Legal Officer, P3

Legal Officer, P3

United Nations

Nairobi, Kenya

Org. Setting and Reporting

The position is in the Nairobi office of the Appeals and Accountability Section of the Administrative Law Division (ALD), Office of Human Resources (OHR) in the Department of Management Strategy, Policy and Compliance (DMSPC). The incumbent reports to the P4 team lead in the Nairobi office.


  • Under the overall supervision of the Chief of Section, the Legal Officer advises on policy, human resources and administrative matters from a legal perspective and represents the Secretary-General in written and oral proceedings of before the United Nations Dispute Tribunal (UNDT).
  • To this end, the incumbent carries out extensive legal research and analysis, and drafts legal advice, submissions and correspondence based on the United Nations Charter, General Assembly resolutions and decisions, the jurisprudence of the United Nations Dispute and Appeals Tribunals and other international administrative tribunals, Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and relevant principles of law.
  • The Legal Officer also assists in maintaining the Section's registers and databases (electronic and on-line) and performs other duties as required.


  • PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of law, preferably administrative or employment and labour law, coupled with the ability to apply legal principles, concepts and policies in the context of litigation of a range of legal issues; Knowledge of the jurisprudence of the UN Dispute Tribunal, the UN Appeals Tribunal, the UN Administrative Tribunal or a comparable body. Ability to exercise sound judgement and handle confidential material with discretion, and analyse and research a range of complex legal issues within tight deadlines - 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.
  • COMMUNICATION: 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.
  • 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.


  • Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent degree) in law is required. A first-level university degree, in combination with two additional years of qualifying work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

  • A minimum of five years of progressively responsible legal experience is required. Of these five years, two years must be in litigation at the national or international level and must include first-hand experience appearing and leading evidence of witnesses before a court or tribunal or equivalent administrative board or bodies.
  • Experience at the national or international level in administrative or employment and labour law is desirable.
  • Experience with the United Nations, or a similar international organization's staff regulations and rules, policies, procedures and operations is desirable.


  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations. For this post, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of French is desirable. Knowledge of another official UN language is an advantage.

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