Job Opening

Posting Title: Legal Affairs Consultant
Department/Office: Economic Commission for Africa
Duty Station: ADDIS ABABA
Posting Period: 05 July 2021 - 11 July 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Economic Commission for Africa-158821-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

• Agreements concluded that properly protect the UN and its privileges and immunities;
• Legal guidance provided that adheres to United Nations rules and regulations;

Work Location

Based on the current COVID situation and the restrictions on air travel, the consultant will be home based and work remotely

Expected duration

• The duration of the contract will be for a period of six months starting from the date of signing the contract with UNECA, USD 5,000 per month.

Duties and Responsibilities

Background

Established by the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations (UN) in 1958 as one of the UN’s five regional commissions, ECA’s mandate is to promote the economic and social development of its member States, foster intra-regional integration, and promote international cooperation for Africa’s development. Made up of 54 member States, and playing a dual role as a regional arm of the UN and as a key component of the African institutional landscape, ECA is well positioned to make unique contributions to address the Continent’s development challenges. The strategic objective of ECA is framed around delivering ideas and actions for an empowered, inclusive and transformed Africa in the framework of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Agenda 2063 of the African Union through its three core functions, namely, its function as a think tank, its convening function and its operational function.

The Consultant will work under the supervision of the Legal Advisor and the Secretary of the Commission and as part of the Office of the Executive Secretary (OES) at the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA).


Under the supervision of the Legal Advisor and the Secretary to the Commission, the consultant will assume the following responsibilities:


• Assist in the organization of statutory and other meetings of the Conference of Ministers of Finance and support the Legal Advisor and the Secretary of the Commission in the handling of affairs between ECA and the intergovernmental bodies.
• Handle a range of issues related to constitutional, international, public, private, administrative law, including the interpretation and application of constitutive, legislative and other instruments governing United Nations activities and operations, in consultation with senior Legal Officers.
• Conduct extensive legal research and analysis and prepare studies, briefs, reports and correspondence.
•Undertake extensive review of legal documents, instruments, or other material.
• Prepare or assist in the preparation of drafts of background papers, studies, reports, legislative texts and commentaries on those texts.
• Prepare or assist in the preparation of legal opinions/advice on a wide range of public international or private law issues, involving, inter alia, issues relating to the United Nations Charter. General Assembly resolutions, privileges and immunities, institutional questions, treaty law and practice, procedural issues arising during meetings of United Nations organs, constitutional and administrative law of the Organization.
• Prepare draft host country, conference and other agreements, and other legal texts and instruments required for the conduct of institutional or operational activities carried out by of the ECA,
• Service, or assist senior colleagues in servicing, conferences, commissions, committees, task forces, expert groups and other bodies, including preparation of background materials, summaries of issues and views of delegations, meeting reports, etc.
• Prepares or assists in the preparation of agreements and contracts with governments, NGOs and other public and private entities, as well as in the negotiation and settlement of claims and disputes and in handling private international law and international trade law matters.
• Assists in representing the Organization before the UN Dispute Tribunal and the UN Appeals Tribunal and other tribunals or administrative proceedings, including disciplinary cases;
•Provides legal advice on human resources and administrative matters;
• Prepare or assist with the preparation of seminars and symposia, lecture on various legal issues at such events.
• Perform other duties as assigned.

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications:
• Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in law with emphasis in the area of public international law.
• A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Experience
• A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in law with emphasis in Public International Law is required. Experience in legal analysis, research and writing, conract drating is required.
• A minimum of three years with contract law/procurement related issues is required.
• Experience working in the United Nations in the area of legal affairs or conflict resolution or other comparable international organizations is desirable.

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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