National Legal Officer at UNDP, Suva, Fiji

Deadline: 25 September 2018

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is currently seeking applications from eligible applicants for the post of National Legal Officer in Suva, Fiji. The duration of this post is 1 year.

Under the guidance of the Regional Representative/Head of Office, the National Legal Officer provides legal analysis and advice which contributes to the overall political, social and economic analysis and participates in the formulation, management and evaluation of strategies for human rights protection and advocacy.

UNDP works in nearly 170 countries and territories, helping to achieve the eradication of poverty, and the reduction of inequalities and exclusion.

Key Job Responsibilities

The National Legal Officer will perform the following function:

  • Assist in the implementation of human rights protection and advocacy strategies.
  • Assist, advise and support the Office in relevant areas related to human rights information gathering, legal analysis, and drafting activities including by undertaking field monitoring and verification work, and following up to different cases and situations.
  • Advise the Office on matters related to the applicable legal framework, including international human rights law, international humanitarian law, international criminal law and national laws directly relevant for the region or country specific situations.
  • Regularly carry out legal review and analysis of information collected by the Office, including from witnesses and victims, NHRIs, civil society and authorities; Identify gaps; Ensure that the information collected corresponds to the required legal elements.
  • Maintain strict security and confidentiality of information; Ensure that all cases and sensitive human rights information are properly recorded; provide guidance for the development of the Office human rights database.
  • Contribute in all the activities of the Office in order to follow up the human rights situation in the geographical region of responsibility.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must have:

  • An advanced law degree.
  • Specific training in a field relevant to Human Rights or related area.
  • Minimum 5 years of relevant experience in legal analysis, research and writing.
  • Experience at national and/or international levels in the human rights or related field.
  • Previous experience with the United Nations or an international organization.
  • Experience in more than one Pacific island country.
  • Fluency in English both written and spoken.

How to Apply

Applicants must submit their applications through online process.

For more information, please visit UNDP.