Legal Specialist - Administrative Law

Job categories Legal
Vacancy code VA/2024/B0040/28311
Level ICS-10
Department/office CRP, LG, Legal Group
Duty station Copenhagen, Denmark
Contract type International ICA
Contract level IICA-2
Duration Open-ended, subject to organizational requirements, availability of funds and satisfactory performance
Application period 10-Jun-2024 to 01-Jul-2024

Applications to vacancies must be received before midnight Copenhagen time (CET) on the closing date of the announcement.

Please note that UNOPS will at no stage of the recruitment process request candidates to make payments of any kind.

This vacancy is closed.

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UNOPS supports the implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our mission is to serve people in need by expanding the ability of the United Nations, governments and other partners to manage projects, infrastructure and procurement in a sustainable and efficient manner. Working in some of the world’s most challenging environments, our vision is to advance sustainable implementation practices, always satisfying or surpassing our partners’ expectations. A flexible structure and global reach means that we can quickly respond to our partners' needs, while offering the benefits of economies of scale.

Compliance with certain legal requirements is crucial for the effective implementation of UNOPS activities, to manage parties’ expectations and understanding of their respective rights and obligations, as well as to manage UNOPS risks and protect UNOPS in case of disputes and exposure to liability. 

The Legal Group provides in-house legal advice and review of administrative law, institutional law and commercial law matters, reviewing UNOPS documents and agreements where required, and managing claims and disputes brought by or against UNOPS. 

The Administrative Law unit of the Legal Group is responsible for:

  • Assisting the General Counsel in advising the Executive Director on misconduct cases, including the imposition of disciplinary and non-disciplinary measures; this includes managing the related disciplinary/administrative processes underpinning these measures such as the review of investigation reports and other findings by the Internal Audit and Investigations Group (IAIG) in relation to UNOPS personnel members, issuing charge letters and preparing recommendation memorandums; 

  • Assisting the General Counsel in advising the Executive Director on the legality of contested administrative decisions (submitted through formal Management Evaluation Requests by members of UNOPS personnel); 

  • Representing UNOPS in internal and external justice processes, including mediation proceedings, arbitration proceedings and proceedings before the UN Dispute Tribunal in regards to personnel disputes where personnel are contesting an administrative decision; 

  • Preparing legal advice on administrative law matters including complex and sensitive cases involving the interpretation and application of personnel policies and personnel contractual terms; 

  • Reviewing contract/agreements and templates for UNOPS personnel and third-party labour hire arrangements. 

Under the direct supervision of  the Legal Specialist from the Legal Group, as set out in more detail in section 2, the primary responsibilities of this role  will be to provide legal advice and assistance related to the responsibilities of the Administrative Law unit.  In carrying out his/her responsibilities, the Legal Specialist will be expected to work with a certain degree of autonomy and to interact directly with other UNOPS HQ units, project offices, partners and personnel.

This recruitment aims to fill an ongoing, full-time position based in Copenhagen, Denmark. Depending on actual needs, LG may decide to recruit endorsed qualified professionals for contracts with different working conditions (short/long term, part/full-time, retainer, regular or ongoing positions).

*** Please note that this position requires the selected candidate to be based in Copenhagen. Mobility allowance/support may be provided to facilitate relocation to the duty station in accordance with UNOPS regulatory framework.

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UNOPS – an operational arm of the United Nations – supports the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by successfully implementing its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world.

Our mission is to help people build better lives and countries achieve peace and sustainable development.

We are proud of our people. The UNOPS family brings together approximately 160 nationalities, represented by over 5,000 UNOPS personnel as well as some 7,800 personnel recruited on behalf on our partners. Spread across 80 countries, our workforce is rich in diversity and culture – with inclusion at its core.

We understand the importance of balancing professional and personal demands and offer several flexible working options.

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