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Senior Legal Officer

UN Other

Job Description

This temporary position is located in the Specialized Technical Expertise and Research Branch of the Assessment & Technical Assistance Office, Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED). It is available effective ASAP to 31 December, 2021, with the possibility of an extension. The Senior Legal Officer reports directly to the Chief of Branch.


Within delegated authority, the Senior Legal Officer will be responsible for the following duties: Provides authoritative legal advice on diverse legal questions of high complexity and analyses the status of implementation of relevant UN Security Council resolutions, including resolutions 1373(2001), 2178 (2014), 2331 (2016), 2396 (2017), 2462 (2019) and 2482 (2019) concerning the global fight against terrorism and its financing, as well as on the linkages between organized crime, terrorism and its financing.

Prepares and reviews draft reports and stocktaking updates to ensure consistency and proposes technical solutions to resolve States' compliance issues.

Coordinates and leads a team of other officers, guides and supervises the work of junior officers as regards the legal and CFT work.

Makes various types of recommendations to senior officials of CTED with respect to actions to take; recommendations are usually accepted as proposed.

Prepares and/or updates the technical guide to assist States' implementation of relevant Security Council resolutions on countering terrorism and its financing and ensure evaluation and assessment consistency. Prepares global implementation survey and their updates on State’s counter-terrorism strengths, shortfalls and good practices. --Engages with international, regional and sub-regional organizations to facilitate, and where required, coordinate, follow-up activities that can enhance Member States’ capacity in countering terrorism and its financing. -- Identifies those States and organizations that can be providers of technical assistance and implementing agencies and work with them to facilitate such assistance both bilaterally and as part of well-coordinated, strategic multinational efforts, including the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Global Compact. -- Identifies recipient States that need to build capacity in order to help them implement their obligations under relevant resolutions and international instruments on counterterrorism. -- Prepares and participates in assessment visits to Member States conducted on behalf of the Counter-Terrorism Committee (CTC) to monitor and report on their compliance with relevant resolutions, international instruments and standards on counterterrorism, as well as CFT-targeted /focused visits pursuant to resolution 2462 (2019), develop recommendations and identify technical assistance needs, where applicable. -- Prepares briefings and special events for the Committee on thematic or regional issues. -- Assists Member States by proposing detailed guidance on benchmarks, standards and good practices in cooperation with other relevant international, regional and sub-regional organizations.-- Provides draft recommendations for CTC consideration that focus on more effective and detailed implementation by States of relevant Security Council resolutions and international instruments on countering terrorism and its financing, contributes to promoting international standards, codes and good practices, and international cooperation to further the implementation of those resolutions. Leads on the review and Design of new policy, relevant guidelines on assessment methodology and benchmark criteria on assessing the impact of CFT measures.

Represents CTED in international and regional events, as needed. Liaises and conducts active dialogue with Member States, international/regional and sub-regional organizations, and civil society as appropriate. Undertake other Office assignments and tasks as necessary.

Serves as Coordinator of matters related to countering the financing of terrorism within the Cluster of Specialized Technical Expertise. Serves as CTED focal point with relevant UN entities, including the UN Сounter-Terrorism Global Compact’s Working Group on Criminal Justice and Legal Responses & Countering the Financing of Terrorism (serve as co Vice-Chair), as well as with other international entities, including the Financial Action Task Force (FATF)


Professionalism: - Extensive knowledge of international norms and standards related to countering terrorism and its financing, as well as International Human Rights and international humanitarian law; - Expertise in complex legal Analysis, counter-terrorism financing programs and in negotiation; - Has a proven ability to produce reports and papers on legal and technical issues and is able to review and edit the work of others; - Understands UN policies, regulations, rules and guidelines and understands the nuances of applying them; - Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of international law and best practices on counter-terrorism matters; - Remains conscientious, efficient and effective in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving meaningful results; - Regularly demonstrates motivation and initiative for professional rather than personal reasons; - Consistently work with persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; and remain calm in stressful situations; Teamwork: -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 Accountability: -Takes ownership for all responsibilities and honors commitments.

- Delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards.

-Operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules.

- Takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.

Judgement/ Decision-making: - Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly; - Gathers relevant information before making a decision; - Considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them; - Takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organisation; - Proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information - Checks assumptions against facts; - Determines that the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; - Makes tough decisions when necessary.

Building Trust: Provides an environment in which others can talk and act without fear of repercussion; Manages in a deliberate and predictable way; Operates with transparency; has no hidden agenda; Places confidence in colleagues, staff members and clients;


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

Work Experience

A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in international law, criminal justice, law enforcement, prosecutorial or international legal cooperation or related area is required Experience in managing a team is required Experience with counterterrorism issues is desirable.

Experience with countering the financing of terrorism is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the UN Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English (both oral and written) is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.


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

Special Notice

• This position is temporarily available until 31 December 2021 with a possibility of extension. If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.

• While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post.

• Subject to the funding source of the position, the eligibility for this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.

• This temporary job opening may be limited to “internal candidates,” who have been recruited through a competitive examination administered according to staff rule 4.16 or staff selection process including the review of a central review body established according to staff rule 4.15.

• Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply. Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.

• Retirees above the mandatory age of separation who wish to be considered for the current temporary job opening must indicate the reason for their last separation as "retirement." Such retirees shall not be employed by the Organization, unless (a) the operational requirements of the Organization cannot be met by staff members who are qualified and available to perform the required functions; and (b) the proposed employment would not adversely affect the Career Development or redeployment opportunities of other staff members and represents both a cost-effective and operationally sound solution to meet the needs of the service.

• 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.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. 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.

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