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Addis Ababa, ETHIOPIA P. O. Box 3243 website : www.
Legal Adviser

1. Post Job Title: Post Level: Supervisor: Duty Station:

Legal Adviser P5 US$6,541.12 Special Representative of Chairperson of the Commission (SRCC) Mogadishu, SOMALIA

2. Major Duties and Responsibilities a. Provide legal advice to the Special Representative of Chairperson of the Commission (SRCC) on all aspects of the AU operation’s mandate as well as on issues of constitutional and other national law as they affect the political process; b. Support the SRCC on all legal matters; c. Advise on administrative, personnel and contractual matters related to the Mission’s operational activities, including in areas such as privileges and immunities, the Status of Forces Agreement/the Status of Mission Agreement, procurement matters, the legal arrangements for any Government-owned premises provided to the AU operation, any third party claims against the AU operation, as well as any legal questions involving the interpretation or application of African Union regulations and rules; d. Provide advice on, and as appropriate, supervise and oversee the review, negotiation and drafting of major contracts, agreements, institutional and operational modalities, legal submissions and other legal documents; Independently handle a wide range of multi-discipline, highly complex and often sensitive and/or conflicting legal matters involving issues relating to international, public, private and administrative law, to include interpretation and application of instruments in that area of concentration; e. Coordinate and direct teams of other legal officers; f. Guide the work of junior officers; Assist in general management and administration of the Office, organizing and prioritizing the workload and providing general coordination of assignments; g. Assist in the formulation of the office’s overall strategies and policies including the development and implementation of the work plan for the Office; h. Make recommendations, as well as suggest courses of action, on the legal aspects of the substantive activities of all components of the Mission, including administration of justice, constitutional, electoral, disarmament, demobilization and reintegration, police, rule of law and human rights issues; i. Liaise with actors external to the Mission, including governmental officials, as well as regional actors and organizations, the diplomatic community and the wider AU system, operating within Somalia; on legal matters;


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Provide authoritative legal advice on diverse range of highly complex or novel substantive and procedural questions of law, which may include those related to administration and management, institutional support, procurement and contracts, third party claims, peacekeeping and other operational matters; Advise on administrative, personnel and contractual matters related to the Mission’s operational activities; Organize research studies and the preparation of legal opinions as well as perform legal research and analysis on highly complex or novel legal issues/questions and prepare legal opinions, studies, briefs, reports and correspondence; Advise on the review, negotiation and drafting of major contracts, agreements, institutional and operational modalities, legal submissions and other legal documents; develop new legal modalities to meet unique needs/circumstances; Serve on or provide advice to various mission boards, committees, ad hoc working groups and task forces, as required; Perform other relevant duties as required.

3. Qualifications and Work Experience Required a. Advanced University Degree (Masters or equivalent) in Law, with a specialization in international, administrative, commercial and/or criminal law required. A first level university degree in law with a relevant combination of academic qualifications and experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. b. At least 10 years of progressively responsible legal experience in field and headquarters locations, or with the legal department of a government or international organization or with a private firm specializing in international or commercial law. At least 4 years of experience with peacekeeping operation with sound knowledge of the challenges of peacekeeping. 4. Language Requirement Proficiency in spoken and written English or French; knowledge of a second AU language is an advantage. Fluency in the local language may be essential. 5. Other Relevant Skills o Extensive broad-based experience in applying legal expertise to analyzing diverse range of highly complex legal issues and problems; o Ability to integrate knowledge with broader strategic, policy and operational objectives; o Ability to generate and communicate organizational direction as well as introduce and emphasize AU policies into the dialogue (e.g., gender mainstreaming, human rights, etc.); o Demonstrated planning, management and organizational skills; ability to establish priorities and to plan, organize and monitor the work of an office and those under his/her supervision in a complex, dynamic environment; resourcefulness, sound judgment and decision-making skills; strong coordination skills.

o Demonstrated sound judgment in resolving issues/problems; ability to proactively seek and recommend sound policy initiatives. o Excellent and effective communication (verbal and written) skills, including ability to make and defend recommendations; ability to explain difficult issues; ability to persuade people with varying points of view; ability to convey difficult issues and positions to senior officials; ability to prepare written reports and orally convey information in a clear, concise, accurate and meaningful manner; superior skills in legal writing and expression and ability to independently prepare legal papers. o Excellent inter-personal skills with an ability to work and foster teamwork, encourage initiative and inspire and supervise staff in a multi-cultural, multiethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity; integrity, tact and strong interpersonal skills; ability to operate across organizational boundaries. o Highly developed negotiating skills and ability to work with others to reach mutually benefiting and lasting understandings.

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