Job title: Senior Judicial Affairs Officer (Military Justice), P-5
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: 25 Dec 2011
ORGANIZATIONAL UNIT: Department of Field Support
DUTY STATION: Juba
VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT NUMBER: 11-JUR-DFS-425489-R-JUBA
Depending on professional background, experience and family situation, a competitive compensation and benefits package is offered.
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
This post is located in Juba, South Sudan under the Rule of Law and Security Institutions Support Office (ROLSISO). The Senior Military Justice Officer (P5) reports to the Chief of the ROLSISO. Under the direct supervision of the Chief, ROLSISO, the Section Chief will oversee the work of the Military Justice Advisory Section. The Senior Military Justice Officer will be responsible for: Developing a strategy for UNMISS support to the Government’s efforts to develop an effective military justice system, complementary to the civil justice system; Providing expert technical advice to the Ministry of Defence and Veteran Affairs on legal and institutional frameworks related to reforming the military justice system including law and procedure; the functioning and oversight of the Military Judiciary; the administration of military justice; and reform of Judge Advocates; Providing support to Government nationally-led efforts to coordinate policy development and international assistance for the military justice sector; Support stakeholder roundtable meetings to discuss the establishment of a military justice system complementary to the civil justice systems including on best practices relating to the administrative aspects of military justice system reform and a legal framework for military justice that incorporates a gender and human rights-based approach. Collaborating with the UNMISS Human Rights Officers on initiatives relating to military justice reform; Working with UNMISS Judicial Affairs and Security Sector Reform officers to support national actors in their development of a military justice system that is complementary to the civilian justice system and to end arbitrary detention in military detention facilities; Supporting the coordination of all UN activities related to military justice reform; Performing such other functions as are consistent with the mandate provided by the Security Council Resolution 1996 (2011).
Professionalism - Demonstrated in-depth understanding of military justice reform and capacity to provide a strategic approach to the development of a military justice system that is complementary to the civilian justice system; knowledge of relevant international human rights standards; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; being conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments; observing deadlines and achieving results; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations; commitment to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects of peace operations. Planning and Organizing - Demonstrated ability to establish priorities and to plan, coordinate and monitor own work plan and those under his/her supervision; 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 and uses time efficiently. Communication - Proven and sustained communication (oral and written) skills, including ability to prepare reports and conduct presentations by clearly formulating positions on issues, articulating options concisely conveying maximum necessary information, making and defending recommendations; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interests in having two-way communication, tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience and demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed. 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 tasks 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. Judgment/Decision-making - Strong analytical skills and demonstrated sound judgment in applying technical expertise to resolve a range of issues and problems; ability to identify key issues in a complex situation and comes to heart of the problem quickly; ability to gather relevant information for decision making; makes appropriate recommendations on available information; considers all aspects of the situation by cross-checking of assumptions against facts before making a decision and ability to take tough decisions that need be taken to address situations.
Advanced university degree (Master’s Degree or equivalent) in law. A first-level university degree with a relevant combination of academic qualifications and experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
At least ten years of progressively responsible professional experience in a military justice system is required. Experience providing legal, strategic and technical assistance for the development of a military justice system is required. Experience in providing such assistance in a transitional, developmental or post-conflict setting outside the applicant’s country of nationality is desirable. Experience in a peacekeeping operation is desirable. Knowledge and experience in working in a military justice setting or similar environment is desirable.
Fluency in spoken and written English; knowledge of a second UN language is desirable. Fluency in the local language is an advantage.
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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PLEASE NOTE THAT APPLICATIONS RECEIVED AFTER THE DEADLINE WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.
How to apply
All applicants are strongly encouraged to apply online as soon as possible after the vacancy has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the vacancy announcement. Because applications submitted by United Nations (UN) staff members are considered first, provided the eligibility requirements set out in ST/AI/2006/3 are met and the application is submitted in a timely fashion, staff members should apply within 15-day or 30-day mark.
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