On the Job! Residual Special Court for Sierra Leone Legal Officer (P-3), The Hague (deadline 17 May)

The vacancy for a RSCSL P-3 Legal Officer in The Hague has been recirculated. The deadline is now 17 May 2015.


The Residual Special Court for Sierra Leone (RSCSL) is the successor Institution to the Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) with the responsibility for discharging the judicial, legal and administrative obligations that remain after the closure of the SCSL.


Under the direct supervision of the Registrar, and within limits of delegated authority, the Legal Officer will carry out the following functions:

  • Provide legal advice on matters relating to the exercise of the functions of the Registrar including (a) matters relating to suspects, accused and convicted persons; (b) matters relating to RSCSL proceedings (c) matters relating to witnesses and victims; (d) matters relating to host countries, other governments, non-governmental organizations, and international organizations; (e) matters relating to the press and public and (f) matters relating to agreements and contracts to which the Residual Special Court is a party.
  • Provide assistance with negotiations and drafting of bilateral agreements between the Residual Special Court and other entities.
  • Provide assistance with drafting and reviewing of amendments to the Rules of Procedure and Evidence, the Rules of Detention, Practice Directions and other legal instruments applicable to the Residual Special Court for Sierra Leone.
  • Draft written submissions and assist with the preparation of oral submissions before the RSCSL on matters relating to the Registrar’s functions.
  • Conduct research and draft legal and other correspondence and memoranda.
  • Monitor motions submitted by the parties, and decisions, orders and judgments rendered by the RSCSL

    in judicial or other proceedings before the Court.

  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Registrar.

    The post is located in The Residual Special Court for Sierra Leone. Staff members of The Residual Court will not serve as staff members of the United Nations. External appointments are limited to the Residual Special Court only. In accordance with Article 25 of the Statute of the Residual Special Court for Sierra Leone the working language will be English.

    1. Both internal and external applicants are requested to send a detailed curriculum vitae including date of birth, nationality, educational qualifications, a summary of professional skills and/or expertise, a summary of relevant work experience, publications written and languages spoken, and to complete a Residual Special Court Personal History Form available upon request from stanleyj@un.org (please type “Request for Personal History Form” in the subject heading).

    2. All Applications should be sent by mail to: Office Manager, Residual Special Court for Sierra Leone Churchillplein 1, 2517 JW, The Hague Or by Email to: stanleyj@un.org

    3. Acknowledgement will be made only to shortlisted candidates

    For more information, please see http://www.rscsl.org/Vacancies/RSCSL-2015-002.pdf.

On the Job! Legal Officer, Women’s Initiatives for Gender Justice, The Hague (deadline 8 March)

The Women’s Initiatives for Gender Justice is an international women’s human rights organisation that advocates for accountability for gender-based crimes through the International Criminal Court (ICC) and domestic mechanisms, including through the participation of women in peace-building and formal peace negotiation processes. The organisation works with women most affected by each of the armed conflict situations under investigation by the ICC.

The organisation has extensive country-based programmes in collaboration with local and regional partners in Uganda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sudan, and Libya, along with ICC-related legal monitoring and advocacy programmes on the Central African Republic, Kenya, the Ivory Coast and Mali.

The organisation is seeking to appoint an experienced Legal Officer (immediate appointment). Applications close on Sunday, 8 March 2015. This is a full-time position based in The Hague Office. The Legal Officer will be part of a small, highly efficient and motivated team. More details about the organization can be found at http://www.iccwomen.org.

Duties and Responsibilities 

 Contribute to the development of strategic legal publications, including the Legal Eye on the ICC eletter, the organization’s annual, flagship publication Gender Report Card on the ICC, expert papers, articles and other legal material;

 Monitor and conduct in-depth research, written summaries and analysis regarding legal developments at the ICC in relation to proceedings, cases and decisions;

 Conduct legal research and analysis to contribute to the preparation of amicus briefs and other submissions;

 Contribute to communications, including the drafting of press statements, website postings and communication for social media;

 Participate in the development of campaigns, advocacy programmes and related strategies;

 Provide support for the organization’s country-based work;

 Contribute to the development and execution of strategic events;

 Contribute to funding applications and reports;

 Represent the Women’s Initiatives at external meetings, conferences and events.

The Legal Officer will report directly to the Senior Legal Officer.

Qualifications and Experience 

 Law degree;

 At least five years relevant professional experience in the field of international law;

 Expertise in international criminal law and familiarity with the International Criminal Court, including knowledge of the Rome Statute, Elements of Crimes and Rules of Procedure and Evidence;

 Experience working at either national or international level including within legal institutions/INGO/NGO sector;

 Proven track-record in legal analysis;

 Highly developed legal research, writing and editorial skills with experience in developing high quality material suitable for publication;

 Strong analytical skills and ability to absorb and analyse information quickly;

 Extremely attentive to accuracy and detail;

 Highly organized with demonstrated ability to work well under pressure regarding deadlines, workload and unexpected developments;

 Excellent communication abilities, including effective inter-personal skills and the ability to establish and maintain good working relationships with a diverse range of colleagues, partners and allies;

 Ability to respond positively to feedback and direction;

 Highly advanced computer literacy skills, experience with social media also an asset;

 Ability, willingness and flexibility to travel and respond to a range of environments;

 Expertise in gender analysis and women’s rights strongly preferred.

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