The position is located in the Legal Team, Legal and Policy Advisory Section, Human Resources Management Service at the United Nations Office, Geneva. The incumbent will report to the Chief, Legal Team.
Under the general supervision of the Chief, Legal and Policy Advisory Section, HRMS, and direct supervision of the Chief, Legal Team, the Legal Officer is responsible for the following duties:
Knowledge of administrative/employment law. Ability to apply legal expertise to analyze a diverse range of issues and problems. Ability to identify key issues in complex situation and to prepare an informed decision. Ability to conduct comprehensive legal research on a range of issues. Discretion and sound judgment in applying legal expertise to sensitive legal and administrative issues. Commitment to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects of work.
Ability to draft legal submissions and prepare legal advice in a clear and concise manner, under strict time deadlines. 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.
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.
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.