Legal Officer
United Nations
GENEVA
vor 9 Tg.

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the United Nations Dispute Tribunal (UNDT) Registry, Office of Administration of Justice (OAJ) in Geneva.

The UNDT hears and decides cases filed by or on behalf of current and former staff members appealing administrative decisions alleged to be in non-

compliance with their terms of appointment or contract of employment. The UNDT conducts hearings, issues orders, and renders binding judgments.

Both staff members and the Administration have a right to appeal the judgments of the UNDT to the United Nations Appeals Tribunal.

The incumbent will report to the UNDT Registrar in Geneva.

Responsibilities

The Legal Officer will be responsible for providing substantive, technical and administrative support for the adjudication of cases to the Judges of the UNDT in Geneva.

Duties will include :

  • Review of submissions to the UNDT;
  • Assist in the preparation of referrals to the Mediation Division of the Office of the Ombudsman;
  • Respond to correspondence;
  • Draft, review and advise on legal documents and correspondence;
  • Support Judges by preparing background materials and summaries of issues, as required;
  • Attend meetings, and give advice on emerging issues and questions, as required;
  • Identify issues, draft legal texts and handle a wide range of complex legal matters involving interpretation and application of administrative law;
  • Conduct extensive legal research and provide detailed analysis of cases and jurisprudence;
  • Provide legal advice on diverse substantive and procedural questions;
  • Support the Judges in producing accurate, comprehensive judgments, including review of draft judgments for any inconsistencies or inaccuracies, and ensuring editorial uniformity prior to dissemination.
  • Assist in maintaining the UNDT’s registers (electronic and online), the publication and dissemination of the decisions, rulings and judgments rendered by the UNDT, in the required official languages, through the agreed media;
  • Assist in maintaining the Tribunal’s case law digest and jurisprudence databank;
  • Perform other duties as required.
  • Competencies

  • Professionalism : Knowledge of relevant Regulations and Rules of the United Nations or that of a similar international organization, as well as of applicable jurisprudence;
  • ability to apply legal and administrative expertise to analyzing a diverse range of complex and unusual issues and problems, and to problem solve and develop innovative and creative solutions;
  • ability to produce reports and papers on legal and administrative matters; ability to analyze and conduct comprehensive legal research on a range of issues, including those of a unique and / or complex nature;
  • ability to exercise discretion and sound judgement in applying legal expertise to sensitive, complex legal and administrative issues;
  • ability to influence others to reach agreement; ability to review and edit the work of others. 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.

  • Client Orientation : Considers all those to whom services are provided to be 'clients' and to see things from the 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;
  • keep clients informed of progress or setbacks; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.

    Education

    Advanced university degree (Master’s or equivalent degree) in law or related fields is required. A first-level degree (Bachelor’s or equivalent) in the specified fields with two additional years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

    Work Experience

    A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in law, including legal analysis, research and writing is required.

    At least two years of that experience at the international level, preferably in an international public organization is desirable.

    Experience in administrative and employment law is required. Experience within judicial structures and procedures is desirable.

    Experience in the use of electronic search engines, case management systems and databases is desirable.

    Languages

    English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English and French is required.

    Knowledge of another official UN language is an advantage.

    Assessment

    Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

    Special Notice

    For this position, applicants from the following Member States, which are unrepresented or underrepresented in the UN Secretariat as of 31 August 2018, are strongly encouraged to apply : Afghanistan, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahrain, Belarus, Belize, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, Central African Republic, China, Comoros, Cyprus, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Grenada, Guinea-

    Bissau, Indonesia, Islamic Republic of Iran, Japan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Monaco, Mozambique, Nauru, Norway, Oman, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Solomon Islands, South Sudan, Suriname, Syrian Arab Republic, Thailand, Timor-

    Leste, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Vanuatu, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.

    Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.

    The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50 / 50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

    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 or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, 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.

    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.

    Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on Manuals hyper-

    link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

    The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines.

    Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening.

    No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

    Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11 : 59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

    No Fee

    THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING).

    THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS.

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