Job Opening

Posting Title: Legal Officer, P4
Job Code Title: LEGAL OFFICER
Department/Office: Office of Legal Affairs
Duty Station: VIENNA
Posting Period: 14 February 2018 - 30 March 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Legal Affairs-OLA-91985-R-Vienna (G)
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 within the International Trade Law Division (ITLD), Office of Legal Affairs (OLA), which serves as a substantive Secretariat to the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) and is based in Vienna. The Legal Officer will report to the Director of the Division and the Principal Legal Officer heading the Legislative Unit, which provides the bulk of substantive secretariat services to the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) and its subsidiary bodies.
Additional information are available on the website: http://www.uncitral.org

Responsibilities

Within assigned authority, the Legal Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

- Conduct research on questions of international commercial law by critically examining national legislations, judicial and arbitral decisions, commercial practice, government views and scholarly writings, with a view to devising solutions to issues arising in international commercial law that are acceptable to countries with different legal, social and economic systems.
- Prepare or coordinate the preparation of background papers, studies, reports, for the Commission and its working groups on issues of international commercial law on, or being considered for inclusion on, the work programme of the Commission.
- Draft legal instruments, such as draft conventions, model laws, model agreements, legislative guides, legal guides and various other legal texts and prepare commentaries on such texts.
- Prepare, conduct or participate in expert group meetings, judicial colloquia and other meetings for the purpose of informing the deliberations of the Commission or its subsidiary bodies regarding commercial law issues on, or being considered for inclusion on, the work programme of the Commission.
- Provide services to UNCITRAL sessions and act as secretary or assistant secretary of UNCITRAL’s subsidiary bodies or of committees of a diplomatic conference; draw up portions of draft reports for adoption at conclusion of Commission and working group sessions.
- Promote the adoption and use of UNCITRAL legal texts by lecturing at seminars and symposia on international trade law, organized either by UNCITRAL or by other organizations in different countries, and explaining texts to government officials, legal practitioners, chambers of commerce and other users; prepare and coordinate regional or national international trade law symposia and seminars.
- As requested, provide legislative assistance to Member States, in particular developing States, with respect to the enactment in domestic legislation of the texts that emanate from the work of UNCITRAL; provide any other legislative drafting assistance as may be requested by Member States in the context of law reform projects aimed at modernizing commercial law in that country.
- Contribute to the substantive coordination of the work of various agencies that, inside and outside the United Nations system, engage in the preparation of legal texts governing international trade law; keep abreast of any developments in those regional and specialized international organizations regarding harmonization of international trade law; maintain a constant link between those bodies to ensure consistency with the texts prepared by the Commission.
- Perform other work related duties as assigned.

Competencies

PROFESSIONALISM: Has expert knowledge of international trade law. Has knowledge of the substantive field of work in general and of specific areas being supervised. Is able to produce reports and papers on technical issues and to review and edit the work of others. Has diplomatic skills to lecture to expert audiences and ability to manage international meetings. Is able to apply United Nations rules, regulations, policies and guidelines 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. 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.

CLIENT ORIENTATION: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.

Education

An advanced university degree in law (Master’s degree or equivalent), with specialization in commercial, comparative or private international law is required. A first-level university degree in similar fields like commercial, comparative or private international law in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in commercial law, comparative law, international trade law or a related field, including several years at the international level is required. Additional experience in providing substantive support to government or intergovernmental bodies would be an asset. Experience in dealing with United Nations policies, procedures and operations is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post 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 competency-based interview.

Special Notice

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.

Vienna is classified an H and a family duty station.

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

For this position, applicants from the following Member States, which are unrepresented or underrepresented in the UN Secretariat as of 30 November 2017, are strongly encouraged to apply: Afghanistan, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahrain, Belarus, Belize, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, Central African Republic, China, Comoros, Cyprus, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Indonesia, Islamic Republic of Iran, Iraq, Japan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Monaco, Mozambique, Nauru, Norway, Oman, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Qatar, Russian Federation, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, Solomon Islands, South Sudan, Suriname, Syrian Arab Republic, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Vanuatu, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and Viet Nam.

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 or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, 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.

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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No Fee

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