Closing Date: 27th September, 2022
Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the General Legal Division of the Office of Legal Affairs (OLA)The Associate Legal Officer reports to the Senior Legal Officer, Principal Legal Officer and the Director.
Within delegated authority, the Associate Legal Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
- Conducts legal research on a diverse range of assigned issues in international commercial law constitutional, international, public, private, and administrative law, including the interpretation and application of constitutive, legislative, and other instruments governing United Nations activities and operations.
- Assists in the preparation of substantive and procedural questions, which may include those related to administration and management, institutions support, procurement and contracts, peacekeeping and other operational matters, separately administered programmes and funds, arbitrations, administrative appeals, etc.
- Assists in advising on and participates in negotiations and settlement of claims and disputes, to include establishing strategy and approach, terms and conditions of settlement, and recommendations on the merit of claims and the Organization's risk exposure in arbitration, etc.
- Assists in providing legal advice on internal and external investigations into the use of UN financial and human resources.
- Assists in the preparation and in the review, advice on, drafting and negotiating of complex contracts with commercial vendors and agreements with NGOs and other public and private entities, as well as in the development of institutional and operational modalities to meet unique needs/circumstances.
- Assists in the preparation of motions/submissions in the course of arbitral proceedings or administrative proceedings.
- Assists in the preparation of briefs on the assessment of evidence for relevance and admissibility.
- Assists in representing the Organization before arbitral tribunals or in administrative proceedings, including disciplinary cases, before the United Nations Appeals Tribunal.
- Assists in providing legal advice on the interpretation and application of financial and staff regulations and rules, including the review of administrative decisions and the drafting administrative issuances; prepares analyses and evaluations of human resources policies and other administrative policies and practices.
- Performs other duties as assigned
- Professionalism: Knowledge of, and ability to apply, legal principles, concepts and procedures and terminology for review, examination, and processing of a range of legal documents. Knowledge of various legal research sources, including electronic, and ability to conduct research and analyze information on a wide range of legal issues. Ability to interpret and apply legislative instruments, develop and present results, recommendations, and opinions clearly and concisely. Ability to draft legal papers and work under pressure. Ability to apply good legal judgment in the context of assignments given. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
- Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational 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.
- Planning& Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.
- Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent degree) in law or related area is required. A first-level university degree in law in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
- A first-level university degree in law without the two additional years of qualifying experience will be accepted for candidates who have passed the United Nations Young Professionals Programme Examination (YPP), the United Nations National Competitive Recruitment Examination (NCRE) or the General Service to Professional Examination (G to P).
- Admission to practice law in the Member State of the candidate’s nationality or in another Member State of the United Nations is desirable.
- A minimum of two years of progressively responsible professional experience in law, including claims analysis, research and drafting or the successful completion of the Young Professionals Programme Examination (YPP)/United Nations National Competitive Recruitment Examination (NCRE) or the General Service to Professional Examination (G to P) is required .
- Experience in the legal office of an international intergovernmental organization, a law firm or Government is desirable.
- Experience in the practice of international commercial arbitration is desirable.
- Experience in handling allegations of fraud, corruption and other criminal conduct is desirable.
- Experience in advising on the status and the privileges and immunities of international
- intergovernmental organizations is desirable.
- Experience in publishing articles on topics of international arbitration is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the UN Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English (both oral and written) is required. Fluency in French is desirable. Fluency in another UN official language is desirable.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.