Upcoming hot UN Jobs for Law/politics nerds

If you want to join the United Nations and fulfill your dreams of making the world a better place (even though you know that your days will be frustrating and sad), here are a few picks for you.

Associate Legal Officer (P-2), The Hague

Duty Station : International Criminal Court
Office: Trial Division, Chambers, Judiciary
Remuneration : €57,459.00
Deadline for applications : 3 March 2017

Responsibilities

Under the overall supervision of the President of Division and Head of Chambers, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:

  • Assist the Division, Chamber or Single Judge (as appropriate) in the drafting process of legal memoranda, decisions and orders;
  • Provide support to the Division, Chamber or Single Judge in preparation of and during court sessions, and assist the Chambers in their case management;
  • Assist in and provide specific analyses of fact and law as presented in filings or court sessions by the participants to the proceedings;
  • Where required, assist in and provide in­depth analysis of large volumes of evidence and documents presented by the participants;
  • Attend meetings and discussions within the Division or Chamber and formulate minutes and draft materials as required;
  • Conduct and provide legal research on questions of international criminal law, international humanitarian law, public international law, international human rights law, principles of national laws, and other areas of law, using multiple research sources to support the Chambers in their judicial activities;
  • Draft/prepare preliminary interpretation of legal instruments, such as constitutions, statutes, treaties, agreements, and resolutions; and advise on the application and interpretation of relevant rules of criminal procedure;
  • Perform other duties or provide other assistance as requested by the Judges, the President of the Division, the Legal Advisor of the Division or the Head of Chambers.

Education:

Advanced university degree in law; a specialization in international criminal law, public international law, international humanitarian or human rights law would be considered an asset. A first­ level university degree in law in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience is accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Experience:

A minimum of two years of relevant work experience in a national judicial system, an international court/ tribunal or in academia active in the fields of law mentioned above.


Outreach Policy Officer (P-3)

Duty Station : International Criminal Court
Office: Public Information and Outreach Section
Remuneration : €70,427.00
Deadline for applications : 19 March 2017

Responsibilities

Within this framework and under direct supervision of the Head of Outreach Unit, the incumbent will be responsible for the following tasks:

  • Conceptualises, manages and coordinates the implementation of the International Criminal Court’s (ICC) outreach strategies and plans involving influential stakeholders in regions of interest to the Court, for example, where there are cases on-going. This entails initial mapping and analysis of regional actors, risk assessment and management.
  • Researches and monitors developments in the information and policy of regional institutions identifying issues of concern linked to ICC activities
  • Liaises with the regional institutions and other policy-makers with the aim of influencing their agendas towards cooperation with the ICC. Based on knowledge of politics and key stakeholders in the region, the Outreach Policy Officer will propose the development of messages, information and/or outreach products, propose new public information campaigns and advise on adjustments to the content and the format of existing campaigns.
  • Establishes networks among members of regional associations, including parliaments, civil society organisations, researchers, scholars, opinion leaders and other stakeholders, as appropriate.
  • Seeks opportunities to promote the ICC, publicise its work and debate on relevant issues of concern to the region. This should be done by organising lectures, seminars, conferences and round table events for key stakeholders either through online platforms or face to face meetings.
  • Monitors and evaluates the impact of the ICC Outreach Programme in the region and produce monthly and annual analysis and updates based on findings.

Education:

Advanced university degree in political science, international relations, law, communications or related field. A first level university degree in combination with two additional years of relevant experience is accepted in lieu of the advanced degree.

Experience:

A minimum of five years (seven years with a first level university degree) of relevant work experience in in political outreach, facilitation, analysis, advice and reporting is required. Experience on programme/Project Management and in a variety of public administration structures would be desirable

Experience in the following areas:

  • Outreach, public affairs, international relations or related area is required; Working experience in field activities is considered an advantage
  • Experience at an international level is desirable;
  • Experience in living and/or working in multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environments is considered an advantage.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Excellent public speaking and overall communication and writing skills.
  • Able to engage with State representatives, parliamentarians, lawyers, and other stakeholders and forge productive working relationships.
  • Ability to tackle problems systematically, for the purpose of working towards their solution and learning from this process.
  • Detect and prevent potential communication problems based on analysis to arrive at conclusions. Design responses to potential problems; and contingency problems that typically involve resource planning and gaining the cooperation of others, e.g. when organizing an event.
  • Ability to share knowledge of lessons learned from professional practices, methodologies and techniques with team members and allies.

Knowledge of Languages:

Proficiency in one of the working languages of the Court, French or English is required. Working knowledge of the other is essential. Knowledge of another official language of the Court (Arabic, Chinese, Russian and Spanish) would be considered an asset.


