Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), Naqoura.. the Legal Officer will report directly to the Senior Legal Adviser
The Legal Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
Provide legal advice on a wide range of legal issues affecting United Nations Mission’s mandate and activities, in particular, provides legal advice and expertise on the interpretation of the Missions mandate under relevant Security Council resolutions, the legal status of the Mission and its members, including in areas such as privileges and immunities and Status of Forces Agreement.
Handle matters involving issues of international, public, private and administrative law, to include interpretation and application of legislative and other instruments governing United Nations activities and operations, seeking guidance on complex issues from the Senior Legal Adviser as applicable.
Advise on Military aspects of the Mission including the Missions rules of engagements and directives on use of force and related guidelines, matters related to international law, including international humanitarian law, international criminal law and the protection of civilians, as appropriate.
Advises on all aspects of the Mission’s operational activities. Advises on administrative, personnel and contractual matters, including issues relating to personnel, procurement and third- party claims, including claims related to land areas and premises provided to the Mission by the host government, board of inquiries and ad hoc fact finding panels as well as legal questions involving the interpretation or application of UN regulations and rules including the UN Staff Rules and Regulations and the UN Financial Rules.
Prepare legal advice on diverse substantive and procedural questions, which may include those related to administration and management, institutions support, peacekeeping, quick impact projects and other operational matters, separately administered programs and funds, etc.
Performs extensive legal research and analysis on highly complex or novel legal issues/questions and prepares legal opinions, studies, briefs, reports, and correspondence; represents the Section at meetings, conferences, seminars,
Review and advise on Military and Civilian Mission SOPs, Operational and Fragmentary Orders, information circulars and directives or amendments thereto and verify their consistency with existing UN legal framework
Advises on and draft and reviews memorandum of understandings, agreements, institutional and operational modalities, major contracts, note verbales, letters, legal submissions and other legal documents; as necessary, develop new legal modalities to meet unique needs/circumstances.
Prepare and conduct legal briefings and periodic trainings, including on the legal aspects of UNIFIL mandate, Rules of Engagement and Protection of Civilians.
Participate in negotiations and settlement of claims and disputes.
-Represent the organization in judicial, arbitral or administrative proceedings.
-Serve on various standing boards and committees as required.
-Provide guidance to, and may supervise, junior staff.
-Performs other duties as required.
Knowledge of, and ability to apply, legal principles, concepts and procedures and terminology for review, examination, and processing of a range of legal documents. Knowledge of various legal research sources, including electronic, and ability to conduct research and analyze information on a wide range of legal issues. Knowledge of the civil law and/or common law legal systems and principles. Knowledge of Rules of Engagement, Use of Force Directives and United Nations Protection of Civilian policies and doctrine. Ability to interpret and apply legislative instruments, develop and present results, recommendations, and opinions clearly and concisely. Ability to draft legal papers and court submissions. Ability to work under pressure in a military environment. Ability to apply good legal judgment in the context of assignments given. 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.
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 the audience. Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
An advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in law with a specialization in international, administrative, or commercial 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.
A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in law, including legal analysis, research and writing is required. Qualifying years of experience are calculated following the receipt of the first-level university degree recognized by the United Nations. Experience in providing advice and briefings on military Rules of Engagement and Protection of Civilians in a UN military environment is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the UN Secretariat. For the position advertised fluency in English (both oral and written) is required.
Evaluation of qualified applicants may include an assessment exercise and a competency based interview.
The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.
Extension of the appointment is subject to extension of the mandate and/or the availability of funds.
Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff members are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.