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Legal Analyst
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
IPSA-9 Consultancy Internationallly Recruited
Job Expired 25 Nov 2022
Posted 2 weeks ago
Job Description

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.


The following documents shall be required from the applicants:

  1. Personal CV or P11, indicating all past positions held and their main underlying functions, their durations (month/year), the qualifications, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the Candidate, and at least three (3) the most recent professional references of previous supervisors. References may also include peers.
  2. A cover letter (maximum length: 1 page) indicating why the candidate considers him-/herself to be suitable for the position.
  3. Managers may ask (ad hoc) for any other materials relevant to pre-assessing the relevance of their experience, such as reports, presentations, publications, campaigns or other materials

Office/Unit/Project Description:

The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme contributes to peace and development through volunteerism worldwide. UNV works with partners to integrate qualified, highly motivated, and well supported UN Volunteers into development programming and promote the value and global recognition of volunteerism. UNV is represented worldwide. UNV is administered by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

The Office of Legal Services (OLS) is part of the UNDP Bureau for Management Services (BMS). The BMS/OLS ensures that UNDP and UNV perform their mandates on a firm legal basis in accordance with the principles of the UN Charter, the regulations approved by the Executive Board and the rules and policies promulgated by or under the authority of the Administrator. The BMS/OLS also enables effective programme delivery by helping provide integrated management solutions for UNDP offices, including identifying legal risks and suggesting measures for their mitigation. In addition, the BMS/OLS protects the legal interests of UNDP and UNV by defending them in legal actions. UNDP’s Chief Legal Officer is the Director of the BMS/OLS, which is comprised of two Practice areas, the Administrative Law Practice, and the Corporate and Institutional Law Practice.

Under the overall supervision of the Senior Legal Advisors, Administrative Law and Corporate and Institutional Law, the UNV Legal Specialist, located at UNV Bonn, supports BMS/OLS in providing legal advice and support to UNV on a broad range of issues related to regulations and policies applicable to UN Volunteers and corporate and institutional legal matters. Under the overall supervision of the Head of the Administrative Law Practice and reporting to the UNV Legal Specialist, the IPSA Legal Analyst will provide support to ongoing review of Administrative Law matters including advising senior management in UNV HQ, Regional Offices and field units on legal issues of the status and conduct, the formulation of policies and procedures, and the resolution of claims, with respect UN Volunteers.

Institutional Arrangement:

The IPSA Legal Analyst will work under the direct supervision of the UNV Legal Specialist and may work with other lawyers in the Administrative Law Practice Group or BMS/OLS as required.

Duties and Responsibilities
  • Assist in the review of investigation reports and coordinating with the UNV Advisory Panel on Disciplinary Measures Committee (APDMC) concerning disciplinary cases;
  • Assist in the review of and preparation of responses to appeals to the UNV Executive Coordinator and Requests for Administrative Review submitted by UN Volunteers;
  • Assist in the provision of legal advice on the application, interpretation, and revision of the UNV Conditions of Service and other relevant policies;
  • Assist in the provision of advice on queries concerning a range of personnel matters concerning the status, benefits and entitlements of UN Volunteers.
  • Assist in the handling of formal appeals of staff members and cases concerning allegations of misconduct against staff, including litigation before the UN Tribunals
  • Perform other related functions as requested by the UNV Legal Specialist.



Achieve Results:

LEVEL 1: Plans and monitors own work, pays attention to details, delivers quality work by deadline

Think Innovatively:

LEVEL 1: Open to creative ideas/known risks, is pragmatic problem solver, makes improvements

Learn Continuously:

LEVEL 1: Open minded and curious, shares knowledge, learns from mistakes, asks for feedback

Adapt with Agility:

LEVEL 1: Adapts to change, constructively handles ambiguity/uncertainty, is flexible

Act with Determination:

LEVEL 1: Shows drive and motivation, able to deliver calmly in face of adversity, confident

Engage and Partner:

LEVEL 1: Demonstrates compassion/understanding towards others, forms positive relationships

Enable Diversity and Inclusion:

LEVEL 1: Appreciate/respect differences, aware of unconscious bias, confront discrimination

Cross-Functional & Technical competencies:

Thematic Area



Business development

Knowledge Generation

Ability to research and turn information into useful knowledge, relevant for context, or responsive to a stated need

Business management

Digital Awareness and Literacy

Ability and inclination to rapidly adopt new technologies, either through skillfully grasping their usage or through understanding their impact and empowering others to use them as needed


Legal analysis skills

The ability to digest a large amount of information and facts in order to frame and understand an issue, apply the legal framework to the particular set of facts and present a coherent and comprehensive analysis of the situation presented in order to deliver practical and meaningful advice. This skill includes the ability to provide an objective assessment of the case, the organization's best arguments for proceeding and a recommended course of action. It also includes the capacity to think creatively and flexibly, within the applicable legal framework


Legal writing skills

The ability to analyse fact patterns and present argumentation in written form. This includes the ability to draft memoranda, legal briefs and other submissions to external parties, in both an advocacy and objective format, and legal opinions. It also includes the ability to convey legal analysis and recommendations to internal parties in written form, with a particular view towards communicating for the particular audience who may not be a lawyer or have legal background


Legal research

The ability to identify and retrieve information to support legal positions and corporate decision making from all relevant sources. In the UNV context, this skill includes, amongst other things, proactive seeking of information in anticipation of the different angles that any given issue may present

Required Skills and Experience

Minimum Qualifications of the Successful IPSA:

Min. Academic Education

Master’s degree in law, LL.M. or equivalent;

Min. years of relevant Work experience

Minimum of 2 years’ work experience in the practice of Public International Law with a law firm, a government and/or an international organization’s legal office

Additional skills and competencies

  • Knowledge of applicable legal framework and understanding of the legal norms as applied to the United Nations in general desirable.
  • Experience with the United Nations system legal framework, experience working with personnel/Administrative Law issues of United Nations Organization desirable.
  • Familiarity with handling cases involving allegations of misconduct and appeals against administrative decisions highly desirable.

Required Language(s) (at working level)

  • Fluency in English
  • Fluency in French and/or Spanish is desirable
  • Working knowledge of another United Nations official language is desirable.

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