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Legal Officer, P4 (Temporary Job Opening)

New York, NY
Full TimeTemporary
08-09-2020
Job #: 20-Legal Affairs-CTED-139553-J-New York (X) Exp.: 7+ Years
Description:
Org. Setting and Reporting
This temporary position is located in the Assessment & Technical Assistance Office, Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED). It is available for an initial period of four (4) months, with the possibility of an extension. The incumbent reports to the Chief of Branch.

Responsibilities
  • Serves as a lead officer in analysing the status of implementation by Member States of UN Security Council resolutions 1373 (2001), concerning the global fight against terrorism one or more areas of concentration, and ,independently handles a wide range of multi-discipline and complex legal matters involving issues of international, public, private and administrative, criminal and counter-terrorism law, to include interpretation and application of international legal instruments in that area of concentration, or, for Tribunals, criminal law (both substantive and procedural)counter-terrorism.
  • Provides legal advice on diverse substantive and procedural questions of considerable complexity, which may include those related to criminal investigations and prosecutions, etc.
  • Performs extensive legal research and analysis and identification of trends regarding terrorists exploitation of the internet and cyber technologies, risk assessments, threat landscape and evaluation of capacities in selected countries/regions regarding Open Source Intelligence, social media investigations and evidence collection best practices; prepares legal opinions, studies, briefs, reports, and correspondence.
  • Services diplomatic conferences, commissions, committees, task forces, expert groups and other bodies, including preparation of background materials, summaries of issues and views of delegations, meeting reports, etc.
  • Serves on various standing boards, committees, ad hoc working groups and task forces, as required; promotes the work of the United Nations and represents the organization at meetings, conferences, seminars, etc.
  • Coordinate and direct teams of other legal officers dealing with different aspects of CTED mandate as required, and/or mentors and supervises the work of junior officers on specific projects.
  • Contributes to review and design of new, or new applications of, legal instruments, policy, guidelines, etc.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Competencies
  • Professionalism: Knowledge of international counter-terrorism instruments, including criminal and counter-terrorism law. Ability to apply expertise to analyzing a diverse range of complex and unusual legal and political issues and problems and in developing innovative and creative solutions in dealing with complex counter-terrorism problems. Strong analytical skills and ability to conduct comprehensive legal and political research on a range of issues, including those of a unique and/or complex nature; proficiency in writing and expression and ability to prepare briefs, opinions, and a variety of documents. Discretion and sound judgment. Strong negotiating skills and ability to influence others to reach agreement. Ability to work to tight deadlines and handle multiple concurrent projects/cases. Knowledge of contemporary international relations and of UN system, organization and interrelationships. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
  • Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
  • Planning& Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.

Education
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law, security, political science or other related field. A first level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience
  • A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in law, national security, law enforcement, criminal justice, conflict resolution, research and analysis or related area is required
  • Experience related to counter-terrorism, open source intelligence, social media investigations and evidence collection best practices is desirable.

Languages
English and French are the working languages of the UN Secretariat. For the position advertised fluency in English (both oral and written) is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.

Assessment
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

Special Notice
  • This position is temporarily available for an initial period of four months, with the possibility of an extension.. If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.
  • While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post.
  • Subject to the funding source of the position, the eligibility for this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.
  • This temporary job opening may be limited to “internal candidates,” who have been recruited through a competitive examination administered according to staff rule 4.16 or staff selection process including the review of a central review body established according to staff rule 4.15.
  • Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply.Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.
  • Retirees above the mandatory age of separation who wish to be considered for the current temporary job opening must indicate the reason for their last separation as "retirement." Such retirees shall not be employed by the Organization, unless (a) the operational requirements of the Organization cannot be met by staff members who are qualified and available to perform the required functions; and (b) the proposed employment would not adversely affect the career development or redeployment opportunities of other staff members and represents both a cost-effective and operationally sound solution to meet the needs of the service.

United Nations Considerations
  • According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.
  • Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.
  • Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.
  • The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.
  • Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

No Fee

THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS.


Closing Date: 15th August, 2020






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