Associate Legal Officer position is available at the Office of Legal Affairs in the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO). The incumbent reports to the Senior Legal Officer.
- Conducts legal research on a diverse range of assigned issues in international law, administrative and contract law, criminal law and procedure, and other area(s) of specialization using multiple research sources; selects relevant material, analyzes information as well as presents findings for internal review.
- Assists Legal Officers in the review of legal documents, instruments, or other material; identifies important issues, similarities and inconsistencies, etc.
- Similarly, assists in the preparation of drafts of background papers, studies, reports, etc.
- Assesses the relevance or admissibility of evidence gathered by investigators and participates in investigations
- Assists in the preparation of agreements and contracts with governments, NGOs and other public and private entities, as well as claims and disputes.
- Assists in representing the Organization before arbitral and other tribunals or administrative proceedings, including disciplinary cases
- Likewise, assists Legal Officers in servicing diplomatic conferences, commissions, committees, task forces and other bodies, including preparation of background materials, summaries of issues and views of delegations, etc.
Qualifications and Requirements
- Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in international law, or first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience
- However, a first-level degree and no experience will be accepted for candidates who have passed the United Nations Young Professionals Programme Examination (YPP), the United Nations National Recruitment Examination (NCRE) or the General Service to Professional Examination (G to P)
- A minimum of two years of progressively responsible experience in law, including legal analysis, research, and writing
- Experience in one of the areas of privileges and immunities law, international humanitarian law, commercial law, contract law, administrative law, or refugee law.
- In addition, experience working in an international environment on matters regarding complex, volatile, conflict or post-conflict settings is desirable.
- Fluency in oral and written English as well as knowledge of French is necessary. Knowledge of another United Nations official language is desirable.