Legal Officer - United Nations, United States, Deadline: Jun-13-2016

Posting Title:Legal Officer
Duty Station:NEW YORK
Posting Period:15 April 2016 - 13 June 2016
Job Opening Number:58666
Staffing ExerciseN/A

Special Notice
The United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund (UNJSPF) is an independent inter-agency body established by the United Nations General Assembly. The applicable human resources procedures are governed by a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Fund and the UN Secretariat.

Any candidate from a member organization of the UNJSPF applying for this post is considered as an internal candidate provided he/she has been appointed through the appointment and promotion procedures applicable in his/her respective organization. 

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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.
Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the Legal and Compliance Unit in the Risk Management and Legal Services Section of the United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund (“UNJPSF” or “the Fund”). The Legal and Compliance Unit provides unified legal services for the Fund’s management and operations in the New York and Geneva offices. The Legal Officer reports to the Chief, Legal and Compliance Unit, and the position is based in New York.
Within delegated authority, the Legal Officer is responsible for the following duties:

•Independently handles a wide range of multi-discipline, highly complex, and often sensitive and/or conflicting legal matters involving issues of international, public, private and administrative law; Provides legal support and guidance and makes recommendations to the Chief of the Legal and Compliance Unit as well as Benefit Officers and Senior Officials of the Fund on substantive and procedural questions of law regarding the interpretation of and possible changes to the Pension Fund Regulations, Administrative Rules and Pension Adjustment System in cases involving UNJSPF participants, beneficiaries, family members and their representatives.

•Communicates with various clients (participants/beneficiaries), including their attorneys, and with other stakeholders, including pension secretariats and administrations of member organizations. 

•Performs extensive legal research and analysis and prepares legal opinions, studies, briefs, reports, indictments and correspondence; provides legal advice to the unit/division. 

•Provides legal advice on the interpretation and application of staff regulations and rules, including the review of administrative decisions; prepares draft amendments to the staff regulations and rules; prepares draft administrative issuances or amendments thereto and verifies their consistency with the existing staff regulation and rules; prepares analyses and evaluations of human resources policies and practices.

•Represents the organization on more complex cases before arbitral and other tribunal or administrative proceedings. 

•Serves on various standing boards, committees, ad hoc working groups and task forces, as required; promotes the work of the United Nations and represents the organization at meetings, conferences, seminars, etc.

•Coordinates and direct teams of other legal officers dealing with significant problems as required, and/or mentors and supervises the work of junior officers on specific projects.

•Performs other duties as assigned.
•Professionalism: In-depth theoretical and practical knowledge acquired in the public or private sector, including knowledge of international legal and administrative procedures, instruments and Tribunals (both substantive and procedural). Ability to apply legal expertise to analyzing a diverse range of complex and unusual legal issues and problems. 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 a variety of legal instruments and related documents. 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. Ability to independently and authoritatively interpret Rules and Regulations, other guidelines as well as review precedents, suggest changes and develop policies and procedures within an organization. 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 audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

•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.
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 degree.
Work Experience
A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in law, including legal analysis, research and writing. Experience in human resources management or social security and pension matters is desirable. Experience in representing an organization in tribunal and administrative proceedings is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position fluency in English (both oral and written) is required; working knowledge of French is desirable.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.
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