The Legal Officer will act on behalf of the Prosecutor under the supervision of a Senior Trial Attorney in the re-trial of Stanisic and Simatovic. He/she will be required to take witness statements, proof witnesses before trial and lead or cross-examine witnesses in court as assigned. In consultation with the Senior Trial Attorney, handle a range of issues related to criminal (substantive, procedural and comparative) law regarding investigations and/or prosecutions. Assist the Senior Trial Attorney with analysis, legal assessment and organization of evidence compiled by investigators and analysts, including the use of sophisticated software automation tools developed for complex litigation. Assist the Senior Trial Attorney in fulfilling the Office of the Prosecutor’s (OTP) obligations towards the Defence. Undertake legal research and analysis. Prepare or assist in the preparation of legal submissions (including briefs, motions/responses/replies, correspondence, memoranda etc) in the course of prosecutions. Prepare or assist the Senior Trial Attorney in strategies to maximize the efficacy and economy of the presentation of evidence. Provide guidance to more junior staff. Perform other duties as assigned.
- Professionalism – In-depth knowledge of criminal law (both substantive and procedural) and experience in presenting complex criminal cases, or knowledge of international legal procedures and instruments; significant experience in applying legal expertise to complex practical issues requiring innovative and creative solutions; strong analytical skills and ability to conduct comprehensive legal research on a range of issues, including those of a unique and/or complex nature; proficiency in legal writing and expression and ability to prepare legal briefs, opinions, indictments or legal submissions/motions, and a variety of legal instruments and related documents; ability to lead and cross-examine witnesses and to make substantial legal arguments before chambers of judges; discretion and sound judgment in applying legal expertise to sensitive, complex legal issues; strong negotiating skills and ability to influence others to reach agreement; demonstrated planning and organisational skills and ability to coordinate the work of others, work to tight deadlines and handle multiple concurrent projects/cases; good understanding of contemporary international relations and of UN system, organisation and interrelationships. Commitment to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects of work. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations.
- Team work – 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.
- Planning and Organising – 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.