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Legal Officer

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Legal
  • Experienced (senior worker)
  • Full Time
  • Temporary
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Job Summary

The United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) 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. UN Environment's Ecosystems Division works with international and national partners, providing technical assistance and advisory services for the implementation of environmental policy, and strengthening the environmental management capacity of developing countries and countries with economies in transition. This position is located in the Ecosystems Division at the Nairobi duty station. The incumbent of the position will report to the Senior Administrative Officer


  1. Undertake legal research and analysis and prepares legal opinions, studies, briefs, reports,indictments and correspondence to provide legal advice to the division.
  2. Assist division staff in the drafting of United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) resolutions and legal documentation for other intergovernmental processes.
  3. Review, advise on and draft complex contracts,agreements, institutional and operational modalities that are outside of the UN Environment template.
  4. Review, advise on institutional and operational modalities that are outside of the UN Environment template.
  5. Provide legal advice on host country agreements for conferences/workshops organized by Ecosystems Division, and the hosting of Regional Seas Convention and Action Plans Secretariats.
  6. Serve as the legal officer for the Regional Seas Conventions and Action Plans, providing advice on the formulation, revisions and amendments to Conventions, Protocols and other legal instruments.
  7. Provide legal advice on substantive and procedural question relating the Conference of the Parties (COP) and Intergovernmental meetings (IGM) for the Regional Seas Conventions and Action Plans administered by UN Environment.
  8. Review as needed Regional Seas COP and IGM working and information documents, and provides advice on rules of procedure for COPs and IGMs.
  9. Serve on various standing boards, committees, adhoc working groups and task forces, as required; promotes the work of the United Nations and represents the organization at meetings,conferences, seminars, etc.
  10. Performs other related duties as assigned.

General Information

Salary rangeNot specified
Additional informationNot specified
Contract type: Temporary
Job type: Full Time
Location: Nairobi
Area of work: Legal
Seniority: Experienced (senior worker)

Job Requirements

Required education: Bachelor's degree
Required relevant work experience: 2 years
Required skills: Lobbying, advocacy; Contract drafting and preparation; Contract law; Legal counseling; Legal analysis; Research planning; Judicial processes and litigation
Required languages: English (Spoken: fluent | Written: fluent)

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The United Nations Office at Nairobi, the UN headquarters in Africa, was established by the General Assembly in 1996. The office is headed by a Director-General, at the Under-Secretary-General level, serves as the representative office of the Secretary-General in Nairobi and performs representation and liaison functions with permanent missions, the host-country and other Governments, and intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations in Nairobi, as well as other organizations of the United Nations system in Kenya; facilitates cooperation between the United Nations and regional organizations; provides administrative and other support services to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat); provides joint and common services to other organizations of the United Nations system in Kenya, as applicable; and manages and implements the programmes of administration, conference services and public information and provides security and safety services for United Nations staff and facilities in the United Nations Office at Nairobi.

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