Job Opening

Posting Title: LEGAL OFFICER, P3
Job Code Title: LEGAL OFFICER
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: ATHENS
Posting Period: 08 October 2021 - 21 November 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Legal Affairs-UNEP-163375-R-Athens (X)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment. UNEP’s Ecosystems Division works with international and national partners, providing technical assistance and advisory services for the implementation of environmental policy, and strengthening the environmental management capacity of developing countries and countries with economies in transition.

This post is located in UNEP/Ecosystems Division at the Athens duty station. Under the overall guidance of the UNEP/MAP Deputy Coordinator and the direct supervision of the UNEP/MAP Governance Programme Management Officer, the incumbent will perform the following duties;

Responsibilities

1. Contribute to the planning and implementation of the programme of work of the Secretariat related to the effective functioning of the Compliance Committee of the Barcelona Convention and its Protocols. This includes the timely preparation of pre-session, in-session and post-session documents as well as supporting the Committee on the implementation and follow up of its decisions.

2. Follow up on the timely submission of reports by the Contracting parties in accordance with article 26 of the Barcelona Convention; Provide support to Contracting in the timely submission of their biannual report on legal, administrative and other measures to implement the Convention and its protocols and the decisions of the meetings of the Contracting Parties.

3. Draft the biannual regional report on the status of the legal and institutional aspects of the implementation of the Barcelona convention and its Protocols and the decisions of the Contracting Parties meeting.

4. Maintain data base of legal instruments, legislation and legal and administrative measures and notifications by the Contracting Parties linked to the implementation of the Barcelona Convention, its protocols and guidelines; ensure the flow of official correspondence between Member States and UNEP/MAP on relevant legal issues.

5. Undertake legal research and draft briefing notes and legal opinions and provide advice on legal developments in other related global and regional environmental conventions with a view to securing synergies in the implementation of related instruments.

6. Provide support to Contracting parties to facilitate the implementation, as appropriate, of Liability and Compensation Guidelines and the respective reporting system.

7. Provide any other legal support required by the Secretariat for the implementation of its programme of work in coordination with relevant head-quarter units.

8. Contribute to the planning, implementation and monitoring of the programme of work and budget of UNEP/MAP on governance and legal matters.

9. Carry out other related duties as may be assigned including assisting in the preparation of the main UNEP/MAP decision-making bodies.

Competencies

PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of, and ability to apply, legal principles, concepts and procedures and terminology for review, examination, and processing of a range of legal documents. Knowledge of various legal research sources, including electronic, and ability to conduct research and analyze information on a wide range of legal issues. Knowledge of the civil law and/or common law legal systems and principles. Ability to interpret and apply legislative instruments, develop and present results, recommendations, and opinions clearly and concisely. Ability to draft legal papers and work under pressure. Ability to apply good legal judgment in the context of assignments given. 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 audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

TEAMWORK: 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.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in Public International Law or International Environmental Law or related area is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two (2) additional years of qualifying work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible work experience in environmental international law development and implementation, including compliance and enforcement is required.
At least three (3) years of work experience in international organizations and/or government service in the above areas is desirable.
Experience of inter-governmental negotiating processes related to environmental treaties in the Mediterranean and or global level is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English (oral and written) is required. Knowledge of French is desirable. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.

NOTE: "Fluency equals a rating of "fluent" in all four areas (read, write, speak, understand) and "knowledge of" equals a rating of "confident" in two of the four areas.

Assessment

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

Special Notice

This post is open for recruitment for an initial period of one (1) year and may be subject to extension. Please note that extension of the appointment is subject to extension of the mandate and/or the availability of the funds.

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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.

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