Job Opening

Posting Title: Chief Disciplinary Unit - Administrative Law Section
Job Code Title: SENIOR LEGAL OFFICER
Department/Office: OFFICE OF HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGEMENT
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 22 August 2016 - 20 October 2016
Job Opening Number: 16-Legal Affairs-DM OHRM-65582-R-New York (G)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Human Resources Policy Service of the Office of Human Resources Management. The Chief of the Disciplinary Unit reports to the Chief, Human Resources Policy Service.

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the Chief of the Disciplinary Unit will be responsible for the following:

•Provides policy guidance and legal advice to senior officials on the interpretation of personnel policies, regulations and rules, and administrative implications of the jurisprudence of the United Nations Dispute and Appeals Tribunals, relating to disciplinary matters that are or may be referred to the Office of Human Resources Management;

•Makes various types of recommendations to senior officials of substantive units with respect to actions to take in respect of disciplinary matters and oversees the management of activities and cases undertaken by the Disciplinary Unit of the Administrative Law Section and, ensures that substantive work programmes activities are carried out in a timely fashion;

•Manages, supervises and carries out the work programme of the Disciplinary Unit and co-ordinates the work carried out by the Unit; provides programmatic and substantive reviews of drafts prepared by others;

•Provides substantive input in the preparation of reports for presentation to intergovernmental bodies such as the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budget Questions, the General Assembly and other policy-making organs, as appropriate, inclusive of budget/programme performance or on programmatic/ substantive issues, as appropriate, particularly those presented in biannual and/or annual reports;

•Provides legal advice and guidance on disciplinary matters and issues relating to complaints under ST/SGB/2008/05 (Prohibition of discrimination, harassment, including sexual harassment, and abuse of authority);

•Ensures that the outputs produced by the Unit maintain high-quality standards; and advises on, and supervises the review of legal submissions/motions, and other legal documents;

•Ensures that all outputs produced by the Unit under his/her supervision meet required standards before completion to ensure they comply with the relevant mandates, rules and regulations;

•Represents, or supervises the representation of, the Secretary-General in cases challenging the imposition of disciplinary measures before the United Nations Dispute Tribunal;

•Contributes to the review and design of new legal instruments, policy, guidelines, and systems relating to the mandate of the Disciplinary Unit;

•Carries out programmatic/administrative tasks necessary for the functioning of the Unit, including preparation of budgets, assigning and monitoring of performance parameters and critical indicators, reporting on budget/programme performance, preparation of inputs for results-based budgeting, evaluation of staff performance, interviews of candidates for job openings and evaluation of candidates, taking due account of geographical and gender balance and other institutional values;

•Manages, guides, develops and trains staff under his/her supervision;

•Fosters teamwork and communication among staff in the Unit and across organizational boundaries;

•Represents the Organization at inter-agency meetings, seminars, etc. on substantive-related issues.

Competencies

•Professionalism: Knowledge of the substantive field of work in general and of specific areas being supervised. Ability to produce reports and papers on technical issues and to review and edit the work of others. Ability to apply the rules, regulations, policies and guidelines of the United Nations, or similar international organizations, in work situations. 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 audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

•Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.

Managerial Competencies:

•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 improvements; 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 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 degree) in law or related area. 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 ten years of progressively responsible legal experience is required, of which at least two years includes litigation involving first-hand experience appearing before a court or tribunal or equivalent administrative board or bodies. At least three years of experience working with the United Nations' or other similar organization's staff regulations and rules, policies, procedures and operations is desirable. Experience in administrative law or employment law is also desirable.

Languages

Fluency in one of the working languages of the UN Secretariat, English or French, is required; knowledge of the other is desirable. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.

Assessment

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

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, including but not limited to, respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to, whether they have committed or are alleged to have committed criminal offences or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

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.

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The screening and 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, including but not limited to, their education, work experience, and language skills, according to the instructions provided on inspira. Applicants will be disqualified from consideration if they do not demonstrate in their application that they meet the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations. Applicants are solely responsible for providing complete and accurate information at the time of application: 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 a reference-checking process to verify the information provided in the application.

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No Fee

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