Department/ Office: United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan – created by GA Resolution 1996 (2011)
Duty Station: JUBA
Posting Period: 12 October 2020-30 October 2020
Job Opening number: 20-ROL-UNMISS-142875-R-JUBA (M)
Staffing Exercise ID: N/A

United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting

The position is located within the Rule of Law Advisory Section (ROLAS) of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS). The incumbent will be based in Juba and report to the Director, Rule of Law or a delegated Senior Rule of Law Officer.


Within delegated authority, the Associate Rule of Law Officer will be responsible for the following:

•Researches and compiles legal materials on South Sudanese law and practice for use in the preparation of the team’s legal opinions and strategic advice for presentations to internal and external stakeholders;
•Facilitates and coordinates meetings and other engagements with senior national officials and other external partners, ensuring timely confirmation of meetings, preparation of draft agenda and compilation of relevant background materials; and drafting of accurate notes to file on all agreed-upon action points;
•Under supervision, may review, summarize and index significant national laws, rulings, recommendations, etc. to ensure consistency and accuracy under South Sudanese law and practice;
•Provides general office support services; drafts, edits, proofreads, and finalizes for signature and/or process a variety of correspondence and other communications; maintains accurate electronic and paper files/records;
•Maintains updated library (electronic and paper) of all South Sudanese laws and regulations approved by Parliament and signed by the President, as well as a database of all pending legislation.
•Performs other ad hoc duties as assigned.


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.

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.

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.


Bachelor or an advanced university degree in law preferably with a specialization in paralegal studies is required. Candidates with bachelor’s degrees in public administration, Political Science or International Relations with a Legal component may also be considered.

Work Experience

At least two (2) years following completion of master’s degree or equivalent, four (4) years following completion of LLB or equivalent, of progressively responsible, professional experience in legal work.
Practical experience in paralegal work with an emphasis on South Sudanese criminal or civil or administrative procedures is required.
Experience in researching and analyzing legal issues under South Sudanese laws and practice is required.
Demonstrated familiarity with South Sudan national justice system and institutions (police, prosecution, courts, and corrections) is required.


Fluency in written and spoken English and Arabic, which must be of a level sufficient to enable the incumbent to draft legal texts clearly and precisely. Knowledge of other local languages spoken in South Sudan and/or other UN languages is an asset.


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

Special Notice

Candidates for the National Professional Officer category shall be of the nationality of the country where this position is located.

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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