Job Vacancies United Nations Secretariat
Position: Senior Rule Of Law Officer
Location: United States of America ( The ), New York
Closing Date: Friday, 03 August 2012
Organizational Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the Rule of Law Unit in the Executive office of the Secretary-General at the United Nations. The Rule of Law Unit supports the Rule of Law Coordination and Resource Group, Chaired by the Deputy Secretary-General, which was established to act as the focal point for coordinating system-wide attention on the rule of law so as to ensure quality, policy coherence and coordination. The Senior Rule of Law officer acts as deputy to the Director of the Rule of Law Unit.
Under the supervision of the Director, the incumbent shall be responsible for the following:
Assist the Director in carrying out the Unit’s secretariat functions for the Rule of Law Coordination and Resource Group and in supporting the implementation of the Group’s Strategic Plan;
Participate in the development of a vision or direction for the work of the Unit and create conditions for implementing that vision or direction;
Provide policy direction and guidance to the United Nations system in the rule of law field through the preparation of strategies, policies and guidance in conjunction with relevant lead entities and ensure the overall coordination and coherence of UN rule of law efforts;
Develop and maintain close working relationships and coherent coordination with focal points within Group members, as well as with relevant entities within the wider UN system working in the rule of law field;
Liaise, coordinate and establish partnerships with Member States, multilateral financial institutions, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations and other non-state actors working in the rule of law field;
Facilitate contact between UN entities involved in rule of law programming and Member States, regional and intergovernmental organizations, donors and non-governmental organizations;
Act as a substantive resource for the Peacebuilding Commission and Peacebuilding Support Office on rule of law issues;
Assist with developing procedures and systems for ensuring that the United Nations system responds, effectively and coherently, to requests from States for assistance, in close collaboration with United Nations lead entities;
Undertake consultative missions and meetings with national stakeholders, donors and development partners to determine needs, identify areas of cooperation and support and inform them regarding the Group’s priorities, programs and decisions;
Support the Secretary-General’s advocacy role in the promotion of the rule of law in international relations;
Represent the Unit at interagency meetings, task forces and working groups, as required, as well as international, regional or national meetings;
Oversee the organization of conferences, meetings, panel discussions and retreats, the preparation of talking points and speeches and support the drafting of the Annual report of the Secretary-General on Strengthening and Coordinating United Nations Rule of Law Activities;
Oversee the management of the repository system and procedures for United Nations rule of law materials and best practices, including the identification and endorsement of core rule of law materials and the management of the rule of law website;
Assist in the management of the rule of law trust fund, including the preparation of performance reporting and resource mobilisation so as to maintain a secure funding base for the work of the Unit;
Guide and supervise the work of junior officers; Assist the Director in general management and administration of the Unit, organizing and prioritizing the workload and providing general coordination and supervision of assignments within the Unit; Act as Officer-in-Charge in the absence of the Director and represent him/her at meetings when required;
Perform other related duties as required.
– Authoritative knowledge of rule of law assistance and experience in the formulation of policies, strategies, plans and/or programs for the strengthening of the rule of law. In depth knowledge of United Nations policies, procedures and operations, as well as institutional mandates related to rule of law. Demonstrable knowledge of and experience in inter or intra – agency coordination mechanisms. Demonstrated ability to liaise, coordinate and establish partnerships with Member States, multilateral financial institutions, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations and other non-state actors. Experience in the organization of and support for conferences, meetings, panel discussions and/or retreats. Excellent analytical and drafting skills. Demonstrated ability to prepare and supervise the preparation of reports, papers, briefs and policy notes for the Secretary-General and/or the Deputy Secretary-General. Experience in the management of an office, unit or other staff. Ability to review and edit the work of others.
– 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 audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
– Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational 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.
– 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 improvements; does not accept the status quo; shows the courage to take unpopular stands. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspective s 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.
– Identifies strategic issues, opportunities and risks; clearly communicates links between the Organization’s strategy and the work unit’s goals; generates and communicates broad and compelling organizational direction, inspiring others to pursue that same direction; conveys enthusiasm about future possibilities.
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law, political science, social science or related field. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible professional experience as an adviser in the field of rule of law, or as a practicing lawyer, prosecutor or judge at the international level, preferably in a United Nations, development, conflict or post conflict setting is required. Experience in diplomacy, international and/or foreign relations is desirable. Experience in supervising an office, unit or section is required. Qualifying years of experience are calculated following the receipt of the first level university degree recognized by the United Nations.
English and French are the two working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in English (both oral and written) is required. Knowledge of French is desirable. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.
Evaluation of qualified applicants may include a substantive assessment, which may be followed by a competency-based interview.
- Staff members of the United Nations Secretariat must fulfill the lateral move requirements to be eligible to apply for this vacancy. Staff members are requested to indicate all qualifying lateral moves in their Personal History Profile (PHP) and cover note.
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.
United Nations Considerations
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THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS.
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