Director of Legal Affairs, D2, Jerusalem

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Posting Title : Director Of Legal Affairs, D2
Job Code Title : Director Of Legal Affairs
Department/ Office : UNRWA - Legal Affairs
Location : JERUSALEM
Posting Period : 18 February 2021-17 March 2021
Job Opening number : 21-ADM-UNRWA - Legal Affairs-150107-D-JERUSALEM
Staffing Exercise : N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
Org .Setting And Reporting
The Director of Legal Affairs reports to the Chief of Staff (D-2).
The Director of Legal Affairs provides leadership in managing all aspects of UNRWA's legal
issues and serves as an authoritative advisor on all such matters to the Executive Office. This
post develops, promotes and implements a coherent Agency-wide legal strategy and policies.
In particular, the post ensures the integration of the legal function in all aspects of the Agency'
s strategic, policy, programmatic and protection activities and ensures the consistent
interpretation and application of the Agency's regulatory framework and international law
throughout the Agency. The post also leads the programme of work and management of the
Legal Affairs Department and provides strategic and technical leadership for the Agency's
lawyers, with a view to ensuring legally sound, timely, easily applied, politically sensitive and
consistent advice.

  • Leads and oversees the development and implementation of a coherent Agency-wide legal
    strategy and policies; in particular, ensures the integration of the legal function in all aspects
    of the Agency's strategic, policy, programmatic and protection activities; analyzes legal risks
    facing the Agency and proposes measures to minimize them; ensures the consistent
    interpretation and application of the Agency's regulatory framework and international law
    throughout the Agency;
  • Directs the programme of work and management of the human and financial resources of the
    Department of Legal Affairs and provides strategic and technical leadership to the Agency's
    lawyers, with a view to ensuring legally sound, timely, easily applied, politically sensitive and
    consistent advice;
  • Leads and oversees the provision of legal input into the development and implementation of
    Agency strategy and policy relating to all areas of UNRWA operations, including through
    direct advice to the Executive Office; establishes and maintains relations with representatives
    of host and other governments, the UN Office of Legal Affairs, UNHCR, OHCHR, OCHA,
    UNSCO and other entities with respect to issues of legal concern; provides strategic, technical
    and legal advice in support of the Agency's protection function;
  • Advises on the interpretation, application and enforcement of the Agency's regulatory
    framework, including General Assembly resolutions, Staff and Financial Regulations, Rules
    and associated administrative issuances, Organizational Directives, Technical Instructions and
  • Provides advice and training on relevant public international law, including UN law, and
    international human rights, humanitarian and refugee law;
  • Provides and oversees the provision of legal advice, training, outreach and assistance on
    matters relating to administrative and employment law issues; in particular, advises on
    investigations and disciplinary matters, provides strategic leadership for the Agency's
    submissions to the UNRWA Dispute Tribunal and UN Appeals Tribunal, and appears before
    the Tribunals as required;
  • Directs the review and reform of drafts, templates and general conditions for all types of
    Agency contractual modalities, including contracts for procurement of goods and/or services,
    memoranda of understanding with partners and funding agreements;
  • As a member of the Agency's Senior Management team, the incumbent may have specific
    responsibilities related to internal governance structures, as established by the Executive
    UN Core Values of Professionalism, Integrity and Respect for Diversity and Core
    Competencies of Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results apply by
    default. Default managerial competencies may apply.
  • Leading and Supervising
  • Planning and Organizing
  • Applying Technical Expertise
  • Formulating Strategies and Concepts
  • Creating and Innovating
  • Analyzing
  • Deciding and Initiating Action
  • Relating and Networking
  • Advanced university degree (Master's or equivalent) from an accredited educational
    institution in law, with specialization in international law, preferably also with some
    specialization in contract law, commercial law, administrative law or employment law.
    Work Experience
    At least fifteen years of progressively responsible and relevant experience as a lawyer in the
    United Nations, other international organization, government service, the commercial/private
    sector or NGO, including a period of experience in public international law?
    At least seven years of relevant professional experience at a senior international level.
    A minimum of 2 continuous years of relevant international experience outside UNRWA, and
    outside the country(s) of which the candidate is a national or holds citizenship, a passport or a
    national identity number.
    Admission to practice law in a recognized jurisdiction. (Desirable)
    Familiarity with UN Common System and practices. (Desirable)
    Knowledge of the history and contemporary problems of the Middle East. (Desirable)
    Excellent command of written and spoken English.
    Working knowledge of written and spoken Arabic. (Desirable)
    Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be
    followed by competency-based interview.
    Special Notice
  • The incumbent is required to travel frequently, particularly in the Agency's area of
  • Contract Duration: 2 years, with the possibility of further extension
    UNRWA is funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions from UN member states,
    regional bodies, business foundations and individual contributions. The mission of UNRWA
    is to help Palestine refugees achieve their full potential in human development under the
    difficult circumstances in which they live.
    For more details on UNRWA, please visit: https://www.unrwa.org/
    United Nations Considerations
    Staff members are subject to the authority of the Commissioner-General of UNRWA and to
    assignment by him or her.
    UNRWA is committed to achieving gender parity at all levels of staffing under the current
    UN-wide gender agenda and strongly encourages applications from qualified applicants from
    under-represented groups.
    At UNRWA, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the
    necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due
    regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of
    qualifications and organizational needs. UNRWA is committed to creating a diverse and
    inclusive environment of mutual respect. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with
    disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when
    requested and indicated in the application.
    UNRWA Considerations
    UNRWA staff are expected to uphold the highest standards of efficiency, competence,
    neutrality, impartiality and integrity. This includes respect for and commitment to human
    rights, diversity and non-violent means of dealing with all kinds of conflict. Only persons who
    fully and unconditionally commit to these values should consider applying for UNRWA jobs.
    Candidates will not be considered for employment with UNRWA 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. Candidates who
    have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for
    employment. The Agency may disqualify applicants who have separated for reason of
    misconduct, who left a UN Agency while misconduct processes were pending, or who appear
    on the UN Sanctions List.
    UNRWA is a non-smoking work 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.

How to apply

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Link to TJO is: https://careers.un.org/lbw/jobdetail.aspx?id=150107