Legal Officer, P3

Legal Officer, P3

United Nations Office at Geneva

Geneva, Switzerland

Org. Setting and Reporting

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:

  • Providing legal advice on matters relating to administration of justice and employment law, including by assisting managers in preparing comments to the Management Evaluation Unit, conduct related legal research, search for precedents and liaise with parties involved;
  • prepare or assist in the preparation of oral and written submissions to the United Nations Dispute Tribunal (UNDT), assist in representing the Secretary-General in oral proceedings before the UNDT;
  • Provide advice on issues related to staff grievances, harassment, ethics and staff conduct;
  • Review complaints raised against UNOG staff members for misconduct behavior, gather information and conduct initial evaluation, recommend appropriate course of action and coordinate related actions;
  • Perform other duties as assigned.



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.


  • Advanced University Degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in law, preferably international administrative law/employment law. Admission to practice law in a national system is desirable.

Work Experience

  • Minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible professional legal experience is required. Two years of experience at the international level, preferably in an international public organization, is desirable. Experience in litigating before a Tribunal is an asset.


  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations. For the post advertised fluency in English and French is required (both oral and written).

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