Legal Officer Job in Kenya - UN


Provide legal and procedural support to the process on (i) the organization of the INC meetings; (ii) research into substantive and procedural legal questions including advice on rules of procedure; and (iii) preparation of pre-session documents that address legal questions, including drafts texts of a legal instrument.  

Handles a range of issues related to constitutional, international, public, private, administrative, and, for Tribunals, criminal (substantive, procedural and comparative) law, including the interpretation and application of constitutive, legislative and other instruments governing United Nations activities and operations, in consultation with senior Legal Officers or Prosecuting Trial Attorneys.  

Conducts extensive legal research and analysis and prepare studies, comparative studies, briefs, reports and correspondence.  

Undertakes basic or extensive review of legal documents, instruments, or other material; identifies important issues, similarities, and inconsistencies.  

Prepares or assists in the preparation of drafts of background papers, studies, reports, legislative texts and commentaries on those texts, teaching materials in the field of international trade law and private international law.


Prepares or assists in the preparation of legal opinions/advice on a wide range of international public or private law issues, including the United Nations Charter, General Assembly resolutions and decisions involving, inter alia, issues relating to privileges and immunities, peace and security, criminal prosecutions, institutional questions, treaty law and practice, procedural issues arising during meetings of United Nations organs, constitutional and administrative law of the Organization.  

Prepares or assists in the preparation of agreements and contracts with governments, NGOs and other public and private entities, as well as in the negotiation and settlement of claims and disputes and in handling private international law and international trade law matters.  

Reviews, advises on and drafts indictments or legal motions/submissions.  

Assesses evidence for relevance and admissibility.  

Prepares and assesses briefs of evidence.  

Services or assists senior colleagues in servicing diplomatic conferences, commissions, committees, task forces, expert groups and other bodies, including preparation of background materials, summaries of issues and views of delegations, meeting reports.  

Assists in representing the Organization before arbitral and other tribunals or administrative proceedings, including disciplinary cases; in Tribunals, acts on behalf of the Prosecutor as junior co-counsel in proceedings before Trial or Appeal Chambers.  

Provides legal advice on human resources matters, reviews administrative matters.  

Administers programmes of legal technical assistance.  

Prepares or assists with the preparation of international trade law seminars and symposia, lecture on various legal issues at such events.  

Collects and analyzes data to identify trends or patterns and provide insights through graphs, charts, tables and reports using data visualization methods to enable data-driven planning, decision-making, presentation and reporting.  

Provides guidance to junior staff.  

Performs other related duties as assigned.

Competencies and Qualifications


An advanced university degree (Master’s or Doctorate degree, or equivalent) in international law or related field is required.

A first-level university degree (Bachelor’s degree or equivalent) in the specified fields of studies with two additional years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.  

Successful completion of both degree and non-degree programs in data analytics, business analytics or data science programs is desirable.

Work Experience

A minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in the practice of law, including legal analysis, research and drafting is required.    

Experience with Staff Regulations and Rules, policies, procedures and operations of the United Nations or other similar international organization is desirable.    

Experience working in a legal office of an international intergovernmental organization, law firm, legal office of a government or legal office of a court is required.    

Two (2) years or more of experience in data analytics or related area is desirable.

Deadline : Jul 10, 2024

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