Legal Advisor, New York, USA

Job Description

Under the overall guidance of the Corporate Legal Advisor, the incumbent shall be responsible for the provision of expert advice to internal and external stakeholders, including senior management and external partners. The incumbent must keep a balance between operational implementation efficiencies and policy/rules requirements, but also contribute towards long-term solutions by leading the development and improvement of policies and processes for efficient project implementation.

The incumbent must be able to develop new policies or projects approaches but also assess the quality of deliverables. The incumbent will be required to create opportunities for expanding and developing new client relationships.

The incumbent will undertake a number of core functions, including reviewing UNOPS documents where such advice is required, and managing disputes brought against the organization by contractors and third parties. He/she will be expected to work independently and drive several initiatives with limited supervision.

  • Review and draft contracts and agreements, lead negotiations with vendors, clients and other partners;
  • Review documents submitted to the Engagement Acceptance Committee as requested by the Corporate Legal Advisor;
  • Draft, review and advise on global agreements with new and existing funding sources. Take the lead on negotiations if so requested by the Corporate Legal Advisor;
  • Advise on the development and implementation of the framework for delegations of authority, including on the development of related policies and the correct use of such authority by UNOPS personnel;
  • Lead the development and improvement of UNOPS legislative framework;
  • Lead due diligence processes conducted on prospective partners, devise new tools to address UNOPS’ needs, be proactive in the identification of tools that may facilitate the identification of red flags;
  • Review bid protests, liaise with the relevant offices, lead the formulation of responses to bid protestors;
  • Handle disputes and claims, devise best strategy on how to handle the dispute in coordination with the Office of Legal Affairs;
  • Provide quality input and advice on project proposals;
  • Contribute with practical knowledge to the enhancements of practice policy developments.

Develops and implements sustainable business strategies, thinks long term and externally in order to positively shape the organization. Anticipates and perceives the impact and implications of future decisions and activities on other parts of the organization.

Treats all individuals with respect; responds sensitively to differences and encourages others to do the same. Upholds organizational and ethical norms. Maintains high standards of trustworthiness. Role model for diversity and inclusion.

Acts as a positive role model contributing to the team spirit. Collaborates and supports the development of others. For people managers only: Acts as positive leadership role model, motivates, directs and inspires others to succeed, utilizing appropriate leadership styles.

Demonstrates understanding of the impact of own role on all partners and always puts the end beneficiary first. Builds and maintains strong external relationships and is a competent partner for others (if relevant to the role).

Efficiently establishes an appropriate course of action for self and/or others to accomplish a goal. Actions lead to total task accomplishment through concern for quality in all areas. Sees opportunities and takes the initiative to act on them. Understands that responsible use of resources maximizes our impact on our beneficiaries.

Open to change and flexible in a fast paced environment. Effectively adapts own approach to suit changing circumstances or requirements. Reflects on experiences and modifies own behavior. Performance is consistent, even under pressure. Always pursues continuous improvements.

Evaluates data and courses of action to reach logical, pragmatic decisions. Takes an unbiased, rational approach with calculated risks. Applies innovation and creativity to problem-solving.

Expresses ideas or facts in a clear, concise and open manner. Communication indicates a consideration for the feelings and needs of others. Actively listens and proactively shares knowledge. Handles conflict effectively, by overcoming differences of opinion and finding common ground. Education:

  • Advanced university degree in law (Juris Doctor or Master’s Degree) is required;
  • Admission to practice law in any national jurisdiction is required.


  • Minimum 7 years of experience negotiating and drafting contracts/agreements.


  • Fluency in English, both written and verbal, is required.
  • Working knowledge of another UN language such as French, Arabic or Spanish is desirable;

Contract type: ICA Contract level: I-ICA 3 Contract duration: Ongoing ICA – ‘Open-ended, subject to organizational requirements, availability of funds and satisfactory performance For more details about the ICA contractual modality, please follow this link:

UNOPS is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our mission is to help people build better lives and countries achieve sustainable development.

UNOPS areas of expertise cover infrastructure, procurement, project management, financial management and human resources.

Working with us

UNOPS offers short- and long-term work opportunities in diverse and challenging environments across the globe. We are looking for creative, results-focused professionals with skills in a range of disciplines.


With over 4,000 UNOPS personnel and approximately 7,000 personnel recruited on behalf of UNOPS partners spread across 80 countries, our workforce represents a wide range of nationalities and cultures. We promote a balanced, diverse workforce — a strength that helps us better understand and address our partners’ needs, and continually strive to improve our gender balance through initiatives and policies that encourage recruitment of qualified female candidates.

Work life harmonization

UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands.

UNOPS – United Nations Office for Project Services

United States

New York, USA

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