Legal Officer (Immediate Office of the Specialist Prosecutor) At Kosovo Specialist Chambers and Specialist Prosecutor’s Office

Reporting Line:

The Legal Officer (Immediate Office of the Specialist Prosecutor) reports to the Deputy Specialist Prosecutor through the Legal Officer Team Leader.

Main Tasks and Responsibilities:

· To deputise for and carry out the duties and responsibilities of the Legal Officer Team Leader in his/her absence, including but not limited to planning, organizing and managing the work of the team;

· To assist the Legal Officer Team Leader with a variety of special assignments;

· To advise and support in managing and overseeing the work of the staff in the team;

· To assist the Specialist Prosecutor’s Office (SPO) in pre-trial, trial or appellate proceedings under the day to day supervision of the Legal Officer Team Leader, primarily in the preparation of written legal submissions, including, as appropriate, indictment, briefs, motions/responses/replies, and communications with other parties in the proceedings in the course of investigations and prosecutions;

· To conduct legal research using multiple research sources and provide advice on the applicable law, international human rights principles and humanitarian law concerning cases of serious crimes;

· To assist the SPO Prosecutors in fulfilling pre-trial and trial obligations towards the other parties in the proceedings including first or second level pre-disclosure review of evidence;

· To assist the SPO Prosecutors as a legal officer/investigator under the supervision of a Prosecutor in pre-trial, trial or appellate proceedings;

· To conduct witness interviews and proof witnesses prior to trial;

· To coordinate, with the Chambers and Registry Court Management officials, as required;

· To undertake any other relevant task as requested by the Line Managers.

Essential Qualifications and Experience:

· Successful completion of University studies of at least three (3) years attested by a diploma OR a qualification in the National Qualifications Framework which is equivalent to level 6 in the European Qualifications Framework OR a qualification of the first cycle under the framework of qualifications of the European Higher Education Area e.g. Bachelor’s degree


· A minimum of ten (10) years of relevant professional experience, after having fulfilled the education requirements.

Specification of Education and Experience

· The above mentioned University degree must be in Law, or otherwise qualified to practice law in a domestic jurisdiction;

· A minimum of ten (10) years of professional experience in criminal law either as a lawyer, prosecutor or judge, legal officer/jurist at a prosecution office or court, defense attorney, injured party legal representative or legal officer at an international tribunal or hybrid international court;

· Experience in coordinating and reviewing draft legal documents and legal filings, and in coaching, mentoring and otherwise developing legal drafting skills;**

· Extensive experience in drafting court submissions in international criminal cases and excellent legal drafting skills;

· Excellent interpersonal and communication skills in English, both written and oral;

· Excellent organizational skills and ability to work with a minimum supervision;

· Ability to work productively in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment and produce accurate work under pressure;

· Ability to maintain effective, constructive working relationships with people of different national and/or cultural backgrounds with respect for diversity;

· Demonstrated gender awareness and sensitivity; ability to promote an inclusive working environment and integrate a gender perspective into tasks and responsibilities.


· Experience in the investigation and prosecution/defense of war crimes or organized crime in national jurisdictions, hybrid national/international courts and international tribunals;

· Knowledge of the functioning of the EU and in particular CSDP Missions.

How to apply

1. For candidates from the EU Member States:

The online Application Form, including its Addendum (Annex 3 to be filled in manually and uploaded), shall be submitted via one of the following links:**

1.1. For candidates seconded by their EU Member State:**

1.2. For contracted candidates from the EU Member States:**

2. For candidates from the Third Contributing States:

The Application Form (Annex 2), available on both the EEAS website and the website of the Kosovo Specialist Chambers and Specialist Prosecutor’s Office, shall be sent to one of the following email addresses only:

2.1. For candidates seconded by their Third Contributing State: **

Civilian Planning and Conduct Capability (CPCC)

2.2. For contracted candidates from the Third Contributing States:**

Only one Application Form per candidate will be accepted, the latest received within the deadline or the one submitted through the National Authorities being given a priority.


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