Posting Title:LEGAL OFFICER (Special Assistant), P3
Duty Station:GENEVA
Posting Period:30 September 2020 – 13 November 2020
Job Opening Number:20-Legal Affairs-IIMM-141129-R-Geneva (R)
Staffing ExerciseN/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting

The mandate of the Independent Investigative Mechanism for Myanmar (IIMM) was established by the Human Rights Council in its resolution 39/2, adopted on 27 September 2018. The creation of the Mechanism was welcomed by the General Assembly in its resolution 73/264, adopted on 22 December 2018. This position is located within the Office of the Head of Entity, based in Geneva, Switzerland. The incumbent will work under the overall direction of the Head of the IIMM.


Within delegated authority, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:

•Reviews all incoming and outgoing documentation, correspondence, letters, including sensitive queries and requests; consults senior staff for their inputs and comments regarding the same as required, compiles summaries and/or makes recommendations to the Head based on an analysis of the information provided; drafts correspondence for the signature of the Head.

•Prepares briefings for the Head’s meetings with high government and international officials as required; prepares background documentation and advice as to the content and direction of such meetings, attends such meetings, prepares summary documents of such meetings and ensures follow-up to any actions decided on during such meetings.

•Drafts policy papers, reports including to the Human Rights Council and General Assembly, as well as other documents as required.

•Drafts speeches and public presentations for the Head.

•Liaises and maintains close working relations with Member State governments, UN Secretariat, other UN agencies, international organizations and NGOs.

•Assists in the organization of official travel, including missions, by the Head.

•Stays abreast of current developments relevant to the IIMM’s work and provides advice accordingly; reviews policy positions under consideration by the Head, for consistency of approach and assists in ensuring effective implementation.

•Assists in coordinating and enhancing internal communication between the Head and the IIMM’s units and staff members; liaises with various staff members and follows up on direction from the Head.

•Coordinates special projects as directed by the Head.


PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of international law, including international criminal law and accountability processes for serious international crimes; Ability to draft a broad range of written documents at a very high level, including correspondence, policy documents, presentations, speeches and legal documents; Ability to apply good judgement and analytical and research skills in the context of assignments given, including the ability to evaluate information and assess impact; Excellent oral communication skills and ability to interact effectively with a broad range of interlocutors, including diplomats, UN officials, civil society representatives and national prosecution authorities; Ability to work constructively with a broad range of professionals inside the IIMM, including support staff, investigators, analysts and lawyers and flexibility in adapting approaches and working methods as needed for the tasks at hand; a high level of commitment to supporting and facilitating the work of the Head of IIMM specifically and the Office of the Head of Mechanism more generally. 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. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

PLANNING & ORGANIZING: 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.

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 audience. Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.


A first-level university degree and an Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in law. A first level-university degree in law in combination with two additional years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree in law.

Work Experience

A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in law, including legal analysis, research and writing is required.
Experience advising senior officials is required.
Experience in drafting high-level reports or legal documents is required.
Experience negotiating or drafting agreements between the United Nations and/or national governments and/or governmental or non-governmental international organizations is desirable.
Experience with the United Nations common system is desirable.
Experience with investigations or international criminal prosecutions is desirable.
Experience working on issues related to South-East Asia and in particular Myanmar is desirable.
Experience in international law is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations. For the post advertised, fluency in English is required.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which will be followed by competency-based interview.

Special Notice

Extension of the appointment is subject to extension of the mandate and/or the availability of the funds.

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.

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.

At the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. The United Nations is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The United Nations recruits and employs staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds or disabilities. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application.

Pursuant to section 7.11 of ST/AI/2012/2/Rev.1, candidates recruited through the young professionals programme who have not served for a minimum of two years in the position of their initial assignment are not eligible to apply to this position.


United Nations Considerations

According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.

Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

No Fee


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