Legal Specialist - Commercial Law, Multiple positions
The IPAS Legal Specialist reports to the IPAS Team Lead and is responsible for delivering on the three areas of supporting operations, business efficiency and knowledge management. For IPAS Legal this translates into daily interactions with country offices and regional offices to provide sound and accurate legal advice and support on projects and contractual matters. In addition, IPAS Legal team works closely with other IPAS units, in particular Finance and Project Management/Infrastructure, to review all engagements with funding sources, as well as provide advice on procurement contracts or grant agreements, with a focus on identifying potential risks and to ensure they are in line with corporate policy and compliance framework.
Under the supervision and guidance of the IPAS Team Lead, the Legal Specialist is responsible for ensuring that timely legal advice is provided, which focuses on providing solutions to IPAS Legal’s clients. This requires close interactions not only with country offices but also with other IPAS practice teams, policy groups, and regional offices. It also requires a good understanding of the diverse environment in which UNOPS operates.
In order to exercise his/her legal responsibilities, the incumbent acts with designated authority provided by the General Counsel. The incumbent will work in accordance with the instructions established by the General Counsel.
The incumbent will be expected to identify and escalate complex and high-risk matters to the IPAS Legal Team Lead. The incumbent will be expected to travel from time to time.
Under the overall guidance of the IPAS Legal Team Lead the incumbent shall:
Support UNOPS operations through advice on institutional and commercial legal matters such as:
● Reviewing legal agreements and amendments, with a focus on identifying legal risks and opportunities in
close collaboration with other IPAS reviewers and the IPAS Legal Team Lead;
● Conducting legal review and supporting the negotiation of legal agreements with UNOPS funding sources;
● Drafting, reviewing, and supporting negotiating contracts and grant agreements;
● Advising on risk mitigation strategies for the Organisation;
● Providing holistic legal advice in coordination with the IPAS Legal Team and other IPAS legal advisors and
assist with the application, interpretation, and adoption of corporate policy, guidance, and best practices to
the field offices;
Contribute to business efficiency:
● Work closely with other IPAS teams and policy units to address country and project challenges aiming at
finding suitable and timely solutions;
● Work closely with other IPAS units on system enhancements, outlining legal requirements;
● Support the development and improvement of the UNOPS regulatory framework;
● Support corporate and cross-functional initiatives and contribute to ensure that internal policies,
processes and systems are aligned with the overall regulatory framework, and are practical, relevant and
add value to organisational operations.
Build and maintain an active body of legal knowledge:
● Contribute to legal knowledge and information management within the team and across the Organisation;
● Keep abreast of external legal developments and best practices;
● Provide regular feedback to internal clients on legal issues, risks, and possible areas of improvement.
● Advanced university degree (master's or equivalent) in law, or a closely related area is required.
● Admission to practice law in any national jurisdiction is required.
● Minimum five years of post-graduate experience analyzing legal issues and conducting legal research, preferably in a legal office, government agency and/or international organization is required.
● Demonstrated knowledge of contract law, and the application of legal principles, concepts and policies to the review, examination, and processing of a range of legal issues and documents is required;
● At least one year of experience in the application of regulations and rules, policies, procedures and decision-making processes of an international organization would be a strong asset.
● Demonstrated field experience in a development or humanitarian context is an advantage.
● Fluency in English (read, write, and speak) is required.
● Fluency in a minimum of one of the following languages is required (read, write, and speak): French, Spanish, Arabic