UN Women: Legal Analyst

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Application Deadline :07-Jan-15 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :TA International
Post Level :P-2
Languages Required :
Expected Duration of Assignment :364 days


UN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of sustainable development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security. Placing women's rights at the center of all its efforts, UN Women leads and coordinates United Nations system efforts to ensure that commitments on gender equality and gender mainstreaming translate into action throughout the world. It provides strong and coherent leadership in support of Member States' priorities and efforts, building effective partnerships with civil society and other relevant actors.

Under the overall supervision of Legal Adviser the Legal Analyst will provide legal advice to UN Women management, HQ units, regional, sub-regional and country offices, as required.


Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assist the Legal Adviser in providing legal advice, assistance and support concerning UN Women’s resource mobilization activities, including the preparation, review and negotiation of UN Women donor and partner agreements, and the preparation of standard forms of contracts for use by UN Women;
  • Assist the Legal Adviser in providing legal advice to UN Women senior management, headquarters units, country offices, on the application of the Staff Regulations, Rules and procedures governing the internal justice system and other relevant aspects of human resources management, including disciplinary matters, rights and obligations of staff, legal status of staff and their dependents, financial recovery, taxation and insurance issues;
  • Assist the Legal Adviser in preparing written responses and other submissions as required on behalf of the Executive Director in response to applications and other submissions filed before the United Nations Dispute Tribunal (UNDT). Assist in representing the Administration before the UNDT, including but not limited to, in direction hearings and hearings on the merits.  Generally assist in attending to all stages of proceedings before the UNDT, including the conduct of settlement negotiations and/or mediation proceedings where required. Liaise with UN/OLA regarding UNDT cases involving UN Women, UN/OLA’s representation of the Secretary-General before the United Nations Appeals Tribunal (UNAT), in cases involving UN Women, and other administration of justice related issues;
  • Assist the Legal Adviser in providig legal advice in relation to internal and external investigations into the use of UN Women financial and human resources.  Assist in advising on and pursuing recovery for losses to UN Women.  Liaise with UN/OLA with respect to cases involving possible criminal conduct by UN Women officials, experts on mission, or other third parties, for possible referrals to the national authorities of the appropriate Member States, and with respect to investigations and proceedings relating to UN Women, as conducted by Member States;
  • Assist the Legal Adviser in providing legal advice, assistance and support concerning UN Women’s procurement activities and contracting requirements, including the preparation, review and negotiation of commercial agreements and contracts for UN Women, and the preparation of standard forms of contracts for use by UN Women;
  • Assist in reviewing, negotiating and settling claims and disputes arising from agreements, contracts and other arrangements, including commercial claims and disputes involving the Organization;
  • Assist in the drafting and interpretation of policies and procedures governing the operations of UN Women;
  • Based on experience gained from addressing issues related to any of the legal functions, identify and advise on areas where systemic or policy changes may be warranted in order to strengthen UN Women’s accountability and/or allow operational units to carry out their functions more effectively and efficiently, including continual review and updating of standard agreements, texts, policies and procedures, in consultation with the concerned substantive units;
  • Assist the Legal Adviser in providing legal advice, in consultation with the United Nations Office of Legal Affairs (UN/OLA) on issues of privileges and immunities, to ensure respect for the privileges and immunities of UN Women, its officials and experts on mission;
  • Assist the Legal Adviser in negotiating and establishing, in consultation with UN/OLA, host country, conference and other agreements, constitutive instruments and other legal texts and instruments required for the conduct of operational activities carried out by UN Women in the various Member States;
  • Enhance knowledge within UN Women about legal matters through participating in and preparing training programmes;
  • Develop and maintain the Legal Support intranet site.


Core values and Guiding principles


  • Demonstrate consistency in upholding and promoting the values of UN Women in actions and decisions, in line with the UN Code of Conduct.


  • Demonstrate professional competence and expert knowledge of the pertinent substantive areas of work.

Cultural sensitivity and valuing diversity:

  • Demonstrate an appreciation of the multicultural nature of the organization and the diversity of its staff;
  • Demonstrate an international outlook, appreciating difference in values and learning from cultural diversity.

Core Competencies

Ethics and Values:

  • Demonstrate and safeguard ethics and integrity.

Organizational Awareness:

  • Demonstrate corporate knowledge and sound judgment.

Development and Innovation:

  • Take charge of self-development and take initiative.

Work in teams:

  • Demonstrate ability to work in a multicultural, multi ethnic environment and to maintain effective working relations with people of different national and cultural backgrounds.

Communicating and Information Sharing:

  • Facilitate and encourage open communication and strive for effective communication.

Self-management and Emotional Intelligence:

  • Stay composed and positive even in difficult moments, handle tense situations with diplomacy and tact, and have a consistent behavior towards others.

Conflict Management:

  • Surface conflicts and address them proactively acknowledging different feelings and views and directing energy towards a mutually acceptable solution.

Continuous Learning and Knowledge Sharing:

  • Encourage learning and sharing of knowledge.

Appropriate and Transparent Decision Making: 

  • Demonstrate informed and transparent decision making.

Functional Competencies

  • Ability to work efficiently and effectively under pressure;
  • Excellent skills in drafting under pressure a broad range of documents of a legal nature, including briefing notes and reports on legal issues and submissions to courts and tribunals;
  • Excellent verbal communication skills, including a demonstrated ability to provide oral briefings on complex legal issues to legal and non-legal audiences;
  • Sound negotiation skills;
  • Client orientation with constructive approach to resolution of problems and dedication to providing timely support;
  • Demonstrated consciousness and efficiency in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and personal maturity: sense of initiative;
  • Integrity and probity; ability to work with utmost discretion in handling sensitive and confidential matters;
  • Sound judgment;
  • Ability to multi-task, handling a complex workload involving concurrent deadlines;
  • Demonstrated ability to work as part of a team;
  • Understanding of UN Women’s goals and programmes;
  • Fully proficient computer skills and ability to use relevant software applications, in particular information databases, internet/intranet services, library sources, etc.;
  • Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Juris Doctorate or Masters degree in law.


  • At least two years practical experience in the practice of law with a law firm, a government and/or an international organization’s legal office;
  • Proficiency in MS Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint and electronic media applications.


  • Fluency in English required.


  • All applications must include (as an attachment) the completed UN Women Personal History form (P-11) which can be downloaded from http://www.unwomen.org/about-us/employment Kindly note that the system will only allow one attachment. Applications without the completed UN Women P-11 form will be treated as incomplete and will not be considered for further assessment.
  • Previous applicants will be reconsidered and do not have to resubmit new application.


In July 2010, the United Nations General Assembly created UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. The creation of UN Women came about as part of the UN reform agenda, bringing together resources and mandates for greater impact. It merges and builds on the important work of four previously distinct parts of the UN system (DAW, OSAGI, INSTRAW and UNIFEM), which focused exclusively on gender equality and women's empowerment.

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