Job Title: Legal Officer
Organisation: United Nations World Food Programme
Location: Rome, Italy
Closing Date: 04 August 2020
Salary: Not Stated
Contract Type: Fixed Term
Working Pattern: Not Stated
Sponsors international candidates? Not Stated
The Officer will be located in the Legal Office (LEG) of the World Food Programme’s Headquarters.
You will be assigned to the Contractual and Constitutional Law Branch (LEGC) which provides advice in relation to governance, partnership, international law, general contractual law and operational legal issues.
You may work on assignments in other areas of activity within LEG based on business needs and expressed personal interests.
Role and Responsibilities
Under the general supervision of the Senior Legal Officer, you will be responsible for the following duties:
Contribute to the determination of strategy and approach to legal matters.
Contribute to the development of the Organisation’s regulatory framework.
Provide legal advice on a wide range of issues, including drafting and negotiating contracts.
Provide advice on liability exposure and risk mitigation.
Participate in negotiations and settlement of claims and disputes with public and private entities.
Undertake legal research and analysis and prepare legal opinions, studies, briefs, reports and complex correspondence.
Develop new legal modalities within the framework of WFP’s normative guidelines. In particular, the incumbent will participate, in a multi-disciplinary context, in the development of cash-based solutions, an expanding component of WFP’s food-assistance response.
Provide legal support to various standing boards, committees, working groups and task forces and represent the organization at meetings, conferences and other events.
Build productive partnerships with other Legal Offices across the UN system.
Take responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives in all areas of work, to ensure equal participation of women and men.
Other as required.
Experience and Qualifications
You have an advanced university degree in law or a university degree in law with relevant experience and training in private, commercial or public law.
You are qualified to practice law or admitted to practice by a recognized national or state bar or law society or have equivalent experience of professional legal practice.
You have at least five years of relevant progressively responsible experience as a lawyer in a law firm or in a private-sector legal department with international exposure or in an international organization in the area of contract and commercial law.
Experience in financial transactions, public and/or private international law will be considered a plus.
You demonstrate the ability to draft contracts ad-hoc that are appropriate to contractual counterparty and context.
You have strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
You demonstrate the ability to take independent decisions.
You have strong business acumen and the ability to think strategically.
You have solid communication, negotiation and interpersonal skills.
You have strong time management and priorities management skills.
You have the adaptability and ability to work on a wide range of legal issues.
General knowledge of UN system policies, rules, regulations and procedures will be considered a plus.
You are fluent in oral and written English and French (proficiency/Level C).
An intermediate knowledge (Level B) of another official WFP language i.e. Arabic, Chinese, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish will be considered a plus.
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