UN Legal Officer,Jobs in Kenya

UN Legal Officer,Jobs in Kenya

  • This position is located in the Disciplinary Team, Appeals and Accountability Section (AAS), Administrative Law Division (ALD)/OHR.

  • The incumbent reports to the Chief, Disciplinary Team, Appeals and Accountability Section.


    Under the supervision of the Chief, Disciplinary Team, Appeals and Accountability Section (AAS), the Legal Officer is responsible for the following duties:

  • Provides advice on the handling of disciplinary matters and prepares the related documentation. To this end, the incumbent conducts research and analysis of the UN Charter, General Assembly resolutions and decisions, judgments of the United Nations Administrative Tribunal, the United Nations Dispute Tribunal, the United Nations Appeals Tribunal and judgments of other international administrative tribunals, Staff Regulations and Rules, and administrative issuances.

  • Represents the Secretary-General in written and oral proceedings before the United Nations Dispute Tribunal relating to disciplinary cases.Submissions before the Dispute Tribunal must meet procedural requirements of the Tribunal and must be consistent with the principles of administrative law applicable to the Organization.

  • Prepares legal advice on human resources and administrative matters, with a view to facilitating early resolution of disputes.

  • Provides legal advice on the interpretation and application of staff regulations and rules, including the review of administrative decisions; prepares draft amendments to the staff regulations and rules; prepares draft administrative issuances or amendments thereto and verifies their consistency with the existing staff regulation and rules; prepares analyses and evaluations of human resources policies and practices.

  • Supervises the work of one or more junior legal officers and legal assistants. Also guides, develops and trains staff under his/her supervision

  • Assists in ensuring the outputs produced under his/her supervision maintain high-quality standards and in fostering teamwork and communication among staff in the Unit.

  • Assists in recruiting staff for the Unit.

  • Maintains the Unit's registers and electronic databases.

  • Performs other duties as required.


  • Professionalism: Knowledge of relevant United Nations Regulations and Rules, as well as of applicable jurisprudence. Ability to apply legal expertise to analyzing a diverse range of issues and problems and to develop innovative and creative solutions. Strong analytical skills. Ability to demonstrate discretion and sound judgment in applying legal expertise to sensitive, legal and administrative issues. Ability to influence others to reach agreement. Ability to establish and maintain productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect. Ability to identify clients' needs and matches them to appropriate solutions. 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.

  • Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed of progress or setbacks in projects.

  • 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; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.


  • Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law is required. A first level university degree in combination with additional two years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

    Work Experience

  • A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible legal experience is required.

  • Of these seven years, two years must be in litigation at the national or international level, including experience appearing before a court or tribunal or in an arbitration or equivalent administrative boards or bodies.

  • Experience in handling disciplinary matters in national or international entities is desirable.

  • Experience with staff regulations and rules, policies, procedures and operations of the United Nations or other similar international organization is desirable.


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

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; UN Legal Officer,Jobs in Kenya

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