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Vacancy Notice No: HQ/13/LEG/FT152
Title: Legal Officer
Grade: P4
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  1 year
Date: 19 April 2013
Application Deadline: 31 May 2013 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Geneva, Switzerland
Organization unit: HQ/LEG Office of the Legal Counsel (HQ/LEG) /
HQ/IAL International Administrative Law (HQ/IAL)
HQ/LEG Office of the Legal Counsel
To provide legal input, during the planning and implementation of WHO's activities, so as to facilitate effective cooperation among those taking part - Member States, international bodies, international officials, collaborating institutions and individuals and commercial entities; to ensure that the activities are carried out on a firm legal basis; to protect the Organization's legal interests and defend it from legal action.
Description of duties:
The incumbent is responsible for:
1- Acting as LEG focal point for legal issues related to harassment as a form of misconduct and advising on legal aspects of staff grievances, including advising DGO, HRD and other clients on internal appeals and other types of staff grievances;
2- Focal point for LEG on Advisory Committee on Compensation Claim issues, including advising ACCC;
3- Representation of WHO, IARC and ICC before the ILOAT. This involves: reviewing the complainants' legal arguments; consulting with senior managers to gather facts; researching jurisprudence; deciding on the strategy and legal arguments necessary to best represent WHO's interests; and preparing legal submissions (including a Reply and a Surrejoinder) that are legally sound, well-reasoned and persuasively presented;
4- Administrative,personnel and internal justice matters of a legal nature. This includes: advising internal bodies, DGO, senior human resources officials and other managers on legally sound courses of action that will avoid costly administrative/personnel errors, and that comply with WHO's regulations, rules and policy and ILOAT jurisprudence. Areas of work include: recruitment (e.g., secondments, staff on loan or transfer); staff benefits (e.g. pension and staff health insurance); legal ramifications of wide-ranging human resource issues (e.g. disciplinary proceedings and departmental reorganizations); salary/benefit/insurance issues; conflicts of interest of staff and awards;
5- General protection of WHO's legal interests in specific areas, such as WHO's collaboration in "cooperative ventures", e.g., various forms of "partnerships"; use of WHO's name and emblem; co-sponsorship of meetings and, generally, compliance of actions with financial rules and regulations, and general legal questions confronting international organizations, including privileges and immunities;
6- Advising on WHO Collaborating Centres.
Post-graduate degree or equivalent in law.
Sound knowledge of international civil service law, including jurisprudence and procedures of one or more administrative tribunals at the international level, and of the legal structures, texts and principles applicable in an international organization. Ability to present legally sound and well-reasoned legal arguments, including submissions to appeals bodies, and skill in analyzing and organizing policy considerations and facts. Excellent interpersonal skills. Computer skills and ability to work with minimal clerical assistance.
WHO Competencies:
1. Producing results
2. Communicating in a credible and effective way
3. Fostering integration and teamwork
4. Setting an example.
7 years' experience in (i) practicing law, preferably in a UN common system organization and (ii) providing legal advice and services on international administrative law/internal justice issues; Sound experience in the presentation of cases before administrative appeal bodies and in the preparation of well-written and persuasive legal analysis and advice in English on a wide-range of human resource and internal justice matters.
Sound experience in the preparation of well-written and persuasive legal arguments in French. Experience in working in WHO and/or other UN common system organization.
Expert knowledge of English with intermediate knowledge of French are required.
Additional Information:
A written test may be used for screening purposes. Other similar positions at the same level may be filled from this vacancy notice. This vacancy is published in English only. The following priority order will be observed in the screening of candidates: 1. WHO staff members (Continuing, Fixed-term and Temporary appointments), 2. External candidates.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
USD 67'395 at single rate
USD 72'373 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 103.3 % of the above figure(s). This percentage is to be considered as indicative since variations may occur each month either upwards or downwards due to currency exchange rate fluctuations or inflation.

This vacancy notice may be used to fill other similar positions at the same grade level.

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