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Legal Officer, P3
Within delegated authority, the Legal Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
– Provide substantive, technical and administrative support for the adjudication of cases by the UNDT judges;
– Review submissions to the UNDT;
– Draft, review and advise on legal documents and correspondence;
– Support Judges by preparing drafts of facts, procedural information and submissions and gathering background materials, as required, attend meetings and advise on emerging issues and questions, as required;
– Identify issues, draft legal texts and handle a wide range of complex legal matters involving interpretation and application of administrative/employment law;
– Conduct extensive legal research and provide detailed analysis of cases and jurisprudence;
– Provide legal advice on diverse substantive and procedural questions;
– Support the Judges in producing accurate, comprehensive judgments, including review of draft judgments for any inconsistencies or inaccuracies and ensuring editorial uniformity prior to dissemination.
– Respond to correspondence/queries from the parties;
– Perform other duties as required.
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Professionalism: Knowledge of relevant Regulations and Rules of the United Nations or those of a similar international organization; ability to produce reports and papers on legal and administrative matters; ability to analyze and conduct comprehensive legal research on a range of issues, including those of a unique and/or complex nature; ability to exercise discretion and sound judgement in applying legal expertise to sensitive, complex legal and administrative issues; ability to apply good legal judgment in the context of assignments given; ability to review and edit the work of others. Shows pride in work and achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with complex problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all work areas.
Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to clients.Education
An Advanced university degree (Master’s or equivalent degree) in administrative, employment or international law. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.Work Experience
A minimum of five years of experience in law, including legal analysis, research and writing, is required.
At least one year of experience in administrative or employment/labor law is required.
Experience as a judicial/legal clerk, legal officer or legal professional in a related field is desirable.
Experience in litigation in an international or domestic judicial system is desirable.Languages
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language is desirable.Assessment
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.Special Notice
• This is a temporary appointment for an initial period until 31 December 2022, with a possibility of extension.
• This position is subject to the availability of funds. If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.
• These positions are temporarily available as soon as possible for a period of 364 days with a possibility of extension. If the selected candidates are staff members from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.
Chief Digital Officer, D1
1. Strategic vision and coordination of UNEP’s digital transformation:
• Provide strategic guidance to the implementation of UNEP’s digital transformation.
• Further develop UNEPs digital transformation strategy outlining concrete priority areas for the use of digital innovations to enhance the accountability, efficiency, results-orientation, and responsiveness of programs.
• Develop a strategic framework for a human-centered and sustainable digital transformation, which outlines both the opportunities and potential risks (i.e., data protection, privacy) of leveraging digital technologies for sustainable development.
• Maintain an agile and iterative digital transformation workplan across all divisions and regions as well as coordinate its implementation including supporting the design of initiatives related to internal digital transformation, including progress monitoring and consolidated reporting of results.
• Keep abreast of innovations and emerging applications of digital technologies to support their testing, validation, and scaling in UNEP while ensuring synergies are built between different work processes.
• Serve as a member of UNEP’s Senior Management Team and other related forums to ensure programmatic, policy, external relations, operational, and other activities are fully supported by appropriate digital technologies.
• Provision of strategic advice and support to the Executive Office and Senior Management Team of UNEP in relation to transforming UNEP’s business model through digital technologies.
• Streamline digital strategies across the organization linked to science and communications in collaboration with the Office of the Chief Scientist and the Director of Communications respectively.
2. Lead the implementation process for UNEP internal Digital Transformation pathway:
• Serve as the digital champion and lead for implementation of a series of high-level lighthouse programs that leverage digital transformations as a key enabler for sustainability and climate action.
• Develop an open innovation program, that leverage innovation processes, (i.e., hackathons, challenges, prizes) to identify, co-design and accelerate innovative digital solutions for environmental protection and climate action.
• Support the work of the Chief of Enterprise Services to ensure that UNEP’s digital enterprise architecture has the requisite capacities and resources to enable achievement of the Digital Transformation outcomes.
• Co-lead the internal governance mechanism supporting data, ICT and Digital Transformation efforts of UNEP. Work with internal stakeholders to continually optimize digital governance and decision-making processes as the business context and technology landscape changes.
• Act as a trusted technical advisor to Divisional and Regional Directors, and other senior staff of UNEP as they set about digitally transforming their respective areas of work.
• Use change management expertise and an end-to-end understanding of the digital value chain to coach project teams on driving enterprise change and internal collaboration.
