Judicial Affairs Officer
Application deadline 3 months ago: Thursday 11 Aug 2022 at 00:00 UTCOpen application form
This is a UNV International Specialist contract. This kind of contract is known as International UN Volunteer. It is normally internationally recruited only. More about UNV International Specialist contracts.
• Strengthened capacity of national actors by timely implementation of legal and judicial programmes, projects or/and activities, which are coherently and timely implemented; • Comprehensive legal research, sound analysis/assessment of issues, and timely presentation of key information to facilitate decision-making. • Thorough, well-reasoned and clearly written contributions, effective briefings and other communications. • Consistently applies appropriate policies, guidelines, procedures and processes. Effectively, and in a timely manner, liaises and interacts with colleagues and concerned parties internally and externally to promote work programme objectives. • Strengthened national justice strategies by provision of strategic/technical advice • Available research material and analysis on time and in accordance with criteria discussed; # Meet Reporting obligations. • Capacity building through training and coaching documented;
Under the direct supervision of a Senior Judicial Affairs Officer and under the general supervision of the Chief of Justice and Corrections Section, the United Nations Volunteer will be responsible for the following duties:
• Tracks and analyses developments in the legal and judicial sectors relevant to the mission’s mandate. • Conducts legal research and analysis on a diverse range of issues pertaining to international and national law using multiple research sources; selects relevant material, analyzes information and presents findings for review. • Contributes to the preparation of studies, briefs, policy documents and presentations relevant to the functioning of the legal and judicial systems in the host country of the mission; drafts periodic reports, background papers, analytical notes or other inputs, as required. • Supports senior staff and managers by assisting in the development of policy advice and recommendations on key issues relating to rule of law/judicial issues including on the fight against impunity of serious crimes and legal and judicial system reform. • Assist in key activities with other mission components (e.g. police, corrections, human rights, political/civil affairs, gender, child protection, SSR, etc.) and other United Nations and external assistance providers; • Performs other related duties as required.
• Integrity and professionalism: demonstrated expertise in area of specialty and ability to apply good judgment; high degree of autonomy, personal initiative and ability to take ownership; willingness to accept wide responsibilities and ability to work independently under established procedures in a politically sensitive environment, while exercising discretion, impartiality and neutrality; ability to manage information objectively, accurately and confidentially; responsive and client-oriented; • Accountability: mature and responsible; ability to operate in compliance with organizational rules and regulations; • Commitment to continuous learning: initiative and willingness to learn new skills and stay abreast of new developments in area of expertise; ability to adapt to changes in work environment; • Teamwork and respect for diversity: ability to operate effectively across organizational boundaries; ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and harmonious working relations in a multi- cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity and gender; • Communication: proven interpersonal skills; good spoken and written communication skills, including ability to prepare clear and concise reports; ability to conduct presentations, articulate options and positions concisely; ability to make and defend recommendations; ability to communicate and empathize with staff (including national staff), military personnel, volunteers, counterparts and local interlocutors coming from very diverse backgrounds; ability to maintain composure and remain helpful towards the staff, but objective, without showing personal interest; capacity to transfer information and knowledge to a wide range of different target groups; • Flexibility, adaptability, and ability and willingness to operate independently in austere, remote and potentially hazardous environments for protracted periods, involving physical hardship and little comfort, and including possible extensive travel within the area of operations; willingness to transfer to other duty stations within area of operations as may be necessary; • Genuine commitment towards the principles of voluntary engagement, which includes solidarity, compassion, reciprocity and self-reliance; and commitment towards the UN core values.
the field of one or some of the following is highly desirable: criminal law, prosecution of international crimes, prosecution of conflict related sexual violence, support to prosecution cells or prosecution of crimes of terrorism or organized crime, justice reform,.
Judicial work experience is required, in a law firm or an international court, or embedded in, or as a mentor working alongside, national justice institutions counterparts; Demonstrated diplomatic skills in relations with local national authorities, especially judges, prosecutors, bar associations and Ministry of Justice officials is an advantage; Solid computer skills, including full proficiency in various MS Office applications (Excel, Word etc) and other IT applications and office technology equipment;
Bamako is a non-family duty station with a difficult security and working environment. Mali is a non-family duty station. Living conditions are acceptable in Bamako, but security instructions need to be strictly complied with. Adequate housing is available for rent at US$ 500-1500 per month. The national currency is the Franc CFA (April 2020 exchange rate was 1 US$ = 545 FCFA). Visa credit cards are accepted in some hotels and larger shops. Mali is a country prone to malaria, so mosquito nets are highly recommended. Basic medicines are available from pharmacies, but provision needs to be made for specialized medication. Security recommendations from the UN Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS) must be followed by all UN Staff in the course of their assignments in Mali. For the sake of rewarding experience, UN volunteers in MINUSMA carry out their duties with flexibility, commitment, and a willingness to live and work in challenging conditions including heat and limited water and electricity supply.