|International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals- IRMCT|
for Criminal Tribunals (IRMCT), 2020
Posting Title: SENIOR TRIAL ATTORNEY, P5
Job Code Title: SENIOR TRIAL ATTORNEY
Department/Office: International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals
Duty Station: ARUSHA
Job Opening Number: 20-Legal Affairs-RMT-144716-R-Arusha (R)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the
Office of the Prosecutor of the International Residual Mechanism for
Criminal Tribunals, in Arusha branch. The incumbent will work under the
direct supervision of the Prosecutor and the Chief of Staff.
*Appointment of the successful candidate to this position will be subject to budgetary approval.
trial proceedings as the Prosecuting Attorney (leader of the
prosecution team) on behalf of the Prosecutor before the Chambers;
the prosecution of criminal cases, and is responsible for the
management of the trial team and sets the direction of the case, being
responsible for formulating positions taken before the Chambers,
including in written filings;
•Coordinate and direct teams of trial
attorneys, legal officers and investigators, guide and supervise the
work of junior staff; organize and prioritize the workload and provide
general coordination and supervision of legal assignments;
•Provide authoritative legal advice on a diverse range of highly complex or novel substantive and procedural questions of law;
and supervise the preparation of legal opinions, as well as oversee
legal research and analysis, and prepare legal opinions, studies,
briefs, reports and correspondence;
•Appear in court, being responsible for high level or complex witnesses where necessary;
•Sets the direction for investigations needed for the presentation of the case or to respond to the case for the defence;
with other senior officers on trial, appeal and core teams on issues
common to their cases or that affect the office as a whole;
•Represent the Prosecutor in trials before the Chambers;
on various standing boards, committees, ad hoc working groups and task
forces as required, promote the work of the United Nations and represent
the organization at meetings, conferences, seminars, etc.;
•Contribute to review and design of new, or new applications of, legal instruments, policy, guidelines, systems, etc.
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•Professionalism: Knowledge of the genocide and crimes committed in
Rwanda. Demonstrated experience carrying out a complex criminal
investigation and utilizing criminal investigation techniques, and
particularly use of analysis in complex investigations. Demonstrated
experience conducting pre-trial and/or trial proceedings in complex
criminal cases. In-depth theoretical knowledge, including knowledge of
criminal law (both substantive and procedural), and extensive
broad-based experience in applying legal expertise to analysing a
diverse range of highly complex and novel legal issues and problems and
in developing innovative and creative solutions, particularly in complex
criminal cases. Superior skills in legal writing and expression and
ability to prepare legal briefs, indictments, opinions, or legal
submissions/motions and a variety of legal instruments and related
documents for submission to senior officials or to the Chambers. Highly
developed negotiating skills and ability to persuade and influence
others to reach agreement. Demonstrated planning, management and
organisational skills and ability to coordinate the work of teams and
individuals, ensuring the quality and timeliness of outputs and good
understanding of the dynamics of working in an international
environment. Ability to defend difficult issues and positions before
senior officials and to prosecute high profile indictees. Demonstrates
professional competence and mastery of subject matter. Ability to adapt
to changing circumstances and conditions during the course of the
pre-trial proceedings and ability to modify procedures and methodologies
accordingly. Ability to think clearly and logically and analyze complex
and obscure data from a myriad of sources. Supervisory skills, computer
literacy and proficiency in the use of software applications relevant
to criminal investigations. 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.
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
•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.
– 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.
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. A
first level university degree in combination with two additional years
of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced
Minimum of 10 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.
Fluency in one of the working languages of the Mechanism, English or
French, (both oral and written) is required; knowledge of the other
would be an asset.
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 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
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Posting Period: 20 November 2020 – 19 December 2020.