Job Opening

Posting Title: Associate Legal Officer, P2
Department/Office: Office of Human Resources Management
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 02 February 2018 - 03 March 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Legal Affairs-DM OHRM-92020-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 within the Disciplinary Unit of the Administrative Law Section, Human Resources Policy Services, Office of Human Resources Management, Department of Management. The incumbent reports to a Legal Officer and to the Chief of Unit.


The Associate Legal Officer will be responsible for providing legal support in handling disciplinary cases referred to OHRM for appropriate action and providing advice on human resources and administrative matters, in the context of formal proceedings before the Organization's internal justice system relating to appeals of disciplinary matters filed before the United Nations Dispute Tribunal.

Duties will include:
-Review and prepare recommendations related to the processing of disciplinary matters;
-Assist in the preparation of submissions to the United Nations Dispute Tribunal, ensuring that they meet procedural requirements and identifying, where applicable, cases that are amenable to informal resolution;
-Assist in responding to inquiries and correspondence; Draft, review and advise on legal documents and correspondence;
-Contribute to the identification of issues and drafting of recommendations and legal submissions, ensuring that they are consistent with interpretation and application of administrative law;
-Conduct legal research and provide detailed analysis of cases and jurisprudence;
-Assist in the provision of legal advice on substantive and procedural questions;
-Assist the Unit in producing accurate, comprehensive documentation required under the disciplinary process and submissions;
-Assist in representing the Secretary-General in oral proceedings before the Dispute Tribunal.
-The Associate Legal Officer will also assist in maintaining the Unit's registers (electronic and online) and perform other duties as required.


Professionalism: Knowledge of relevant Regulations and Rules of the United Nations, as well as of applicable jurisprudence; Ability to apply legal and administrative expertise to analyzing a diverse range of issues and problems, including in the context of the disciplinary process, and to develop innovative and creative solutions and to litigate employment-related matters; Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; Conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

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.

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 or other related areas. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. A first-level degree and no experience will be accepted for candidates who have passed the United Nations Young Professionals Programme Examination (YPP), the United Nations National Recruitment Examination (NCRE) or the General Service to Professional Examination (G to P).

Work Experience

A minimum of two years of progressively responsible legal experience, including litigation at the national or international level is required. Experience in litigating administrative law matters is highly desirable. Experience in conducting investigations or disciplinary matters in an international organization is also highly desirable.
No experience is required for candidates who have passed the United Nations Young Professionals Programme Examination (YPP), the United Nations National Recruitment Examination (NCRE) or the General Service to Professional Examination (G to P).


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations. For this position, fluency in English (both written and oral) is required. Knowledge of French is desirable. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.


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

Special Notice

This post is financed by the Support Account for Peacekeeping Operations. Extension of appointment will be subject to budgetary approval.

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.

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.

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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