• Oversee the Digital Acceleration Lab that will take the lead in the development, testing and rapid prototyping of technological solutions and platforms based on business needs identifies within UNEP and its partners.
• Manage the financial resources assigned to the internal Digital Transformation pathway workplan.
3. Advocacy, engagement and partnerships:
• Represent UNEP in relevant forums and events related to digital transformation and digital technologies to raise the profile of the organization and support for its work.
• In close cooperation with divisions and regional offices, forge public-private partnerships with external actors supportive of UNEP’s mission and capable of advancing UNEP’s digital transformation objectives.
• Ensure donor engagement, partnership, and resource mobilization for the implementation of the internal Digital Transformation pathway, including from the private sector and relevant foundations.
• Liaise with digital and ICT experts in the broader UN family to build coordinated efforts towards digital transformation, in line with the Secretary General’s Strategy on New Technologies, the Secretary General’s Digital Cooperation Roadmap, the Coalition for Digital Environmental Sustainability (CODES) and the planned Digital Compact.
• Develop strategic partnerships with private sector (leading ICT companies, digital start-ups and tech4good programs) for the co-design of highly innovative, citizen-centered tech solutions for environmental protection and climate action.
4. Knowledge management and technical advice:
• Supports the development of innovative learning programs for UNEP personnel on digital innovations, sustainability, and the intersection between digital and green transformation.
• Build from the distributed knowledge of UNEP staff and their experience of developing, adapting, and applying digital solutions so as to develop an organization wide source of information for digital transformation.
• Provide thought leadership on how digital technologies can transform UNEP’s work including policy, programming, operations, and advocacy and external relations.
• Engage with the broader UN Development System to bolster knowledge, debate and discussion on how digital transformation can support achievement of respective organizational mandates. Document and share UNEP experience in this area and through appropriate inter-agency forums.
• In close collaboration with Corporate Services Division, empower UNEP colleagues to build skills and knowledge in the area of digital transformation.
• Supports the mainstreaming of a “digital way of working” culture via best practice/peer examples and innovative approaches to addressing complex issues around people, process, and implementation methods to operationalize shared capabilities between business and technology.
• Convene an informal digital champions group of UNEP personnel committed to driving forward the digital transformation vision as a new community of practice.
5. Perform any other related duties as assigned by the Supervisor.
PROFESSIONALISM: Expert knowledge of and digital transformation issues. Demonstrated capabilities as evident from published papers and experience programming, assessments, and provision of advice, as well as work experience in the policy domain. Familiarity with issues of relevance to both developing and developed countries and at different scales from global to local. Shows pride in work and in achievements. Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter. Is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results. Is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns. Shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations.
COMMUNICATION: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively. Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately. Asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication. Tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience. Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
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.
VISION: Identifies strategic issues, opportunities and risks. Clearly communicates links between the Organization’s strategy and the work unit’s goals. Generates and communicates broad and compelling organizational direction, inspiring others to pursue that same direction. Conveys enthusiasm about future possibilities.
LEADERSHIP: Serves as a role model that other people want to follow. Empowers others to translate vision into results. Is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives. Establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support. Anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions. Drives for change and improvement; does not accept the status quo. Shows the courage to take unpopular stands. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.Education
An advanced university degree (Masters or equivalent) in Information and Communication Technology, Informatics, Management Information System, Computer Science, Business, Management, environmental science, or related disciplines is required. A first level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced degree.Work Experience
A minimum of fifteen (15) years of progressively responsible work experience in the field of innovation, green technology, digital strategies, organizational management, digital change management, corporate ICT services is required.
A minimum of five (5) years of strategic and managerial experience at a senior level and in managing complex processes and portfolios is required.
Experience in identifying/developing and applying digital solutions to an organization’s (either public or private sector), business challenges, with demonstrated application of new technologies to one or more business areas is required.
Experience in forming partnerships in the field of digital technologies to advance organizational objectives is required.
Experience in undertaking change management and culture change activities to support an organization’s transformation is desirable.
Experience working with the United Nations Common System or other international organizations is desirable.
Direct experience in implementing digital transformation programs across different sectors in developing countries is desirable.Languages
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.
NOTE: “Fluency equals a rating of “fluent” in all four areas (read, write, speak, understand) and “Knowledge of” equals a rating of “confident” in two of the four areas.