UNITED NATIONS RELIEF AND WORKS AGENCY FOR PALESTINE REFUGEES IN THE NEAR EAST UNRWA UNRWA is a United Nations agency established by the General Assembly in 1949 and is mandated to provide assistance and protection to a population of some 5 million registered Palestine refugees. Its mission is to help Palestine refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, West Bank and the Gaza Strip to achieve their full potential in human development, pending a just solution to their plight. UNRWAâ€™s services encompass education, health care, relief and social services, camp infrastructure and improvement, microfinance and emergency assistance. UNRWA is funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions. UNRWA is the largest UN operation in the Middle East with more than 30,000 staff. For its international team, UNRWA is seeking to employ a qualified:
Head, Field Legal Office Vacancy Announcement Number Grade Deadline for Applications Duty Station
14-FO-JO-04 P-4 19 February 2014 Amman
Under the direct supervision of the Director of UNRWA Operations, Jordan (DUO/J), the Head Field Legal Office is responsible for providing direct legal counsel and assistance to the Director of UNRWA Operations, Jordan, other Agency officials and individual staff members in the Jordan Field, as well as assisting Headquarters in dealing with problems in the delivery of Agency services and the protection of the rights and immunities of the Agency and its staff in the Jordan. In accordance with the established Agency policy and procedures, the incumbent will: Primary Duties and Responsibilities â€˘ Provide direct legal counsel to the Director of UNRWA Operations, Jordan and staff on all aspects of legal matters that include: - The privileges and immunities of the United Nations; - UNRWA's relations with governmental authorities; - Claims made against the Agency and its staff member in their official capacity; - Advising, and as appropriate, supervising and overseeing the formation and/or review and drafting of contracts, lease agreements, memorandums
of understanding, legal submissions and other legal documents related to the Field Office operation; - The use of land; - The personnel procedures and related administrative law matters which may give rise to staff claims and appeals; - The Agency’s framework and analysis thereof; - Preparation of legal opinions and correspondence on such matters after consultation where appropriate with the Department of Legal Affairs at UNRWA, HQ; Carry out, manage or participate in investigations of staff member conduct, advise the DUO/J on the findings and advise on appropriate action to be taken, which may include administrative or disciplinary action where necessary; Liaise with the local governmental authorities to safeguard and facilitate the Agency's operations, including following up the implementation of the Agency's requests to the relevant authorities and drawing the attention of senior Agency officials to potential problems or disputes with the relevant authorities; establish and maintain contact with local lawyers with a view to resolving Field related potential disputes and claims involving the Agency; study claims made against the Agency, and make recommendations to the Director of UNRWA Operations and to Headquarters as to their disposal; Draft, and assist in the negotiation of, conditions of contract and other documentation of a legal nature for the purchase and sale of goods and services, the construction and maintenance of buildings, the use of land, and the provision of other services by the Agency in the Jordan Field; Check and verify reports from Agency staff concerning violations of the Agency's privileges and immunities and draft communications as appropriate to the relevant authorities concerning such violations; maintain a data-base of statistics related to interference with Agency operations, and violations of the privileges and immunities of the Agency, and in particular interference with its premises and mistreatment of its staff; Act as member of committees as requested by the DUO/J, including the Local Committee on Procurement.
Professional Knowledge and Experience • Advanced university degree in law (Master or equivalent), with specialization in either of the following branches of law, international, administrative/public, employment or commercial law; • At least eight years of progressively responsible legal experience in a national organization (for example, government, law firm, non-governmental organization, commercial sector) or international organization, four of which should be at the international level, working outside one’s home country. Strong familiarity with international law, human rights law, contracts and commercial law, administrative law, employment law, and criminal and civil procedure; • Excellent command of written and spoken English. Competencies • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others in a team environment;
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A high level of written and verbal communication skills and practical writing experience in a legal context, including ability to present information and data in a clear and instructive manner, combined with superior skills in legal writing and expression in form of drafting legal opinions, papers and positions; Strong analytical and evaluative skills combined with good judgment, including ability to apply legal knowledge and practice to strategic, policy and operational objectives; Highly developed negotiation skills, with ability to positively influence others to reach mutually benefiting understanding. Desirable Qualifications Knowledge of contemporary problems of the Middle East; Familiarity with the UN system and practices; Proficient command of written and spoken Arabic.
Additional information • Possession a valid driving license; • The incumbent will be required to reside in Amman and to travel occasionally throughout the Agency's area of operations in the Middle East. Equivalency When the minimum requirements are not fully met, the Human Resources Department may substitute part of the unmet requirements under UNRWA’s equivalency determination guidelines with a combination of relevant academic qualification, additional professional training and/or progressive relevant work experience. Note: Work experience alone or formal qualifications with no relevant work experience are not considered sufficient for an equivalency determination. Conditions of Service UNRWA offers an attractive compensation package including annual salary starting at $72,605 net tax free with dependants or $67,611 single, plus post adjustment of 48% (subject to change without notice). Other benefits, subject to eligibility, include education grant, dependency allowance, home leave, pension fund, health insurance and 6 weeks annual leave. All UNRWA duty stations (with the exception of Gaza and Syria) are family duty stations. Initial contract is for two years, with the possibility of further extensions subject to the availability of funds and the continuing need for the post. How to Apply To start the application process, applicants are required to register at http://jobs.unrwa.org by creating a personal profile and completing UNRWA Personal History Form. Please note that UNRWA only accepts degrees from accredited educational institutions. Only applications received through http://jobs.unrwa.org will be considered. Due to the large number of applications received for UNRWA vacancies, only applicants short-listed for interview will be contacted. UNRWA does not charge a fee at any stage in the recruitment process.
General Information UNRWA encourages applications from qualified and experienced women. UNRWA welcomes applications from qualified candidates with disabilities. UNRWA is a United Nations organization whose staff are expected to uphold the highest standards of integrity, neutrality and impartiality. This includes respect for human rights, for diversity, and for non-violent means of dealing with all kinds of conflict. UNRWA staff are expected to uphold these values at all times, both at work and outside. Only persons who fully and unconditionally commit to these values should consider applying for UNRWA jobs. UNRWA is a non-smoking work environment. Date of issue: 20 January 2014/LF