UN Legal Officer Jobs in Kenya

UN Legal Officer Jobs in Kenya


Org. Setting and Reporting

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.

The post is located in the Office of Staff Legal Assistance (OSLA) in Nairobi, Office of Administration of Justice (OAJ). The Legal Officer will report to the Chief of OSLA.

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the Legal Officer, will be responsible for the following duties:

  • 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'.
  • 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, draft, 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 Beirut Office;
  • Perform other duties as required.

    Education
  • 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 five years of progressively responsible experience in law, including legal analysis, research and writing.
  • A minimum of two years as an advocate/litigator before courts and tribunals is required.
  • Experience working in the United Nations or other comparable international organizations is desirable.

    How to Apply
  • Interested and qualified candidates should apply online by 26th May 2019
  • Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira.
  • The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines.
  • Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening.
  • No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted.
  • For more information and job application details, see; UN Legal Officer Jobs in Kenya

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