Assistant Legal Officer Job Vacancy at UNESCO

Post title
Assistant Legal Officer
Organisational unit
Office of the Director Office of International Standards and Legal Affairs
Duty station
Paris, France
Post number
Closing date
8 November 2010
Main responsibilities
Under the authority and direct supervision of the Director of the Office of International Standards and Legal Affairs (LA), the incumbent will be required to carry out the following duties and responsibilities as to:

Deal with a broad variety of legal problems concerning the Organization and draft written opinions concerning them;

Assist in the interpretation of legal materials relevant to the work of the Organization and in defending of the rights and interests of the Organization, especially with regard to arbitration proceedings;

Assist in the negotiation, drafting and revision of agreements concluded by the Organization and analyze the various legal problems arising during their execution and propose solutions thereto;

Contribute to the coordination of the standard-setting activity of the Organization.
Advanced university degree (Masters or equivalent) in law. Admittance to practice law in a national jurisdiction would be an asset.
Two (2) to four (4) years of practical legal experience (not including internship periods), in particular in the field of international arbitration, in a law firm or intergovernmental organization. One year of professional experience at the international level would be an asset.
A professional experience in a legal department of a United Nations system organization would be an added advantage.
Good analytical skills concerning the application of legal texts and good organizational skills in researching legal practices and precedents.
Excellent communication and drafting skills.
Good computer skills.
Excellent knowledge of English or French and working knowledge of the other language.
Conditions of employment
UNESCO’s salaries are calculated in US dollars but mainly paid in local currency. They consist of a basic salary and a post adjustment which reflects the cost of living in a particular duty station and exchange rates. For this post, the annual remuneration in local currency will start from around 44,800 euros (42,300 euros if without dependants) for P-1, and from around 56,600 euros (53,100 euros if without dependants) for P-2 grade, exempt from income tax. In addition, UNESCO offers an attractive benefits package including 30 days annual vacation, home travel, education grant for dependant children, pension plan and medical insurance. The initial appointment, which is for 2 years, includes a probationary period of 12 months, and is renewable, subject to satisfactory service. Worldwide mobility is required as staff members have to serve in other duty stations according to UNESCO’s job rotation policy. UNESCO is a non-smoking Organization.
How to apply
When applying for UNESCO vacancies, please only use the on-line recruitment system at Candidates without access to Internet may send a paper application by completing the official UNESCO CV form (available at Headquarters, UNESCO Offices, National Commissions in Member States, or any office of a United Nations Resident Representative) in English or French to Chief, HRM/RCR, UNESCO, 7 place de Fontenoy, 75352 Paris 07 SP, France, before the closing date, quoting the post number: LA-016.
UNESCO does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process. If you have any questions concerning persons or companies claiming to be recruiting on behalf of UNESCO and requesting the payment of a fee, please contact:


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