Legal Officer, P3

Legal Officer, P3

United Nations Office of Administration of Justice

Nairobi, Kenya

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the United Nations Dispute Tribunal (UNDT) Registry, Office of Administration of Justice (OAJ) in Nairobi. The UNDT hears and decides cases filed by or on behalf of current and former staff members appealing administrative decisions alleged to be in non-compliance with their terms of appointment or contract of employment. The UNDT conducts hearings, issues orders, and renders binding judgments. Both staff members and the Administration have a right to appeal the judgments of the UNDT to the United Nations Appeals Tribunal. The incumbent will report to the UNDT Registrar in Nairobi.


The Legal Officer will be responsible for providing substantive, technical and administrative support for the adjudication of cases to the Judges of the UNDT in Nairobi.

Duties will include:

  • Review of submissions to the UNDT;
  • Assist in the preparation of referrals to the Mediation Division of the Office of the Ombudsman;
  • Respond to correspondence;
  • Draft, review and advise on legal documents and correspondence;
  • Support Judges by preparing background materials and summaries of issues, as required;
  • Attend meetings, and give advice on emerging issues and questions, as required;
  • Identify issues, draft legal texts and handle a wide range of complex legal matters involving interpretation and application of administrative law;
  • Conduct extensive legal research and provide detailed analysis of cases and jurisprudence;
  • Provide legal advice on diverse substantive and procedural questions;
  • Support the Judges in producing accurate, comprehensive judgments, including review of draft judgments for any inconsistencies or inaccuracies, and ensuring editorial uniformity prior to dissemination.
  • Assist in maintaining the UNDT’s registers (electronic and online), the publication and dissemination of the decisions, rulings and judgments rendered by the UNDT, in the required official languages, through the agreed media;
  • Assist in maintaining the Tribunal’s case law digest and jurisprudence databank;
  • Perform other duties as required.


  • Professionalism: Knowledge of relevant Regulations and Rules of the United Nations or that of a similar international organization, as well as of applicable jurisprudence; ability to apply legal and administrative expertise to analyzing a diverse range of complex and unusual issues and problems, and to problem solve and develop innovative and creative solutions; ability to produce reports and papers on legal and administrative matters; ability to analyze and conduct comprehensive legal research on a range of issues, including those of a unique and/or complex nature; ability to exercise discretion and sound judgement in applying legal expertise to sensitive, complex legal and administrative issues; ability to influence others to reach agreement; ability to review and edit the work of others. 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. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
  • Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
  • Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be 'clients' and to see things from the 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; keep clients informed of progress or setbacks; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.


Advanced university degree (Master’s or equivalent degree) in law or related fields is required. A first-level degree (Bachelor’s or equivalent) in the specified fields with two additional years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in law, including legal analysis, research and writing is required. At least two years of that experience at the international level, preferably in an international public organization is desirable. Experience in administrative and employment law is required. Experience within judicial structures and procedures is desirable. Experience in the use of electronic search engines, case management systems and databases is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language is an advantage.

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