Deadline: 24 May 2021
World Health Organisations (WHO) is currently seeking applications from the eligible applicants for the post of Senior 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 Senior Legal Officer will perform the following functions:
- High quality advice to WHO technical units, WHO co-convened initiatives (such as COVAX) and/or WHO-hosted partnership secretariats, on legally sound courses of action that comply with WHO policy and where applicable private and international law, and that will avoid costly contractual errors, including in situations where there may be no precedents and where new policy may need to be developed.
- Conduct high level negotiations on, and review and draft a wide range of complex contracts relating to matters within the incumbent’s post description
- Legal matters arising from the COVAX No Fault Compensation Program and other ACT-A legal issues, in close collaboration and under the supervision of the Principal Legal Officer, and in close consultation with the other relevant WHO units.
- Handle legal issues that may arise out of the services agreement with the Program’s Administrator and/or the related Memorandum of Understanding with Gavi, working with the Program’s Project Manager in respect of such legal issues, and participating in relevant meetings with representatives of the COVAX conveners
- Work on other ACT-A legal issues, and in particular provision of legal support on the COVAX allocation mechanism.
- Provision of legal support and assistance to WHO’s R&D Blueprint Team in close collaboration with the Principal Legal Officer, including the drafting, review and negotiation of contracts and other documentation relating to the WHO co-sponsored Solidarity Trials and other R&D Blueprint activities.
- Legal matters relating to WHO’s prequalification processes and procedures this includes drafting, review and updating of acceptable procedures, template letters of agreements, and template correspondence relating to WHO’s Prequalification Programme and its activities.
- General protection of the Organization’s legal interests in specific areas, such as use of the WHO name and emblem, co-sponsorship of meetings for which commercial involvement is an issue, collaboration with the private sector, conditioning of acceptance of donations, legal aspects relating to WHO’s product evaluation schemes and general legal questions confronting international organizations.
- On request by the Legal Counsel, to advise on constitutional, administrative and international legal questions arising during and relating to meetings of the World Health Assembly and Executive Board, including interpretation of the Constitution and the rules of procedure of the WHA and Executive Board and responding to public international law questions, as required.
- Other functions of a legal nature as may be required, by the exigencies of the work of the Office.
Applicants must have:
- Advanced Degree (Master’s level or equivalent or above) in Law from a recognized ]University, with emphasis on commercial and/or private law subjects.
- At least 10 year’s experience as a lawyer, of which at least 7 year’s experience practicing commercial law, advising on commercial legal issues and negotiating and drafting contracts within the legal department of a government, an international organization or a company, or within a law firm.
- Experience in the presentation and communication of legal considerations to non-lawyers in a time-sensitive and comprehensible manner.
- Experience in practicing commercial law in an international context, preferably within an international organization.
- Study of corporate, contractual law and law studies in different national jurisdictions.
- Professional legal qualification, such as having passed a national bar exam.
- Familiar with international law, international organizations law or international administrative law would be an advantage.
- Demonstrate experience at the international level.
- Sound knowledge of private law, including in the context of international organizations. Ability to analyze and organize facts and present clear, logical and legally sound opinions.
- Excellent contractual drafting and negotiation skills in English.
- Contractual drafting and negotiation in French and Spanish desirable.
- Excellent inter-personal skills.
- Ability to provide in-house legal advice, and advice involving external stakeholders, on a wide range of legal matters relevant to the work of the Organization.
- Expert knowledge of English and Spanish with intermediate knowledge of one of the other official WHO languages (Arabic, Chinese, French or Russian), preferably French.
How to Apply
Applicants must submit applications through online process.
For more information, visit WHO.