Legal Officer, P3

UN Office of Administration of Justice
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
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  • Posted
    Sep 02

Position description

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the independent Office of Administration of Justice (OAJ) in the registry supporting the United Nations Appeals Tribunal (UNAT) at the UNAT seat in New York. The incumbent will report to the Registrar of the UNAT as the First Reporting Officer and the Principal Registrar as the Second Reporting Officer.

The UNAT is the appeals tribunal of the internal justice system. The UNAT reviews appeals, conducts hearings, issues orders, and renders binding final 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 by UNAT Judges, including:

  • Review submissions to the UNAT;
  • Draft, review and advise on legal documents and correspondence;
  • Support Judges by preparing briefing notes and gathering background materials, 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;
  • 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 registry’s electronic case registers, in the publication and dissemination of the decisions, rulings and judgments rendered by the UNAT, in the required official languages, through the agreed media;
  • Assist in maintaining the caselaw digest of UNAT's jurisprudence;
  • Perform other duties as required.


  • PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of, and ability to apply, legal principles, concepts and procedures and terminology for review, examination, and processing of a range of legal documents. Knowledge of various legal research sources, including electronic, and ability to conduct research and analyze information on a wide range of legal issues. Knowledge of the civil law and/or common law legal systems and principles. Ability to interpret and apply legislative instruments, develop and present results, recommendations, and opinions clearly and concisely. Ability to draft legal papers and work under pressure. Ability to apply good legal judgment in the context of assignments given. 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 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.


  • An 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 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 desirable.


  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position(s) advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of French is desirable. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is desirable.

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