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Legal Officer, P-4
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: 04 Mar 2011
DATE OF ISSUANCE: 17 Feb 2011
ORGANIZATIONAL UNIT: United Nations Organization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo
DUTY STATION: Kinshasa
VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT NUMBER: 11-LEG-MONUC-425179-R-KINSHASA

Remuneration
Depending on professional background, experience and family situation, a competitive compensation and benefits package is offered.
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United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
Responsibilities
Under the overall authority and supervision of the Senior Legal Advisor, the Legal Officer will be responsible for providing advice on all Mission related issues; his/her duties will however focus in priority on: Managing Board of Inquiries (BOI), Local Committee on Contracts (LCC), Local Property Survey Board (LPSB) and, more generally, personnel related files; in those areas, the incumbent is expected to liaise with the relevant units/sections within the Mission and to handle all needed activities with a significant degree of autonomy drafting legal briefings, observations and notes as appropriate and attending sessions of the Committees when necessary.

Reviewing and advice on negotiations and drafting of contracts, agreements, legal submissions and other legal documents such as MoUs as necessary. Attending meetings and give ad hoc 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 international legal instruments and internal United Nations Rules and Regulations. Conducting extensive legal research and provide detailed analysis. Providing legal advice on diverse substantive and procedural questions. The Legal Officer will also: Assist in the preparation of reports on the work of the Legal Affairs Office, as may be mandated. Perform other duties as required.

Competencies
Professionalism - Knowledge of relevant rules and regulations, policies, procedures and operations of the United Nations; Ability to apply legal and administrative expertise to analysing a diverse range of complex and unusual issues and problems; Produces reports and papers on legal and administrative matters; Demonstrates strong analytical skills and ability to conduct comprehensive legal research on a range of issues, including those of a unique and/or complex nature; Discretion and sound judgment in applying legal expertise to sensitive, complex legal and administrative issues; Ability to influence others to reach agreement; ability to review and edit the work of others; Shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensures the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work. Communication - Speaks and writes clearly and effectively both in French and English; 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. Planning and organising - 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. Client orientation - Considers all those to whom services are provided to be 'clients' and sees things from the 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. 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 that the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; Makes tough decisions when necessary.


QUALIFICATIONS

Education
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in international law.

Work Experience
At least seven years of progressively responsible experience in law, or related area preferably administrative. A substantial part of that experience at the international level, preferably in an international public organization, is highly desirable. Thorough understanding of, and experience in, judicial and/or quasi-judicial bodies and in reviewing fairness and due process of decision taken by administration services is desirable. 

Languages
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in both English and French (oral and written) is required. Knowledge of another official language of the UN is an advantage.

Other Skills

The United Nations shall place no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. (Charter of the United Nations - Chapter 3, article 8). English and French are the two working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, TRAINING OR ANY OTHER FEES). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON BANK ACCOUNTS.

PLEASE NOTE THAT APPLICATIONS RECEIVED AFTER THE DEADLINE WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

How to apply

All applicants are strongly encouraged to apply online as soon as possible after the vacancy has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the vacancy announcement. Because applications submitted by United Nations (UN) staff members are considered first, provided the eligibility requirements set out in ST/AI/2006/3 are met and the application is submitted in a timely fashion, staff members should apply within 15-day or 30-day mark.

Online applications will be acknowledged where an email address has been provided. If you do not receive an e-mail acknowledgement within 24 hours of submission, your application may not have been received. In such cases, please go to “My UN” page and check the status of your application by clicking on “View Application History”, and resubmit the application, if necessary.
To start the application process, applicants are required to register by opening a "My UN" account. Go to Login, and Register as a User. Fill in the form and choose a User Name and Password.

After opening the account, applicants may apply for vacancies using the Personal History Profile (PHP) provided. Once the PHP has been completed for a particular vacancy, it can be saved and used for future applications. The PHP may be up-dated, when necessary, for future applications.

In completing the PHP, please note that all fields marked with an asterisk must be completed.

UN staff members must submit scanned copies of their two latest Performance Appraisal System (PAS) reports at the time of application to the appropriate Human Resources Office (HRO)/Personnel Office (PO) to the email address below, clearly indicating the vacancy announcement number. In case you have no access to the digitizing equipment, please submit hard copies of the two latest PAS reports to the relevant HRO/PO via fax.

E-mail: staffing@un.org,

Fax: 1-212-963-2800

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