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

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Organization: United
Nations Office of Administration of Justice (OAJ)
Duty Station: Entebbe,
Uganda
Reports to: Chief
of OSLA
Job Opening Number: 20-Legal Affairs-OAJ-130002-J- (X)
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 Tribunal; 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 or Nairobi
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 degree.
·       
A
minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in law, including
legal analysis, research and writing is required.
·       
At least
two years of experience as an advocate/litigator before courts and tribunals is
desirable.
·       
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. 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. 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.
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:  10th April 2020



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