Legal Officer, P4

Legal Officer, P4

UN MICT - United Nations International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals

The Hague, Netherlands

Org. Setting and Reporting

The post is located in the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) of the Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals (IRMCT), The Hague Branch. The incumbent will work under the direct supervision of the Officer in Charge/Senior Legal Officer.

Appointment of the successful candidate to this position will be subject to budgetary approval.


The incumbent will perform the following duties:

  • Serve as lead legal officer who oversees all the legal work of the OTP relating to core functions of the IRMCT and independently handle a wide range of multidisciplinary and complex legal matters;
  • Supervise/conduct case-related legal work, including work in relation to OTP investigations, trials, appeals and review proceedings and be responsible for the maintenance of the statistics relating to the legal work of the OTP;
  • Provide legal advice on diverse substantive and procedural legal questions, including policy and diplomatic matters;
  • Coordinate and direct teams of other legal officers dealing with significant issues as required, and supervise the work of junior officers generally, and on specific projects;
  • Perform extensive legal research and analysis and prepare legal opinions, motions, briefs, reports and correspondence;
  • Supervise the preparation of, and prepare, legal documents required for the provision of assistance to national authorities;
  • Provide legal advice in relation to case-related research inquiries and requests for access to materials and the OTP evidence collection;
  • Serve on committees and working groups, as required, and represent the OTP at meetings, conferences, and seminars;
  • Design and review systems and procedures for the OTP IRMCT, The Hague Branch concerning legal issues and practices, and revise/develop policy guidelines and proposals as appropriate;
  • Assist and support the work of the OTP IRMCT Arusha Branch as required;
  • Perform other duties as directed by the Officer in Charge/Senior Legal Officer.


Core Competencies:

  • Professionalism - Knowledge of international legal procedures and instruments, including international criminal law, with a particular emphasis on the legal practice of the IRMCT. Sound knowledge of the functioning of criminal investigations and prosecutions at the national and international levels. Ability to apply legal expertise to analyzing a diverse range of complex issues and in developing innovative solutions. Strong analytical skills and proficiency in legal writing and expression and ability to prepare legal documents. Experience and ability to work well in a multicultural environment. Ability to work to tight deadlines and to handle multiple concurrent projects. Good computer skills and ability to use relevant software applications and online legal-research tools. 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.

Managerial Competencies:

  • 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 improvement; 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;
  • Judgement/Decision-making - 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 Organisation. 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.


  • Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law, preferably with specialisation in criminal law or international 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

  • At least seven years of progressively responsible experience in criminal prosecution, including substantial experience at the international level;
  • Relevant experience at the IRMCT, ICTY and/or ICTR is highly desirable.


  • English and French are the working languages of the Mechanism. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. knowledge of French would be an asset.

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