UN Legal Officer Jobs – United Nations Office of Administration of Justice (OAJ)


Organization: United
Nations Office of Administration of Justice (OAJ)

Duty Station: Entebbe,

Job Opening Number: 19-Legal Affairs-OAJ-120888-J-Entebbe (X)

Grade: P3

About US:

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.

Job Summary:  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’.

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • 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
  • Assist in responding to complex inquiries and correspondence;
    Identify legal issues, drafts 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
  • Assist the Office in producing accurate, comprehensive submissions,
    including by reviewing draft submissions for any inconsistencies or
  • 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

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

  • The ideal candidate for the United Nations Office of Administration
    of Justice (OAJ) Legal Officer job opportunity should hold an 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.
  • At least 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.
  • Previous experience working in the United Nations or other
    comparable international organizations is desirable.
  • Languages: fluency
    in English is required. Knowledge of French is desirable. Knowledge of
    another official United Nations language is an advantage.


  • Professionalism:
    Knowledge of all relevant rules and regulations, policies, procedures and
    operations of the United Nations, as well as of the applicable
    jurisprudence; Ability to apply legal and administrative expertise to
    analyzing a diverse range of complex and unusual legal issues and
    problems, both individual case and policy-related and to develop innovative
    and creative solutions. 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; 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.
  • Planning and 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.

How to Apply:

All suitably
qualified and interested candidates who wish to join the United Nations should
apply online at the link below.


Deadline: 30th August 2019

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