Law Clerk to Judges of the Court (Associate Legal Officer), P2, The Hague (multiple posts)

Duty Station : International Court of Justice, The Hague, Netherlands
Remuneration : €54,869
Deadline for applications : 10 March 2017

Lengh of appointment:

Two years fixed-terms, renewable once for a second two-year period

Start of appointment:

The various Law Clerk positions will fall vacant over a period of two years

Functions:

Under the supervision of the judge to whom he or she is specifically assigned, the Law Clerk will provide that judge with legal research and related assistance with regard to cases pending before the Court. The Law Clerk may also be required to provide legal assistance and support to a judge ad hoc participating in a particular case. In co-ordination with his or her judge, the Law Clerk may also from time to time be called upon to perform some specific legal tasks for the Registry.

Qualifications and skills:

  • An advanced university degree in law, with significant academic background in public international law or professional experience in the field; a first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree. Postgraduate studies in public international law would be an asset.
  • Two years’ experience in the settlement of international legal disputes with an international organization, government, law firm or other private sector entity would be desirable.

Languages:

French and English are the official languages of the Court. Excellent knowledge of and drafting ability in one of these languages is required, as well as good comprehension of and basic ability to communicate in the other language. Knowledge of other official languages of the United Nations would be an asset.

Remuneration:

Depending on professional background, experience and family situation, a competitive compensation and benefits package is offered.

The Court’s salaries are calculated in US dollars but paid in euros. They consist of a basic salary and a post adjustment which reflects the cost of living in the Netherlands and the euro/dollar exchange rate.

In addition, the Court offers an attractive benefits package including 30 days of annual leave, home travel every two years, an education grant for dependent children, a pension plan and medical insurance.


Legal Officer (P4), New York

Department/Office: OFFICE OF HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGEMENT
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 25 January 2017–10 March 2017

Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Chief, Disciplinary Unit, the Legal Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

  • Handles disciplinary matters referred to OHRM.
  • Represents the Secretary-General in written and oral proceedings before the UN Dispute Tribunal with respect to disciplinary matters, and advises on policy, human resources and administrative matters from a legal perspective
  • Carries out extensive legal research particularly regarding staff conduct issues and legal and factual analysis, and drafts recommendations and related disciplinary documentation, legal advice, submissions and correspondence based on the United Nations Charter, General Assembly resolutions and decisions, the jurisprudence of the United Nations Dispute and Appeals Tribunals and other international administrative tribunals, Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuance and relevant principles of law
  • Supervises one or more junior legal officers and legal assistants and guides, develops and trains staff under his/her supervision.
  • Assists in ensuring the outputs produced under his/her supervision maintain high-quality standards and assists in fostering teamwork and communication among staff in the Unit.
  • Assists in recruiting staff for the Unit, and maintaining the Unit’s registers and electronic databases.
  • Performs other administrative and substantive duties, as required.

Competencies

Professionalism: Knowledge of law (preferably administrative and/or employment and labour law), coupled with the ability to apply legal principles, concepts and policies in a range of legal issues especially in the context of staff conduct issues. Knowledge of the jurisprudence of the UN Dispute Tribunal, the UN Appeals Tribunal, the UN Administrative Tribunal and/or a comparable body, in a similar international organization.

Education

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

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in law, including legal analysis, research and writing, is required. Two years of which must involve litigation at the national or international level. Experience in the handling of disciplinary matters at the international level is desirable. Experience with the United Nations staff regulations and rules, policies, procedures and operations, or that of a similar international organization, is desirable.

Languages

Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of French is desirable. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.

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Political Affairs Officer (P4), New York

Department/Office: DEPARTMENT OF POLITICAL AFFAIRS
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 25 January 2017–16 March 2017

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the Political Affairs Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

