Org. Setting and Reporting This position is located in Bamako, in the Justice and Corrections Section of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA). Bamako is classified as “D” hardship duty station and as non-family duty station. Under the overall supervision of the Chief of the Justice and Corrections Section, the Rule of Law Officer P-4 reports to the Senior Judicial Affairs Officer. The Rule of Law Officer will closely coordinate with UNODC Regional Office for West and Central Africa.
Responsibilities Within the limits of delegated authority, the Rule of Law Officer will be responsible for performing the following duties:
•The incumbent will develop and implement key components for a policy framework related to the rule of law and strengthening of the criminal justice system and related institutions in Host country Mali, while implementing and advising on the legal framework institutional reform of the judiciary, prosecution service and law enforcement agencies rule of law institutions, traditional justice mechanisms and legal representations or aid. He/she will seek to support the consolidation of accountable, independent and coordinated criminal justice institutions in conflict-affected areas, ensuring effective linkages with national reform process and the implementation of the National Plan for Civilian Protection;
•Coordinates with relevant Mission’s components and the United Nations country team on streamlining advocacy and strategic engagement and ensuring that programmatic interventions are aligned with the protection and political objectives of the Mission;
•Provides policy and operational advice to senior management, assists in programming related activities at the local, State and national level and handles a wider range of multi-disciplinary, complex and often sensitive and/or conflicting matters involving issues pertaining to criminal justice policy, national security policy, reform of the security sector and reform of the judicial system and related institutions;
•Provides innovative technical advice and assistance to local commissions and other stake holders within the international community located in Mali to ensure cohesive and coordinated programme delivery;
•Contributes to the development of the rule of law strategic plan and policymaking framework in the context of the mission’s mandate and assist in the day-to-day coordination of key activities with other mission components and UN entities;
•Takes the lead in conducting programme activities in Mali to include advising and mentoring national counterparts, facilitating and organizing workshops and consultations, supporting national criminal justice system organization, training of national actors and/or monitoring of the court and legal system, including field offices, if required;
•Advises on and prepares complex legal research and analysis and outputs, such as work unit reports and assessments on judicial independence, anti-corruption and accountability, policy documents and guidelines, briefings, etc.;
•Participates in legislative reviews and drafts commentaries and other relevant documents;
•Represents the mission and serves on various standing boards and committees, as required;
•Supports and participates in national level coordination, planning and/or reform processes and donor coordination, to include supporting the completion of major reviews of the justice sector and the development of long-term national strategic plans;
•Directs and manages teams, as required; develops and trains staff under her/his supervision;
•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;
•Takes the lead in identifying, establishing and maintaining contacts and partnerships with other actors in Mali in assigned areas of responsibility with a view to pursuing work programme objectives and ensuring participation in and effective integration of ideas in the planning and implementation of judicial affairs activities;
•Performs programmatic and administrative tasks necessary for the functioning of work unit, including contributing to the preparation of budgets, reporting on performance and results, managing and evaluating staff performance, job interviewing and evaluation of candidates;
•Performs other related duties as required.
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.
Planning and organizing:
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.
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.
Education An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law is required. A first-level university degree in any field, with a bar qualification or equivalent, in combination with two additional years of relevant legal experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree
Work Experience At least seven (7) years of progressively responsible professional experience in all areas of the criminal justice chain as a practicing lawyer, academic, prosecutor, judge, corrections officer, legal consultant or international legal assistance advisor, is required.
A minimum of five (5) years of experience providing technical assistance for the development/reform of legal or criminal justice institutions in a transitional, developmental or post-conflict setting, outside the applicant’s country of nationality, is required.
A minimum of five (5) years of experience providing services in the field of Rule of Law and Security Institutions or related areas to or in a field operation of the United Nations Common System or a comparable international organization, is required.
A minimum of five (5) years of experience in a position requiring the drafting of complex reports and background papers, talking points, and correspondences on rule of law, criminal justice and anti-corruption is required.
A minimum of five (5) years of experience in working in Africa is required.
Experience working in an international criminal tribunal is required.
Experience providing technical assistance to investigation of organized crime and/or terrorism crimes is required. Project management experience is required.
Experience in working on the development and implementation of accountability processes, and the use of informal or traditional justice mechanisms is desirable.
Experience in providing strategic and policy advice in rule of law components on justice, corrections and accountability in a peacekeeping or Special Political Missions or, a comparable international organization, is desirable.
Languages English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the positions advertised, fluency in oral and written French and English are required.
Assessment Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.
Special Notice The appointment or assignment and renewal thereofare subject to the availability of the post or funds, budgetary approval or extension of the mandate.
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. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.
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