Legal Officer - ICTR (Arusha)


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Department/ Office: International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda

Duty Station: ARUSHA

Posting Period: 20 November 2012-20 December 2012

Job Opening number: 12-LEG-ICTR-25771-R-ARUSHA

Org. Setting and Reporting

Under the overall supervision of the Deputy Registrar and under the administrative supervision of the Chief of the Judicial and Legal Affairs Section, the incumbent will perform such functions in the Judicial and Legal Affairs Section of the Registry as are required to ensure an efficient functioning of the Section.


The incumbent will perform the following functions:

• Provide legal advice and other support to the Judicial and Legal Affairs Section in International Humanitarian Law, Public International Law, Criminal Law and Comparative Law.
• Advise the Chief of Section and/or the Deputy Registrar on the interpretation and application of relevant texts including the Statute, Rules of Procedure and Evidence and other constitutive documents for the Tribunal.
• Assist in coordinating and ensuring the proper functioning of the Judicial and Legal Affairs Section and supervise the legal officers in the Defence Counsel and Detention Management Unit and the Chambers Management Unit under the direction of the Deputy Registrar/Chief of Section.
• Jointly with the Chief of Section and other Legal Officers, develop and implement programmes aimed at updating and improving the skills of the legal officers in the Judicial and Legal Affairs section and enabling exchange of experience among legal staff in the Tribunal.
• When necessary, liaise with other relevant sections and units of the Tribunal with a view towards ensuring a smooth implementation of the completion strategy of the Tribunal.
• Perform other related duties as required by the Chief of Section and the Deputy Registrar.


• Professionalism: Knowledge of procedural and substantive law at either the national or international level; experience in applying legal expertise to a diverse range of complex legal issues, exercising discretion and sound judgement; analytical skills and ability to work with tight deadlines and handle multiple concurrent projects in an efficient and directed manner.
• Accountability: Take responsibility and honour commitments. Support subordinates and provide oversight.
• Communication: Ability to understand complex legal concepts, apply them practically and explain them to others.
• Leadership: Proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives. Establish and maintain relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support.
• Judgment/Decision making: Aptitude to treat sensitive or confidential information appropriately.


Advanced university degree (masters degree or equivalent) in Law, Management or International Relations.

Work Experience

A minimum of 7 years of progressively responsible professional legal experience, including at least 5 years of international experience. Experience in legal analysis, research and writing and proven experience in International Humanitarian Law, as well as in the practice of Criminal Law. Proven knowledge of the functioning of the Tribunal and, in particular, the activities of the Judicial and Legal Services Division.


English and French are the working languages of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. For the post advertised, fluency in English is required. A working knowledge of French is desirable.

Assessment Method

The recruitment will be done by a competency-based interview.

Special Notice

The position is restricted to the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and is subject to the availability of funding and the mandate of the Tribunal.

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