Job Opening

Posting Title: Legal Assistant, G5
Job Code Title: LEGAL ASSISTANT
Department/Office: United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 01 February 2018 - 02 March 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Legal Affairs-UNJSPF-92438-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 in the Legal and Compliance Unit within the Risk Management and Legal Services Section of the United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund (UNJPSF)

The Section is mandated to protect the legal interests and financial stability of the Fund through provision of integrated advice, technical leadership and monitoring of the Fund’s management and governing bodies in plan design, risk management, legal and compliance matters. The Legal and Compliance Unit provides unified legal services to the Fund’s management and operations in the New York and Geneva offices.

The incumbent reports to the Chief, Legal and Compliance Unit.

Responsibilities

Within limits of delegated authority, the Legal Assistant is responsible for the following duties.

•Administers disability cases submitted under Article 33 of the Regulations of the UNJSPF.
•Researches and compiles legal materials for use in the preparation of legal opinions, for inclusion in studies and reports and for matters before the administrative tribunal.
•Handles, or refers to the appropriate officer as appropriate, a variety of verbal and written inquiries from internal and external parties, including providing information on processes and procedures related to specific legal activities, instruments, etc.
•Services various committees, hearings and other meetings; selects and compiles relevant background materials; assists in the preparation of relevant documents; attends meetings and drafts minutes/notes; monitors follow-up actions, etc.
•Creates, as necessary, maintains and updates internal databases; generates a variety of standard and non-standard statistical and other reports from various databases.
•Provides general office support services; drafts, edits, proofreads and finalizes for signature and/or process a variety of correspondence and other communications.
•Schedules appointments/meetings, monitors deadlines, etc.
•Performs other ad hoc duties as assigned.

Competencies

•Professionalism:
Knowledge of organizational legal protocols and activities. Ability to conduct research from standard research sources, analyze information and compile relevant legal materials/information. Ability to show tact and discretion in dealing with confidential matters and materials. 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.

•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.

Education

High school diploma or equivalent.

Work Experience

A minimum of five years of experience in legal research, library, conference servicing, office administration or related area is required. A minimum of one year of legal or human resources experience in an international organization 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 another official United Nations language is desirable.

Assessment

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

Special Notice

The United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund (UNJSPF) is an independent inter-agency body established by the United Nations General Assembly. The applicable human resources procedures are governed by a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Fund and the UN Secretariat.

Any candidate from a member organization of the UNJSPF applying for this post is considered as an internal candidate provided he/she has been appointed through the appointment and promotion procedures applicable in his/her respective organization.

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.

This position is subject to local recruitment pursuant to staff rule 4.4 of the United Nations Staff Rules. All staff in the General Service and related categories shall be recruited in the country or within commuting distance of each office, irrespective of their nationality and of the length of time they may have been in the country. A staff member subject to local recruitment shall not be eligible for the allowances or benefits exclusively applicable to international recruitment.

Passing the Global General Service Test (GGST) is a prerequisite for recruitment consideration in the General Services and related categories in the United Nations Secretariat. Applicants who have not passed the GGST at the time of application may be invited for the test after submitting an application. Having passed the Administrative Support Assessment Test in English at the United Nations Headquarters, Economic Commission for Africa, Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia, United Nations Office at Geneva, United Nations Office at Vienna, International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda or International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia; or the United Nations Accounting or Statistical Assistant Examination at the United Nations Headquarters may be accepted in lieu of the GGST.


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.

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United Nations Considerations

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No Fee

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