Senior Legal Officer, P5

UN Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Posted
    Jul 25

Position description

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in Europe, Middle East and Central Asia section within the Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate. The Senior Legal Officer reports directly to the Chief of Section.


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

  • Analyzes the status of implementation of Security Council resolutions 1373(2001), 1624 (2005), 2178 (2014), 2396 (2017), 2617 (2021) and other relevant resolutions by identified Member States under the Section's portfolio. Prepares stocktaking documents on assessments of counter¬terrorism measures undertaken by Member States under the Section's portfolio. Prepares and participates in CTC assessment visits to Member States under the Section to assess their compliance with relevant Security Council resolutions and international instruments on counterterrorism, prepares recommendations to effectively implement the Security Council resolutions, and identify related capacity-building needs. Prepares draft assessment reports and propose technical solutions to resolve States' compliance issues. Follows up with identified Member States under the Section's portfolio to ensure progress made to implement the Committee's assessment recommendations. Follows up with relevant United Nations bodies and technical assistance providers to facilitate the delivery of technical assistance needs to Member States in need for assistance.
  • Provides authoritative legal advice on diverse legal and counter-terrorism related matters of high complexity. Prepares global implementation survey and their updates on State's counter-terrorism 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 countering violent extremism. Identifies those States, regional organisations and implementing agencies that have the capacity to be providers of technical assistance to other States in need and works with them to facilitate this role both bilaterally and as part of well-coordinated, strategic multinational efforts. Prepares briefings and special events for the Committee on thematic or regional issues. Provides draft recommendations for CTC's 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), 2178 (2014), 2396 (2017), 2617 (2021) and other relevant resolutions. Liaises and conducts active dialogue with Member States, international/regional and sub-regional organisations, and civil society as appropriate-¬Serves as CTED focal point with relevant UN entities, including UNOCT relevant Working Group as well as with other relevant international and regional entities. Represents CTED in international and regional events, as needed. Undertake other Office assignments and tasks as necessary.



  • Extensive knowledge of international norms and standards related to counter-terrorism in accordance with the relevant United Nations resolutions;
  • Expertise in complex legal analysis or law enforcement counter-terrorism measures and in negotiation;
  • Has a proven ability to produce reports and papers on highly complex political, legal 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;
  • 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;


  • 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;


  • Takes ownership for all responsibilities and honors commitments.
  • Delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards. -Operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules.
  • Takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.


  • 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 that the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; makes tough decisions when necessary.

Building Trust:

  • Provides an environment in which others can talk and act without fear of repercussion. Manages in a deliberate and predictable way. Operates with transparency; has no hidden agenda. Places confidence in colleagues, staff members and clients. Gives proper credit to others. Follows through on agreed upon actions. Treats sensitive or confidential information appropriately.


  • Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent degree) in law, 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, criminal justice, law enforcement, prosecutorial or international legal cooperation or other related area is required.
  • Experience with counter-terrorism matters is desirable.


  • English and French are the working languages of the UN Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English (both oral and written) is required. Fluency in Arabic is desirable. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.

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