UN Legal Officer Job Careers – United Nations Office of Administration of Justice (OAJ)

Job Title:             Legal Officer
Organization: United Nations Office of
Administration of Justice (OAJ)
Duty Station: Entebbe, Uganda
Job Opening Number: 20-Legal
Affairs-OAJ-129996-J-Entebbe (X)
Grade: P3
About US:
The Office of Staff Legal Assistance is headed by a Chief
who, without prejudice to his or her responsibility to provide legal assistance
to staff members in an independent and impartial manner, is accountable to the
Executive Director. Under the authority of the Executive Director, the Chief is
responsible for the management and proper functioning of the programme of legal
assistance to staff members in the internal justice system, including in
administrative, disciplinary and appellate proceedings before the United
Nations Dispute Tribunal and the United Nations Appeals Tribunal.
Job Summary:  The Legal Officer will be responsible for
providing legal assistance to the persons included in the scope of the
administration of justice as defined by General Assembly resolution 63/253 on
‘Administration of Justice in the United Nations’.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:  
Advise clients on issues relating to appeals
against administrative decisions and the imposition of disciplinary matters;
Represent and litigate on behalf of clients
before the United Nations Dispute Tribunal and the United Nations Appeals
Prepare written and oral submissions to these
bodies and ensure that they meet procedural requirements;
Identify, where applicable, cases that are amenable
to informal resolution, such as settlement or mediation and assist clients in
the process;
Assist in responding to complex inquiries and
correspondence; Identify legal issues, drafts review and advise on legal
documents and correspondence; Conduct extensive legal research and provide
detailed analysis of cases and jurisprudence;
Provide legal advice on diverse substantive and
procedural questions;
Assist the Office in producing accurate,
comprehensive submissions, including by reviewing draft submissions for any
inconsistencies or inaccuracies;
Assist in maintaining the Office’s registers
(electronic and online) and a legal precedent reporting database;
Assist in the preparation of reports on the work
of the Office to the General Assembly and other bodies, as may be mandated;
Assist in ensuring administrative and budgetary
requirements of the Entebbe Office;
Perform other duties as required

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
The applicant for the United Nations Office of
Administration of Justice (OAJ) Legal Officer should hold an advanced
university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in international law.
A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of
qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university
A minimum of five years of progressively
responsible experience in law, including legal analysis, research and writing.
A minimum of two years as an advocate/litigator
before courts and tribunals is required.
Experience working in the United Nations or
other comparable international organizations is desirable.
Languages: fluency in English is
required. Knowledge of French is desirable. Knowledge of another official
United Nations language is an advantage.
Professionalism: Knowledge of all
relevant rules and regulations, policies, procedures and operations of the
United Nations, as well as of the applicable jurisprudence; Ability to apply
legal and administrative expertise to analyzing a diverse range of complex and
unusual legal issues and problems, both individual case and policy-related and
to develop innovative and creative solutions. Strong analytical skills and
ability to conduct comprehensive legal research on a range of issues, including
those of a unique and/or complex nature; proficiency in legal writing and
expression and ability to prepare legal briefs, opinions, legal
submissions/motions, and related documents. Ability to conduct trials on behalf
of clients, through leading and cross-examining witnesses and making
substantial legal arguments before Tribunal judges. Discretion and sound
judgment in applying legal expertise to sensitive, complex legal issues. Strong
negotiating skills and ability to influence others to reach agreement. Ability
to work to tight deadlines and handle multiple concurrent projects/cases.
Knowledge of the UN system, organization and interrelationships. 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.
Planning & Organizing: Develops
clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority
activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates
appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks
and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and
actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.
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.
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates should send
their applications through the United Nations online portal at the link below.
NB: The United Nations
does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application,
interview meeting, processing, or training). The United Nations does not
concern itself with information on applicants’ bank accounts.
Deadline:  3rd February 2020
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