Legal Officer, P3

UN MICT - United Nations International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals

The Hague, Netherlands

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Office of the President at the Hague branch of the Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals. The incumbent will work under the guidance of the President and Chef de Cabinet and will report to the Chef de Cabinet or the P-4 Legal Officer at the Hague branch. The Mechanism has two branches, in Arusha and in The Hague.


Under the guidance of the President, the Chef de Cabinet, and the P-4 Legal Officer at the Hague branch, the incumbent will provide specialized legal, policy, administrative, and judicial support with respect to the President’s mandated functions, including drafting and reviewing orders and decisions; analyzing relevant law, rules and policies; advising the President on the issues and applicable law; and drafting and revising policies, memoranda, reports, press releases, and correspondence. The duties also include conducting and supervising legal research, particularly on international humanitarian and criminal law; monitoring relevant developments in international law; managing diverse work-streams related to the President’s mandated functions; representing the President in cross-institutional meetings, on boards, and at ad hoc committees; and providing institutional guidance in conformity with the Mechanism’s mandate, including through coordinating with senior officials from other sections and units of the Mechanism. The incumbent will further support the President, the Chef de Cabinet, and the P-4 Legal Officer by assisting with the direction and management of the office, including leading the Office of the President at the Hague branch in the absence of the Chef de Cabinet and the P-4 Legal Officer.


  • Professionalism – Strong organizational, drafting, and interpersonal skills; proven ability to conduct comprehensive legal analysis; proven ability to work well under pressure and meet strict guidelines. Knowledge of the UN system desirable; knowledge of international criminal justice systems highly desirable. 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. Commitment to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects of work;
  • 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;
  • Teamwork – Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organisational 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 and Organising – 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.


Advanced university degree in law, preferably with specialization in international, criminal or humanitarian law. A first level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.

Work Experience

Minimum of 5 years of progressively responsible professional legal experience, at either the national or international level, preferably with an emphasis in criminal law, international law or humanitarian law. Previous experience in the executive office of an international organization or international court is highly desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the Mechanism. For the post advertised, fluency in written and spoken English is required. Working knowledge of the other is highly desirable.

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