Legal Officer, P3

Legal Officer, P3

United Nations Office of Administration of Justice

Geneva, Switzerland

Org. Setting and Reporting

The Registry is part of the independent Office of Administration of Justice (OAJ) and supports the United Nations Dispute Tribunal (UNDT) at the UNDT seat in Geneva. The incumbent will report to the Registrar in Geneva as the First Reporting Officer and the Principal Registrar as the Second Reporting Officer.

The UNDT is the first instance tribunal of the internal justice system and hears and decides cases filed by or on behalf of current and former staff members appealing administrative decisions. The UNDT conducts hearings, issues orders, and renders binding judgments.


Within delegated authority, the Legal Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

In the framework of the Registry, the Legal officer will be responsible for providing substantive, technical and administrative support for the adjudication of cases to by the UNDT judges in Geneva.

  • Review of submissions to the UNDT;
  • Draft, review and advise on legal documents and correspondence;
  • Support Judges by preparing background materials and summaries of issues, as required;
  • Attend meetings, and give advice on emerging issues and questions, as required;
  • Identify issues, draft legal texts and handle a wide range of complex legal matters involving interpretation and application of administrative/employment law;
  • Conduct extensive legal research and provide detailed analysis of cases and jurisprudence;
  • Provide legal advice on diverse substantive and procedural questions;
  • Assist in the preparation of referrals to the Mediation Division of the Office of the Ombudsman;
  • Support the Judges in producing accurate, comprehensive judgments, including review of draft judgments for any inconsistencies or inaccuracies, and ensuring editorial uniformity prior to dissemination. Respond to correspondence/queries from the parties;
  • Assist in maintaining the UNDT's registers (electronic and paper), the publication and dissemination of the decisions, rulings and judgments rendered by the UNDT, in the required official languages, through the agreed media;
  • Assist in maintaining the UNDT’s case law digest and jurisprudence databank;
  • Perform other duties as required.


Professionalism: Knowledge of relevant Regulations and Rules of the United Nations or that of a similar international organization; ability to produce reports and papers on legal and administrative matters; ability to analyze and conduct comprehensive legal research on a range of issues, including those of a unique and/or complex nature; ability to exercise discretion and sound judgement in applying legal expertise to sensitive, complex legal and administrative issues; ability to influence others to reach agreement; ability to review and edit the work of others. 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 the audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.


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

Work Experience

  • A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in law, including legal analysis, research and writing is required;
  • At least one year of experience in administrative or employment/labor law preferably in an international organization or tribunal is required;
  • Experience as a judicial/legal clerk, legal officer or legal professional in a related field is desirable;
  • Experience in litigation in an international or domestic judicial system is an advantage.


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

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