Legal Officer - United Nations, Kenya, Deadline: Jun-05-2016

Posting Title:Legal Officer
Duty Station:NAIROBI
Posting Period:07 April 2016 - 05 June 2016
Job Opening Number:56410
Staffing ExerciseN/A

Special Notice
Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff is expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.

This position is financed from temporary funding. Recruitment, selection or extension of appointment against this position will be subject to budgetary approval. There is no expectancy, legal or otherwise, of renewal or conversion to any other type of appointment in the Secretariat of the United Nations.
Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the Nairobi office of the Appeals Unit of the Administrative Law Section, Human Resources Policy Service, Office of Human Resources Management in the Department of Management. The incumbent reports to the Chief, Appeals Unit.
Under the overall supervision of the Chief, Appeals Unit, the Legal Officer advises on policy, human resources and administrative matters from a legal perspective and represents the Secretary-General in written and oral proceedings of before the UN Dispute Tribunal. 

To this end, the incumbent carries out extensive legal research and analysis, and drafts legal advice, submissions and correspondence based on the United Nations Charter, General Assembly resolutions and decisions, the jurisprudence of the United Nations Dispute and Appeals Tribunals and other international administrative tribunals, Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and relevant principles of law. 

The Legal Officer also assists in maintaining the Unit's registers and databases (electronic and on-line) and performs other duties as required.
Professionalism:- Knowledge of law (preferably administrative and/or employment and labour law), coupled with the ability to apply legal principles, concepts and policies in the context of litigation of a range of legal issues; Knowledge of the jurisprudence of the UN Dispute Tribunal, the UN Appeals Tribunal, the UN Administrative Tribunal and/or a comparable body. Ability to exercise sound judgement and handle confidential material with discretion, and analyse and research a range of complex legal issues within tight deadlines - 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 the audience-Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed. 

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.
Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in law. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Work Experience
A minimum of five years of progressively responsible legal experience is required, two of which should be in litigation at the national or international level and should include preparation of witnesses and first hand experience appearing before a court or tribunal or equivalent administrative board and bodies. Experience, preferably at the international level, in administrative and/or employment and labour law is desirable as well as experience with the United Nations staff regulations and rules, policies, procedures and operations. Qualifying years of experience are calculated following the receipt of the first-level university degree recognized by the United Nations.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations. For this post, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of French is desirable. Knowledge of another official UN language is an advantage.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.
United Nations Considerations
Candidates will be required to meet the requirements of Article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter as well as the requirements of the position. The United Nations is committed to the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity for all its human resources, including but not limited to respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to whether they have committed, or are alleged to have committed criminal offences and/or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law. 

The United Nations shall place no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. (Charter of the United Nations - Chapter 3, article 8). The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

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