Legal Officer P3

Legal Officer P3

WFP - World Food Programme

Rome, Italy

ORGANIZATIONAL CONTEXT

This position is located in the Legal Office in Headquarters (HQ) and reports to the Division Director, Deputy Director or Senior Legal Officer. The Legal Officer will be assigned to the Administrative and Employment Law Branch (LEGA), which provides legal services on all aspects of the employment relationship between WFP and its personnel.

P3 Legal Officers are fully qualified legal practitioners operating across an assigned area of work preparing and finalizing legal opinions and advice, except for complex and sensitive legal issues seeking clearance of branch or divisional management. P3 Legal Officers normally work directly with the branch chief and may have responsibility as a team leader of supervising junior legal officers or short-term staff. Work requires a complete understanding of the subject matter in the context of the program. P3 Legal Officers are able to adapt to policies, approaches and models to meet emerging needs of the target client community. Within established areas of responsibility, P3 Legal Officers exercise a high degree of independence and have opportunities for development through exposure to major interlocutors. Client interface focuses on maintaining relationships and projecting the image of a credible/reliable partner. Established in the subject legal field, the impact of the work reflects directly on the professionalism of the P3 Legal Officer and the overall reputation of the team for high quality work.

JOB PURPOSE

In consultation with senior Legal Officers, handle a range of legal services including interpretation and application of various instruments governing WFP activities and operations.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

Under the general supervision of the Senior Legal Officer in LEGA, the P3 Legal Officer will be responsible for the following duties, with a focus on matters relating to the legal status, rights and obligations of WFP and its employees:

  • Undertake extensive legal research and analysis on a wide range of complex legal issues of a substantive and procedural nature;
  • Review a variety of legal documents in order to identify relevant legal issues and risks and to ensure compliance with the applicable legal framework and jurisprudence;
  • Deliver legal advice on the interpretation and application of various legal instruments, in order to meet unique client needs;
  • Draft legal documents to contribute to coherence and quality of legal services;
  • Assist in representing WFP in administrative or tribunal proceedings and arbitration;
  • Participate in the negotiation and settlement of claims and disputes involving WFP and its personnel;
  • Provide support to service various internal advisory bodies;
  • Contribute to building productive partnerships with other Legal Offices across the UN system;
  • Other as required.

STANDARD MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Education:

  • Advanced University degree in Law, or First University degree in Law with additional relevant experience and training;
  • Must be qualified to practice or admitted to practice by a recognized national or state bar or law society, or have equivalent experience of professional legal practice;
  • Knowledge of employment law, administrative law and international law including the UN system regulatory framework is desirable.

Experience:

  • At least 5 years of progressively responsible experience practicing law within a law firm, an international organization, a governmental service or a company;
  • Prior litigation experience in administrative or employment law, and experience in an international context are assets.

Knowledge & Skills:

  • Advanced legal research, analysis and drafting skills;
  • Demonstrated business acumen and problem-solving skills;
  • Solid communication, negotiation and interpersonal skills;
  • Strong planning, organization and time management skills;
  • Adaptability and ability to work autonomously;
  • Knowledge of tribunal processes and procedures;
  • Tact and high degree of discretion and confidentiality.

Language:

  • Fluency (level C) in English language. Working knowledge of either French or Spanish is required. Intermediate knowledge (level B) of an additional official UN language: Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish and/or WFP’s working language, Portuguese, is an advantage.

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