Legal Officer - Requests for Assistance (RFAs), P4

Legal Officer - Requests for Assistance (RFAs), P4

UN OHCHR - United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

Geneva, Switzerland

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located within the Collection, Analysis and Sharing Section of the International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism to Assist in the Investigation and Prosecution of Persons Responsible for the Most Serious Crimes under International Law Committed in the Syrian Arab Republic since March 2011 (IIIM). The Legal Officer is under the direct supervision of the Chief of Collection, Analysis and Sharing Section.


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

  • Coordinates and directs the work of a multidisciplinary team (legal officers, analysts, investigators and Administrative Assistant) dealing with Requests for Assistance (RFAs) submitted to the Mechanism by national or other relevant authorities, planning and chairing meetings as required;
  • Provides oversight and coordination to the preparation of memoranda of understanding between the Mechanism and third parties, contributes as required to the building of case files, and provides support on a wide range of multidisciplinary and complex legal and administrative matters, either independently or in cooperation with other sections of the Mechanism;
  • Prepares and/or supervises the preparation of communications and, where applicable, documents to be shared with national or other relevant authorities with respect to RFAs;
  • Provides legal and policy advice to Senior Legal Officer and, where appropriate, the Head and Deputy Head of the Mechanism on sharing material with national or other relevant investigative and prosecuting authorities;
  • Supervises and acts as First Reporting Officer for all team members working on RFAs;
  • Attends in-house briefings and meetings, providing updates or legal and/or policy advice as required;
  • Assesses whether in respect of specific RFAs received there is a need for the Mechanism to prioritise specific collection activities and makes recommendations accordingly;
  • Assesses more generally whether RFAs received identify possible avenues for Mechanism investigations and makes recommendations accordingly;
  • Performs extensive legal research and analysis and prepares legal memoranda, reports and correspondence; and
  • Performs other assignments as requested by the Senior Legal Officer, Head or Deputy Head of the Mechanism.


PROFESSIONALISM: Sound knowledge of international legal procedures and instruments, including international criminal law, with a particular emphasis on the legal practice of the international criminal tribunals including the prosecution of core international crimes. Sound knowledge of the functioning of criminal investigations and prosecutions at the national and international levels and experience in litigation. Ability to apply legal expertise to analysing a diverse range of complex issues and in developing innovative solutions. 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; remains calm in stressful situations.

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.

TEAMWORK: 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.

MANAGING PERFORMANCE: Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority; makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member; accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills; monitors progress against milestones and deadlines; regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff; encourages risk-taking and supports creativity and initiative; actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff; appraises performance fairly.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law, criminal law or international criminal law. First-level university degree in combination with at least two years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible legal experience is required, of which at least five in international criminal law and three in criminal prosecution either at the national level or at an International Criminal Tribunals. Experience dealing with Requests for Assistance (RFA) and/or memoranda of understanding is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of Arabic is desirable. Knowledge of French is an asset.

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