Judicial Affairs Officer

Kabul, Afghanistan 🇦🇫

Assessment Period

STANDARD PRE-SELECTION TEST SCHEDULED for 15-17 October 2016.
Eligible applicants will be invited to take a standard pre-selection test, which they will be informed of by email (please make sure your email address in inspira is correct) and/or on the “My Upcoming Test Schedule” page in Inspira. The standard pre-selection test will be given between 10:00 a.m. on 15 October to 9:59 a.m. on 17 October 2016 (EST, New York time). Applicants must complete the test during this 48-hour testing window in order to remain under consideration.

Please go to the following page to learn about the assessment process and the schedule of testing dates:
https://hr.un.org/page/assessment

All applicants must check the exact testing windows for all tests in Inspira on the “My Upcoming Test Schedule” page as well as on a dedicated page on the United Nations HR Portal (https://hr.un.org/page/assessment) after the closing of this job opening. Applicants should check regularly, in particular during the week before above referenced testing windows.
Previously rostered candidates who are already on pre-approved rosters, following a review by a United Nations Central Review Body, will not be subject to any further assessment and, accordingly, will not be invited to sit for any part of the test or interview.

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Special Notice

Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.

Extension of the appointment is subject to extension of the mandate and/or the availability of the funds.

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) in Kabul. Kabul is classified as an ‘E’ duty station and non-family duty station. The incumbent reports to the Deputy Chief and under the supervision of the Chief of the Rule of Law Unit.

UNAMA is a political mission that provides political good offices in Afghanistan; works with and supports the government; supports the process of peace and reconciliation; monitors and promotes human rights and the protection of civilians in armed conflict; promotes good governance; and encourages regional cooperation. Learn more about the mandate of the mission at https://unama.unmissions.org/

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:

•Participates in the development and implementation of the mission’s strategies related to the rule of law and the development/reform of the justice and legal systems, supporting national criminal justice system organization, providing training and/or monitoring the court and legal system, including field offices, if required.

•Implements legal and judicial programmes of the work unit and advises on the legal framework, institutional reform of the judiciary, prosecution, and law enforcement, and legal representation or aid.

•Serves as a recognized expert and conducts programme activities in one or more areas of concentration (e.g. gender justice, juvenile justice, civil law, land, business and commercial law and regulation to promote business and economic activity etc.); independently handles a wide range of multi-discipline, highly complex, and often sensitive and/or conflicting matters involving issues relating to the development or reform of legal or judicial systems/institutions.

•Coordinates and directs work teams; guides, supervises and evaluates the work of junior officers; may assist in the general management and administration of the work unit, organizing and prioritizing the workload and providing general coordination and supervision of assignments.

•Work closely with The Afghanistan Independent Land Authority (Arazi), Ministry of Justice’ Government Cases and Hoquq Departments, the Supreme Court, Independent Directorate of Local Government (IDLG), Ministry of Land and Urban Development (MUDA) among other government organs, to assist in developing consensus based policy platforms to address identified challenges. Task, collate and analyse field reports on land case studies, land grabbing/usurpation as well as the thematic water management report; draft and finalize reports and offer recommendations.

•Plans, coordinates and supervises all activities in assigned area; ensures an integrated and harmonized approach among other components of the mission (e.g. corrections, human rights, political affairs, policy, gender, child protections, etc.) and UN entities.

•Takes the lead in promoting knowledge management and information sharing, including developing a culture of respect for, and inclusion of, local and national actors in all judicial and legal system initiatives; identifying, establishing and maintaining contacts and partnerships with all actors ensuring participation in, and effective integration of ideas in the planning and implementation of judicial affairs activities.

•Organizes and supervises research studies and the preparation written outputs, as well as performs extensive legal research and analysis on highly complex or novel legal issues/questions and prepares reports, studies, briefs, reports, and other written material; participates in legislative reviews and prepares commentaries.

•Provides innovative technical advice and assistance to regional and local commissions, standing committees, and other offices, etc.; represents the mission and serves on various standing boards and committees, as required.

•Coordinates/performs programmatic and administrative tasks necessary for the functioning of work unit, including contributing to the preparation of budgets, reporting on performance and results, managing and evaluating staff performance, job interviewing and evaluation of candidates.

•Perform other related duties as required.

Competencies

Professionalism: Demonstrated knowledge of judicial and legal system issues, including knowledge of civil, land, business and commercial law, criminal law and relevant international justice and human rights standards and their relationship and linkages to the broader developmental/post-conflict recovery framework and initiatives. Ability to proactively seek and recommend sound policy initiatives. Ability to conduct comprehensive legal research on a range of issues, including those of a unique and/or complex nature; proficiency in preparing a variety of written documents. Conceptual and strategic analytical capacity, which requires a coordinated response, judgment in applying technical expertise in developing innovative and creative solutions. Ability to negotiate and to influence others to reach agreement. Knowledge of institutional mandates, policies and guidelines pertaining to judicial affairs and knowledge of the institutions of the UN system. 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. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work

Integrity: Demonstrates the values of the United Nations in daily activities and behaviours; acts without consideration of personal gain; resists undue political pressure in decision-making; does not abuse power or authority; stands by decisions that are in the Organization’s interest, even if they are unpopular; takes prompt action in cases of unprofessional or unethical behaviour.

Respect for Diversity: Works effectively with people from all backgrounds; treats all people with dignity and respect; treats men and women equally; shows respect for and understanding of diverse points of view and demonstrates this understanding in daily work and decision-making; examines own biases and behaviours to avoid stereotypical responses; does not discriminate against any individual or group.

Planning and 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.

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.

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.

Education

Advanced University Degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in law, and bar qualification, or equivalent, in addition to a first level degree in law, is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of relevant academic qualifications and legal experience in the field of justice or rule of law assistance may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience, including five years as a practicing lawyer, prosecutor, judge, legal consultant, or advisor in the field of justice, is required. A minimum of one year of experience providing technical assistance for the development or reform of legal and judicial institutions in a transitional, developmental or post-conflict setting, outside the applicant’s country of nationality, is required. Experience in land or water management is required. Experience in legal and regulatory experience for business, economic development, taxation, customs, or licensing is desirable. Experience in legislative drafting or review is required. Management experience is required. Experience in programme design and management is desirable. Prior experience working in Afghanistan is highly desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of Dari or Pashto is desirable.

Assessment

Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview. Core values and competencies will be assessed throughout the evaluation process.

United Nations Considerations

According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity, including but not limited to, respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to, whether they have committed or are alleged to have committed criminal offences or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places 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. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the At-a-Glance on “The Application Process” and the Instructional Manual for the Applicants, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The screening and evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications, including but not limited to, their education, work experience, and language skills, according to the instructions provided on inspira. Applicants will be disqualified from consideration if they do not demonstrate in their application that they meet the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations. Applicants are solely responsible for providing complete and accurate information at the time of application: no amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to a reference-checking process to verify the information provided in the application.

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