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Legal Officer, P3

United Nations
Nairobi, Kenya

Salary rangeConfidential | Contract type: Fixed term

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Job Summary

EducationAn advanced university degree (Master's or equivalent) in law or related field is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two (2) additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Work ExperienceA minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in law is required.Experience in handling the legal aspects of the UN, or similar international organisations, working with the private sector, the legal and policy aspects of human resource management, the handling of audits and audit recommendations, legal analysis, research and writing, is desirable.
LanguagesEnglish 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 United Nations official language is an advantage.

Responsibilities

Responsibilities1. 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 drafting 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.
• Performs other related duties as assigned.

Job Requirements

Required education: Post-graduate education
Required relevant work experience: 5 years
Required languages: English (Spoken: fluent | Written: fluent)
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