Job Opening

Posting Title: Principal Legal Officer, D1
Job Code Title: PRINCIPAL LEGAL OFFICER
Department/Office: Department of Management Strategy, Policy and Compliance Office of the Under-Secretary-General
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 19 November 2021 - 02 January 2022
Job Opening Number: 21-Legal Affairs-DMSPC OUSG-169057-R-New York (R)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting

Under the supervision of the Under-Secretary-General for Management Strategy, Policy and Compliance and the Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs and the United Nations Legal Counsel, the Principal Legal Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

Responsibilities

•Co-chair a Working Group of the United Nations Legal Advisers Networks on the Review of the Jurisdictional Setup of the UN Common System (UNCS) to continue the review of the jurisdictional setup of the common system, with a view towards developing details of proposals for submission to the General Assembly. The proposals will cover: increased exchanges between the International Labour Organization Administrative Tribunal (ILOAT) and the United Nations tribunals; procedures for the International Civil Service Commission (ICSC) to review tribunal judgments and issue guidance; procedures for consultation with the ICSC during litigation of cases involving ICSC recommendations and decisions; and a joint chamber of the ILOAT and United Nations Appeals Tribunal (UNAT). The development of the proposals will entail providing expert advice on complex legal issues related to the Tribunals and the common system, and ensuring that the outputs of the Working Group maintain high quality standards and address the requests of the General Assembly.

• Coordinate consultations with relevant stakeholders, including: staff federations; International Civil Service Commission (ICSC); the tribunal systems of the United Nations and ILO, including the judges, registries and the Office of Administration of Justice (OAJ); entities that have accepted jurisdiction of the tribunals of the United Nations and ILO; High-Level Committee on Management (HLCM) Human Resources Network and HLCM Finance and Budget Network.

•Lead the preparation of the Secretary-General’s report based on the proposals as developed through the consultation process.

•Represent the United Nations in the consideration of the report by the General Assembly, including its legislative bodies.

Competencies

Professionalism: Knowledge of the jurisdictional setup of the UNCS. 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.

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.

Planning and Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies. Identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts 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

Leadership: 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 improvement; 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.

Judgement/Decision making: 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 that the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision. Makes tough decisions when necessary.

Education

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

Work Experience

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

Experience working with issues relating to the United Nations common system, including common system entitlements and the functioning of the International Civil Service Commission (ICSC) is required.

Languages

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

Assessment

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

Special Notice

This job opening is advertised to fill a position financed from temporary funding. Appointment or assignment against this position is for a period of one year. The appointment or assignment and renewal thereof are subject to the budgetary approval.

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.

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.

Staff members appointed to the current position are required to submit a financial disclosure statement upon assignment or appointment and annually thereafter.

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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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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