Legal adviser
Genève, Canton de Genève, Suisse
vor 4 Tg.
source : Jobeo

Entreprise :

This position is located within the Sri Lanka accountability project of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, in the Field Operations and Technical Cooperation Division (FOTCD), Geneva.

The Legal Advisor will report to the Senior Human Rights Officer, Investigations Support Unit, with additional reporting to the Senior Human Rights Officer, Rule of Law and Democracy Section.

Description du poste :

In the area of concentration, within delegated authority and location, the Legal Adviser will be responsible for the following duties :

  • Serves as a lead officer in one or more areas of concentration, and independently handles a wide range of multi-discipline and complex legal matters involving issues of international, public, private law, to include interpretation and application of instruments in that area of concentration, or criminal law (both substantive and procedural).
  • Advises the team on matters related to the legal standards applicable to the human rights situation under analysis and identifies trends and patterns of international human rights and criminal law violations and abuses, and suggests legal qualifications of gathered information.
  • Provides legal advice on diverse substantive and procedural questions of considerable complexity, which may include those related to administration and management, institutions support, procurement and contracts, peacekeeping and other operational matters, separately administered programmes and funds, criminal investigations and prosecutions, etc.
  • Performs and supervises the collection, consolidation, analysis and preservation of information and evidence in relation to gross violations of human rights or serious violations of international humanitarian law in Sri Lanka, and prepares legal opinions, studies, briefs, reports, indictments and correspondance;
  • provides legal advice to the unit / division.

  • Prepares legal documents as necessary in the course of investigations and prosecutions.
  • Services diplomatic conferences, commissions, committees, task forces, expert groups and other bodies, including preparation of background materials, summaries of issues and views of delegations, meeting reports, etc.
  • Reviews, advises on and drafts complex contracts, agreements, institutional and operational modalities, or legal motions / submissions and other legal documents;
  • develops new legal modalities to meet unique needs / circumstances.

  • Drafts the legal framework and analysis of the project's reports and ensures consistency of findings, conclusions and recommendations with the mandate, applicable law and information gathered.
  • Serves on various standing boards, committees, ad hoc working groups and task forces, as required; promotes the work of the United Nations and represents the organization at meetings, conferences, seminars, etc.
  • Coordinates and direct teams of other human rights and / or legal officers dealing with significant problems as required, and / or mentors and supervises the work of junior officers on specific projects.
  • Contributes to review and design of new, or new applications of, legal instruments, policy, guidelines, etc.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
  • Description du profil :

    Professionalism : Knowledge of international legal procedures and instruments, including international law, including in relevant humanitarian, human rights and international criminal law, as well as human rights and international legal procedures and instruments.

  • Ability to apply legal expertise to investigate, collect and analyze information and evidence in relation to international crimes and analyse a diverse range of complex and unusual legal issues and problems and in developing innovative and creative strategies for accountability.
  • Strong analytical skills and ability to conduct comprehensive legal research on a range of issues, including those of a unique and / or complex nature;
  • proficiency in legal writing and expression and ability to prepare legal briefs, opinions, indictments or legal submissions / motions, and a variety of legal instruments and related documents.

    Discretion and sound judgment in applying legal expertise to sensitive, complex legal issues. Strong negotiating skills and ability to influence others to reach agreement.

    Ability to work to tight deadlines and handle multiple concurrent projects / cases. Knowledge of contemporary international relations and of UN system, organization and interrelationships.

    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.

    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. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

    Demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.

    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.

    Accountability : Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments. Delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards.

    Operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules. Supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments.

    Takes personal responsibility for his / her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.

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