Legal Officer, P4

UN International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals
  • Location
    The Hague, Netherlands
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
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  • Posted
    Nov 13

Position description

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Office of the President, of the United Nations International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (IRMCT) (Hague Branch). The incumbent will work under the guidance of the President.


The Legal Officer is responsible for providing legal support to the President with respect to the mandated residual functions, including drafting and reviewing orders and decisions; analyzing relevant law, rules and policies. She/he will advise the President on the issues and applicable law. S/he will draft policies, reports, speeches, correspondence and talking points. S/he will serve on various standing boards, committees, ad hoc working groups and task forces and will liaise with the Registry, as required. The incumbent will further support the President and his senior staff by assisting with the direction and management of the office, including providing guidance to junior staff of the Office of the President.


  • Professionalism – Strong organizational, drafting, and interpersonal skills; proven ability to conduct comprehensive legal analysis; proven ability to work well under pressure and meet strict guidelines. Knowledge of the UN system desirable; knowledge of international criminal justice systems essential. 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.
  • 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 the audience. Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
  • Planning and Organising – 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.
  • Leadership - Serves as a role model that other people want to follow. Empowers others to translate vision into results. Is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives. Establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support. Anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions. Drives for change and improvement; does not accept the status quo. Shows the courage to take unpopular stands.
  • Judgement/Decision-making – Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly. Gathers relevant information before making a decision. Considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them. Takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organisation. Proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information. Checks assumptions against facts. Determines that the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision. Makes tough decisions when necessary.


Advanced university degree in law (Master’s degree or equivalent), preferably with specialization in international, criminal or humanitarian law. A first level university degree in law in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.

Work Experience

Minimum of 7 years of progressively responsible professional legal experience, at either the national or international level, with experience in criminal law, international law or humanitarian law. Previous experience in an international criminal tribunal is highly desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Working knowledge of French is highly desirable.

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