Job Vacancies United Nations Secretariat
Position: Executive Director, Office of Administration of Justice
Department/ Office OFFICE OF ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE
Duty Station NEW YORK
Closing Date: Sunday, 11 September 2011
Job Opening number 11-ADM-ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE-20292-R-NEW YORK
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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The post is located in the Office of the Administration of Justice. The incumbent advises the Secretary-General and Deputy Secretary-General.
The Executive Director of the Office of Administration of Justice is responsible for the overall administrative coordination of the formal internal justice system, contributing to its functioning in a fair, transparent and efficient manner. The Executive Director develops and manages the work programme for the Office of Administration of Justice, which includes the Principal Registrar, the Registries of the UN Dispute Tribunal and the UN Appeals Tribunal and the Office of Staff Legal Assistance. He/she provides direction and guidance to these offices to ensure the overall implementation of the work programme. He/she also ensures that the Office of Administration of Justice provides support to the Internal Justice Council. The Executive Director is responsible for coordinating the monitoring and oversight of the formal system. He/she advises the Secretary-General and Deputy Secretary-General on any systemic issues relating to the administration of justice, including recommending changes to rules, regulations and administrative instructions that would improve the functioning of the system and better meet its objectives. The Executive Director liaises, as appropriate, with other bodies and offices, such as the Office of Internal Oversight Services, the Office of the Ombudsman and the Ethics Office. He/she prepares reports of the Secretary-General to the General Assembly on administration of justice and represents the UN in meetings on issues of administration of justice with intergovernmental bodies and other international organizations and administrative tribunals. He/she is responsible for communicating with staff and management on matters relating to the system of administration of justice.
The Executive Director will have expert knowledge of administrative law and judicial procedures, preferably gained at the international level. He/she will be able to identify key strategic issues and apply sound judgement to solve a wide range of problems.
The Executive Director must have strong managerial/leadership skills, including demonstrated flexibility in leadership, evidenced by skillful oversight and analysis of complex legal, human resources, financial or administrative management policy and programme issues. The Executive Director will provide leadership and will take responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; he/she will demonstrate knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.
The Executive Director will hold the highest ethical standards and have a reputation for dealing honestly and openly with issues and staff, acting at all times with integrity, which is recognized and respected by top management, peers, stakeholders and staff.
The Executive Director will demonstrate mature and independent judgement. He/she will have demonstrable initiative, imagination, resourcefulness and tact. He/she will have a proven ability to provide strategic direction and ensure and effective work structure to maximize productivity and achieve goals.
He/she will have a demonstrated ability to identify the needs of the stakeholders within the system and to propose appropriate solutions, while establishing and maintaining effective relationships with outside collaborators and others.
He/she will be able to establish priorities and to plan, coordinate and monitor work of others. He/she will demonstrate the ability to make timely decisions as well as to coach, mentor and motivate and develop staff and encourage their good performance.
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law. A first level university degree with a relevant combination of academic qualifications and experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
The Executive Director must have at least 15 years of progressively responsible experience in law, human resources management or administration. A substantial part of that experience should have been gained at the international level. He/she must have a thorough understanding of, and experience in, judicial structures and procedures, as well as in directing and managing several offices simultaneously in a multicultural environment.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in oral and written English is required. Working knowledge of French is an advantage.
Evaluation of qualified applicants may include a technical assessment which may be followed by a competency-based interview.
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.
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