Job Opening

Posting Title: Legal Officer, P4 (Temporary Job Opening)
Department/Office: Office of Legal Affairs
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 24 January 2018 - 30 January 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Legal Affairs-OLA-92098-J-New York (O)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

The position is located in General Legal Division in the Office of Legal Affairs of the United Nations. The incumbent will be under the general supervision of the Director of the General Legal Division and, unless otherwise provided, the immediate supervision of Principal and Senior Legal Officers of the Division.


Under the supervision of the Director or Principal Legal Officer in the General Legal Division, the incumbent is responsible for the following duties:

- Provide legal advice on diverse substantive and procedural questions of considerable complexity, which may include those related to administration and management, institutions support, procurement and contracts, peacekeeping and other operational matters, separately administered Funds and Programmes, etc. - Perform extensive legal research and analysis and prepares legal opinions, studies, briefs, reports, and correspondence. - Provide legal advice and guidance on substantive and procedural questions of law regarding the interpretation of, and changes to, securities laws and regulations. - Draft, prepare and negotiate substantial and complex commercial contracts, including contracts for complex logistical support requirements, high value professional services, air charter or freight forwarding arrangements, information technology services, software or hardware acquisitions, leases, banking, investment, brokerage, custody and master record keeping services for use by the United Nations and its separate Funds and Programmes, including the UN Joint Staff Pension Fund (UNJSPF) relating to the purchase and sale of securities, futures, options, currencies, swaps, derivatives and other financial instruments. - Provide legal support and guidance on banking, brokerage, custody, master record keeping and securities lending arrangements relating to assets of the UNJSPF and of the United Nations, including advising on the trading, clearing and settlement of securities, custody and separation of assets issues, data management, indemnities, confidentiality, intellectual property rights and ensuring conformity with the Standard Operating Investment Policy and Procedures of the Investment Management Division and the UNJSPF Regulations and Administrative Rules. - Identify the various categories of legal risks, such as operational, security and insurance risks, which apply to the UNJSPF’s activities and which the UNJSPF’s control objectives and associated features are designed to meet. - Provide legal advice on procurement issues, including the development, implementation and interpretation of the UN Financial Regulations and Rules, and the review of bidding documents for the procurement of goods and services by the Organization and its separately funded Funds and Programmes. - Provide legal advice on the interpretation and application of staff regulations and rules, including the review of administrative decisions; prepares draft amendments to the staff regulations and rules; prepares draft administrative issuances or amendments thereto and verifies their consistency with the existing staff regulation and rules; prepares analyses and evaluations of human resources policies and practices. - Provide legal advice and assist in the negotiation and settlement and, where necessary, the adjudication and arbitration, of claims and disputes arising from activities of the Organization, including its Funds and Programmes, private third party claims arising from peace-keeping or similar operations, or commercial claims and disputes arising from UN contracts. - Represent the General Legal Division in various ad-hoc inter-departmental committees, working groups and task forces. - In the absence of the Senior Legal Officer, supervise, as assigned, junior attorneys and provide guidance in their work.


• Professionalism: Significant and broad legal knowledge and experience in the area of international and domestic commercial and contracts law, including, banking, investment and finance law as applicable to international organizations (especially the United Nations). Strong skills in analyzing complex and novel issues relating to a wide range of highly complex commercial law and contracts law related issues. Demonstrated expertise in matters involving banking, finance, investment of assets, securities markets and investment products. Understanding of banking, portfolio management and the trading, clearing and settlement of securities. Excellent skills in drafting under pressure a broad range of documents of a legal nature, including commercial finance and banking agreements, complex contracts and briefing notes and reports on legal issues. Demonstrated ability to provide oral briefings on complex legal issues to legal and non-legal audiences. Sound negotiation skills. Understanding of the UN system, organization and interrelationships. Fully proficient computer skills and ability to use relevant software applications, in particular information databases, internet/intranet services, library sources, etc. 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 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 degree) in Law. 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 7 years of progressively responsible legal experience in the legal office of an international organization or a Government, in a law firm, or in a private or non-governmental organization is required. Such legal experience should include experience in the following areas: (i) significant and broad legal experience in the area of international and domestic commercial and contracts law, including working with or in a financial institution advising on issues relating to banking, investment or finance law and (ii) working in or familiarity with another national jurisdiction (outside the applicant's own country of nationality) in the area of international and domestic commercial and contracts law.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English is required. Fluency in French is desirable. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is also desirable.


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

Special Notice

• This position is available through 17 April 2018, with the possibility of extension.

• Upon separation from service, including, but not limited to, expiration or termination of, or resignation from, a fixed-term, continuing or permanent appointment, a former staff member will be ineligible for re-employment on the basis of a temporary appointment for a period of 31 days following the separation. In the case of separation from service on retirement, a former staff member will be ineligible for re-employment for a period of three months following the separation. This equally applies, mutatis mutandis, with respect to a former or current staff member who has held or holds an appointment in another entity applying the United Nations Staff Regulations and Rules and who applies for a temporary position with the Secretariat.

• Retirees above the mandatory age of separation who wish to be considered for the current temporary job opening must indicate the reason for their last separation as "retirement." Such retirees shall not be employed by the Organization, unless (a) the operational requirements of the Organization cannot be met by staff members who are qualified and available to perform the required functions; and (b) the proposed employment would not adversely affect the career development or redeployment opportunities of other staff members and represents both a cost-effective and operationally sound solution to meet the needs of the service.

• Subject to the funding source of the position, this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.

• While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post. An external candidate selected for this position is bound by the prevailing condition of the staff selection system under ST/AI/2010/3, as amended, and ST/AI/2010/4/Rev.1. A staff member holding a temporary appointment who is recruited in the Professional and above categories on a temporary appointment, and placed on a position authorized for one year or longer may not apply for or be reappointed to his/her current position within six months of the end of his/her current service. This provision does not apply to staff members holding temporary appointments and placed on positions authorized for one year or more in duty stations authorized for peacekeeping operations or special political missions.

• The expression “Internal candidates”, shall mean staff members who have been recruited after a competitive examination under staff rule 4.16 or after the advice of a central review body under staff rule 4.15.

• Please note that candidates will be required to meet the requirements of Article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter as well as the requirements of the position. The United Nations is committed to the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity for all its human resources, 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 and/or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

• For information on special post allowance, please refer to ST/AI/1999/17. For more details on the administration of temporary appointments please refer to ST/AI/2010/4/Rev.1.

• The Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and administrative issuances governing staff appointments can be viewed at:

• Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply.

• Staff members are not eligible to apply for the current temporary job opening if they are unable to serve the specified duration of temporary need before reaching the mandatory age of separation. Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.

United Nations Considerations

The United Nations shall place 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. (Charter of the United Nations - Chapter 3, article 8). The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

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