Job Opening

Posting Title: INTERN - LEGAL AFFAIRS, I (Temporary Job Opening)
Job Code Title: INTERN - LEGAL AFFAIRS
Department/Office: United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA)
Duty Station: AMMAN
Posting Period: 08 July 2022 - 14 August 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Legal Affairs-UNRWA-185615-J-Amman (T)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting

The incumbent is under the supervision of the Head Field Legal Office.

Responsibilities

• Assist with research and the provision of legal advice on the interpretation and application of relevant public international law, including the law and legal practice of the United Nations;

• Assist with research and drafting of official correspondence on the privileges and immunities of UNRWA and its staff (such as note verbales, protest letters, requests for information on detained staff, etc.;

• Assist with the review of legal matters related to the governance of the Agency, including drafting and reviewing UNRWA administrative issuances;

• Assist with research and analysis on a wide range of international administrative and employment law issues, including use of the Agency’s system for internal administration of justice for staff members and matters relating to allegations of staff misconduct; Handle the disciplinary proceedings for staff misconduct cases and draft related documents;

• Assist with the provision of legal advice and analysis on matters arising from contracts, MoUs and agreements entered into by the Agency, including those relating to the procurement of goods and services, donations, partnerships, etc. for the delivery of humanitarian and development assistance;

• Assist with the drafting and review of legal documents, including correspondence, summary notes, briefing papers and reports on a wide variety of legal matters, including to United Nations bodies;

• Assist with the drafting and review of official correspondence related to legal aid and protection cases in coordination with the Protection Unit and the Department of Legal Affairs in HQ;

• Assist with servicing high-level and other meetings as well as training sessions for staff members covering a range of legal issues; and

• Perform any other duties as may be required.

Competencies

• Advanced level of legal research skills
• Knowledge of Microsoft Office
• Communication skills
• Analyzing

Education

Applicants must be students enrolled in the final academic year of a university degree in law, or recent law graduates.

Work Experience

No working experience is required to apply for the United Nations Internship Programme. Your training, education, advance course work or skills should benefit the United Nations during your internship.

Languages

Applicants should demonstrate excellent English communication skills, both orally and in writing, including the ability to draft legal documents in English.

Special Notice

Contract Status:
Full time internship for 6 months minimum.
Department/Office: Field Legal Office
Duty Station: Jordan Field Office (Amman)
Other Information:
Only those applicants shortlisted for interview will be contacted.
UNRWA staff and complementary personnel are expected to uphold the highest standards of integrity, neutrality, and impartiality at all times. This includes respect for and commitment to human rights, diversity, and non-violent means of dealing with all kinds of conflict. Only persons who fully and unconditionally commit to these values should consider applying for UNRWA jobs. UNRWA is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from both women and men. UNRWA encourages applications from qualified women.
UNRWA will not be responsible for the costs of travel, visa, accommodation, or any other costs related to the placement. All costs connected with an intern’s participation must be borne by the intern, including arrangements for travel (including to and from the office), visas, accommodation, etc. Interns will be solely responsible to secure visas. UNRWA may assist by providing them with visa support letters.
At the stage of acceptance of an internship placement, interns must prove to the satisfaction of UNRWA that they have adequate medical and accident insurance coverage prior to commencing the placement.
Intern placements shall not constitute employment by UNRWA. Interns are considered to be complementary personnel with non-staff status. The purpose of the internship program is not to lead to further employment with UNRWA but to complement an intern's studies. Therefore, there should be no expectation of employment at the end of an internship. Interns are eligible to apply as external candidates for UNRWA staff vacancies in accordance with normal selection procedures.
Please note that UNRWA does not charge fees at any stage of the application process. Vacancy announcements advertised at: https://www.unrwa.org/careers/internships, will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (Amman time) on the deadline date.
UNRWA is a non-smoking environment.
Desirable Qualifications:
• Specialization in international law, commercial law or administrative law is desirable.
• Experience in a professional office environment is an asset. Internships or exposure to the UN system are however desirable.
• Knowledge of Arabic is an asset.

United Nations Considerations

Staff members are subject to the authority of the Commissioner-General of UNRWA and to assignment by him or her.

UNRWA is committed to achieving gender parity at all levels of staffing under the current UN-wide gender agenda and strongly encourages applications from qualified applicants from under-represented groups.

At UNRWA, 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. UNRWA is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application.

UNRWA Considerations
UNRWA staff are expected to uphold the highest standards of efficiency, competence, neutrality, impartiality and integrity. This includes respect for and commitment to human rights, diversity and non-violent means of dealing with all kinds of conflict. Only persons who fully and unconditionally commit to these values should consider applying for UNRWA jobs. Candidates will not be considered for employment with UNRWA 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. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment. The Agency may disqualify applicants who have separated for reason of misconduct, who left a UN Agency while misconduct processes were pending, or who appear on the UN Sanctions List.
UNRWA is a non-smoking work environment.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

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