Terms of Reference

TITLE: Legal Officer
DURATION: One year with 3 months initial trial period
START DATE: Flexible


Under the supervision of a Legal Unit Team Leader or the Senior Legal Officer, the P-3 Legal Officer is responsible for legal research and as well as case and situational analyses as assigned to him/her.

The P-3 Legal Officer responds directly to his/her Legal Unit Team Leader or the Senior Legal Officer.


• Perform extensive in-depth legal research and analysis, and prepare legal opinions, studies, analyses, briefs and reports as assigned.
• Participate in briefings and planning processes with Legal Unit staff and/or members of the Investigative Unit.
• Assist in formatting justice sector reform proposals to combat impunity.
• Participate in court proceedings, as required.
• Prepare legal advice on diverse substantive and procedural questions, seeking guidance on complex issues from his/her Legal unit Team Leader or the Senior Legal Officer.
• Assist in the development of capacity building initiatives for national justice sector institutions.
• Participate in the documentation of information that could lead to requests for administrative or criminal action against justice sector officials who contribute to impunity.
• Provide guidance to more junior staff on straightforward matters.
• Performs administrative functions pertaining to the implementation of policies and procedures for the Legal Unit.
• Conducts additional inquiries and actions, as requested by the supervising Legal Officer or the Investigative Unit.


• Advanced university degree in law, with a specialization in criminal law, international criminal law and/or international human rights.

• Minimum five (5) years of progressively responsible and practical experience in criminal law.
• Preference will be given to those who possess a strong record of successfully conducting, completing or assisting complicated national or international criminal prosecutions.
• Knowledge of Guatemala criminal justice system, comparative law, and pertinent international conventions is desirable.

Language Requirements
• Fluency in Spanish; working ability in English (reading and writing) is required. Preference may be given to those who also have a working knowledge of a Mayan language.

Spanish Speaking Legal Officer P-3
Location: Guatemala
Last Date: April 28, 2008
Email: dusan.jovanovic@canadem.ca


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