Legal Officer – Analysis and Investigation

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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.

  • As an active UNITAD team member, efficient, timely, responsive, client-friendly and high-quality support rendered to UNITAD and its beneficiaries in the accomplishment of her/his functions, including:
  • Prepares high-quality analytical reports providing assessments of evidence on sexual and gender-based crimes and crimes against children, the context in which they were committed, and their links to other crimes;
  • Undertakes legal research and prepares detailed legal memos analyzing the facts against the applicable law and making legal findings on specific crimes and modes of liability applicable to specific perpetrators;
  • Together with investigators and analysts, prepares plans to conduct interviews with witnesses and victims of sexual violence and crimes against children;
  • Serves as second interviewer in the statement taking of witnesses and victims of sexual violence and crimes against children, including by preparing draft statements in accordance with the applicable SOPs;
  • Makes concrete proposals for investigative steps that can be taken to close evidence gaps.
  • Age, Gender and Diversity (AGD) perspective is systematically applied, integrated and documented in all activities throughout the assignment
  • A final statement of achievements towards volunteerism for peace and development during the assignment, such as reporting on the number of volunteers mobilized, activities participated in and capacities developed

Within the delegated authority and under the supervision of the Head of the Gender and Children Unit or his/her designated mandated representative(s), the UN Volunteer Legal Officer – Analysis and Investigation will:

• Reviews evidence to conduct factual analysis sexual and gender-based crimes and crimes against children; • Based on the review of evidence, prepares narrative of facts reports identifying gaps of information and investigative leads; • Carries out legal research and prepare memoranda on legal issues to support the work of the Unit as well as respective Field Investigation Units; • Together with investigators, participates in the interviews of witnesses and victims including by contributing to interview plans and taking detailed notes for signed statements; • Drafts notes to file and records of meetings and interviews held with relevant groups and individuals, including victims and witnesses; • Assists in the compilation, organization and storage of evidence and information obtained by their respective Field Investigation Units, in consultation with the Archive and Records Section and the Information Systems Management Unit of UNITAD; and • Performs any other duties as required.

• Professionalism • Integrity • Teamwork and respect for diversity • Commitment to continuous learning • Planning and organizing • Communication • Flexibility

Required Degree Level: Bachelor's degree Required Experience: 5 years • University degree in law is required. Specialization in international criminal law or international humanitarian law is desirable. • At least 5 years’ professional legal experience in a Government, international organization or private sector. Professional qualification in law is a strong asset. Experience in criminal investigations including analysis of evidence is a strong asset. • Excellent written skills including drafting and reporting skills; • Accuracy and professionalism in document production and editing; • Ability to work and adapt professionally and effectively in a challenging environment; ability to work effectively in a multicultural team of international and national personnel; • Proficiency with MS Office applications, and good general computer literacy;

Dohuk, a city located in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, has a population of 1.5 million people. It is home to a multi-cultural population including many who were displaced from their homes by ISIL in 2014. The closest airport is in Erbil, which is two hours away by car. Dohuk is one of the safest cities in Iraq and provides a comfortable standard of living. Staff live in private accommodation which has been cleared by UN Security. There’s many supermarkets and other shops where one can find a wide range of products, including from other countries. Similarly, banking facilities are available. The closest UN clinic is in Erbil, but Dohuk has medical clinics and services that the staff can also easily access.

Iraq is a unique country and the mandate of UNITAD and is a fascinating and ground-breaking one. Dohuk provides for an interesting and enriching environment, but also requires a mature level of cultural awareness, as well as more stamina and commitment than elsewhere to make life comfortable and affordable. Therefore, flexibility and the ability and willingness to live and work in harsh and potentially hazardous conditions, involving physical hardship and little comfort, are essential.

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