Job Opening

Posting Title: Legal Officer, P3
Job Code Title: LEGAL OFFICER
Department/Office: Office of Human Resources Management
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 10 December 2021 - 23 January 2022
Job Opening Number: 21-Legal Affairs-DM OHRM-170340-R-New York (R)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Critical Incident Response Service of the Administrative Law Division in the Office of Human Resources, Department of Management Strategy, Policy and Compliance. The incumbent reports to the Senior Legal Officer.

The Division is in charge of the implementation of the United Nations (UN) standards of conduct for all categories of personnel across the UN Secretariat. ALD provides strategic and legal advice on internal justice matters and represent the Secretary-General before the United Nations Dispute Tribunal. ALD handles disciplinary matters relating to Secretariat staff members, oversees and coordinates efforts and actions to prevent and respond to unsatisfactory conduct, and works to empower and support UN Secretariat managers in the exercise of their responsibilities to address conduct and discipline matters.

Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Senior Legal Officer, the Legal Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

• Assists in handling a range of legal matters, including disciplinary matters, of a sensitive nature referred to the Office of Human Resources.
• Provides legal advice on complex and critical issues related to the enforcement of the United Nations standards of conduct and the application and implementation of the United Nations administrative policies and procedures, including providing strategic advice on the management of contentious workplace disagreements and disputes and the handling of formal disciplinary and appeals cases.
• Conducts research and analysis of the United Nations Charter, General Assembly resolutions and decisions, Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and judgements of the United Nations Administrative Tribunal, the United Nations Dispute Tribunal, the United Nations Appeals Tribunal and other international administrative tribunals.
• Represents the Secretary-General in written and oral proceedings before the United Nations Dispute Tribunal relating to disciplinary and appeals cases. Submissions before the Dispute Tribunal must meet procedural requirements of the Tribunal and must be consistent with the principles of administrative law applicable to the Organization.
• Prepares or assists in the preparation of legal advice on human resources and administrative matters, with a view to facilitating early resolution of disputes, including where necessary, providing analysis and recommendations on next steps as part of overall case management strategies and tactics.
• Provides support in the delivery of training on the legal framework applicable to the disciplinary process to support senior managers in their understanding and analysis of the risks associated with the exercise of their delegated decision-making authority.
• Assists in maintaining the registers and electronic databases of the Critical Incident Response Service.
• Performs other duties, as assigned.

Competencies

Professionalism - Knowledge of relevant United Nations Regulations and Rules, and the applicable jurisprudence; ability to apply legal and administrative expertise to analyzing a diverse range of issues and problems, and to develop innovative and creative solutions; strong analytical skills; discretion and sound judgement in handling sensitive legal and administrative issues; ability to influence others to reach agreement. 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.

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.

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.

Education

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

Work Experience

A minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible professional legal experience including at least two years of litigation experience at the national or international level, is required.

Experience in handling administrative law matters is desirable.

Experience in handling disciplinary matters of a sensitive nature in a large and complex national or international organization is desirable.

Experience in providing support to managers in the exercise of their delegated decision-making authority in a national or international organization is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, 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 position is financed by the Support Account for Peacekeeping Operations. Extension of appointment will be subject to 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.

Pursuant to section 7.11 of ST/AI/2012/2/Rev.1, candidates recruited through the young professionals programme who have not served for a minimum of two years in the position of their initial assignment are not eligible to apply to 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, 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.

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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No Fee

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