Job Opening

Posting Title: INTERN - LEGAL AFFAIRS, I (Temporary Job Opening)
Department/Office: Office of Administration of Justice
Duty Station: BEIRUT
Posting Period: 17 April 2019 - 07 May 2019
Job Opening Number: 19-Legal Affairs-OAJ-115541-J-Beirut (A)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

The Office of Administration of Justice (OAJ) is an independent office responsible for the overall coordination of the formal system of administration of justice at the United Nations. It is headed by an Executive Director appointed by the Secretary-General. The Office of Staff Legal Assistance (OSLA) is part of the Office of Administration of Justice. With its headquarters in New York, the Office of Administration of Justice also has a presence — through the UNDT Registries and the branch offices of the Office of Staff Legal Assistance — in Geneva, Nairobi, Addis Ababa, and Beirut.

OSLA is independent from the UN staff unions, management or other actors. OSLA affiliated counsels have a responsibility to act in the interest of the client staff member, former staff member or affected dependant of a staff member. As officers of the court before the UNDT and UNAT, OSLA counsel are required to perform their duties in accordance with established professional, ethical and legal obligations.

The internship is UNPAID and full-time.

Interns work five days per week (35 hours) under the supervision of a staff member in OSLA.


Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:

• Assisting in conducting legal research on issues relating to international public administrative and employment law required for providing legal advice and representation to OSLA's clients;
• Assisting in client and file management including conducting client interviews, planning litigation strategy under the supervision of OSLA legal officers;
• Assisting in drafting legal documents and submissions to the UN Dispute and Appeals Tribunals;
• Assisting in drafting legal documents including submissions to the UN Dispute and Appeals Tribunals;
• Attending and taking notes at interviews, conferences and hearings;
• Working on presentations and/or other information for client outreach and promotion of rule of law in the UN system;
• Undertaking other tasks as requested.


• 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.

• 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; adjust 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.


To qualify for consideration for this internship by the United Nations Headquarters Internship Programme, the following conditions must be met:

1. Applicants must be enrolled in a Master’s degree or PhD-Programme at the time of the application and during the internship (i.e. LLM, JD or equivalent).

2. Applicants pursuing their studies in countries where higher education is not divided into undergraduate and graduate stages must have completed at least four years of full-time studies at a university or equivalent institution towards the completion of a degree.

Be computer literate in standard software applications, including database management, PowerPoint and Excel.

Have a demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the Charter; and,

Have a demonstrated ability to successfully interact with individuals of different cultural backgrounds and beliefs, which include willingness to try and understand and be tolerant of differing opinions and views. For further details on the exact rules and regulations governing an internship position with the United Nations Secretariat, please consult:

Work Experience

* are not required to have professional work experience for participation in the programme;
* be computer literate in all standard software applications;
* have a demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the Charter; and
* have a demonstrated ability to successfully interact with individuals of different cultural backgrounds and beliefs, which include willingness to try and understand;
* be tolerant of differing opinions and views.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. Fluency in English is required for the Internship. Knowledge of French is desirable. Knowledge of another official UN language is an advantage.


Short-listed candidates will be contacted by the hiring manager directly and may be required to submit for a written test and/or telephone interview.

Special Notice

A completed online application (Cover Note and Personal History Profile) is required. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.The Cover Note must include:

* Degree Programme (What are you currently studying?);
* Graduation Date (When will you graduate or when did you graduate from the programme?);
* List the IT skills and programmes that you are proficient in;
* List your top three areas of interest;
* Explain why you are the most suitable candidate for this specific internship;
* Explain your interest in the United Nations Internship Programme (How will this internship support your educational/professional goals and objectives?).

In your online Personal History Profile, be sure to include all past work experiences, language and IT-skills, and three references. Please note that due to the high volume of applications received, we are unfortunately not in a position to reply or give feedback to each application. Only short-listed applicants will be contacted for further consideration.

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.

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


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