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. UNRWA’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. For its international team, UNRWA is seeking to employ a qualified:
Senior Legal Officer Vacancy Announcement Number Grade Deadline for Applications
14-HQ-JR-5 P-5 1 March 2014
Reporting directly to the Director of Legal Affairs, the Senior Legal Officer will be responsible for developing strategies to promote and implement, and for providing advice and training on contractual and procurement matters, resolution of commercial and contractual disputes, administrative law issues and management of appeals before the Agency’s Dispute Tribunal and the UN Appeals Tribunal. The incumbent will provide technical advice to the Legal Officer (Administrative Law) and Legal Officer (Contracts) as well as supervision, support and mentoring to other staff in the department including administrative staff. In accordance with the established Agency policy and procedures, the incumbent will: Primary Duties and Responsibilities • Develop strategies to promote and implement, and provide advice and training on the Agency’s regulatory framework in particular regarding Agency governance and management of administrative, contractual and procurement law issues; advise other departments (Headquarters and Fields) on the interpretation and application of the Agency’s regulatory framework; provide technical expertise and advice on amendments to the Agency’s regulatory framework, for example in drafting of Agency regulations and rules; • Draft or review drafts of complex or non-standard procurement and construction contracts, leases, insurance contracts and other commercial contracts; develop templates for use by the Agency;
Advise on resolution of contractual and tortious claims against the Agency, including overseeing, supporting and conducting negotiations, settlement and arbitration; Draft, review and revise Agency submissions to, and appear before the Agency’s Dispute Tribunal and/or the UN’s Appeals Tribunal; Analyse the legal aspects of and provide substantive legal policy inputs in respect of the relationship between the Agency and its staff and the interpretation of their conditions of service, including Staff Regulations, Rules and other administrative issuances; Draft or review legal opinions on complex or sensitive financial and administrative law issues, including interpretation of the Agency Finance Regulations and Technical Instructions, and advising on investigations, allegations and complaints, disciplinary matters, retaliation, etc.; Contribute to the Department’s planning, administration and client-oriented service delivery; contribute to identification and addressing of important strategic legal and policy issues facing the Agency; Serve as a member of the Agency’s Advisory Committee on Procurement and participate in other committees and bodies as required, for example the Provident Fund and Claims Boards; Develop, deliver and facilitate training and outreach for relevant Agency staff on contractual and administrative law issues; Provide advice on relevant public international law issues, in particular privileges and immunities and responsibilities of the Agency and its staff.
Professional Knowledge and Experience • Advanced university degree from an accredited educational institution in law, preferably with some specialization in contract law, commercial law, administrative law and/or public international law; • Admission to practice law in a recognized jurisdiction; • At least 10 years of direct experience in the application of contract, commercial, administrative and/or public international law, including three years at a senior level in government service, the commercial/private sector, UN or other international organization including experience in an international setting; • Excellent command of spoken and written English. Competencies Ability to effectively compile and synthesize information; • Proven ability in the analysis of facts/information, the development of rigorous arguments and replies and the provision of sound advice; • Ability to progress with work independently and to participate as a member of a team; • Ability to communicate and negotiate effectively with a range of internal and external contacts. •
Desirable Qualifications Knowledge of the laws and practices of Middle East countries; • Familiarity with UN Common System and practices; • Working knowledge of spoken and written Arabic. •
Additional Information The incumbent may be required to travel frequently in the Agency's area of operations in the Middle East as well as to other locations.
Equivalency When the minimum requirements are not fully met, the Director of Human Resources may exceptionally substitute part of the unmet requirements with a combination of relevant academic qualification, additional professional training and progressive relevant work experience. NB: Work experience alone or formal qualifications with no relevant work experience are not considered an acceptable combination. Conditions of Service UNRWA offers an attractive compensation package including annual salary starting at $87,069 net tax free with dependants or $80,887 single, plus post adjustment of 61.7% (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. 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. The United Nations does not charge fees at any stage of the recruitment process (application, testing, interviewing, etc). The United Nations does not concern itself with information related to bank accounts. 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 and commitment to human rights, diversity, and 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. The Agency reserves the right not to make an appointment, to make an appointment at a lower grade, or to make an appointment with a modified job description. On appointment, all individuals will be asked to sign a self attestation, confirming that they have not committed, been convicted of, or prosecuted for, any criminal offence and that they have not been involved, by act or omission, in the commission of any violation of international human rights law or international humanitarian law. Date of issue: 30 January 2014/LAN