UN Women: Legal Analyst
New York City (United States of America)
UN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security.
The Legal Analyst will support the Legal Adviser by undertaking legal analysis and research and giving input into the preparation of legal advice to UN Women management, HQ units, regional, multi-country and country offices, including on matters relating to the UN Staff Regulations and Rules, the UN Women Financial Regulations and Rules, UN Women’s resource mobilization and procurement activities, accountability mechanisms, the system of administration of justice, privileges and immunities, and internal operations, policies and procedures.
Duties and Responsibilities
Support the Legal Adviser by undertaking legal analysis and research and assisting in the preparation of legal advice relating to UN Staff Regulations and Rules, including:
- The application and interpretation of the Staff Regulations and Rules;
- Disciplinary matters, rights and obligations of staff, legal status of staff and their dependents, financial recovery, taxation and insurance issues;
- Internal and external investigations into the use of UN Women financial and human resources;
- Recovery for losses to UN Women;
- Other relevant aspects of human resources management.
Support the Legal Adviser by undertaking legal analysis and inputs in relation to issues arising under the Administration of Justice system:
- Provide technical inputs to written responses and other submissions as required on behalf of the Executive Director in response to applications and other submissions filed before the United Nations Dispute Tribunal (UNDT);
- Assist in representing the Administration before the UNDT, including but not limited to, in direction hearings and hearings on the merits. Generally assist in attending to all stages of proceedings before the UNDT, including the conduct of settlement negotiations and/or mediation proceedings where required;
- Liaise with UN/OLA regarding UNDT cases involving UN Women, UN/OLA’s representation of the Secretary-General before the United Nations Appeals Tribunal (UNAT), in cases involving UN Women, and other administration of justice related issues.
Support the Legal Adviser by undertaking legal analysis and research and assisting in the preparation of legal advice relating to UN Women’s relationships with member states and issues of privileges and immunities, including:
- Identify and resolve issues of privileges and immunities of UN Women, its officials and experts on mission, in consultation with the United Nations Office of Legal Affairs (UN/OLA);
- Provide input into the preparation, review and negotiation of host country, conference and other agreements, constitutive instruments and other legal texts and instruments required for the conduct of operational activities carried out by UN Women in the various Member States, in consultation with UN/OLA;
- Address possible criminal conduct by UN Women officials, experts on mission, or other third parties, for possible referrals to the national authorities of the appropriate Member States, and with respect to investigations and proceedings relating to UN Women, as conducted by Member States.
Support the Legal Adviser by assisting in the review, negotiating and drafting of UN Women’s agreements arising out of its resource mobilization and procurement activities:
- Prepare, review and negotiate UN Women donor and partner agreements, and prepare standard forms of contracts for use by UN Women;
- Prepare, review and negotiate commercial agreements and contracts for UN Women, and prepare standard forms of contracts for use by UN Women;
- Review, negotiate and settle claims and disputes arising from agreements, contracts and other arrangements, including commercial claims and disputes involving the Organization.
Support the Legal Adviser by performing research and analysis and providing input into issues arising out of UN Women’s policy and operational framework:
- Draft and interpret policies and procedures governing the operations of UN Women;
- Identify systemic or policy changes which may be warranted in order to strengthen UN Women’s accountability and/or allow operational units to carry out their functions more effectively and efficiently, including continual review and updating of standard agreements, texts, policies and procedures, in consultation with the concerned substantive units.
Under the overall supervision of Legal Adviser, contribute to knowledge building and sharing in UN Women:
- Enhance knowledge within UN Women about legal matters through participating in and preparing training programmes;
- Develop and maintain the Legal Support intranet site.
Key Performance Indicators:
- High quality, accurate and timely legal analysis and advice;
- Effective and efficient coordination with internal and external partners;
- Delivery of quality training programmes which increase the knowledge of UN Women personnel.
- Respect for Diversity;
- Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues;
- Creative Problem Solving;
- Effective Communication;
- Inclusive Collaboration;
- Stakeholder Engagement;
- Leading by Example.
Please visit this link for more information on UN Women’s Core Values and Competencies: http://www.unwomen.org/-/media/headquarters/attachments/sections/about%20us/employment/un-women-employment-values-and-competencies-definitions-en.pdf
- Strong skills in drafting a broad range of documents of a legal nature, including briefing notes and reports on legal issues and submissions to courts and tribunals;
- Strong verbal communication skills, including a demonstrated ability to provide oral briefings on complex legal issues to legal and non-legal audiences;
- Good negotiation skills;
- Client orientation with constructive approach to resolution of problems and dedication to providing timely support;
- Ability to work efficiently and effectively under pressure;
- Strong interpersonal skills and personal maturity;
- Integrity and probity; ability to work with utmost discretion in handling sensitive and confidential matters;
- Sound judgment;
- Ability to multi-task, handling a complex workload involving concurrent deadlines;
- Familiarity with UN Women;
- Ability to incorporate gender perspectives and advocate for the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
Required Skills and Experience
- Juris Doctorate or Master's degree in law.
- At least 2 years of practical experience in the practice of international law in a UN organization or government.
- Fluency in English required;
- Knowledge of the other UN official working language is an asset.
- All applications must include (as an attachment) the completed UN Women Personal History form (P-11) which can be downloaded from http://www.unwomen.org/about-us/employment;
- Kindly note that the system will only allow one attachment. Applications without the completed UN Women P-11 form will be treated as incomplete and will not be considered for further assessment;
- UN Women will only be able to respond to those applications in which there is further interest.
In July 2010, the United Nations General Assembly created UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. The creation of UN Women came about as part of the UN reform agenda, bringing together resources and mandates for greater impact. It merges and builds on the important work of four previously distinct parts of the UN system (DAW, OSAGI, INSTRAW and UNIFEM), which focused exclusively on gender equality and women's empowerment.