Org. Setting and Reporting
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment. This post is located in the UNEP, Corporate Services Division. Under the direct supervision of the Senior Legal Officer, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:
1. Support the work of the Corporate Services Division:
- Carries out or assists in carrying out the legal assessment of potential partners under the UNEP Private Sector Engagement Policy, and provides legal support to the Private Sector and Corporate Relations Unit in the implementation of the legal component of the Private Sector Engagement Policy.
- Prepares or assists in the preparation of agreements and contracts with private entities, in accordance with the UNEP Private Sector Engagement Policy.
- Carries out or assists in carrying out the legal assessment of UNEP Executing Partners and other partners, and prepares or assists in the preparation of agreements and contracts with UNEP partners.
- Provides legal advice on human resources matters; reviews administrative matters.
- Prepares or assists in the darfting of responses to reports from the UN oversight bodies and coordinates UNEP compliance with the relevant recommendations.
- Provides or assists with legal advice and support to the Partnership Committee and in the interpretation and implementation of the UNEP Partnership Policy and Procedures.
- Provides or assists with the legal advice to the Executive Office in relation to investigations, evaluations inspections.
- Provides or assists with the legal advice on procurement issues, reviews, comments and makes proposals on the relevant procurement contracts to be signed on behalf of UNEP.
- Administers programmes of legal technical assistance.
2. Corporate legal and institutional support and opinion:
- Handles a range of issues related to constitutional, international, public, private, and administrative law, including the interpretation and application of constitutive, legislative and other instruments governing United Nations activities and operations, including on human resources and financial issues, in consultation with senior Legal Officers.
- Conducts extensive legal research and analysis and prepare studies, comparative studies, briefs, reports and correspondence.
- Undertakes basic or extensive review of legal documents, instruments, or other material; identifies important legal issues, inconsistencies, etc. and drafts comments and proposals.
- Prepares or assists in the preparation of drafts of background papers, studies, reports, legislative texts and commentaries on those texts, teaching materials in the fields of international law, etc.
- Prepares or assists in the preparation of legal opinions/advice on a wide range of international public or private law issues, including the United Nations Charter, General Assembly and United Nations Environment Assembly resolutions and decisions, UN Regulations and Rules and administrative issuances, etc. involving, inter alia, issues relating to privileges and immunities, peace and security, criminal prosecutions, institutional questions, treaty law and practice, procedural issues arising during meetings of United Nations organs, constitutional and administrative law of the Organization including human resources.
- Prepares or assists in the preparation of agreements and contracts with governments, NGOs, academia, and public entities.
- Services or assists senior colleagues in servicing diplomatic conferences, commissions, committees, task forces, expert groups and other bodies, including preparation of background materials, summaries of issues and views of delegations, meeting reports, draft decisions/resolutions, declarations, etc.
- Prepares or assists with the preparation of seminars and symposia, and presentations on various legal issues at such events.
- Provides guidance to more junior staff.
3. UN Environment representation, counseling and guidance in conflict resolution:
- Assists in representing the Organization before arbitral and other tribunals or administrative proceedings, including disciplinary cases
- Assists in representing the Organization before the Management Evaluation Unit and the UN.
- Dispute Tribunal, acts on behalf of the Organization as junior co-counsel in the relevant proceedings.
- Reviews, advises on and drafts indictments or legal motions/submissions.
- Assesses evidence for relevance and admissibility.
- Prepares and assesses briefs of evidence.
- Assists in the informal settlement of disputes and claims against the Organization, and supports the drafting of relevant settlement agreements.
- Assists in the negotiation and settlement of claims and disputes and in handling private international law and international trade law matters.
- Provides legal advice on human resources matters; reviews administrative matters.
- Performs other related duties as assigned.
PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of, and ability to apply, legal principles, concepts and procedures and terminology for review, examination, and processing of a range of legal documents. Knowledge of various legal research sources, including electronic, and ability to conduct research and analyze information on a wide range of legal issues. Knowledge of the civil law and/or common law legal systems and principles. Ability to interpret and apply legislative instruments, develop and present results, recommendations, and opinions clearly and concisely. Ability to draft legal papers and work under pressure. Ability to apply good legal judgment in the context of assignments given. 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.
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.
TEAMWORK: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; Solicits input by genuinely valuing others' ideas and expertise; Is willing to learn from others; Places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent degree) in international law or law, with emphasis on administrative, employment, criminal or international law or related area. 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 minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in law, preferably administrative, employment, civil and criminal law or a related area is required. Experience in legal analysis, research and writing is required. Experience in litigation and judicial structures and procedures is desirable. At least one year of experience as an advocate/litigator before a court or tribunal is desirable. Experience at the international level, preferably in an international public organization, is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in written and oral English is required. 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.
- This position is temporarily available for six months. If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.
- 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.
- Subject to the funding source of the position, the eligibility for this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.
- This temporary job opening may be limited to “internal candidates,” who have been recruited through a competitive examination administered according to staff rule 4.16 or staff selection process including the review of a central review body established according to staff rule 4.15.
- 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.Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.
- 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.
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. All applicants are strongly encouraged to apply on-line as soon as possible after the job opening has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the job opening.
Pursuant to section 7.11 of ST/AI/2012/2/ Rev.1, candidates recruited through the young professionals programme who have not served for a minimum of two years in the position of their initial assignment are not eligible to apply to this position.
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