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Legal Officer

International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals



Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals, at the Arusha 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:

  • Handles a range of issues related to criminal law in consultation with the Officer in Charge and/or the Legal Officer.
  • Conducts extensive legal research and analysis and prepares legal opinions and briefs on a wide range of international criminal law issues as well as studies, reports, and correspondence.
  • Reviews and analyzes legal documents or other material.
  • Drafts submissions, reports, analysis and correspondence.
  • Facilitates case-related inquiries for visiting prosecutors and investigators and prepares or assists in the preparation of responses to requests for assistance from national and other requesting authorities. Drafts correspondence on matters related to enquiries from the general public, academic institutions, researchers and other sources.
  • Supervises searches for particular material and reviews the identified material for the purposes of disclosure to the defense or provision to requesting authorities.
  • Prepares advice to archivists on documents, the OTP evidence collection and case-related research enquiries.
  • Assists senior colleagues in servicing diplomatic conferences, commissions, committees, task forces, expert groups and other bodies, including preparation of background materials, summaries of issues and views of delegations, meeting reports, etc.
  • Attends court hearings and advocates before the IRMCT as required.
  • Assists and supports the work of The Hague Branch as required.
  • Performs other functions as directed by the Officer in Charge and/or Legal Officer.


  • Professionalism: Knowledge of the genocide and crimes committed in Rwanda. Knowledge of, and ability to apply, legal principles, concepts, and procedures for review, examination, and processing of a range of legal documents. Sound knowledge of substantive and procedural criminal law or international criminal law. Knowledge of various legal research sources, including electronic/online research tools, and ability to conduct research and analyze information on a wide range of legal issues. Ability to interpret and apply legal instruments, develop and present results, recommendations, and opinions clearly and concisely. Ability to draft legal documents and work under pressure. Discretion and ability to apply good legal judgment in the context of assignments given. Experience and ability to work well in a multicultural environment. Shows pride in work and in achievements. 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.



Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in 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, particularly in conducting complex criminal prosecutions.
Relevant experience at the ICTY and/or ICTR and a good understanding of the Rwandan genocide are highly desirable.



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



There may be a technical test followed by a competency-based interview.


Special Notice

The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff.  Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position. 

The appointment is limited to the ajira International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals.  *Appointment of the successful candidate to this position will be subject to budgetary approval. Appointment of the successful candidate on this position will be limited to the initial funding of the post. Extension of the appointment is subject to the extension of the mandate and/or the availability of funds. As the international tribunals are not integrated in the Secretariat, UN Staff Members serve on assignment or secondment from their parent department/office if selected.  Appointments of staff members in the United Nations are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General. Staff Members are expected to move periodically to new functions in accordance with established rules and procedures, and may in this context be reassigned by the Secretary-General throughout the Organization based on the changing needs and mandates.

Roster candidates must express their interest and availability for published job openings by submitting an updated PHP and cover letter.


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