Judicial Affairs Officer (Kunduz), P-4

DATE OF ISSUANCE:   09 Feb 2013
ORGANIZATIONAL UNIT:   Field Missions Administered by DPKO

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This position is located in Kunduz, Afghanistan. This post is funded through a Trust Fund for a period of one year. All applicants will be notified in writing as to the status of their application (successful or unsuccessful) at the end of the recruitment/rostering/selection process within 14 days (see ST/AI/2013/3 on Staff Selection System).
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
Within the overall UNAMA Rule of Law program, the Judicial Affairs Officer will work in the UNAMA Regional Office of Kunduz and will perform the following tasks: Support the Provincial Court in convening regular coordination meetings among the provincial justice institutions and in convening regional justice conferences; Work with the local and regional justice institutions to build their own capacity to lead and manage and strengthen those coordination mechanisms; Identify ways in which coordination among international donors and their implementing partners including the local and regional justice institutions could be improved, including identification of the factors that mitigate against coherent support, and propose and implement mechanisms to resolve those problems within existing structure of working groups on different topics; Develop the means to record, share and update information on past, current and proposed donor support to justice sector in Kunduz province (such as database, spreadsheets, etc.); Ensure that the overall strategic priorities for justice sector reform, as outlined in the National Justice Sector Strategy and the National Priority Programme on Law and Justice for All, are taken into account determining areas of future donor support to the justice sector and in relevant provincial planning processes; Develop a template for a regular update on the status of rule of law and justice, based on available data and analysis, and produce a regular (every six months) report on the situation of justice in Kunduz Province; Provide analysis and reports on key trends and activities in the region as requested; Provide expert advice and technical assistance to national counterparts on legal and judicial systems, including on legal and institutional reform; Assist in the mapping and assessment of judicial and legal systems in the Region; Provide technical and operational support in implementing workshops, seminars, outreach programs and other related activities; and Perform programmatic and administrative tasks necessary for the functioning of the Rule of Law team in the North-eastern Region.

Professionalism - Extensive knowledge of judicial and legal system issues, including knowledge of criminal law and relevant international human rights standards and their relationship and linkages to the broader developmental/post-conflict recovery framework and initiatives; Knowledge of the institutions of the United Nations system and respective institutional mandates; Extensive knowledge of United Nations policies and guidelines related to rule of law assistance programmes; Ability to stay calm in stressful situations; Ability to take responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives, and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work. choose the core competencies- Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly; gathers relevant information before making a decision; considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them; takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization; proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information; checks assumptions against facts; determines that the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; makes tough decisions when necessary. Teamwork - Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings. Communication - Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify; demonstrates the ability to communicate effectively with counterparts from distinct cultural and/or educational backgrounds. 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.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law, is required. A first-level university degree in law in combination with other relevant academic qualifications and/or legal experience in the field of rule of law assistance may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience
A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible professional experience as a practicing lawyer, prosecutor, judge, legal academic, legal consultant or adviser in the field of rule of law is required, of which a minimum of two years experience providing technical assistance for strengthening legal and judicial systems in a transitional, developmental or post-conflict setting outside the applicant’s country of nationality; including coordination with international donors and their implementing partners with justice institutions. Management experience is desirable. United Nations field experience especially in a peacekeeping operation is desirable.

Fluency in English (both oral and written) is required. Fluency in or knowledge of Dari would be an advantage.

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