Job Description

Candidates must be Angolan Nationals.

Interested staff members should consult the Administrative Instruction on Recruitment and Assignment of Locally Recruited Staff (RALS, UNHCR/AI/2020/1/Rev.1). If you have questions regarding your eligibility, you may also contact the HR Unit.

In line with the RALS, the below category of candidates are eligible to apply for internally/externally advertised vacancies.

Group 1 candidates: Current NPO staff members holding an indefinite or fixed-term appointment are eligible to apply to advertised positions in the NPO category at their personal grade and one grade below or above, as Group 1 candidates.

External candidates: All other candidates are eligible to apply to positions in the NPO category as external candidates, including GS staff members holding a university degree and fulfilling eligibility requirements, regardless of grade or length of service, who may apply to any vacant NPO position in their country of assignment for which they qualify. External candidates must meet the essential minimum requirements of the position.

Assistant Legal Officer Organizational Setting and Work Relationships The Assistant Legal Officer is a member of the protection or legal team in a Country or Sub-Office. He/she may report to the (Senior) Protection or (Senior) Legal Officer, Head of Sub-Office or to the Assistant Representative for Protection. In smaller Offices, the post may report directly to the Representative.

The Assistant Legal Officer assists the Office in providing quality, timely and effective protection responses to the needs of populations of concern (POC). S/he is also required to assist the office in ensuring that POC are involved with the Office in making decisions that affect them, whether in accessing their rights or in identifying appropriate solutions to their problems. To achieve this, the incumbent will need to build and maintain effective interfaces with communities of concern and authorities as well as protection and assistance partners.

All UNHCR staff members are accountable to perform their duties as reflected in their job description. They do so within their delegated authorities, in line with the regulatory framework of UNHCR which includes the UN Charter, UN Staff Regulations and Rules, UNHCR Policies and Administrative Instructions as well as relevant accountability frameworks. In addition, staff members are required to discharge their responsibilities in a manner consistent with the core, functional, cross-functional and managerial competencies and UNHCR¿s core values of professionalism, integrity and respect for diversity.

Duties - Assist in the preparation of legal advice and drafting of position papers and guidelines on pertinent legal and operational issues.

- Stay abreast of the domestic legal issues and pertinent laws regarding POC and advise the Office accordingly.

- Contribute to advocacy towards proper interpretation of law and doctrine as well as in the development of standards of protection.

- Consistently apply international and national law and UNHCR policies and standards.

- Assist the Office in providing legal counselling to persons of concern.

- Liaise and intervene with local authorities on the legal issues pertaining to POC.

- May act as interpreter during meetings with authorities, if required.

- Participate in meetings within UNHCR and with external counterparts at the relevant level.

- Assist in the development of project proposals and project implementation.

- Perform other related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications Education & Professional Work Experience Years of Experience / Degree Level For P1/NOA - 1 year relevant experience with Undergraduate degree; or no experience with Graduate degree; or no experience with Doctorate degree Field(s) of Education Law; Human Rights Law; Refugee Law; International Humanitarian Law; or other relevant field.

Certificates and/or Licenses HCR Protection Learning Programme; Relevant Job Experience Essential Not specified.

Desirable Completion of UNHCR learning programmes on protection would be an asset or any other equivalent external courses.

Functional Skills LE-Legal Research; LE-Draft legal opinions; UN-UN System - Legal Status and Structure; (Functional Skills marked with an asterisk* are essential) Language Requirements For National Professional jobs: Knowledge of English and UN working language of the duty station if not English and local language.

This is a Standard Job Description for all UNHCR jobs with this job title and grade level. The Operational Context may contain additional essential and/or desirable qualifications relating to the specific operation and/or position. Any such requirements are incorporated by reference in this Job Description and will be considered for the screening, shortlisting and selection of candidates.

Core Competencies Accountability Communication Organizational Awareness Teamwork & Collaboration Commitment to Continuous Learning Client & Result Orientation Managerial Competencies Empowering and Building Trust Cross-Functional Competencies Analytical Thinking Policy Development and Research Political Awareness English and Portuguese are essential for this position.  Knowledge of French would be considered an added-value.

Remuneration: A competitive compensation and benefits package is offered. For information on UN salaries, allowances and benefits, please visit the portal of the International Civil Service Commission at: http://icsc.un.org Submission of Applications: Interested Group 1 and Group 2 candidates need apply through MSRP ¿ Self-Service ¿ Recruiting Activities ¿ Careers (please search by JO number or by Location). Please update your personal profiles with all required information in order to be able to apply. Please consult the attached documents for further guidance on how to update the personal profile.

