As the senior legal advisor to the Pre-Trial Judge and the Trial Chamber Judges and the team leader of the pre-trial and trial legal support team, the incumbent will be responsible for the provision of expert legal advice and on a wide range of substantive and procedural legal and case management issues. S/he will liaise between the pre-trial Judge and the trial Judges to facilitate the completion of the pre-trial phase, as well as cooperation and coordination for the smooth and effective transition between pre-trial proceedings, trial preparation and trial proceedings. S/he will prepare, review, or edit judicial decisions based on discussions with the Judges and will attend hearings, as needed. S/he will coordinate and direct the team of legal and administrative staff supporting the pre-trial and trial Judges, and will prioritize and manage the team’s workload so as to ensure adequate support for the expeditious completion of the pre-trial phase and the effective preparation for and conduct of the trial proceedings. S/he will liaise between the parties and participants, the Registry and the Judges, as needed. S/he will coordinate with the Office of the President to implement, monitor and update work plans, including measurable targets to facilitate the implementation of quantitative performance indicators. S/he will coordinate and facilitate the implementation of completion strategies within Chambers, including as appropriate, coordinating records disposition and facilitation of effective handover to any residual entity. The incumbent will also perform other duties as might be assigned.
Knowledge and Skills
Professionalism – Thorough knowledge of international criminal law concepts, procedures and instruments, with a particular emphasis on the legal practice of the STL and other international and hybrid criminal courts. Ability to apply legal expertise and sound judgement to a range of complex substantive and procedural issues. Strong analytical skills and proficiency in legal writing and expression and ability to prepare complex legal documents. Proven ability to work to tight deadlines and to handle multiple concurrent priorities successfully. Proven ability to manage teams and deliver results. 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.
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.
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.
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; 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; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.
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 Tribunal; 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.
An advanced law degree (from either a common law or civil law jurisdiction) is required, in conjunction with a comprehensive knowledge of international criminal law and procedure. A Master’s degree in international criminal law, international humanitarian law and/or international human rights law is highly desirable.
A minimum of 10 years progressively responsible professional experience at the international level, preferably with an emphasis in international criminal law or international law. Experience in working at an international criminal law court or tribunal is highly desirable.
Arabic, French and Arabic are the working languages of the Tribunal. Fluency in written and spoken English is essential. Working knowledge of French is highly desirable. Knowledge of Arabic is an advantage.
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