Legal Officer, P4

UN Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Sep 08

Position description

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Section covering Europe, Middle East and Central Asia, Assessment & Technical Assistance Office, Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED). The incumbent reports directly to the Chief of Section.


For this position, the Legal Officer would:

  • Analyze the status of implementation by Member States of Security Council resolutions 1373 (2001), 1624 (2005), 2178 (2014), 2395 (2017) and other relevant Security Council resolutions concerning the global fight against terrorism with respect to assigned Member States, particularly through the new stocktaking tools;
  • Prepare and draft reports on States evaluated and propose recommendations and solutions to the difficulties observed in complying with relevant Security Council resolution(s) as necessary;
  • Identify the legal and practical/operational implementation issues where evaluated States require technical assistance and ensure that technical assistance providers/donors provide follow-up assistance;
  • Prepare or contribute to analysis of country/regional specific new terrorism trends and challenges and recommend corresponding actions to address those issues;
  • Prepare talking points and speeches for CTED senior management and other UN officials on counter-terrorism issues;
  • Participate in CTC visits to Member States to report on their compliance with relevant resolutions and make recommendations on subsequent follow-up actions to be taken, as necessary;
  • Clarify and disseminate international standards, codes and good practices to be applied by Member States;
  • Liaise with Member States, international and regional organizations, and relevant United Nations bodies, on any technical and other assistance programmes available that could facilitate implementation of relevant resolutions, as appropriate;
  • Assist in designing initiatives and activities to bring together senior practitioners on implementing various aspects of resolutions 1373 (2001), 1624 (2005), 2178 (2014), 2395 (2017) and other relevant Security Council resolutions, including for the purpose of disseminating good practices that could assist Member States in effectively implementing the relevant Security Council resolutions;
  • Prepare or support regional and thematic presentations to the CTC and/or for the general membership;
  • Support the work of one or more working groups in CTED that deal with cross-cutting counter-terrorism thematic issues in relation to ongoing work streams under the Section;
  • Represent CTED, as requested, at international or regional conferences or meetings to which the Executive Director has been invited and represent CTED in coordinating meetings with local UN counter-terrorism entities;
  • Undertake any other duties as may be assigned.



  • Knowledge of international legal procedures and instruments, including criminal law, both substantive and procedural. Ability to apply legal expertise to analyzing a diverse range of complex and unusual legal issues and problems and in developing innovative and creative solutions in prosecuting complex criminal cases;
  • Strong analytical skills and ability to conduct comprehensive legal research on a range of issues, including those of a unique and/or complex nature; proficiency in legal writing and expression and ability to prepare legal briefs, opinions and a variety of legal instruments and related documents;
  • Knowledge of key law enforcement and/or border control concepts as it pertains to countering terrorism;
  • Discretion and sound judgment in applying legal expertise to sensitive, complex legal issues;
  • Strong negotiating skills and ability to influence others to reach agreement;
  • Ability to work to tight deadlines and handle multiple concurrent projects/cases; 
  • Knowledge of contemporary international relations and of UN system, organization and interrelationships;
  • 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.


  • 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.

Planning & Organizing:

  • Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies;
  • Identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required;
  • Allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work;
  • Foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning;
  • Monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary;
  • Uses time efficiently.


  • Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in law, security, law enforcement, political science, international relations or other related field. A first level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

  • A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in law, national security, border control, criminal justice, conflict resolution or related area is required.
  • Experience in counter-terrorism is desirable;
  • Experience related to law enforcement is desirable.


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


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