Deadline: 4 June 2021
World Health Organisations (WHO) is currently seeking applications from the eligible applicants for the post of Legal Officer in Geneva, Switzerland. The duration of this post is 2 years.
The primary role of WHO is to direct and coordinate international health within the United Nations system.
Key Job Responsibilities
The Legal Officer will perform the following functions:
- Provide input and legal support on procedural and substantive legal questions arising in the course of the operation of intergovernmental meetings that take place in between the regular sessions ofthe WHO governing bodies.
- Protect the Organizations interests in supporting the negotiation, adoption and management of legal instruments between WHO and other entities such as Member States or other intergovernmental organizations, including insofar as the status of the Organization / its privileges and immunities under international law is/are concerned, as well as nomenclature and representation of international borders related matters.
- Ensure that decision-making by technical units, both in terms of procedure and in terms of substance, is well-informed by legal and policy considerations in compliance with WHO rules, regulations, and policies, including in situations, where there may be limited or no precedents, where matters of status under international law may arise, and where new policy may need to be developed, and including in the areas of international administrative and commercial matters as needed.
- Assume other functions as required by the exigencies of the work of the Office, including the presentation of the work of the Office to WHO staff and visitors to the Organization, the external representation of the Organization in appropriate fora, including on missions, the provision of staffing advice and the day-to-day supervision of legal interns assigned to the Office.
- Other functions of a legal nature, as may be required by the exigencies of the work of the Office.
- Perform all other related duties as assigned.
Applicants must have:
- University Degree in law, including a professional legal qualification, such as having passed a national bar exam.
- Advanced level University Degree (Master’s level or above) in international law or international relations is an asset.
- Study of international organizations law.
- Minimum 5 year’s legal experience, of which at least 2 year’s in providing legal advice in relation to the governing bodies of a UN common system or equivalent entity.
- Demonstrate exposure at the international level.
- Experience advising in international organizations law.
- Experience in communicating legal considerations to non-lawyers in a time-sensitive, policy-sensitive and well-drafted manner.
- Solid understanding of public international law and the law of international organizations and thorough knowledge of the legal structure, legal instruments and principles as applicable in WHO.
- Under the supervision of the first or second level supervisor, ability to provide in-house legal advice, and advice to external stakeholders, on a wide range of legal matters relevant to the work of the Organization.
- Expert knowledge of English and intermediate in French.
How to Apply
Applicants must submit applications through online process.
For more information, visit WHO.