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This “Recruit from Roster” job opening is only open to roster applicants who are already placed on pre-approved rosters, following a review by a United Nations Central Review Body. Only roster applicants who were placed on rosters with similar functions at the same level are considered for this job opening. Roster applicants receive an email inviting them to apply. Rostered applicants are encouraged to apply only if they are qualified, interested and available to take up the position at the duty station/s specified in the Job Opening. Applying to this job opening carries an expectation to accept the position, if selected. Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.Extension of the appointment is subject to mandate extension and/or the availability of the funds.
Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) in Pristina. Pristina is classified as a “A” hardship duty station and a family duty station. The incumbent reports to the Chief of the Justice Section or his/her designate. The mandate of the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) was established by the Security Council in its resolution 1244 (1999). The Mission is mandated to help ensure conditions for a peaceful and normal life for all inhabitants of Kosovo and advance regional stability in the Western Balkans. The Mission is headed by the Special Representative of the Secretary-General. The Special Representative ensures a coordinated approach by the international civil presence operating under Security Council resolution 1244 (1999), including the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), which retains the status of UNMIK’s pillar for institution building. The Special Representative also ensures coordination with the head of the European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo (EULEX), which has operational responsibility in the area of rule of law. EULEX is deployed under Security Council resolution 1244 (1999), and operates under the overall authority of the United Nations. The Mission has its headquarters in Pristina and is supported by field offices in Mitrovicë/Mitrovica and Pejë/Pec. In addition, the UN Office in Belgrade plays an important political and diplomatic role and liaises with the political leadership of Serbia. UNMIK implements its mandate in a status neutral manner and operate under Security Council resolution 1244 (1999).http://www.unmikonline.org/Pages/about.aspx.
Within delegated authority, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:• 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;• Prepares initial drafts and contributes to key documents such as regular internal reports, reports of the Secretary-General, code cables, press releases, articles and other reports; • Prepares various written outputs, e.g. draft background papers, analysis, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications, talking points, translations, correspondence and related documents; • Prepares analytical reports and papers; drafts notes, background papers, talking points, speeches and other correspondences for senior UN officials; • Advises stakeholders on the design, organization and delivery of training programmes 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; • 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;• 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;• Performs programmatic and administrative tasks necessary for the functioning of the Justice Section, 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, UN agencies and other partners;• Provides guidance and supervise more junior personnel if and as required; and• Performs other related duties as required.
Professionalism: Knowledge of the mandate and strategic direction of the mission. Knowledge of a range of issues related to judicial, prosecutorial and legal systems, reform, capacity building, and related areas. Knowledge of criminal law, relevant international human rights standards and related norms and standards. 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. 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.Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits inputs by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
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 relevant academic qualifications and/or legal experience in the field of justice and/or rule of law assistance may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Required:- 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.- A minimum of two years of professional experience working on justice issues in an international governmental or international non-governmental organization.Desired: – Experience working to develop legal and judicial institutions in a developmental, transitional or post-conflict setting, outside the applicant’s country of nationality.- Experience working in an international organization, non-governmental organization, or within the United Nations common system (inclusive of peacekeeping, political missions and UN agencies, funds, and programs).
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations. For this position, fluency in English is required.
Previously rostered candidates who are already placed on pre-approved rosters, following a review by a United Nations Central Review Body, will not be subject to any further assessment and, accordingly, will not be invited for such an assessment.
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.Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the At-a-Glance on “The Application Process” and the Instructional Manual for the Applicants, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.The screening and evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications, including but not limited to, their education, work experience, and language skills, according to the instructions provided on inspira. Applicants will be disqualified from consideration if they do not demonstrate in their application that they meet the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations. Applicants are solely responsible for providing complete and accurate information at the time of application: no amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to a reference-checking process to verify the information provided in the application.Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at midnight (New York time) on the deadline date.
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