OHCHR - Legal Assistant - Gaza
Application Type : External Vacancy
Job ID/Title : 913 - OHCHR - Legal Assistant
Category : Other
Brand : OHCHR
Post Level : SB3/1
Application Deadline : 14-Oct-16
Duty Station : Gaza
Type of Contract : Service Contract
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR-oPt) has a mandate for the protection and promotion of human rights. It is seeking to contract a consultant that will assist on all issues related to judicial proceedings in Gaza, in particular related to criminal trial procedures in both civil and military court systems.
Description of Responsibilities:
Under the supervision of the OHCHR office in Gaza and in close coordination with the Monitoring Unit, the Consultant will be responsible for identifying key issues related to the work of the justice system in particular types of cases, and provide recommendations for promoting international principles of fair trial in line with the Palestinian legal obligations under international law. Key tasks and responsibilities include:
- Identify and analyze legal issues related to fair trial, including in the military justice system.
- Provide weekly verbal updates and a monthly written report on the work conducted, as well as on relevant legal developments related to court proceedings.
- Support as requested related capacity building activities and updating of case management system.
- Provide an end of assignment report, including summary conclusions on the procedures followed during trials observed and how these match international standards of due process and accountability. The consultant is expected to identify and make recommendations on key follow-up actions for OHCHR.
- The consultant is expected to work independently and on a part-time basis although office space and a computer can be allocated for the consultant if needed.
Impact of Results
- Key gaps between national and international standards identified.
- Advocacy role of OHCHR on fair trial issues strengthened.
Other essential qualifications:
- Commitment to human rights and the mission of OHCHR.
- Experience and willingness to work in a team within a multicultural and gender diverse environment, and ability to work under pressure. Ability to communicate well.
- Commitment to UN core competencies, and to the highest standards of professionalism and integrity. Enthusiasm, initiative and creativity are also essential.
- Excellent communication skills (spoken and written), including the ability to convey complex concepts and recommendations to senior levels, both orally and in writing, in clear, concise style;
- Ability to interact and to establish and maintain effective working relations both as a team member and team leader, with people of different national and cultural background;
Qualification as a lawyer in Gaza. Advanced university degree (Masters Level), preferably with specialized expertise in international human rights law. A first-level university degree in Law in combination with at least 3 years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Minimum 3 years’ experience working with the legal system in Gaza. Knowledge of international human rights due process standards required. Experience in presenting criminal cases in front of civil and/or military courts desirable. Excellent legal analysis. Excellent drafting and communication skills. Excellent knowledge of Palestinian military and civil court systems and procedures.
Fluency in Arabic, and working knowledge in English, are required.
“UNDP/PAPP is an equal opportunity employer: applications from both internal and external men and women will be considered equally” UNDP actively supports the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities adopted by the United Nations General Assembly Important message to all applicants!
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