Legal Officer, P3

UN Assistance to the Khmer Rouge Trials
  • Location
    Phnom Penh, Cambodia
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
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  • Posted
    May 22

Position description

Under the applicable law, and in accordance with the terms of the Agreement between the United Nations and the Royal Government of Cambodia, the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) has jurisdiction to try senior leaders and those who were most responsible for the crimes and serious violations of Cambodian penal law, international humanitarian law and custom, and international conventions recognized by Cambodia, during the period of the Khmer Rouge regime from 17 April 1975 to 6 January 1979.

While the ECCC is established as a national court, the Royal Government of Cambodia sought the technical assistance of the United Nations in operating the court. In Resolution A/57/228 and A/57/228B, the General Assembly approved the involvement of the United Nations and endorsed the agreement outlining the arrangements between the two parties. The United Nations Assistance to the Khmer Rouge Trials (UNAKRT) was established in 2005 to provide on-going technical, operational and logistical support to the Royal Government of Cambodia in all aspect of the Court's operations.

The position is located in the Court Management Section (CMS). The incumbent reports directly to the Senior Administrative Officer, UNAKRT and works in close coordination with the Court Management Section (CMS) and the Defense Support Section.


Under the direct supervision of the Senior Administrative Officer, the incumbent is required to perform the following functions:

  • Coordinates with and assists the CMS, to ensure efficient judicial support services to the judicial offices that include the Office of the Co-Prosecutors, the Office of the Co-Investigating Judges, the Chambers and the Defense Support. In cooperation with the CMS, she/he acts as the focal point on all judicial support services including interpretation, translation, transcription, AV recordings, and trial management related issues. She/he further assists the head of Interpretation and Translation Unit (ITU) and Transcription in sourcing/administering translation and transcription requests to commercial vendors/freelancers.
  • Attends the hearings before the ECCC and provides assistance prior to and during the hearings in cooperation with the Court Officers; he/she provides secretariat support to ECCC judicial committees (Plenary, Rules and Procedures Committee and Judicial Administration Committee); assists in the formulation of internal policies and directives for the Court Management Section; is responsible for content management of the UNAKRT and ECCC website so far as judicial postings are concerned, assists Public Affairs Section in vetting of press releases and functions as the spokesperson of the ECCC, as and when requested.
  • Provides legal advice to the Office of Administration on issues relating to the implementation of the Agreement between the UN and the RGC, the supplementary agreement on security, the supplementary agreement on utilities, and legal advice on operational/administrative issues as and when required; assists in drafting periodic reports to the UN headquarters, the UNAKRT Steering Committee and the annual report of the SG to the General Assembly.
  • Assists the Defense Support Section in administering the Legal Assistance Scheme, ensuring availability of appropriate resources to the defense teams
  • Any other duties that may be assigned from time to time.


Core competencies

  • Professionalism: In-depth knowledge of criminal procedures and court management; analytical skills, discretion and sound judgment in problem-solving; demonstrated planning and organizational skills; ability to draft legal and policy papers and work under pressure. 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.
  • 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 input 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.

Managerial competencies

  • Managing Performance: Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision making authority, makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member, accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skill, monitors progress against milestones and deadlines, regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff, encourages risk taking and supports creativity and initiative, actively support the development and career aspirations of staff, appraises performance fairly.


  • Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law;
  • A relevant first-level university degree in the above fields in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

  • A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in law or relevant experience, including legal analysis, research and writing is required;
  • Professional experience in an international/ad hoc tribunal or experience in the United Nations dealing with a tribunal/tribunals is desirable;
  • Prior experience in supporting court management services is desirable.


  • The official working language of the ECCC are English, French and Khmer. For the post advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of French/Khmer is desirable.

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