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Legal Specialist - Commercial Law, Multiple positions

Multiple locations

  • Organization: UNOPS - United Nations Office for Project Services
  • Location: Multiple locations
  • Grade: Mid level - IICA-2, International Individual Contractors Agreement
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Legal - Broad
    • Sustainable trade and development
    • Sustainable Business Development
  • Closing Date: 2023-12-04
Job categories Legal
Vacancy code VA/2023/B0005/27063
Level ICS-10
Department/office OP, SSC, IPAS
Duty station Multiple
Contract type International ICA
Contract level IICA-2
Duration Open-ended, subject to organizational requirements, availability of funds and satisfactory performance
Application period 20-Nov-2023 to 04-Dec-2023
Applications to vacancies must be received before midnight Copenhagen time (CET) on the closing date of the announcement.

Functional Responsibilities

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.

Education/Experience/Language requirements


● 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.

Language requirements:

● 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

We do our best to provide you the most accurate info, but closing dates may be wrong on our site. Please check on the recruiting organization's page for the exact info. Candidates are responsible for complying with deadlines and are encouraged to submit applications well ahead.
Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.