Legal Officer, Arusha, Tanzania

Closing date: Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Posting Title: LEGAL OFFICER, P4
Department/ Office: International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals
Duty Station: ARUSHA
Posting Period: 13 June 2016-12 July 2016
Job Opening number: 16-LEG-RMT-61736-R-ARUSHA (R)
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
Special Notice
The appointment is limited to the Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals (MICT). Appointment of the successful candidate on this position will be limited to the initial funding of the post. Extension of the appointment is subject to the extension of the mandate and/or the availability of funds. As the international tribunals are not integrated in the Secretariat, UN Staff Members serve on assignment or secondment from their parent department/office if selected. Appointments of staff members in the United Nations are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General. Staff Members are expected to move periodically to new functions in accordance with established rules and procedures, and may in this context be reassigned by the Secretary-General throughout the Organization based on the changing needs and mandates.
Organizational Setting and Reporting
This post is located in the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) of the Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals (UNMICT), Arusha Branch. The incumbent will work under the direct supervision of the Officer in Charge / Senior Legal Officer.
The incumbent will perform the following duties:
  • Under the overall guidance of the Officer in Charge/Senior Legal Officer, serves as lead legal officer who oversees all the legal work of the OTP and independently handles a wide range of multidisciplinary and complex legal matters.
  • Carry out a review of outstanding fugitive indictments and supporting material.
  • Coordinates and directs teams of other legal officers dealing with significant issues as required, and supervises the work of junior officers generally, and on specific projects.
  • Under the guidance of the Officer in Charge/Senior Legal Officer, provides legal advice to the Prosecutor and OTP staff on diverse substantive and procedural legal questions which can include questions of considerable complexity and those related to policy and diplomatic matters related to the core functions of the OTP.
  • Performs extensive legal research and analysis and prepares legal opinions, motions, briefs, reports and correspondence.
  • Supervises/carries out case-related legal work and is responsible for the maintenance of the statistics relating to the legal work of the OTP.
  • Supervises the preparation of or prepares legal documents required for tracking activities and the provision of assistance to national authorities.
  • Provides legal advice to archivists on documents, the evidence collection and case-related research enquiries.
  • Attends court hearings and advocates before the MICT as required.
  • Services diplomatic conferences, commissions, committees, task forces, expert groups and other bodies, including the preparation of background materials, summaries of issues and views of delegations, meeting reports, etc.
  • Serves on various standing boards, committees, ad hoc working groups and task forces, as required; promotes the work of the OTP and represents the organization at meetings, conferences, seminars, etc.
  • Designs and reviews systems and procedures for the OTP, ICTR Branch concerning legal issues and revises/develops policy guidelines on legal matters as appropriate.
  • Assists and supports the work of the ICTY Branch as required.
  • Performs other duties as directed by the Officer in Charge/Senior Legal Officer.
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