- In close consultation with UNDP HQ, Regional and Country Offices, provides advice on legal aspects of UNDP’s operations and administrative matters. Clears deviations to standard contracts, MOUs, leases, financing agreements and other agreements and templates, reviews non-standard agreements and provides advice on the creation and interpretation of policies and procedures. Reviews and, as required, negotiates and revises corporate agreements with partners, including donors, which govern their overall relationship with UNDP in close consultation with the respective internal client.
- Reviews, negotiates and settles claims and disputes arising from agreements, contracts and other arrangements, including commercial claims and disputes involving the Organization.
- Prepares legal opinions on cases involving unusual and/or complex legal issues, including cases for which no or few precedents exist. Prepares legal opinions on cases submitted to LO for assistance, involving mismanagement or non-compliance with UNDP’s legal framework.
- Liaises with the United Nations Office of Legal Affairs (OLA), as appropriate, in order to coordinate the legal services provided by OLA to UNDP with regard to corporate and commercial legal matters involving issues of privileges and immunities referred to OLA by LO.
- Facilitates training programs on corporate and commercial issues for UNDP staff globally.
- Based on experience gained from addressing issues related to any of the above-mentioned functions, identifies and advises on areas where systemic or policy changes may be warranted in order to strengthen UNDP’s accountability and/or allow operational units to carry out their functions more effectively and efficiently, including continual review and updating of standard texts, policies and procedures, in consultation with the concerned substantive units.
- Ability to make new and useful ideas work
- Ability to persuade others to follow
- Ability to improve performance and satisfaction
- Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform
- Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement
- Knowledge of legal issues facing the UNDP and ability to apply them to strategic and/or practical situations
- Ability to advise on legal matters including UNDP's legal status, policy development, corporate and operational matters, status and conduct
- Ability to legally represent the organization in corporate/institutional contracts and agreements as well as in administrative legal matters
- Ability to capture, develop, share and effectively use information and knowledge
- Ability to engage and foster strategic partnerships with other parties, Inter-Agency Coordination and forge productive working relationships
- Advanced degree in law (Master’s level) or equivalent.
- Admittance to the bar of a Member State or equivalent qualification to practice law in a Member State is desirable.
- A minimum of 7 years’ experience in the practice of public international law with a law firm, a government and/or an international organization’s legal office is required.
- Extensive experience with the United Nations Legal Framework and the legal institutional arrangements of United Nations organizations including, in particular, the UN Financial Regulations and Rules and programming policies and procedures.
- Practical experience from UN/UNDP operations in developing countries highly desirable.
- Proficiency in English.
- Ability to speak and draft with knowledge of legal terminology in another UNDP working language would be an advantage
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Contract Duration: 1 Year with possibility for extension