Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the Office of the Under-Secretary General for Management, Strategy, Policy and Compliance (DMSPC).The incumbent reports to the Principal Legal Officer, D-1.Responsibilities
Under the supervision of the Principal Legal Officer, the Associate Legal Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
•Assists in the preparation and conduct of consultations with stakeholders, including preparation of background materials, summaries of issues and views of stakeholders, etc.
•Conducts legal research on a diverse range of assigned issues in international law and other area(s) of specialization using multiple research sources; selects relevant material, analyzes information and presents findings for internal review.
•Assists in the review of judgments of administrative tribunals, decisions of governing bodies and other legal documents, instruments, or other material;
•Assists in the preparation of drafts of background papers, studies, reports, etc.
•Assists in the preparation of studies on a wide range of international public and private law issues, including the United Nations Charter, General Assembly resolutions and decisions involving, inter alia, issues relating to institutional questions, establishment and functioning of administrative tribunals and common system entitlements.
•Assists in the preparation and conduct of consultations with stakeholders, including preparation of background materials, summaries of issues and views of stakeholders, etc.,
•Performs other duties as assigned.
Professionalism: Knowledge of common system entitlements. 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.
Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively. Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately. Asks questions to clarify and exhibits interest in having two-way communication. Tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience. Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
Planning and 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.
An advanced university degree (Master’s or Doctorate degree, or equivalent) in international law or related fields is required. A first-level university degree (Bachelor’s degree or equivalent) in combination with two additional years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.Work Experience
A minimum of two years of progressively responsible experience in law, including legal analysis, research and writing is required.
Experience working with common system entitlements is desirable.
No experience is required for candidates who have passed the United Nations Young Professionals Programme Examination (YPP), the United Nations Competitive Recruitment Examination (NCRE) or the G to P Examination (G to P).
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of French is desirable. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by a competency-based interview.Special Notice
This job opening is advertised to fill an eighteen-month (1 July 2021 to 31 December 2022) position financed from temporary funding. Appointment of the successful candidate on this position will be limited to the initial funding. The duration is subject to budgetary approval.
In case of selection of a staff member of the United Nations Secretariat who meets the definition of "internal candidate" in staff rule 4.10, the staff member will be placed on a temporary assignment if holding the same grade as the job opening; and on a temporary promotion if holding a lower grade than the job opening. In either case, any such selected candidate would be required to maintain a lien on their current post.
Pursuant to section 7.11 of ST/AI/2012/2/Rev.1, candidates recruited through the young professionals programme who have not served for a minimum of two years in the position of their initial assignment are not eligible to apply to this position.
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The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance and geographical diversity in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.
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