Interested external applicants need to apply online and complete the mandatory motivation letter.  For technical issues with logging in to the MSRP External Portal, or with online applications, please contact the HR Unit well before the deadline to allow sufficient time for any technical problem to be resolved. External vacancies are posted on the external UNHCR website and applicants who do not have internal status must apply through the external UNHCR website.  https://www.unhcr.org/careers.html ¿ Careers ¿ Career opportunities ¿ Other Opportunities ¿ Vacancies ¿ sort by Location or search by Job Opening number.

Applications will be accepted only via the online portals. Please do not send application via email.

Not signed, incomplete and late applications will not be accepted. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Shortlisted candidates will be required to sit for a written test and/or oral interview. UNHCR does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview, processing or any other fees).

The evaluation of applicants will be conducted based on the information submitted during the application. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

UNHCR strongly encourages qualified female applicants to apply. UNHCR seeks to ensure that male and female employees are given equal career opportunities. UNHCR is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms gender, disability, marital or civil partnership status, race, color or ethnic and national origins, religion or belief, or sexual orientation. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality.

UNHCR has a zero-tolerance policy against Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (SEA). SEA is unacceptable behavior and prohibited conduct for UNHCR personnel. It constitutes acts of serious misconduct and is therefore grounds for disciplinary measures, including dismissal. Any concerns or suspicions about a possible case of SEA should be reported immediately to the Inspector General¿s Office (IGO) at inspector@unhcr.org or through the online complain form at https://www.unhcr.org/php/complaints.php or by confidential fax: +41 22 739 73 80.

The United Nations does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing, training or any other fees). The United Nations does not concern itself with information on bank accounts. Any requests for such payment or information should be refused and reported to local law enforcement authorities for appropriate action and to the United Nations for its information For any technical problems encountered during the online application, please send an email to the below email address titled ¿Online VA Query-your name and surname¿. Human Resources angluhr@unhcr.org In Angola, the Assistant Legal Officer will be a member of the Protection Unit at the Branch Office in Luanda, working under the direct supervision of the Senior Protection Officer. S/he will be expected to provide legal and policy support to the Protection Unit in Angola Operation relating to legal frameworks, particularly on matters related to the implementation of the Asylum Law, refugee status determination, detention and statelessness, as well as assists the former in providing guidance and advice on operational planning and practices to ensure that effective activities to address legal and RSD matters as well as statelessness are undertaken in the AoR.

In this regard, the incumbent will be required to focus on preparation of legal advice and drafting of position papers and guidelines on pertinent legal and operational issues; monitoring domestic legal issues and pertinent laws regarding POC and advice for the Office accordingly; advocacy towards proper interpretation of law and doctrine as well as in the development of standards of protection; legal counselling to persons of concern as necessary; liaison with local authorities on the legal issues pertaining to POC; interpretation during meetings with authorities and translation of key documents, development of project proposals and project implementation Based in Luanda but assisting the Protection Unit in covering the entire country, the Assistant Legal Officer will be expected to assist the Office in providing quality, timely and effective protection responses to the needs of populations of concern (POC) both under refugee and statelessness pillars. S/he is also required to assist the office in ensuring that POC are involved with the Office in making decisions that affect them, whether in accessing their rights or in identifying appropriate solutions to their problems. To achieve this, the incumbent will need to build and maintain effective interfaces with communities of concern and authorities as well as protection and assistance partners.

The incumbent maintains close working relations with senior and other protection staff and protection partner staff; and interacts at the technical level with colleagues of locally based UN sister agencies, other intergovernmental organizations, governmental institutions, non-governmental organisations, embassies and academic institutions. For that purpose, it would be expected that the incumbent is fluent in Portuguese and English, both oral and written skills. Knowledge of local languages and French would be considered an added-value.

All UNHCR staff members are accountable to perform their duties as reflected in their job description. They do so within their delegated authorities, in line with the regulatory framework of UNHCR which includes the UN Charter, UN Staff Regulations and Rules, UNHCR Policies and Administrative Instructions as well as relevant accountability frameworks. In addition, staff members are required to discharge their responsibilities in a manner consistent with the core, functional, cross-functional and managerial competencies and UNHCR¿s core values of professionalism, integrity and respect for diversity The closing date of submition of application is 22/03/2021 Mid night Geneva Time
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