Senior Legal Officer, P5

UN Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Jun 06

Position description

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Africa Section, Assessment & Technical Assistance Office, Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate, set up to support the Security Council's Counter-Terrorism Committee (CTC). The Senior Legal Officer reports directly to the Chief.


For this position, the Senior Legal Officer would:

  • Serves as a recognized expert in counter-terrorism, and independently handle a wide range of multi-discipline, highly complex, and often sensitive and/or conflicting legal and political matters involving issues relating to international and counter-terrorism law. Analyses the status of implementation of UN resolutions 1373(2001), 1624(2005), 2178(2014) and 2396 (2017) with respect to identified Member States concerning the global fight against terrorism. Coordinates, prepares and reviews draft reports and updates of Detailed Implementation Surveys and propose technical solutions to resolve States' compliance issues. Prepares and update the technical guide to assist States' implementation of relevant Security Council resolutions on counter-terrorism and ensure evaluation and assessment consistency.
  • Prepares and updates the global implementation survey and their updates on States counterterrorism strengths, shortfalls and good practices.
  • Engages with international, regional and sub-regional organisations to facilitate, and where required, coordinate, follow-up activities that can build capacity in counter-terrorism and the means to counter the appeal of violent extremism.
  • Identifies those States, organisations and entities that have the capacity to be providers of technical assistance and implementing agencies and work with them to facilitate this role both bilaterally and as part of well-coordinated, strategic multinational efforts.
  • Identifies recipient States that need to build capacity in order to help them implement their obligations under relevant resolutions and international instruments on counter-terrorism.
  • Prepares and participates in CTC visits to Member States to assess and report on their compliance with relevant resolutions and international instruments on counter-terrorism, and prepare recommendations on capacity-building needs.
  • Prepares briefings and special events for the Committee on thematic or regional issues.
  • Assists Member States by proposing detailed guidance on benchmarks and good practices in cooperation with other relevant international, regional and sub-regional organisations.
  • Provides draft recommendations for CTC consideration that focus on more effective and detailed implementation by States of relevant Security Council resolutions and international instruments on counter-terrorism, contributes to promoting international cooperation to further the implementation of resolutions 1373 (2001), 1624 (2005) and other relevant Security Council resolutions on counter-terrorism.
  • Organises and coordinates planning for CTED facilitated and/or co-organised workshops and other initiatives for practitioners in a variety of counter-terrorism fields on a global or regional/sub-regional basis to share information and, as appropriate, secure extrabudgetary funding from Member States to support such workshops and initiatives.
  • Liaises and conducts active dialogue with Member States, international/regional and sub-regional organisations, and civil society as appropriate. Serve as CTED focal point with relevant UN entities CTITF and other international entities.
  • Serves as Officer-in-Charge of Section, as needed.


  • Professionalism: Expertise in complex legal analysis or law enforcement counter-terrorism programs and in negotiation. Extensive knowledge of international norms and standards related to counter-terrorism and international humanitarian law. Ability to produce reports and papers on political and technical issues and is able to review and edit the work of others. Understands UN policies, regulations, rules and guidelines and understands the nuances of applying them. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of international law and best practices on counter-terrorism matters. Remains conscientious, efficient and effective in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving meaningful results. Functions as a self-starter with minimum supervision. Regularly demonstrates motivation and initiative for professional rather than personal reasons. Consistently work with persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; and remain calm in stressful situations.
  • 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.
  • Teamwork: 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.
  • Leadership: Serves as a role model that other people want to follow: empowers others to translate vision into results; is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives; establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support; anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions; drives for change and improvements; does not accept the status quo; shows the courage to take unpopular stands. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.
  • Judgement/Decision-making: Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly; gathers relevant information before making a decision; considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them; takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization; proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information; checks assumptions against facts; determines the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; makes tough decisions when necessary.


Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent degree) in law, security, political science or related field. 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 ten years of progressively responsible experience in law, national security, law enforcement, criminal justice, international legal cooperation or related area, combined with managerial experience, is required. Experience in counter-terrorism is desirable.


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

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