The Senior Legal Officer (Constitutional Court Chamber) reports to the Chef de Cabinet/Senior Legal Officer.
Main Tasks and Responsibilities:
· To assist the Constitutional Court Judges in planning, organising and coordinating activities within the Constitutional Court Chamber;
· To provide specialised legal, judicial and administrative support, in particular on constitutional referrals/challenges and human rights law, including the case law relating to the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) and International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR);
· To coordinate the work of the office of the Constitutional Court Chamber and provide guidance to its legal support staff and interns;
· To provide extensive legal research, particularly on comparative constitutional law including the constitutional law of Kosovo, public international law, international criminal law and human rights law;
· To prepare and/or coordinate draft memoranda and draft decisions/judgments;
· To provide legal analysis on constitutional challenges and referrals;
· To assess briefs and authorities submitted by the parties and to maintain files on the Specialist Chambers practice and development;
· To monitor relevant developments in comparative constitutional law as required, public international and criminal and human rights law;
· To undertake any other related tasks as requested by the Line Managers.
· Temporary re-assignment to other units of the Specialist Chambers may be applicable due to operational demands/requirements.
Essential Qualifications and Experience:
· Successful completion of University studies of at least four (4) years, attested by a diploma OR a qualification in the National Qualifications Framework which is equivalent to level 7 in the European Qualifications Framework OR a qualification of the second cycle under the framework of qualifications of the European Higher Education Area e.g. Master’s degree
· A minimum of twelve (12) years of relevant professional experience, after having fulfilled the education requirements, out of which a minimum three (3) years of management experience.
Specification of Education and Experience:
· The above mentioned university degree must be in at least one of the following fields of expertise: Law or other related university studies;**
· A minimum of twelve (12) years of progressively responsible professional experience of which at least five (5) years, at the international level in the field of constitutional or human rights law;**
· Extensive knowledge and practical experience of international law and constitutional law;
· Intellectual leadership and ability to integrate knowledge and experience with broader strategic, policy and operational objectives;**
· Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (verbal, written and presentational), including ability to defend difficult positions;**
· Excellent drafting and reporting skills in English;**
· Ability to work productively in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment and produce accurate work under pressure and in difficult circumstances;
· Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with people of different national and 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.
· Knowledge of other official languages of the Kosovo Specialist Chambers and Specialist Prosecutor’s Office (Albanian or Serbian);
· International experience in crisis areas with multi-national and international organisations;**
· Knowledge of the functioning of the EU and in particular CSDP Missions;
· Good understanding of the political, cultural and security situation of the Balkans, in particular Kosovo.
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.