  • Works closely with Regional Division counterparts, coordinates mediation and dialogue support to ongoing and/or future peace processes in West and Central Africa, including the sharing of relevant advice, lessons learnt and the development of mediation strategies as appropriate. Reviews and monitors mediation-related activities in West and Central Africa; recommends solutions/possible action by United Nations.
  • Coordinates and supports the deployment of experts from the Standby team mechanism and roster for initiatives in West and Central Africa. Where required, deploys to the field for a limited duration to provide mediation/dialogue support. Ensure quality control of advice provided by internal and external experts on mediation processes and thematic advice to clients of MSU.
  • Oversees MSU’s knowledge management strategy.
  • Develops operational advice, knowledge management, guidance, training, best practices, lessons learned, partnerships, expert identification and project support in thematic areas as required by MSU.
  • Prepares analytical reports and papers on mediation-related issues of concern to the General Assembly, Security Council, or other bodies; drafts notes, background papers, talking points, speeches and other correspondence for senior UN officials.
  • Participates in the organization and supervision of Secretariat services required by the Security Council, General Assembly and to other committees and bodies related to its work.
  • Acts as focal point for MSU’s work on mediation with religious and traditional actors, including related training initiatives.
  • Meets regularly with operational mediation teams including UN staff and other partners, to plan projects and review project activities.
  • Provides up-to-date information to senior officials regarding substantive political matters on mediation and dialogue initiatives and makes recommendations on actions to take.
  • Maintains contacts with other sectors of the UN, other international organizations, governments and partner NGOs on coordination and policy matters; briefs representatives and provides, as appropriate, suggestions and recommendations.
  • Participates in conferences, seminars and academic fora related to mediation.
  • Drafts plans for start-up of mediation initiatives and strategic reviews and participates in the activities of implementation.
  • Performs other related duties and represents MSU as required.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in political science, international relations, law, public administration or in a related area. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in political science, international relations, law, disarmament, security, development management, conflict resolution or international crisis management is required. Experience working on conflict issues in Africa is required. A minimum of two years of field experience obtained outside the applicant’s country of nationality in a conflict or post-conflict setting is required. Experience in facilitating political dialogue processes is required. Experience providing mediation support to senior leadership and senior representatives is required. Experience working with traditional and religious leaders on conflict management is desirable. Experience in UN mediation support is desirable.

Languages

Fluency in English is required. Fluency in Arabic or French is desirable.

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Department/Office: DEPARTMENT OF PEACEKEEPING OPERATIONS
Duty Station: NEW YORK

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Department/Office: DEPARTMENT OF POLITICAL AFFAIRS
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Department/Office: United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan
Duty Station: Kabul, Afghanistan


Human Rights Officer (P4), Geneva (2 posts)

Department: OFFICE OF THE HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS
Duty Station:GENEVA
Posting Period:31 January 2017–16 March 2017

Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the chief of the Rule of Law and Democracy Section, the Human Rights Officer will be responsible for the following functions:

  • Provide legal research and analysis in the assigned areas of responsibility (human rights and transitional justice, including issues related to the establishment of processes and mechanisms to address impunity and ensure accountability for gross violations of human rights and serious violations of international humanitarian law.
  • Design and develop programmes related to the above-mentioned assigned areas of responsibility and organize relevant activities.
  • Ensure provision of advice to field presences on draft legislation, policies and practices in the assigned areas of responsibility.
  • Support the work of inter-governmental bodies and expert human rights bodies; and provide expert guidance and substantive input to support the work of and to strengthen links with the special procedures, treaty bodies, and the Human Rights Council in the assigned areas.
  • Strengthen advice and technical assistance to States, including through the development of tools and implementation and coordination of relevant project activities.
  • Perform other duties as required.

Education

Advanced University Degree (Masters or equivalent) in law with emphasis on international law, in particular international human rights law. A combination of relevant academic qualifications and two additional years of experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

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Associate Political/Electoral Officer (P2)

Department: FIELD MISSIONS ADMINISTERED BY DPKO
Duty Station: KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
Posting Period: 17 February 2017–18 March 2017

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the Associate Political/Electoral Affairs Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

  • Undertakes research of thematic electoral/political issues as directed.
  • Assists senior staff of the Political Affairs Division in daily monitoring of political/electoral developments in the country concerned.
  • Assists senior staff with the preparation of briefing notes, background information and drafting of letters.
  • Gathers all relevant documentation and legislation regarding electoral and political processes within Afghanistan.
  • Participates in operational planning and monitoring in the field.
  • Performs other related duties as required.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in political science, international relations, international economics, law, public administration or related field. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

A first-level university degree and no experience will be accepted for candidates who have passed the Young Professionals Programme Examination/United Nations National Competitive Recruitment Examination (NCRE) or the General Service to Professional Examination (G to P).

Work Experience

A minimum of two years of progressively responsible experience in political science, international relations, law, disarmament, security, development management, conflict resolution or related field is required. Experience working in a conflict or post-conflict setting is desirable. Experience in election work is desirable.


