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Org. Setting and Reporting This post is located in the Geneva Branch of the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA).

The incumbent reports to the Chief of the Implementation Support Unit (ISU) of the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC). The incumbent will work on a four-year project administered by the Geneva Branch of the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs, located in Geneva.

Along with one P3 Political Affairs Officer and one P3 Legal Officer (Project Officers) as well as a G4 Administrative Assistant based in Geneva, and in close cooperation with the BWC ISU, the Legal Officer (Project Coordinator) will take the lead in the implementation of a multi-year project that aims at supporting universalization and effective implementation of the BWC in Africa. All activities of the Legal Officer will be coordinated with the BWC ISU and the EU Council Decision project staff based in Geneva.

The BWC ISU forms the core of the secretariat of BWC meetings; maintains and develops the Convention's website; receives and distributes information submitted annually by States parties under the system of Confidence-Building Measures (CBMs); collates details of national measures to implement all aspects of the BWC; acts as a clearing house for assistance; interacts with relevant international organizations, scientific and academic institutions, and non-governmental organizations; and attends relevant meetings and events.

The ISU also assists the Chairperson of BWC meetings in promoting universalization of the BWC, conducting outreach, maintaining details of progress towards universality and reporting on progress to States parties. For more information, please refer to https://www.un.org/disarmament/biological-weapons.

Responsibilities Under the direct supervision of the Chief of the ISU and within the limits of delegated authority, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties: - Serves as a lead officer in the overall project planning, coordination and implementation, and independently handles a wide range of multi-discipline and complex legal matters involving issues of treaty law and national implementation, to include identification of best practices, challenges and policy options for States to adopt and implement national legislation in compliance with their obligations under the Biological Weapons Convention. - Provides legal advice to States in relation to the full and effective implementation of the Biological Weapons Convention. - Performs extensive legal research and analysis and prepares legal briefs, reports, and correspondence in relation to the project. - Advises on and facilitates the delivery of legislative assistance and provides specialized recommendations to States. - Reviews, advises on and assesses draft BWC national implementing legislation. - Serves on various ad hoc working groups in relation to the project as required; promotes the work of the United Nations and represents the organization at meetings, conferences, seminars, etc. - Coordinates and directs the other project team members and oversees the implementation of the entire project. - Takes the lead in the preparation of project reports and other formal communication and presents about the project implementation to donors and other relevant stakeholders. - Contributes to review and design of guidelines and reference material on BWC national implementing legislation. - Performs other duties as assigned.

Competencies Professionalism: Knowledge of international legal procedures and instruments, both substantive and procedural. Excellent knowledge of national implementing legislation aspects in relation to multilateral arms control regimes. Ability to apply legal expertise to analyzing a diverse range of complex and unusual legal issues and problems and in developing innovative and creative solutions in dealing with complex national implementing legislation issues. Strong analytical skills and ability to conduct comprehensive legal research on a range of issues, including those of a unique and/or complex nature; proficiency in legal writing and expression and ability to prepare legal briefs and other documents. Discretion and sound judgment in applying legal expertise to sensitive, complex legal issues. Ability to work to tight deadlines and handle multiple project issues. 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.

Planning and 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.

Client orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view. Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect. Identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions. Monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems. Keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects. Meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.

Leadership: Serves as a role model that other people want to follow. Empowers others to translate vision into results. Is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives. Establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support. Anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions. Drives for change and improvement; does not accept the status quo. Shows the courage to take unpopular stands. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.

Education Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent degree) in law is required. A first-level university degree in law in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible professional experience in law, including legal analysis, research and writing, is required.

Experience in professional legislative drafting and assistance and in advising Governments on questions of national implementing legislation in the field of multilateral arms control and disarmament is desirable.

Experience in working on Biological Weapons Convention related issues is desirable.

Previous working experience in Africa is desirable.

Experience in programme/project management and budgetary processes is desirable.

Languages English and French are the working languages of the UN Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English and knowledge of French is required.

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

Special Notice This post is funded from extra budgetary resources. The initial appointment is for a period of one year. Extension of appointment is subject to satisfactory performance and availability of funds. The position has a finite duration and will not exceed the overall project duration.

The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance and geographical diversity in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

At the United Nations, 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. The United Nations is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The United Nations recruits and employs staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds or disabilities. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application.

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.

The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.

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