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Chief of Section, Rule of Law, Judicial System and Prison Advisory , D-1
DATE OF ISSUANCE:   17 Feb 2012
ORGANIZATIONAL UNIT:   United Nations Operation in Cote dIvoire

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 delegated authority, the Chief of the Rule of Law, Judicial System and Prison Advisory Section will be responsible for the following duties: • Provide analysis of synergies among the technical rule of law issues in which the Mission is engaged (justice and corrections) and ensure coherence in UNOCI’ overall approach. • Provide advice to senior management on policy and matters related to strategic planning and management of the legal, judicial and corrections systems in the mission area. • Provide leadership, strategic vision to and overall management of the judicial and corrections support components; formulate, develop and direct the implementation of the work programme; oversee and coordinate programmed activities, ensuring appropriate coordination and integration with the mission’s general mandate and with all of its components and United Nations entities; provide programmatic/substantive reviews of work. • Supervise the preparation of legal and factual research and analysis, studies, presentations, briefs, policy documents and reports regarding the legal, judicial and corrections systems in the mission area. • Provide expert advice and assistance internally to the leadership of UNOCI on various aspects of the work programme, and externally to the government, international and national partners, and other entities on policy and operations; recommends appropriate actions and generally facilitates joint efforts and coordination of activities related to criminal justice reform initiatives. • Advise on and prepare research and analysis on complex legal and corrections issues, policy documents and guidelines, and outputs such as Section reports and assessments, and participate in legislative reviews. • Ensure effective knowledge management and information sharing, including developing a culture of respect for, and inclusion of, local actors in all judicial, legal and corrections/prison system initiatives. • Participate in the Mission’s senior management group; 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 judicial and corrections support components, including the preparation of budgetary inputs, report on budget/programme performance, job interviewing and evaluation of candidates; evaluations of staff performance (PAS), and input for results-based budgeting. • Guide the Mission’s strategic engagement with Government, bilateral partners and civil society actors relevant to the development of the rule of law and security sector reform, • Establish and maintain contacts and effective relations with national legal professionals, government officials and civil society representatives (including counterparts in the Ministry of Justice and other relevant Ministries, Legislative Assembly, the courts, associations of legal professionals, law school, women’s groups, non-governmental organizations, diplomatic missions and donors, and the media). • Foster teamwork and communication among staff in the section and across organizational boundaries. • Manage, guide, develop, train and evaluate personnel under her/his supervision • Represent the section at international, regional or national meetings; provide programmatic/substantive expertise on issues, or hold programmatic/substantive and organizational discussions with representatives of other institutions. • Lead and supervise the organization of meetings, seminars and related events on substantive issues; manages the substantive preparation and organization of such meetings or seminars. • Undertake other duties as required.

 Professionalism: Demonstrated in-depth knowledge of the strategic direction of a peacekeeping mission and its operations, and understanding of the political, social and economic environment and their impact on the implementation of a mission's mandate. Extensive knowledge of judicial, legal and corrections/prison administration and system related 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. Ability to transform mandate objectives into a results-oriented work programme and manage the same. Demonstrated in-depth understanding of criminal justice issues, including knowledge of criminal law and relevant international human rights standards. Demonstrated capacity for intellectual leadership, conceptual and strategic analytical capacity, and ability to thoroughly analyze and evaluate critical matters pertaining to a broad spectrum of criminal justice issues/problems. Demonstrated capacity for original and creative thinking, independent judgment and discretion in advising on and handling major policy, programme and other issues/problems. Extensive experience in bilateral and multilateral negotiations; strong negotiating skills and ability to influence others to reach agreement on difficult issues. Ability to work under extreme pressure, on occasion in a highly stressful environment (e.g. civil strife, natural disasters and human suffering). Knowledge of institutional mandates, policies and guidelines related to judicial affairs and seasoned knowledge of the institutions of the United Nations system. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrated professional competence and mastery of subject matter; conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations.  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 audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.  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.  Planning& Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and 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.  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 improvements; 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.  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.


Advanced university degree (Masters Degree or equivalent) in law, political science or international relations or other disciplines related to rule of law, security sector reform or human rights. A first level (Bachelors) degree together with 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 15 years of progressively responsible professional experience, including ten years as a practicing lawyer, prosecutor, judge, legal academic, legal consultant, corrections/prison personnel or advisor in the field of justice, corrections and/or rule of law assistance, is required. This must include significant experience providing technical assistance for the development or reform of legal, judicial and corrections/prison institutions in a transitional, developmental or post-conflict setting, outside the applicant’s country of nationality. Significant experience in programme and project design and management is also required. United Nations field experience, especially in peacekeeping operations, is desirable.

Fluency in spoken and written French and English is required. Knowledge of another United Nations official language 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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