limited to, respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to, whether they have committed or are alleged to have committed criminal offences or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.
Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.
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