United Nations Legal Officer Jobs in Kenya

United Nations Legal Officer Jobs in Kenya

Org. Setting and Reporting

  • This position is located in the Office of Staff Legal Assistance (OSLA), part of the Office of Administration of Justice (OAJ) in Nairobi. Incumbents report to the Chief of OSLA.


    • Serves as a lead officer under the supervision of the Chief of OSLA and independently handles a wide range of complex legal matters involving issues relating to appeals against administrative decisions and the imposition of disciplinary cases, as well as on general legal matters related to employment by the Organization and its Funds and Programmes.

    • Provides legal advice on diverse substantive and procedural questions of considerable complexity, which may include those related to administration and management.

    • Performs extensive legal research and analysis and prepares legal opinions and detailed analysis of cases and jurisprudence.

    • Provides legal advice.

    • Prepares legal submissions/motions as necessary.

    • Reviews, advises on and drafts legal motions/submissions and other legal documents.

    • Advises on and participates in negotiations and settlement of claims and disputes.

    • Provides legal advice on the interpretation and application of staff regulations and rules, including the review of administrative decisions.

    • Represents clients and litigates on behalf of clients in cases before the United Nations Dispute Tribunal and the United Nations Appeals Tribunal.

    • Coordinates and directs teams of other legal officers dealing with significant legal issues as required, and/or mentors and supervises the work of junior officers.

    • Deputizes for the Chief of OSLA when required.

    • Performs other duties as assigned.


    • Professionalism: Knowledge of international legal procedures and operations of the United Nations, relevant rules and regulations, policies, as well as of the applicable jurisprudence. Ability to apply legal expertise to analyzing a diverse range of complex and unusual legal issues and problems .. 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, or legal submissions/motions and related documents. Discretion and sound judgment in applying legal expertise to sensitive, complex legal issues. Strong negotiating skills and ability to influence others to reach agreement.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.


  • Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in international law is required. 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 seven years of progressively responsible experience in law, including legal analysis, research and writing is required.

  • Experience as an advocate/litigator before courts and tribunals is desirable.

  • Experience at the international level, preferably in a United Nations system organization or other similar international organizations is desirable.

  • Experience as an advocate/litigator before the United Nations Dispute Tribunal and the United Nations Appeals Tribunal or other international courts and tribunals is desirable.


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

    How to Apply

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

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