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