Legal Officer, P3

Legal Officer, P3

UNCTAD - United Nations Conference on Trade and Development

Geneva, Switzerland

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Office of the Secretary-General of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), Geneva. The incumbent reports to the Senior Legal Adviser of UNCTAD.

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the Legal Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

  • Handles a range of issues related to international, public, private, and administrative law, including the interpretation and application of constitutive, legislative and other instruments governing United Nations activities and operations;
  • Conducts extensive legal research;
  • Undertakes basic or extensive review of legal documents, instruments, or other material to ensure consistency with the UN Financial and Staff Regulations and Rules and legal framework; identifies important issues, similarities, and inconsistencies, 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 resolutions and decisions involving, inter alia, issues relating to privileges and immunities, institutional questions, procedural issues arising during meetings of United Nations organs, constitutional and administrative law of the Organization;
  • Prepares or assists in the preparation and negotiation of agreements and contracts with governments, NGOs and other public and private entities, as well as in the negotiation and settlement of claims and disputes and in handling private international law and international trade law matters, including matters related to intellectual property;
  • Services or assists senior colleagues in servicing commissions, committees, task forces, expert groups and other bodies;
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Competencies

  • 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. 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;
  • 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.

Education

  • Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in international law. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree

Work Experience

  • A minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in law, including legal analysis, research and writing. Experience in an international organization or law firm dealing with matters of international law is desirable.

Languages

  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, Fluency in English (both oral and written) is required; knowledge of French is highly desirable.

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