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Associate Legal Officer (AoJ)

bangkok (glob.prog.)

  • Organization: UNHCR - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
  • Location: bangkok (glob.prog.)
  • Grade: P-2, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Junior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Legal - Broad
  • Closing Date: 2020-12-07

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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.

Associate Legal Officer (AoJ)


The position of Associate Legal Officer (Administration of Justice) is located in the Legal Affairs Service (LAS), Regional Bureau for the Asia and the Pacific in Bangkok. While the post is administered by the Regional Bureau , the incumbent reports to the Senior Legal Officer (AoJ) in Bangkok (P-4), who in turn reports to the Senior Legal Officer (P-5) in Headquarters. The Associate Legal Officer will assist the Senior Legal Officer with the following duties:
- Conducting legal research.
- Drafting legal proceedings such as briefs and motions.
- Preparing examinations and cross-examinations of witnesses.
- Preparing legal analyses with regard to management evaluation requests.
- Drafting legal opinions, recommendations and other documents relating to disciplinary cases.
- Reviewing and providing comments on draft policies.
- Negotiating settlements and mediating on behalf of UNHCR.

Effective interaction with colleagues and concerned parties internally and externally is of paramount importance.


- LAS is provided with high quality legal research, analysis and presentation of key information to facilitate decision-making.
- Appropriate policies, guidelines, procedures and processes are consistently applied.

- Conduct legal research on a diverse range of assigned issues in international law and other areas of specialization such as international public service law using multiple research sources.
- Select relevant material, analyze information and present findings for internal review.
- Assist Senior Legal Officer in the review of legal documents, instruments, or other material.
- Identify important issues, similarities and inconsistencies, etc.
- Assist in the preparation of drafts of background papers, legal opinions, recommendations, reports, etc.
- Assess the relevance or admissibility of evidence gathered by investigators.
- Assist in representing the Organization before arbitral and administrative tribunals.
- Assist in providing legal advice on human resources matters.
- Assist in reviewing administrative decisions.
- Perform other related duties as assigned.

- In close consultation with the Senior Legal Officer, draft legal opinions, recommendations and reports.
- Provide legal advice on human resources matters.

- University degree in Law, preferably with focus in International Law.
- A minimum of 4 years (2 years with advanced university degree) of progressively responsible experience in law, including legal analysis, research and writing.
- Membership in a Bar or qualification to practice law in at least one jurisdiction.
- Fluency in English (both oral and written).

- Knowledge of French and Spanish is strongly desirable.
- Thorough understanding of the UN system. 
- Strong analytical skills and ability to conduct legal research on a range of complex and intricate issues.
- Excellent skills in drafting a broad range of documents of a legal nature, including legal opinions, pleadings, contracts and briefing notes.
- Demonstrated ability to provide oral briefings on complex legal issues to legal and non-legal audiences. C001L2 - Accountability Level 2
C002L2 - Teamwork & Collaboration Level 2
C003L2 - Communication Level 2
C004L2 - Commitment to Continuous Learning Level 2
C005L2 - Client & Result Orientation Level 2
C006L2 - Organizational Awareness Level 2
X001L2 - Analytical Thinking Level 2
X004L2 - Negotiation and Conflict Resolution Level 2
X005L2 - Planning and Organizing Level 2

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.

Please note that UNHCR does not charge a fee at any stage of its recruitment process (application, interview, meeting, travelling, processing, training or any other fees).

Please note that the closing date for vacancies in this addendum is Monday 7 December 2020 (midnight Geneva time).

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.

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