Programme Officer, P3, Vienna

Department:UNITED NATIONS OFFICE ON DRUGS AND CRIME
Duty Station:VIENNA
Posting Period:13 February 2017–14 March 2017

Responsibilities

Within assigned authority, the incumbent will perform the following duties:

  • Support the management, coordination and monitoring of the implementation of the Global Programme against the Smuggling of Migrants.
  • Participate in the development and implementation, as assigned, of technical assistance projects and policy work, and their component activities, against trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants, with a special focus on criminal justice, especially law enforcement and prosecution.
  • Promote, in general, the work of UNODC against human trafficking and migrant smuggling within the overall framework of the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children and the Protocol against the Smuggling of Migrants by Land, Sea and Air, both supplementing the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in business or public administration, management, law, criminal law, criminology, social science, international relations, political science, or related area is required. A first-level university degree in similar 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 project or programme management, administration or related area at national and international levels is required. Experience in international criminal justice matters including project formulation, implementation and monitoring, and exposure to international development cooperation is desirable. Working experience with developing countries and proven cross-cultural and gender sensitivity is desirable.

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Posting Period:21 February 2017–27 February 2017

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Posting Period:10 February 2017–11 March 2017

Drug Control and Crime Prevention Officer (Firearms Control Expert), P3

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Posting Period:23 February 2017–24 March 2017


Gender Affairs Officer, (P3)

Department/Office: DEPARTMENT OF POLITICAL AFFAIRS
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 31 January 2017–16 March 2017

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:

  • Provide support to Senior Gender Adviser DPKO/DFS with regard to gender mainstreaming and operational issues
  • Supports and guides the implementation of UN Security Council Resolutions on Women, Peace and Security.
  • Supports the implementation of departmental guidance on gender mainstreaming in all aspects of peace and security processes and provides backstopping to field missions on the operationalisation of the policies and guidance in all mission components
  • Supports the organisation and administration of the DPKO/DFS Gender Task Force and other mainstreaming mechanisms at Headquarters.
  • Drafts, edits and provides substantive results based inputs for periodic reports, briefings and speeches on women, peace and security issues at strategic and operational levels
  • Provides inputs to planning processes, including mission concepts and operational planning; results-based budgeting frameworks for field missions and HQ; staffing tables and other planning tools.
  • Conducts substantive research and analysis of gender issues in peace operations, utilizing analytical monitoring and evaluation processes, including indicators and benchmarks, to ensure measurement of progress in gender mainstreaming.
  • Collaborates with key stakeholders, including Member States, UN entities, civil society and other organizations
  • Undertakes other duties as required.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in international relations, Human Rights Law, social science or related field. A first-level university degree 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 gender policy development is required. Experience in the promotion of gender equality and gender mainstreaming is required. Experience in integrating gender perspectives into policies or programmes in or on conflict or post-conflict contexts are required.


Administrative Officer, P4 (New York)

Department/Office: ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL AFFAIRS
Duty Station:NEW YORK
Posting Period:23 January 2017–08 March 2017

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the Administrative Officer in the Personnel Section of the Executive Office for the Department of Economic and Social Affairs will be responsible for the following duties:

  • Initiates and coordinates actions covering recruitment, placement, promotion, job classification review, appointment and extension, transfer, leave, separation of staff members, ensuring consistency in the application of UN rules and procedures.
  • Provides expert advice to programme managers concerning workforce planning and staffing issues and to staff members in the Department with respect to conditions of service, privileges and entitlements under the Staff Rules and Regulations.
  • Provides support in the implementation of the e-Performance system in the Department.
  • Provides support and coordinate activities related to investigation in rebuttal cases to the Performance Appraisal System.
  • Coordinate training and staff development activities.
  • Provides support and coordinate activities related to the management evaluation and investigation cases.
  • Provides guidance to programme managers and their designated staff in the utilization of Inspira for staff selection, ensuring compliance with the provisions of the administrative instruction on staff selection system.
  • Reviews monthly post incumbency reports for purposes of vacancy management and staffing table control.
  • Supervises the work of the Administrative Assistants providing administrative support to the Divisions in the Department.
  • Administers and certifies expenditures charged to common staff costs such as travel on appointment, home leave, repatriation and travel on education grant.
  • Assists the Senior Human Resources Officer in all personnel related issues, including meeting with departmental staff representatives, discussing and proposing solutions on a variety of subjects relating to staff welfare and conditions of work.
  • Discusses, as required, grievances with individual staff members, supervisors and/or staff representatives, mediates.
  • Organizes, gathers and maintains statistics and prepares reports on personnel matters as required.
  • Performs ad hoc assignments as required.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in business or public administration, finance, accounting, law or related area is required. A first level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in administration, finance, accounting, human resources management or related field is required. Experience in application of staff regulations, staff rules, and human resources policies and practices is required. Experience in recruitment and staff selection using integrated information management systems is required. Experience in workforce planning and administration of large scale staffing table is desirable. Experience in supporting an organizational-wide change management programme is desirable. Experience in administration of HR entitlements is desirable. Experience in the work of the United Nations is desirable.

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