Legal Officer, P-3, Jerusalem


Org. Setting and Reporting UNRWA, the largest United Nations operation in the Middle East with over 30,000 staff working across five areas of operation, is looking for highly committed personnel wishing to make a change. If you are looking for a rewarding opportunity to make a tangible difference for one of the most vulnerable communities in the world, UNRWA would like to hear from you. The Legal Officer reports to the Principal Legal Officer, International Law or the Principal Legal Officer, General Law as applicable.


  • Provides legal advice and assistance on matters relating to administrative and employment law and other relevant issues, in particular by drafting submissions to the Agency’s Dispute Tribunal and/or the UN Appeals Tribunal.

  • Drafts, reviews and assists in the negotiation of all types of Agency contractual modalities, including contracts for procurement of goods and/or services, memoranda of understanding with partners and funding agreements.

  • Advises on the status, mandate, privileges and immunities and related responsibilities of the Agency and its personnel.

  • Provides legal advice, training and outreach on the interpretation and application of relevant public international law, including treaty law, UN law, international human rights, humanitarian and refugee law and practice.

  • Advises on resolution of contractual and tortious claims against the Agency, including overseeing, supporting and conducting negotiations, settlement and arbitration.

  • Advises on the interpretation and application of the Agency’s regulatory framework, in particular UNRWA Area and International Staff Regulations, Rules and associated administrative issuances, Financial Regulations and Organizational Directives. Competencies UN Core Values of Integrity, Professionalism and Respect for Diversity, and Core Competencies of Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results apply by default. Default managerial competencies may apply.

  • Planning and Organizing

  • Analyzing – Relating and Networking

  • Adapting and Responding to Change

  • Persuading and Influencing For guidance on how to prepare for competency-based interviews: https://careers.un. org/lbw/home.aspx?viewtype=AYI Education A university degree from an accredited educational institution in law with some specialization in contract, commercial or public international law.

Work Experience At least six years of progressively responsible relevant work experience as a lawyer in the United Nations, other international organization, in government service, the commercial/private sector or NGO.

A minimum of two continuous years of relevant international experience outside UNRWA, and outside the country(s) of which the candidate is a national or holds citizenship, a passport or a national identity number.

Familiarity with the UN system and practices (desirable). Languages Excellent command of spoken and written English.

Working knowledge of Arabic is desirable. Assessment Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview. Special Notice Type of Contract and duration: 2 years, with the possibility of further extension. The Legal Officer will be required to reside in Jerusalem and should be able to travel in the Agency’s area of operations in the Middle East. Applicants have to complete the Personal History Profile (PHP) in inspira in order to be considered.

The PHP should be completed with full work experience as per the requirements in the Job Opening, in order to be considered. A roster may be created from the selection exercise, and successful candidates may become eligible for an appointment to the same post or a similar post. UNRWA welcomes applications from qualified candidates with disabilities. UNRWA is funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions from UN member states, regional bodies, business foundations and individual contributions. The mission of UNRWA is to help Palestine refugees achieve their full potential in human development under the difficult circumstances in which they live. For more details on UNRWA, please visit: U

How to apply

To start the application process, applicants are required to register at go to Department and choose UNRWA for UNRWA posts. Only applications received through will be considered. Due to the large number of applications received, only short-listed applicants will be contacted via e-mail only.

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