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19 Nov 2020

Legal Officer

Job Description

About the Organization

UNV is the volunteer-sending arm of the UN System Agencies, Programmes and Funds, since 1970. Over 30,000 UNVolunteers, from different professional and specialist background, have served under the principles of the UN Chart, for peace and development in over 140 countries. The UNVs come from over 150 countries around the world to work in UN led programmes and projects supporting development needs, humanitarian assistance and electoral processes. Working in association with local and international NGOs and CBOs, the UN Volunteers support capacity building processes working at community level, with especial emphasis in volunteer-led or volunteer-supported development action. UNV is also the focal point of the UN System for the International Year of Volunteer (IYV-2001) and more recently was nominated by the UN General Assembly to lead the UNITeS (United Nations Information Technology Services), a Secretary General’s initiative for bridging the “digital divide”. UNV is headquartered in Bonn – Germany.

 

Description of task

Under the direct supervision of the senior legal adviser or a legal officer, the UN Volunteer will undertake the following tasks:

  • Assists other members of the Legal Affairs Unit in reviewing legal documents, instruments, or other material, identifying important issues, similarities and inconsistencies, etc.
  • Assists in preparing drafts of background papers, studies, and reports.
  • Conducts legal research and assist in preparing legal opinions/advice on a wide range of international public and private law issues, including the United Nations Charter, General Assembly and Security Council Resolutions, UN/UNMISS internal Rules and Regulations, UNMISS Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA), UNMISS mandate, particularly its protection of civilians aspect, privileges and immunities, peace and security, institutional questions, treaty law and practice, UN administrative law;
  • Assists in preparing agreements, Memorandums of Understanding and contracts with governments, international organisations, and other public or private entities including drafting and resolving claims and disputes.
  • Assists in providing legal advice on human resources and other administrative matters.
  • Assists in servicing and advising as well as serving as a member of, as appropriate, diplomatic conferences, commissions, committees, boards, task forces and other bodies, including preparing background materials, summaries of issues and views of delegations, etc.
  • Assists with presenting the UNMISS induction programme on UNMISS SOFA and distribution of information and sensitizing local authorities and the local population to SOFA.
  • Perform or undertake other duties as requested by other members of the Legal Affairs Unit.

Qualifications/Requirements Required degree level: Master degree or equivalent Education – Additional Comments:

An advanced university degree (i.e. master’s degree or equivalent) in law or a relevant related field is required. A first level university degree (i.e. bachelor’s degree) in law in addition to two extra years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced degree.

Required experience: 24 Months Experience remark:

At least two years of progressive responsible professional legal experience in law, including legal analysis, research and writing, at a law firm, governmental legal office, legal office of an international organization or of an NGO.

Language skills:

  • English(Mandatory), Level – Fluent
  • Arabic(Optional), Level – Working Knowledge

Area of expertise: Other legal experience Area of expertise details:

Computer skills, including full proficiency in various MS Office applications (Excel, Word, PPT, etc.) and other IT applications and office technology equipment.

Driving license: No Competencies values:

Adaptability and Flexibility, Client Orientation, Commitment and Motivation, Communication, Empowering Others, Ethics and Values, Integrity, Planning and Organizing, Professionalism, Self-Management, Working in Teams

Application procedure:

* Not yet registered in the UNV Talent Pool?

Please first register your profile at https://vmam.unv.org/candidate/signup. Important: After creating your account, complete all sections of your profile and submit it. Then go to ‘My Page’ at https://vmam.unv.org/candidate/mypage and click on the ‘Special Calls’ hyperlink. Lastly, select the special call to which you would like to apply.

* Already registered in the UNV Talent Pool?

Please first update your profile at https://vmam.unv.org/candidate/profile. Then go to ‘My Page’ at https://vmam.unv.org/candidate/mypage and click on the ‘Special Calls’ hyperlink to select the special call to which you would like to apply.

This is a national UN Volunteer assignment, therefore only nationals of (the Programme Country) and legal residents in (the Programme Country or territory) with the status of refugee or with the status of being stateless are eligible to apply.

Application deadline: xx-xx-2020

* Not yet registered in the UNV Talent Pool?

Please first register your profile at https://vmam.unv.org/candidate/signup. Important: After creating your account, complete all sections of your profile and submit it. Then go to ‘My Page’ at https://vmam.unv.org/candidate/mypage and click on the ‘Special Calls’ hyperlink. Lastly, select the special call to which you would like to apply.

* Already registered in the UNV Talent Pool?

Please first update your profile at https://vmam.unv.org/candidate/profile. Then go to ‘My Page’ at https://vmam.unv.org/candidate/mypage and click on the ‘Special Calls’ hyperlink to select the special call to which you would like to apply.

Application deadline: 24-11-2020

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