|Posting Title:||SENIOR LEGAL OFFICER, P5|
|Job Code Title:||SENIOR LEGAL OFFICER|
|Department/Office:||United Nations Office at Geneva|
|Posting Period:||03 April 2023 – 17 May 2023|
|Job Opening Number:||23-Legal Affairs-UNOG-200558-R-Geneva (G)|
Org. Setting and Reporting
The position is located in the Office of the Director-General of the United Nations Office in Geneva (UNOG). The Senior Legal Officer will report to the Chief of Office of the Director-General.
Within delegated authority, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:
– Takes the lead in identifying and addressing legal issues at UNOG. Advises the Director-General, Senior Officials as well as relevant UNOG Services on legal and related policy issues.
– Provides legal advice also to client departments, such as UNECE, UNITAR, UNOCHA, UNIDIR, UNMAS and to UN funds and to programmes in Geneva.
– Handles all matters related to the implementation of the Host Country Agreement between the UN and Switzerland, including host country requests for waiver of functional and diplomatic immunity. This includes consultations with Geneva-based UN entities covered by the UN host country agreement. As applicable, the incumbent liaises with OLA on requests for waiver of immunity and other issues requiring legal and policy guidance from HQ.
– Assists UNOG Administration with regard to legal implications of personal actions and advises the Administration and individual staff members on legal matters in relation to their status in Switzerland.
– Provides legal advice to the Director-General of UNOG and the Administration of UNOG in regard to UNOG’s tax status, UN property and assets and possible valorization of UN real estate, partnerships with private sector entities and local associations and foundations and ensures the protection of the name and emblem of the UN in line with applicable public international law and UN regulations.
– Upon request by relevant UNOG Services, the Senior Legal Adviser reviews contracts and advises on procurement action, such as lease agreements or commercial transactions; reviews memoranda of understanding (MOUs) concluded between UNOG and UN Member States, as well as contribution and donation agreements.
– Serves as an ex-officio member in an ad hoc capacity on various committees and panels, such as the Committee on Contracts, the Property Survey Board, the UNOG and UNECE Grants Committees, the Change Order Review Committee and ensures the consistent application and interpretation of UN rules and regulations, and policies.
– Provides advice to the UNOG Administration and UNOG’s Office for the Strategic Heritage Plan (SHP) on legal issues relating to the renovation of the Palais des Nations; liaises with the Office of Legal Affairs and with the Host Country on SHP-related issues.
– Organizes and directs the annual International Law Seminar (ILS), i.e. prepares Seminar programs, solicits applications, organizes the work of the Selection Committee, conducts the Seminar proceedings and is responsible for raising the funds for the ILS and for administering them. The incumbent supervises the financial and logistical aspects of the annual ILC session and the ILS.
– Represents the Office on legal matters, delivers speeches to designated audiences, and participates in negotiations with a variety of stakeholders, as and when required.
Knowledge of international legal procedures and instruments, including criminal law, both substantive and procedural. Ability to apply legal expertise to analyzing a diverse range of complex and unusual legal issues and problems and in developing innovative and creative solutions. Strong analytical skills and ability to conduct comprehensive legal research on a range of issues, including those of a unique and/or complex nature; proficiency in legal writing and expression and ability to prepare legal briefs, opinions, indictments or legal submissions/motions, and a variety of legal instruments and related documents. Discretion and sound judgment in applying legal expertise to sensitive, complex legal and political issues. Strong negotiating skills and ability to influence others to reach agreement. Ability to work to tight deadlines and handle multiple concurrent projects/cases. Knowledge of contemporary international relations and of UN system, organization and interrelationships. Knowledge of UN procurement processes and experience providing advice legal advice on procurement activities. 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.
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 audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.
Serves as a role model that other people want to follow: empowers others to translate vision into results; is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives; establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support; anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions; drives for change and improvements; does not accept the status quo; shows the courage to take unpopular stands. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.
Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly; gathers relevant information before making a decision; considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them; takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization; proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information; checks assumptions against facts; determines the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; makes tough decisions when necessary.
An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in law, preferably international administrative law or international public law, is required. A first university degree in the fields specified above in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
At least 10 years of progressively responsible experience in legal practice, including legal analysis, research and writing is required.
Experience providing advice on complex legal issues to UN leadership and high-level diplomats is required.
Experience in the area of privileges and immunities of international organizations is desirable.
Experience providing legal advice on procurement activities, preferably in the United Nations system context, is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the UN Secretariat. For this position, fluency in English and French is required. Knowledge of German is desirable.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which will be followed by a competency-based interview.
At the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. The United Nations is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The United Nations recruits and employs staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds or disabilities. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application.
Staff members of the United Nations Secretariat must fulfil the lateral move requirements to be eligible to apply for this vacancy. Staff members are requested to indicate all qualifying lateral moves in their Candidate Profile (CP) and motivation statement.
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.
For this position, applicants from the following Member States, which are unrepresented or underrepresented in the UN Secretariat as of 30 November 2022, are strongly encouraged to apply: Afghanistan, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahrain, Belize, Brunei Darussalam, Cabo Verde, Central African Republic, China, Comoros, Cuba, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Djibouti, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Israel, Japan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Malta, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Monaco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Norway, Oman, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, South Sudan, Timor-Leste, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Vanuatu.
United Nations Considerations
According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.
Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.
The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.
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