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Chief Rule of Law Officer, D-1
DATE OF ISSUANCE:   18 Oct 2012
ORGANIZATIONAL UNIT:   Field Missions Administered by DPKO
DUTY STATION:   Multiple D/S

Depending on professional background, experience and family situation, a competitive compensation and benefits package is offered.
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United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
These positions are located in United Nations peace operations. The Chief Rule of Law Officer typically reports to the Special Representative to the Secretary-General or to his/her deputy, though this may vary depending on the mission structure. The primary function of these jobs is the overall management of the rule of law, justice and/or corrections component of a peace operation, its programme, staff and budgetary resources. Within delegated authority, the Chief Rule of Law Officer will be responsible for the following duties: (Duties are described generically in this job opening. Actual duties will depend on the mission mandate.) • Guide and oversee the strategic planning and the implementation of the work programmes of the mission justice, military justice and/or corrections teams and periodically evaluate their impact, ensuring appropriate coordination and integration with the mission’s general mandate and with all its components (in particular the human rights, political affairs, police, military, gender and child protection sections) as well as with the work programme of United Nations agencies, funds and programs. • Supervise the preparation of legal and factual research and analysis, studies, presentations, briefs, policy documents and reports regarding the legal, judicial and corrections systems, including the military justice system, in the mission area, ensuring that products meet high-quality standards. • Establish effective relationships with national counterparts, the mission leadership and United Nations and external national and international partners and provide expert advice on strengthening the national rule of law institutions and on the mission’s strategic engagement, ensuring a gender sensitive approach. • Ensure effective knowledge management and information sharing among national actors and international partners in all programmatic initiatives. • Represent the mission and serve on various standing boards, steering committees and other bodies, as required. • Oversee the programmatic/administrative tasks necessary to the functioning of the work units, including budget submissions, reporting on result-based performance and programme implementation and the management of staff performance.

Professionalism - Demonstrated knowledge of rule of law and human rights issues in post-conflict settings and United Nations strategy, policy and practice in these areas; experience in leading the design and implementation of rule of law reform programmes and projects; knowledge of criminal law principles and relevant international human rights norms and standards; efficiency in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; ability to remain calm in stressful situations; capability to incorporate gender considerations in rule of law reform initiatives. Leadership - Serves as a role model that other people want to follow; is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives; establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of stockholders to understand needs and gain support; anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions; drives for change and improvement; fosters teamwork and communication among staff in the unit and across organizational boundaries; does not accept the status quo; shows 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. 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 skills; 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 supports the development and career aspirations of staff; appraises performance fairly. Planning and Organizing - Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority 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. 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.


Advanced university degree (Masters Degree or equivalent) in law, political science or international relations or other disciplines related to rule of law, or qualification to work as a lawyer, prosecutor or magistrate, is required. A combination of relevant academic qualifications and extensive experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. A law degree is highly desirable.

Work Experience
A minimum of fifteen years of progressively responsible work experience (seventeen years if only firs-level degree is held) in the field of law, international affairs, social sciences or other disciplines related to rule of law is required. At least three years of experience working on strengthening rule of law institutions in developmental, transitional and/or post-conflict settings outside the applicant’s country of nationality and birth is required, or three years of experience working as a lawyer, prosecutor, judge or legal advisor, is required. At least two years working in a developmental, post-conflict and/or transitional setting, preferably for a United Nations peace operation, is required. At least five years of experience managing inter-disciplinary and/or multinational teams is required. Significant experience in programme design and management is desirable. Qualifying years of experience are calculated following the receipt of the first level university degree recognised by the United Nations.

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in English or French is required; good knowledge of the other is desirable. Knowledge of another UN official language, in particular Arabic, is an advantage.

Other Skills

The United Nations shall place no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. (Charter of the United Nations - Chapter 3, article 8).   English and French are the two working languages of the United Nations Secretariat.  The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.



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