LEGAL OFFICER

  • Salary:
    negotiable
  • Job type:
    Temporary
  • Posted:
    6 days ago
  • Category:
    Legal Affairs
  • Deadline:
    December 7, 2022

JOB DESCRIPTION

Posting Title: LEGAL OFFICER, P4 (Temporary Job Opening)
Job Code Title: LEGAL OFFICER
Department/Office: Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 23 November 2022 – 07 December 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Legal Affairs-CTED-196018-J-New York (X)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Africa Section, Assessment & Technical Assistance
Office, Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED). It is available through
30 June 2023 with the possibility of extension. The incumbent reports directly to the
Chief of Section.

Responsibilities

For this position, the Legal Officer would:
-Analyze the status of implementation by Member States of Security Council resolutions 1373
(2001), 1624 (2005), 2178 (2014), 2396 (2017), 2395 (2017), 2462 (2019), 2467 (2019), 2482 (2019), 2617 (2021) and other relevant Security Council resolutions concerning the global fight against terrorism with respect to assigned Member States.
-Prepare and draft reports on States evaluated and propose recommendations and solutions to the difficulties observed in complying with relevant Security Council resolution(s). – Identify the legal and practical/operational implementation issues where evaluated States require technical assistance and ensure that technical assistance providers/donors provide follow-up assistance.
-Prepare analysis of country/regional specific new terrorism trends and challenges and recommend corresponding actions to address those issues.
-Prepare assessments and recommendations on thematic issues pertaining to law enforcement and/or border control.
-Prepare talking points and speeches for CTED senior management and other UN officials on counter-terrorism issues.
-Participate in CTC visits to Member States to report on their compliance with relevant resolutions and make recommendations on subsequent follow-up actions to be taken. – Clarify and disseminate international standards, codes and good practices to be applied by Member States.
-Liaise with Member States, international and regional organizations on any technical and other assistance programmes available that could facilitate implementation of relevant resolutions.
-Assist in designing initiatives and activities to bring together senior practitioners on implementing various aspects of resolutions 1373 (2001), 1624 (2005), 2178 (2014), 2395 (2017) and other relevant Security Council resolutions.
– Prepare regional and thematic presentations to the CTC and/or for the general membership. – Support the work of one or more working groups in CTED that deal with cross-cutting counter-terrorism thematic issues.
-Represent CTED, as requested, at international or regional conferences or meetings to which the Executive Director has been invited and represent CTED in coordinating meetings with local UN counter-terrorism entities;
-Undertake any other duties as may be assigned.

Competencies

Professionalism:
-Knowledge of international legal procedures and instruments, including criminal law, both substantive and procedural, particularly in relation to the international counter-terrorism framework. Ability to apply legal expertise to analyzing a diverse range of complex and unusual legal issues and problems and in developing innovative and creative solutions in addressing, including prosecuting, complex criminal cases, particularly in relation to terrorism or serious international criminal offences.
-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 and a variety of legal instruments and related documents, particularly in relation to counter-terrorism;
-Knowledge of key law enforcement and/or border control concepts as it pertains to countering terrorism;
-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 contemporary international relations and of 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.
Teamwork:
-Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals
-Solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others
-Places team agenda before personal agenda
-Supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position
-Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings
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

Education

Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law, security, political science, international relations or other related field. A first level university degree in combination with 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, national security, criminal justice, law enforcement, conflict resolution or related area is required.

Experience related to counter-terrorism is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the UN Secretariat. For the position
advertised fluency in English (both oral and written) is required. Knowledge of another UN
official language is an advantage.

Assessment

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

Special Notice

• This position is temporarily available until 30 June 2023, with the possibility of an extension. If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.

• 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.

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

• This temporary job opening may be limited to “internal candidates,” who have been recruited through a competitive examination administered according to staff rule 4.16 or staff selection process including the review of a central review body established according to staff rule 4.15.

• Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply.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 (a) the operational requirements of the Organization cannot be met by staff members who are qualified and available to perform the required functions; and (b) 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

According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. 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. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.

Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.

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.

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. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

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

No Fee

THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS.