International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals Senior Legal Officer Jobs in Tanzania

International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals Senior Legal Officer Jobs in Tanzania

Org. Setting and Reporting

The post is located in the Registry Arusha branch under the authority of the Registrar. The incumbent will provide overall management for the legal operations of the Registry and will be responsible for the provision of authoritative legal advice in respect of the Registry.


The incumbent will perform the following duties:

• Provide advice to the Registrar on a wide range of legal and policy issues concerning the Mechanism, in particular with regard to the judicial support and related services of the Registry. This includes, but is not limited to enforcement of sentences, assistance to national jurisdictions, legal matters pertaining to witness management, legal profiles of archives management, acquitted and released persons, complex contractual matters, court management support, defence counsel management.

• Supervise and coordinate the work of the Registry legal teams. Coordinates and directs teams of other legal staff members, guides and supervises the work of junior staff members; and prioritizes the workload of the team and provides general coordination and supervision of assignments.

• Review incoming and outgoing correspondence, reports, briefs, policies of the Registry.

• Review, draft or provide inputs on legal submissions to Chambers and the President.

• Review, draft or provide inputs on talking points and speeches to be delivered by the Registrar at different fora as required.

• Review, draft or provide inputs in all contractual matters, in liaison with the relevant technical teams.

• Provide legal advice and assistance to the Registrar in the formulation of the Registry’s strategic vision and policy and coordinate the implementation of the same.

• Assists and supports the work of the Registry as required.


  • Professionalism : Thorough knowledge of international legal procedures and instruments, including international criminal law, with a particular emphasis on the legal practice of the ICTR and/or the ICTY or any other international Criminal Court or Tribunal. Thorough knowledge of and experience in a wide spectrum of legal areas, including contract law. Ability to apply legal expertise to analyzing a diverse range of complex issues and in developing innovative solutions. Strong analytical skills and proficiency in legal writing and expression and ability to prepare legal documents.

  • 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 the audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

  • Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organisational 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.

  • 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 improvement; 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.

  • Judgement/decision making: Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly; gathers relevant information before making a decision; considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them; takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organisation; proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information; checks assumptions against facts; determines that the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; makes tough decisions when necessary.


  • Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law, with a specialization in international law or criminal law. A first-level university degree in combination with two years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

    Work Experience

  • Minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in law is required

    Previous relevant experience with the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda or the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals is desirable.


  • English and French are the working languages of the Mechanism. For the position advertised, fluency in either language is required; and knowledge of the other an advantage.

    How to Apply

    For more information and job application details, see; International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals Senior Legal Officer Jobs in Tanzania

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