Deadline: 1 October 2019
Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) is currently seeking applications from eligible applicants for the post of Legal Officer in Geneva, Switzerland. The duration of this post is 1 year.
The mission of OHCHR is to work for the protection of all human rights for all people, to help empower people to realize their rights and to assist those responsible for upholding such rights in ensuring that they are implemented.
Key Jobs Responsibilities
The Legal Officer will perform the following functions:
- Handle a range of issues related to criminal (substantive, procedural and comparative) law, under the overall direction of the Head of the IIIM and the Deputy Head of the IIIM, and under the direct supervision of the P4 Legal Officer coordinating analysis.
- Conduct extensive legal research and analysis and prepares studies, comparative studies, briefs, reports and correspondence.
- Undertake basic or extensive review of evidence, legal documents, instruments, or other material; identifies important issues, similarities, and inconsistencies, etc.
- Prepare or assists in the preparation of drafts of briefs, background papers, studies, reports, correspondence, etc.
- Prepare or assists in the preparation of legal opinions/advice on a wide range of issues, including the United Nations Charter and General Assembly resolutions and decisions.
- Prepare or assist in the preparation of agreements and contracts with other UN entities, international organizations, governments and NGOs.
- Review, advise on and drafts indictments or other legal submissions.
- Assess evidence for relevance and admissibility.
- Prepare and assess briefs of evidence.
- Service or assist senior colleagues in servicing conferences, task forces, and other bodies, including preparation of background materials, summaries of issues and meeting reports.
- Assist in representing the Organization.
- Prepare or assists with the preparation of seminars and symposia, and lectures on various issues.
- Provide guidance to more junior staff.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
Applicants must have:
- Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in international law is required.
- A first-level university degree in combination with 2 additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
- Minimum 5 years of progressively responsible experience in law, including legal analysis, research and writing, preferably relating to core international crimes obtained at the domestic or international level, is required.
- Prior work experience as a prosecutor with an international court or tribunal, or as a national prosecutor dealing with core international crimes, is desirable.
- Prior experience drafting or reviewing indictments (or similar legal submissions) is desirable.
- English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat.
- Fluency in English is required.
- Knowledge of French is desirable.
- Knowledge of Arabic is desirable.
How to Apply
Applicants must submit their applications through online process.
For more information, please visit OHCHR.