Job Opening

Posting Title: LEGAL OFFICER, P4
Department/Office: Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 29 December 2021 - 11 February 2022
Job Opening Number: 21-Legal Affairs-CTED-171643-R-New York (X)
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 Specialized Technical Expertise and Research Branch of the Assessment & Technical Assistance Office, Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED). The incumbent reports to the Countering the Financing of Terrorism (CFT) Coordinator.


Serves as a lead officer in one or more areas of concentration, and independently handles a wide range of multi-discipline and complex legal matters involving issues of financial crime, including the financing of terrorism, financial intelligence, financial investigations and illicit financial flows, to include identification of existing practices, challenges and policy options for States to implement counter-terrorism measures in compliance with their obligations under international law and international human rights standards on right to privacy and data protection and sustainable development goals (SDG) 16 and to better inform Member States, the Counter-Terrorism Committee (CTC), CTED and other UN Global Compact Counter-Terrorism entities, including the United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT);

· Performs extensive legal research and analysis and contributes to the enhancement of CTED’s targeted and focused assessments on complex and emerging CFT related issues such as Member States’ capacity to effectively use financial intelligence and financial investigations in counter-terrorism efforts, identifying existing practices, challenges and policy options for States, in compliance with relevant standards, international humanitarian law, international human rights law, and refugee law;

Provides legal advice on diverse substantive questions of considerable complexity, including on the linkages between organized crimes, terrorism and its financing and evolving CFT-related trends and threats based on resolutions 1373 (2001), 2178 (2014), 2395 (2017), 2396 (2017), 2462 (2019) and 2482 (2019);

· Advises and facilitates the delivery of technical assistance aimed at supporting the establishment of professional development systems for CFT and financial crime practitioners, taking into account new requirements and standards in these areas; and provides specialized recommendations aimed at enhancing inter-agency operational coordination mechanisms to disrupt and prevent the financing of terrorism, including through the misuse of new technologies and payment methods as required by relevant UNSC resolutions and other applicable standards;

· Serves on various ad hoc working groups and task forces, as required; promotes the work of the United Nations and represents the organization at meetings, conferences, and seminars.

· Provides substantive backstopping to CTED Senior Management and to special meetings of the CTC or meetings involving CTED participation, relating to countering the financing of terrorism, including providing substantive inputs to agenda items, identification of experts, preparation of documents and topical presentations.

· Initiates activities and initiatives aimed at strengthening CTED partnerships with relevant regional or multilateral stakeholders UN entities, including UN Country Teams, possible donors and technical providers including UNOCT and UNODC to ensure translating recommendations into technical assistance programming, leveraging of resources and coordination of activities.

· Contributes to review and design of new policy, relevant guidelines on assessment methodology and benchmark criteria on assessing the impact of CFT measures. Performs other duties as assigned.


Professionalism: Excellent knowledge of international criminal law, financial crime law and international human rights law, and good knowledge on data privacy law. Solid knowledge and understanding of the UN counter-terrorism architecture and CFT-related requirements of the international counter-terrorism instruments, UN Security Council resolutions and standards recommended by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF); extensive familiarity with the work of FATF and FATF-style regional bodies. Ability to apply expertise to analyzing a diverse range of legal and political issues and problems and in developing innovative and creative solutions in dealing with complex counter-terrorism problems. Strong analytical skills and ability to conduct comprehensive legal and political research on a range of issues, including those of a unique and/or complex nature; proficiency in writing and expression and ability to prepare briefs, opinions and a variety of documents. Discretion and sound judgment. Strong negotiating skills and ability to influence others to reach agreement. Ability to work to tight deadlines and handle multiple concurrent projects/cases. Knowledge of contemporary international relations and of UN system, organization and interrelationships. 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.

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.

Planning& 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.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law, criminal law, national security, financial crime or other related field. A first level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in criminal law, financial crime, anti-money laundering and/or CFT, financial intelligence, law enforcement, criminal justice or related area is required

Experience in legal analysis and research as well as practical experience in the conduct of financial investigations or financial intelligence analysis is desirable.

Experience related to counter-terrorism is desirable

Experience in implementation of sanctions-related measures, including exemption mechanisms, is desirable.


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


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

Special Notice

The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

Extension of the appointment is subject to extension of the mandate and/or the availability of funds.

Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff members are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures

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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