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Legal Officer - P2

Geneva (Switzerland)

  • Organization: ILO - International Labour Organization
  • Location: Geneva (Switzerland)
  • Grade: P-2, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Junior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Legal - Broad
  • Closing Date: 2019-12-10

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Grade: P2  

Vacancy no.: DC/JUR/P/2019/01
Publication date: 13 November 2019

Application deadline: 10 December 2019 (midnight Geneva time)

Job ID: 2030 
Department: JUR 
Organization Unit: JUR 
Location: Geneva   
Contract type: Fixed Term 

Contract duration: One year 

Under article 4.2, paragraph (e) of the Staff Regulations, the filling of vacancies in technical cooperation projects does not fall under Annex I of the Staff Regulations and is made by direct selection by the Director-General.

In order to support the best informed process in the filling of the present vacancy by direct selection, the ILO invites interested candidates to submit their candidature online by the above date.

Technical cooperation appointments are not expected to lead to a career in the ILO and they do not carry any expectation of renewal or conversion to any other type of appointment in the Organization. A one-year fixed-term contract will be given.Extensions of technical cooperation contracts are subject to various elements including the following: availability of funds, continuing need of the functions and satisfactory conduct and performance.

The following are eligible to apply:

  • ILO Internal candidates in accordance with paragraphs 31 and 32 of Annex I of the Staff Regulations.
  • External candidates.

The Office of the Legal Adviser/Office of Legal Services (JUR) provides a wide range of legal services to the International Labour Organization (ILO) and its various organs (in particular the Office, the International Labour Conference and the Governing Body of the ILO).  The work is carried out by a small, dedicated team at ILO headquarters. The unit reports directly to the Director-General.  It is responsible for furthering and defending the legal interests of the Organization.

The ILO Declaration on Social Justice for a Fair Globalization adopted in 2008 (Declaration) and accompanying resolution of the International Labour Conference are a driving impetus in the increasing demand on JUR for legal services necessary to conclusion of development cooperation agreements and partnerships.  These arrangements are more numerous and complex in the course of implementation of the 2008 Declaration.  The very nature of the Declaration demands that the ILO assist its Members by “strengthening and streamlining its technical cooperation and expert advice, through country programmes and within the framework of the United Nations system”, by “providing assistance to Members who wish to promote strategic objectives jointly within the framework of bilateral or multilateral agreements” and by “developing new partnerships with non-state entities and economic actors.” 

The incumbent will report to the Legal Adviser.  This position will provide the Office of the Legal Adviser with the necessary capacity to provide legal support for the increasing development cooperation demand from headquarters and field units of the ILO and the ITCILO. The position will better enable JUR to respond in a sound and timely manner to the demands placed upon it.

Description of Duties

Under the direct supervision of the Principal Legal Officer, the Deputy Legal Adviser or the Legal Adviser, the incumbent shall:

1. Undertake preliminary legal analysis of proposals for development cooperation agreements and partnerships, transmitted mainly by PARDEV, including assessment of related documents, consultation with concerned parties, and prepare or revise the necessary transactional documents in order to recommend them for signature. Liaise as may be instructed with units concerned such as PARDEV, PROCUREMENT, FINANCE and ITCILO.

2. Support the Legal Adviser in reviewing legal issues and difficulties in the application of privileges and immunities of the ILO in countries of operation, in order to manage risk and promote cost-effectiveness in delivery of development cooperation projects. Liaise as may be instructed with field offices concerned.

3. Assist in providing advice on legal aspects of procurement related to development cooperation, and on legal issues arising in the course of implementation of development cooperation projects, including vendor eligibility, confidentiality, anti-fraud, international property rights, use of logo and other legally binding conditions placed on the administration of funds-in-trust.

4. Contribute to review and provide legal advice on individual contractual agreements and leases for development cooperation projects. Liaise as may be instructed with INTSERV.

5. Perform such other services as may be instructed by the Legal Adviser, including legal research, drafting of legal memorandums, participation in and servicing of any tripartite meetings on relevant issues.

Required qualifications

Advanced degree in law. Specialization or post-graduate degree in public international law would be an advantage.


Minimum of two years of national or international legal experience. Work experience in development cooperation would be an asset.


Excellent command of English or French and a good working knowledge of the other with demonstrated ability to draft succinctly and correctly in both languages. Knowledge of Spanish would be an advantage.


Ability to analyse defined aspects of legal issues, draft clearly and concisely, and take initiatives to keep up-to-date with new developments in the areas of law necessary to development cooperation transactions.  Excellent writing skills. Absolute discretion in dealing with confidential matters. Ability to use standard software, including Excel.  Flexibility and capacity to work in a team and organize legal documentation and administrative work.

Conditions of employment

  • Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to ILO Staff Regulations and other relevant internal rules. Any offer of employment with the ILO is conditional upon certification by the ILO Medical Adviser that the person concerned is medically fit to perform the specific inherent requirements of the position offered. In order to confirm an offer from the ILO the successful candidate will be required to undergo a medical examination.
  • Any extension of technical cooperation contracts are subject to various elements including the following: availability of funds, continuing need of the functions and satisfactory conduct and performance.

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Recruitment process

Please note that all candidates must complete an on-line application form. To apply, please visit ILO Jobs. The system provides instructions for online application procedures.

Applicants will be contacted directly if selected for a written test and/or an interview.

Depending on the location and availability of candidates, assessors and interview panel members, the ILO may use communication technologies such as Skype, Video or teleconference, e-mail, etc for the assessment and evaluation of candidates at the different stages of the recruitment process, including technical tests or interviews.

Fraud warning

The ILO does not charge any fee at any stage of the recruitment process whether at the application, interview, processing or training stage. Messages originating from a non ILO e-mail account - - should be disregarded. In addition, the ILO does not require or need to know any information relating to the bank account details of applicants.

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