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Legal Officer (Fundraising)

copenhagen (hq)

Before submitting an application, UNHCR staff members intending to apply to this Job Opening are requested to consult the Recruitment and Assignments Policy (RAP, UNHCR/HCP/2017/2 and the Recruitment and Assignments Administrative Instruction (RAAI), UNHCR/AI/2017/7 OF 15 August 2017.

Legal Officer (Fundraising)

ORGANIZATIONAL CONTEXT
The incumbent will contribute to Legal Affairs Service (LAS)¿s proactive support to UNHCR¿s engagement with the private sector, notably the UNHCR Private Sector Partnerships and Digital Fundraising operations, activities and organizational performance. In particular the incumbent will provide legal advice and guidance on the interpretation of UNHCR¿s financial rules and regulations, strengthening regulatory frameworks for fundraising operations, and review and drafting of funding, partnership and supply agreements pertinent to UNHCR¿s engagement with the private sector. He/she will work to advise colleagues located at headquarters and in field locations.

The incumbent will report to, and work in close consultation with, the Senior Legal Officer (LAS) and may supervise one or more interns and associate legal officers.

FUNCTIONAL STATEMENT
Accountability
- Quality legal support in the area of private sector fundraising is provided.
- UNHCR concludes and maintains appropriate legal arrangements for private sector funding mechanisms, which are drafted and negotiated in accordance with established legal policy, standards and procedures.

Responsibility
- Draft, review and provide legal advice on the conclusion, interpretation and legal implications of contracts and other agreements in the field of private sector fundraising and engaging with the private sector, in particular:
- Cooperation agreement with partners for the development and accomplishment of joint projects, including joint research, staff exchanges or loans, awareness-rising events
- Campaign-related marketing agreements
- Cash and in-kind contribution agreements
- Commercial contracts for the procurement of goods and services, including in the fields of digital marketing, private sector research analysis
- Assist in drafting templates, guidance notes and delivering training on the topics relevant to engagements with the private sector and fundraising.
- Provide legal advice on the permitted uses of UNHCR¿s name and emblems.
- Provide legal advice on internal governance processes for the acceptance of offers for joint projects or contributions from the private sector.
- Liaise with other UN agencies, as necessary on any relevant issues.
- On behalf of UNHCR, liaise, correspond and negotiate with relevant third parties on the legal aspects of the conclusion, interpretation or implementation of contracts and internal policies pertaining to private sector fundraising.
- Provide general legal advice to UNHCR¿s Center in Copenhagen and liaise with other LAS colleagues as necessary.
- Any other responsibilities/functions pertaining to private sector engagement and other such other activities necessary or delegated by the Supervisor or the Head of Legal Affairs Service.

Authority
- Participate in the application of legal policy and standards pertaining to the relevant areas of responsibility.
- In coordination with, and as delegated by, the Supervisor or the Head of Legal Affairs Service, represent LAS in meetings within UNHCR and represent UNHCR with external counterparts on the above issues.
- Draft and present legal aspects of commercial and other agreements pertaining to UNHCR¿s private sector engagement and fundraising operations within UNHCR and with third parties, in cooperation with Supervisor.

ESSENTIAL MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS AND PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE REQUIRED
- License/admission to practice law in a recognized jurisdiction.
- Undergraduate degree (equivalent of a BA/BS) in law, preferably with emphasis in the area of (international) commercial law plus minimum 6 years of experience in progressively responsible functions with significant exposure to contractual transactions with an international dimension, preferably acquired in a law firm or corporate legal department. Of 6 years, minimum of 2 years should be in the functional area that is directly relevant to the current position, namely contracting with the private sector. Graduate degree (equivalent of a Master¿s) plus 5 years or Doctorate degree (equivalent of a PhD) plus 4 years of previous relevant work experience may also be accepted.
- Knowledge of UN/UNHCR administrative procedures processes and/or working experience gained in an intergovernmental organization.
- Excellent knowledge of English.

DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS & COMPETENCIES
- Prior experience of the UN system (legal status and structure).
- Fluency in French or Spanish is highly desirable. C001L3 - Accountability Level 3
C002L3 - Teamwork & Collaboration Level 3
C003L3 - Communication Level 3
C004L3 - Commitment to Continuous Learning Level 3
C005L3 - Client & Result Orientation Level 3
C006L3 - Organizational Awareness Level 3
M003L3 - Judgement and Decision Making Level 3
M004L3 - Strategic Planning and Vision Level 3
M006L3 - Managing Resources Level 3
X001L3 - Analytical Thinking Level 3
X004L3 - Negotiation and Conflict Resolution Level 3
X005L3 - Planning and Organizing Level 3 <p>The UNHCR workforce consists of many diverse nationalities, cultures, languages and opinions. UNHCR seeks to sustain and strengthen this diversity to ensure equal opportunities as well as an inclusive working environment for its entire workforce. Applications are encouraged from all qualified candidates without distinction on grounds of race, colour, sex, national origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation and gender identity.</p>
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For those people applying for High Risk Duty Stations, we strongly encourage colleagues to read the country specific security and welfare profiles which can be found on the Intranet under Support Services - Duty of Care (https://intranet.unhcr.org/en/support-services/duty-of-care.html). These profiles have been specifically designed to answer some of the key questions (on security conditions, medical provisions, staff welfare, living and working conditions) potential applicants might have before deciding to apply. Ensuring staff are better informed is part of the increased attention UNHCR is paying to Duty of Care. This project is still in the pilot phase, and as such some of the information leaflets are being produced as we speak and might not be available yet. They will be soon, so keep checking. 

The incumbent will need to handle a heavy workload to assist colleagues principally based at UNHCR's office in Copenhagen, with a focus on private sector engagement and fundraising matters. Whilst legal policy decisions are taken at HQ level, the incumbent will need to ensure consistent application of such policy decisions. Therefore, the incumbent will need to be well integrated into LAS' team and keep abreast of developments in policies, practices and strategies at HQ in order to ensure consistency in legal advice delivered by LAS. For this purpose, the incumbent will need to work in close coordination with, and under close supervision of, LAS. The incumbent should have existing solid foundations in the areas of private sector engagement and fundraising through prior experience, preferably in the private sector. A written test may be required. The Legal Affairs Service (LAS) is a centralized service which advises headquarter (HQ) and field operations on all aspect of non-refugee law related legal issues. The Legal Affairs Officer based in Copenhagen advises several of UNHCR's global Headquarter's functions which are hosted in UN City in Copenhagen. Notably, UNHCR's Private Sector Partnerships Service, which is leading UNHCR's growing global collaboration with the private sector and our engagement with the public, is based in UN City in Copenhagen. Other critical services located in UN City include Global Digital Engagement and Strategic Communications focusing on digital communication and on brand management, communications monitoring, analysis and reporting. The Field Information Coordination Support Section and the Education Unit are also based in UN City and support operational data management systems necessary for the planning, management and delivery of UNHCR's programmes and support country operations by providing tools and directions to increase access to education for refugees. The Legal Affairs Service (LAS) is a team of eleven lawyers located at HQ in Geneva, one lawyer at UNHCR's Global Service Centre in Budapest, two lawyers at UNHCR's Regional Office in Bangkok and three lawyers at UNHCR's Regional Service Centre in Nairobi. The UN City is located at one of Copenhagen's newest harbor side developments, and is just a 30 minute walk from the city centre. We are also close to Copenhagen's ferry terminal and only minutes away from the Copenhagen's main public transport system; with bus 26 located approximately 10 minutes away from the office and Nordhavn train station located approximately 800m from the office. Our address is, Marmorvej 51, 2100 Copenhagen Ø. Copenhagen is classified as a Category H duty station with all amenities and excellent infrastructure. None. None.

Please note that the closing date for all vacancies in the Add.4 to March 2018 Compendium is Wednesday 5 Septembe 2018 (midnight Geneva time).

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: UNHCR - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
  • Location: copenhagen (hq)
  • Grade: P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • External Relations, Partnerships and Resource mobilization
    • Legal - Broad
  • Closing Date: 2018-09-05

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