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Vacancy Notice No: HQ/14/LEG/FT405
Title: Senior Legal Officer
Grade: P5
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  Two years, renewable, subject to satisfactory performance and continuing need for the post
Date: 29 July 2014
Application Deadline: 19 August 2014 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Geneva, Switzerland
Organization unit: HQ/LEG Office of the Legal Counsel (HQ/LEG) /
HQ/CCM Commercial and Contractual Matters (HQ/CCM)
To provide legal input, during the planning and implementation of the Organization's activities, so
as to facilitate effective cooperation between those taking part -, such as 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:
1. General commercial legal issues, in particular contracts, procurement, conflict of interest and intellectual property. This includes: (i) provide high quality advice to technical units and WHO-hosted partnership secretariats, on legally sound courses of action that comply with WHO policy and, where applicable, private and international law, and that will avoid costly contractual errors, including in situations where there may be no precedents and where new policy may need to be developed; and (ii) conduct high-level negotiations on, and review and draft a wide range of complex contracts relating to matters within the incumbent's post description. This involves, in particular, working on legal issues in the following areas: issues relating to patents, copyright and confidentiality of data, licensing, product research and development, donations in cash and in kind (including in particular pharmaceuticals) conflict of interest, publishing, collaboration agreements, procurement of goods and services, lease and premises sharing agreements, logistics, grants from WHO in support of the projects of outside organizations, and Technical Services Agreements, Agreements for Performance of Work and similar contractual relationships. WHO's counterparts with regard to the above types of contracts include commercial enterprises, governments, funding agencies, academia and NGOs. The incumbent will also be required to advise on issues relating to WHO's collaboration with the private sector, including issues relating to co-sponsorship by WHO and attendance by WHO staff of meetings with commercial implications, and use of the WHO name and emblem. The incumbent is required to review or draft, as required, standard or tailor-made agreements that effectively respond to the Organization's needs, protect its interests and avoid exposure to liabilities. In addition, the incumbent will be required to draft (and update from time to time, as may be required) appropriate template contracts and other documents to facilitate the above mentioned arrangements. This includes negotiation of acceptable template funding agreements with major donors, including for example, the EU, United States Government agencies and the Gates Foundation.
2. Advise WHO technical units and WHO-hosted partnership secretariats on matters relating to contractual and other disputes, including assistance in negotiating an amicable settlement in a manner consistent with WHO's privileges and immunities, drafting settlement agreements, and advising on and participating in arbitration proceedings.
3. General protection of the Organization's legal interests in specific areas, such as use of the WHO name and emblem, co-sponsorship of meetings for which commercial involvement is an issue, collaboration with the private sector, conditioning of acceptance of donations, legal aspects relating to WHO's product evaluation schemes and general legal questions confronting international organizations. This includes providing legal input into, and participating, as necessary in, reviews by Member States of WHO.
4. On request by the Legal Counsel, advise on constitutional, administrative and international legal questions arising during and relating to meetings of the World Health Assembly and Executive Board, including interpretation of the Constitution and the rules of procedure of the WHA and Executive Board and responding to public international law questions, as required.
5. Other functions of a legal nature as may be required by the exigencies of the work of the Office.
Post-graduate degree (or equivalent) in law from a recognized university, with specialization in international law and commercial/private law subjects.
Sound knowledge of private law and international law. Skill in analyzing and organizing facts and
in presenting clear, logical and legally sound opinions. Excellent contractual drafting skills in
English and French. Excellent negotiation and inter-personal skills. Good computer skills and ability to work with minimal clerical assistance.

1. Producing results
2. Knowing and managing yourself
3. Communicating in a credible and effective way
4. Fostering integration and teamwork
5. Moving forward in a changing environment
Ten years' experience as a lawyer, of which at least seven years' experience practising commercial law, advising on commercial legal issues and negotiating and drafting contracts within the legal department of a government, an international organization or company, or within a law firm.
Experience in practising commercial law in an international context, and experience in advising on international legal issues, preferably within an international organization.
Expert knowledge of English and French.
Intermediate knowledge of Spanish.
Additional Information:
Other similar positions at the same level may be filled from this vacancy notice.
This vacancy is published in English only.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
US$80 887 at single rate
US$87 069 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 105.5 % 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.

A written test and interviews may be used as a form of screening

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