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Job Vacancy at United Nations Headquarters (Legal Officer)

Job Vacancy at United Nations Headquarters

Country: USA
City: New York
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The UN Headquarters in New York announces the job vacancy opening for Legal Officer. The position is located in the Department of Management Strategy, Policy and Compliance Office of Human Resources.

In addition to reporting to the Chief of Disciplinary team, the incumbent Legal Officer will perform the following duties under the supervision of the Chief, Disciplinary Team, Appeals and Accountability Section (AAS)

  • Moreover, the submissions before the Dispute Tribunal must meet the procedural requirements of the Tribunal and must be consistent with the principles of administrative law applicable to the Organization.
  • The Legal Officer provides advice on the handling of disciplinary matters and prepares the related documentation.
  • The incumbent conducts research and analysis of the UN Charter, General Assembly resolutions and decisions, judgements of the United Nations Administrative Tribunal, the United Nations Dispute Tribunal, the United Nations Appeals Tribunal and judgements of other international administrative tribunals, Staff Regulations and Rules, and administrative issuances.
  • Similarly, the incumbent also represents the Secretary-General in written and oral proceedings before the United Nations Dispute Tribunal relating to disciplinary cases.
  • S/he will prepare legal advice on human resources and administrative matters, with a view to facilitating early resolution of disputes.
  • In addition to that, the position will supervise the work of one or more junior legal officers and legal assistants as well as guide, develop and train staff under his/her supervision
  • The position will also assist in ensuring the outputs produced under his/her supervision maintain high-quality standards and in fostering teamwork and communication among staff in the Unit.
  • Furthermore, s/he will assist in recruiting staff for the Unit, maintaining the Unit’s registers and electronic databases and perform other duties if necessary.


Candidates must have the following qualifications in order to be eligible for this Job Vacancy at UN Headquarters

  • Candidates must have a Masters degree or equivalent in International Law. However, bachelor degree holders with two additional years of qualifying experience are also eligible.
  • In addition to that, at least seven years of progressively responsible legal experience is necessary. Out of seven years of experience, at least two years must be in litigation at the national or international level.
  • Fluency in English is mandatory for the position. In addition to that, knowledge of French or any other additional United Nations Official language is desirable.
  • Previous experience in the handling of disciplinary matters at the international level preferred. Similarly, experience with the United Nations staff regulations and rules, policies, procedures, and operations is desirable.

United Nations does not exclude or discriminates candidates in terms of nationality, origin, geographics, or sexual orientation. Candidates who have a criminal background and are guilty of any sort of criminal conduct other than minor traffic offenses are not eligible for employment in any department or field of the United Nations. In addition to that, the United Nations does not charge any fee at any stage of recruitment. The United Nations Secretariat has the commitment to achieve a 50/50 gender balance in its staff. So, the United Nations strongly encourages female candidates to apply for this position.

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Type of Opportunity General Job
Deadline09 February,2020
Company NameUnited Nations
CityNew York



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