Job Vacancies Office of Legal Affairs
Position: Principal Legal Assistant
Department/ Office OFFICE OF LEGAL AFFAIRS
Duty Station NEW YORK
Closing Date: Wednesday, 13 July 2011
Job Opening number 11-LEG-OFFICE OF LEGAL AFFAIRS-20067-R-NEW YORK
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the Office of the Legal Counsel of the Office of Legal Affairs. The incumbent reports to a Legal Officer(s) in the Office of the Legal Counsel.
Under the overall direction of the Legal Officer, the Principal Legal Assistant will be responsible for the following duties:
- Provide a wide range of legal, editorial and administrative support, including the preliminary review, analysis and processing of United Nations documents under consideration for release to international tribunals and courts.
In particular, the Legal Assistant may be responsible for the following functions:
- immediate processing of materials received; conducting preliminary analysis and verification of legal instruments;
- preparing drafts and conducting final check for accuracy of a variety of specialised documentation, legal publications and related correspondence;
- generating reports and statistics; scanning documents and converting them to appropriate formats;
- maintaining files and databases; directing verbal and written inquiries, as appropriate, and following-up on responses;
- archiving of documents and other administrative/editorial and paralegal functions, as required.
Good knowledge of the legal framework of the United Nations, Office of Legal Affairs and of relevant legal processes, procedures and terminology; demonstrates ability to implement legal policies, processes and procedures; excellent research, writing and computer skills; 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.
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.
Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.
High school diploma or equivalent. Additional coursework in areas related to international law and legal proceedings and/or training as a paralegal is desirable.
A minimum of ten years of experience in paralegal/editorial and legal work and research is required. Experience in administrative and general office support involving wide contact with the international community is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language is desirable.
United Nations Considerations
The United Nations shall place 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. (Charter of the United Nations – Chapter 3, article 8). The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.
Competency-based interview and/or other assessment method.
This position is for local recruitment.
Passing the Administrative Assessment Support Test (ASAT) is a prerequisite for recruitment consideration in the General Service category in the United Nations Headquarters at New York. To make arrangements to take this test, you may bring in person a copy of your completed Personal History Profile to the General Services and Related Categories Staffing Unit (GSRCSU), United Nations Secretariat, located at One United Nations Plaza (at corner of 1st Avenue and 44th Street), Room DC1-200. GSRCSU receives applicants every Wednesday (except public holidays) between 10.00 am and 12.00 Noon. Persons wishing to take the ASAT are pre-screened and, if successful, scheduled to sit the ASAT at a later date.”
Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers In accordance with established rules and procedures.
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.
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