UN Legal Officer Jobs in Uganda

UN Legal Officer Jobs in Uganda


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 Entebbe, Office of Administration of Justice (OAJ). The Legal Officer will report to the Chief of OSLA.

    Responsibilities

    Within delegated authority and depending on location, the Legal Officer may 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

  • 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

  • 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 Office;

  • Perform other duties as required

    Competencies

    Professionalism

  • Knowledge of all relevant rules and regulations, policies, procedures and operations of the United Nations, as well as of the applicable jurisprudence

  • 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 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.

  • Strong 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

    Planning& Organizing

  • Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies;

  • identifies priority activities and assignments;

    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

    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.

    Languages

  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of French is desirable.
  • Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.

    Assessment

  • Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by a competency-based interview.

    Special Notice

  • This position is temporarily available as soon as possible from 1 February 2020 through 28 February 2021 with a possibility
    of an extension.

  • Applicants for this position should be advised that recruitment is subject to classification

  • While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post.

  • Consequently, eligible candidates in the General Service or related categories for temporary job openings in the Professional category that have not passed the competitive examination

  • Upon separation from service, including, but not limited to, expiration or termination of, or resignation from, a fixed-term, continuing or permanent appointment, a former staff member will be ineligible for re-employment on the basis of a temporary appointment for a period of 31 days following the separation. In the case of separation from service on retirement, a former staff member will be ineligible for re-employment for a period of three months following the separation.

  • This equally applies, mutatis mutandis, with respect to a former or current staff member who has held or holds an appointment in another entity applying the United Nations Staff Regulations and Rules and who applies for a temporary position with the Secretariat.

  • Subject to the funding source of the position, this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.

  • While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post.


    This provision does not apply to staff members holding temporary appointments and placed on positions authorized for one year or more in duty stations authorized for peacekeeping operations or special political missions.

  • The expression “Internal candidates”, shall mean staff members who have been recruited after a competitive examination under staff rule 4.16 or after the advice of a central review body under staff rule 4.15.


  • Staff members are not eligible to apply for the current temporary job opening if they are unable to serve the specified duration of temporary need before reaching the mandatory age of separation. Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.

  • Retirees above the mandatory age of separation who wish to be considered for the current temporary job opening must indicate the reason for their last separation as "retirement."

  • Such retirees shall not be employed by the Organization, unless

  • the operational requirements of the Organization cannot be met by staff members who are qualified and available to perform the required functions; and

  • the proposed employment would not adversely affect the career development or redeployment opportunities of other staff members and represents both a cost-effective and operationally sound solution to meet the needs of the service.

    United Nations Considerations

  • Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law

  • The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another.

  • Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira.

  • For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

  • 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.

  • Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

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