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Legal Officer, P4 Duties: Serves as a lead officer in conducting procedural reviews of appeal cases, preliminary reviews of PaR requests and drafts prima facie case findings; advises clients of the PaR policy and internal grievance mechanisms; independently handles a wide range of multi-discipline and complex PaR legal matters, involving issues of public, private, and administrative law, to include interpretation and application of instruments in that area of concentration (both substantive and procedural). Advises and engages with internal justice system bodies including the tribunals, on retaliation cases, participates in negotiations and settlement of claims, to include establishing strategy and approach; deciding on the recommendations on the merit of claims and in connection with the reviewability of administrative decisions taken upon a recommendation of the Ethics Office. Reviews retaliation investigations to determine if retaliation occurred as alleged, applying the legal standard of â€œclear and convincing evidenceâ€ required by the PaR policy; advises on and drafts complex agreements and other legal documents; develops new modalities to meet unique needs/circumstances. Performs extensive legal research and analysis and prepares determinations, briefs, and correspondence, in particular to remediate situations where retaliation has occurred, and effectuate the consultation/resolution process; provides legal advice to the unit/division. As needed, services conferences, task forces, expert groups and other bodies, and, in particular as it relates to reviews of PaR determinations; participates in the preparation of background materials, and summaries of issues and reviews. Employs creative solutions to prevent retaliation and reduce instances of formal complaints. Provides timely and confidential legal advice and guidance on diverse and substantive questions of considerable complexity, including monitoring trends and conducting analysis into root causes of legal dilemmas for staff. Conducts extensive complex, organizational, managerial and legal research and analysis. Provides legal advice on the interpretation and application of staff regulations and rules, including the review of administrative decisions. Participates in negotiations and discussions in advising on legal terms and conditions of the recommendations of the Director in PaR cases where retaliation is established. Consults and liaises with the Administrative Law Section (ALS) in the Office of Human Resources Management (OHRM), Office of Legal Affairs (OLA), Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS), among others, to update and interpret legislative and governance framework of the Ethics Office. Provides assistance in developing coherence within the system, taking as applicable, the leading role in working towards common frameworks and policies within the UN ethics and legal communities and networks with regard to whistleblower protections and PaR policy development. Performs other tasks as directed by the First and/or Second Reporting Officer. Contributes to review and design of applications of, legal instruments, policy, guidelines, outreach materials, etc., especially in relation to the PaR programme. Serves on boards, committees, ad hoc working groups and task forces; promotes the work of the Ethics Office and represents the Office at meetings, conferences, seminars, to help ensure engagement with all stakeholders. Coordinates with colleagues inside and outside of own team in dealing with significant problems as required, and/or mentors and supervises the work of junior officers on specific projects as required.
Qualification and Experience
Qualifications: Advanced university degree (Masterâ€™s degree or equivalent degree) in international or administrative law, or related area. A first level university degree in combination with 2 additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. 7+ years of progressively responsible experience in organizational ethics, law, including legal analysis, research and writing, or related area is required. Experience in implementing whistle-blower protection in an international organization is desirable. English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of French is desirable. Knowledge of another official UN language is desirable.
Deadline: 23 March 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Legal Affairs-ETHICS OFF-91615-R-New York (R)
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