[TimorLesteStudies] Judicial Affairs Officer (Gender Justice) , P4

Bu Wilson Bu.Wilson at anu.edu.au
Thu Feb 5 09:28:21 EST 2009

Judicial Affairs Officer (Gender Justice), P-4 

ORGANIZATIONAL UNIT: United Nations Integrated Mission in Timor Leste 
DUTY STATION: Dili (East Timor) 
Depending on professional background, experience and family situation, a
competitive compensation and benefits package is offered. 

United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for
Under the direct supervision of the Senior Judicial Affairs Officer for
UNMIT, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:
Participate in the development and implementation of the Mission's rule of
law strategic plan and policymaking in the context of the Mission mandate,
integration a gender justice perspective; Implement the legal and judicial
programmes of the Section, and provide advice on the legal framework,
institutional reform of the judiciary, prosecutions and law enforcement, and
legal representation or aid; Conduct, particularly in the field of gender
justice, as required, programme activities, such as advice and mentoring of
national counterparts, facilitating and organizing workshops and
consultations, supporting national criminal justice system coordination,
training of national actors and/or monitoring of the court and legal system,
including in field offices, if required; Advise on and prepare complex legal
research and analysis, and outputs such as Section reports and assessments,
policy documents, briefings and guidelines, and participate in legislative
reviews and drafting of commentaries, all with a particular focus on gender
justice; Participate in coordination mechanisms at mission level,
maintaining close working relationships with related components (human
rights, police, corrections, gender etc.) and UN agencies, and represent the
Mission and serve on various standing boards and committees as required;
Support and participate in national level coordination, planning and/or
reform processes, and donor coordination, to include supporting the
completion of a comprehensive review of the justice sector and the
development of a long term national strategic plan; Establish and maintain
contacts and effective relations in the mission area with senior government
officials, institutions, and ministries, including the Ministry of Justice
and Parliament, the courts, associations of legal professionals, law
schools, civil society representatives and particularly women's groups,
international non-governmental organizations, diplomatic missions and
donors, and the media; Perform programmatic and administrative tasks
necessary for the functioning of the Section, including preparation of
budgets, reporting on performance and results, managing and evaluating staff
performance, job interviewing and evaluation of candidates; Manage, guide,
develop and train staff under her/his supervision and participate in
knowledge management and information sharing, including developing a culture
within the component of respect for, and inclusion of, local actors in all
judicial and legal system initiatives; Perform any other task as
appropriately requested by the Senior Judicial Affairs Officer or Mission

Professionalism: Demonstrated in-depth understanding of specific sector and
gender justice in particular; substantial and diverse experience in all
facets of the job; strong analytical skills combined with good judgment.
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. Judgment/Decision-making: Demonstrated sound judgment in
applying technical expertise to resolve a range of issues and problems.
Ability to proactively seek and recommend sound policy initiatives;
Communication: Proven and sustained 
communication (verbal 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. Excellent legal drafting
and analysis skills. Planning and Organizing: Demonstrated ability to
establish priorities and to plan, coordinate and monitor own work plan and
those under his/her supervision; Teamwork: Proven interpersonal skills and
the ability to listen and work in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment
with sensitivity and respect for diversity; Creativity: Ability to actively
seek to improve programmes/services, offer new and different options to
solve problems/meet national stakeholder needs, and promote and persuade
others to consider new ideas. 

Degree in law (J.D., LL.B. or equivalent). A graduate degree in law (LL.M.,
LL.D. or equivalent) would be an asset, especially in international
criminal, human rights or humanitarian law. 
Work Experience 
At least 7 years of progressively responsible professional legal experience,
including at least 2 years working in a justice system and at least 2 years
working to develop rule of law institutions in a developmental, transitional
or post-conflict setting outside the applicant's home country. Profound
knowledge of the field of gender justice. Sound understanding of
international human rights principles, norms and standards. Sound and proven
management skills. Ability to work inclusively and collaboratively with host
country counterparts. Excellent legal writing and analysis skills. 

Fluency in oral and written English or French. Knowledge of Portuguese,
Bahasa Indonesia or Tetum an asset. 

Other Skills 
Significant experience in developing rule of law programmes. Prior
experience in and knowledge of local cultures, language and the regional
history of any host countries of peacekeeping operations. Prior work in the
UN, a UN system organization, or another inter-governmental organization. 

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). 

If you are interested and qualified, please apply via UN galaxy to the above
vacancy announcements and send a copy of your application to
dpko-ruleoflawnetwork at un.org. 

We would be grateful if you could circulate this information as widely as

Hans Sachs
Peacekeeping Rule of Law Network
dpko-ruleoflawnetwork at un.org
+1 917 367 2854 

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