Employer: United Nations (UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations)
Location: Pristina, Kosovo
Closing date: 18 Mar 2017
The position is located in the Office of Rule of Law of the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) in Pristina. Pristina is classified as an “A“ family duty-station. The incumbent reports to the Chief of Rule of Law Office.
Mandate The mandate of the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) was established by the Security Council in its resolution 1244 (1999). The Mission is mandated to help ensure conditions for a peaceful and normal life for all inhabitants of Kosovo and advance regional stability in the Western Balkans.
The Mission is headed by the Special Representative of the Secretary-General, who enjoys civilian executive power as vested in him by the Security Council in resolution 1244 (1999). The Special Representative ensures a coordinated approach by the international civil presence operating under Security Council resolution 1244 (1999), including the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), which retains the status of UNMIK’s pillar for institution building. The Special Representative also ensures coordination with the head of the European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo (EULEX), which has operational responsibility in the area of rule of law. EULEX is deployed under Security Council resolution 1244 (1999), and operates under the overall authority of the United Nations.
The Mission has its headquarters in Pristina and is supported by field offices in Mitrovicë/Mitrovica and Pejë/Pec. In addition, the UN Office in Belgrade plays an important political and diplomatic role and liaises with political leadership of Serbia. Kosovo declared independence on the 17 February 2008 and it has been recognized by more than 100 UN Member States. UNMIK continues to implement its mandate in a status neutral manner and operate under Security Council resolution 1244 (1999).
Within limits of delegated authority, the Senior Rule of Law Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
• Provide substantive guidance and advice in the areas of justice, reconciliation, and dealing with the past;
• Contribute to leading and managing the development and implementation of the mission’s strategies;
• Establish and maintain contacts and effective relations with government officials and civil society representatives;
• Advise on and prepare assessment reports, reports addressing complex strategic issues, policy documents and guidelines;
• Participate in coordination mechanisms at mission level, maintaining close working relationships with relevant components (human rights, police, political affairs, gender, legal affairs, etc) and other United Nations entities, and represent the mission as required;
• Perform any other tasks as required.
Professionalism: Demonstrated ability for strong consensus-building communication and analytical skills, as well as political acumen. 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.
Integrity: Demonstrates the values of the United Nations in daily activities and behaviours; acts without consideration of personal gain; resists undue political pressure in decision-making; does not abuse power or authority; stands by decisions that are in the Organization’s interest, even if they are unpopular; takes prompt action in cases of unprofessional or unethical behaviour.
Respect for Diversity: Works effectively with people from all backgrounds; treats all people with dignity and respect; treats men and women equally; shows respect for and understanding of diverse points of view and demonstrates this understanding in daily work and decision-making; examines own biases and behaviours to avoid stereotypical responses; does not discriminate against any individual or group.
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 other informed.
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.
Managerial competencies Leadership: 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 perspectives 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.
Vision: 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 degree) in a subject relating to law, governance, rule of law, environment and natural resources or economic development, or related field. A first-level university degree in law in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience and bar qualification or equivalent may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience, comprising a minimum of five years in rule of law, governance, political affairs, diplomacy, conflict resolution, or related field is required. Experience in outreach, analysis, advice and reporting is desirable. Experience working in a conflict or post-conflict setting is desirable. Experience in developing and maintaining effective contacts and relationships with various key stakeholders and organizations is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an asset.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview. Core values and competencies will be assessed throughout the evaluation process.