Paralegal

New York City | Washington D.C

Background Information - UNOPS

 UNOPS supports the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our mission is to serve people in need by expanding the ability of the United Nations, governments and other partners to manage projects, infrastructure and procurement in a sustainable and efficient manner.

Working in some of the world’s most challenging environments, our vision is to advance sustainable implementation practices, always satisfying or surpassing our partners’ expectations.

With over 7,000 personnel spread across 80 countries, UNOPS offers its partners the logistical, technical and management knowledge they need, wherever they need it.

A flexible structure and global reach means that we can quickly respond to our partners' needs, while offering the benefits of economies of scale. 

Background Information - PSC

Peace and Security Centre

The UNOPS Peace and Security Centre (PSC) is a principal service provider in the field of mine action with the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS), UNDP, UNICEF, Governments of mine-affected countries and other mine action partners. The Centre is responsible to administer, provide support and oversight of the day-to-day management of the Project Field offices, both according to the client requirements and in line with UNOPS rules and regulations. It is headed by the Centre Director who has the overall authority and accountability for the performance of the Peace and Security Centre on behalf of its clients.

Risk Management Compliance Unit

The Risk Management and Compliance (RMC) Unit, a small unit within PSC, has several focus areas, including: (1) oversight of portfolios to mitigate risks and liabilities; (2) creation of innovative solutions and policies to improve PSC’s processes, products and functions in order to increase efficiency and streamline the activities; and (3) quality control of high-risk and high-cost transactions, including commercial contracts and grants. 

Functional Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the RMC Specialist, the RMC Paralegal’s main objective is to provide support to the Project Management and Legal Advisor and the Risk Management and Compliance Specialist with quality control of high-risk, high-cost transactions, including the following:

  • Assist RMC team members in reviewing, drafting, editing, and clearing standard contracts, memoranda of understanding, agreements, official correspondence, and other PSC documents
  • Assist in reviewing materials to verify that organizational legal requirements and quality standards are met
  • Respond promptly, in consultation with RMC team members as needed, to routine queries with respect to UNOPS legislative framework, including with respect to financial regulations and rules in order to safeguard organizational interests and commitments.
  • Apply procedural and processing requirements for various types of legal documents, as per UNOPS policies
  • Assist PSC colleagues by providing routine guidance on agreement structures, approval processes, and policies and procedures pursuant to UNOPS legislative framework and PSC’s internal guidance and best practices.
  • Draft PSC internal Standard Operating Procedures, policies, guidelines and templates to standardize and streamline internal processes 
  • Any other legal support and administrative tasks as applicable. 

Competencies

  Treats all individuals with respect; responds sensitively to differences and encourages others to do the same. Upholds organizational and ethical norms. Maintains high standards of trustworthiness. Role model for diversity and inclusion.
  Acts as a positive role model contributing to the team spirit. Collaborates and supports the development of others. For people managers only: Acts as positive leadership role model, motivates, directs and inspires others to succeed, utilizing appropriate leadership styles.
  Demonstrates understanding of the impact of own role on all partners and always puts the end beneficiary first. Builds and maintains strong external relationships and is a competent partner for others (if relevant to the role).
  Efficiently establishes an appropriate course of action for self and/or others to accomplish a goal. Actions lead to total task accomplishment through concern for quality in all areas. Sees opportunities and takes the initiative to act on them. Understands that responsible use of resources maximizes our impact on our beneficiaries.
  Open to change and flexible in a fast paced environment. Effectively adapts own approach to suit changing circumstances or requirements. Reflects on experiences and modifies own behavior. Performance is consistent, even under pressure. Always pursues continuous improvements.
  Evaluates data and courses of action to reach logical, pragmatic decisions. Takes an unbiased, rational approach with calculated risks. Applies innovation and creativity to problem-solving.
  Expresses ideas or facts in a clear, concise and open manner. Communication indicates a consideration for the feelings and needs of others. Actively listens and proactively shares knowledge. Handles conflict effectively, by overcoming differences of opinion and finding common ground.

Education/Experience/Language requirements

Education and Years of Experience:
  • First level university degree (Bachelor’s degree or equivalent) in Law, Business Administration, Public Administration, International Relations or other related fields with minimum two (2) years of relevant working experience; or 
  • Paralegal Studies certificate with four (4) years of relevant working experience is required; or
  • Secondary school diploma or equivalent with at least six (6) years of relevant experience. 
Experience:
  • At least two (2) years of experience working as a Paralegal or Legal Assistant is required
  • Ability to interpret legal documents and working with others to complete agreements is required
  • Strong knowledge of Microsoft Office is required
  • Knowledge of UNOPS/UN rules and regulations is desired
  • PRINCE2 Foundation/Prince2 Practitioner and/or PMP certification is desired
Language:
  • Fluency in English (writing, reading and speaking) is required
  • Intermediate knowledge of French (writing, speaking and reading) is desired
  • Knowledge of another UN official language is desired.

Contract type, level and duration

Contract type: Local Individual Contractor Agreement
Contract level: LICA-6 (ICS-6)
Contract duration: One year with possibility for extension subject to funding and satisfactory performance

For more details about the ICA contractual modality, please follow this link:
https://www.unops.org/english/Opportunities/job-opportunities/what-we-offer/Pages/Individual-Contractor-Agreements.aspx 

Additional Considerations

  • Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
  • Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.
  • Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • For staff positions only, UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post
  • The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.  
  • Since this is local position, only applicants who are US citizens, permanent residents, or holders of a valid G4 visa at the time of their application will be considered. The selected candidate is
    responsible for their own travel and/or relocation costs.

It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential recruits/interns. Recruitment/internship in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.

 
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.
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  • Organization: UNOPS - United Nations Office for Project Services
  • Location: New York City | Washington D.C
  • Grade: LICA-6, Local Individual Contractors Agreement - Administrative support
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Public Policy and Administration
  • Closing Date: 2017-07-26

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