Legal Affairs Specialist, P-4, Outposted Geneva, Temporary Appointment, Office of Executive Director #127896

UNICEF works in a number of the world’s hardest locations, to succeed in the world’s most deprived kids. To avoid wasting their lives. To defend their rights. To assist them fulfill their potential.

Throughout 190 nations and territories, we work for each little one, in every single place, day by day, to construct a greater world for everybody.

And we by no means quit.

For each little one, dedication

The Authorized Affairs Specialist in Geneva will advise inner purchasers particularly supporting UNICEF’s fundraising operations, together with non-public sector fundraising and digital funds techniques, and fundraising permissions and regulatory points, in addition to supporting different enterprise models globally on a broad spectrum of authorized issues starting from business contracts to personal sector partnerships. The Authorized Affairs Specialist in Geneva will report back to the Sr Authorized Affairs Specialist who stories to the Chief Authorized Counsel.

Members of the UNICEF Authorized Workplace are anticipated to be open-minded and resourceful, responsive, and dynamic, clear and approachable, and clear and authoritative. The general route of the Authorized Workplace is ready by the Chief Authorized Counsel in New York.

The Authorized Affairs Specialist will independently, working intently with different workforce members and beneath the supervision of the Sr Authorized Affairs Specialist.

How will you make a distinction?

  1. On the request of the Sr Authorized Affairs Specialist, act because the lead lawyer on issues relarting to (a) know-how, digital and cellular improvements and platforms, and/or (b) digital fundraising, cellular cash and digital, in addition to partnership agreements and business contracts referring to (a) and (b).
  2. Collaborate intently with groups throughout the group, on the headquarters / divisional degree, and on the regional and nation workplace degree, in broadly various growth and humanitarian contexts.
  3. Develop and supply coaching and capability constructing to inner divisions and places of work groups throughout UNICEF; proactively share data with different workforce members.
  4. Help initiatives managed by the Workplace (authorized data administration, workplace governance, case administration) all through their complete lifecycle, together with design & planning, stakeholder engagement, monitoring & analysis.
  5. Tackle different duties and duties as required.

The Authorized Affairs Specialist can be anticipated to:

  • Be alive to the larger image. Join dots, determine developments, develop options. This entails: taking possession and having sense of accountability over your portfolio as a complete, consciously answering the necessity for creativity and resourcefulness in all conditions (i.e. present initiative, be proactive, create and use networks, suppose exterior the field). 
  • Take management in motion and be responsive with shopper, whereas retaining your supervisor posted. This entails speaking with the shopper recurrently, sustaining excessive ranges of responsiveness to the shopper, retaining your supervisor recurrently knowledgeable and in search of their enter and steering appropriately, managing the expectations of the shopper and realizing when to escalate.
  • Take cost – be accountable and be accountable. This entails:
    • taking a risk-based strategy, prioritizing and, the place issues warrant your funding, taking a forward-looking strategic strategy – demonstrating coherence, rigor and thought over your issues;
    • being pro-active in stakeholder administration, and following up on excellent issues and queries;  
    • being resourceful, for instance, use networks to unlock issues. 
  • Train good judgement on rising challenges, particularly the place there’s a have to escalate in order to keep away from or overcome an deadlock and contain your supervisor in a well timed method.

To qualify as an advocate for each little one you should have…


  • A minimal of a post-graduate college legislation diploma (for instance. LL. B post-graduate; LL.M.; J.D.) in a related subject of legislation (e.g. worldwide legislation, business legislation) or equal is required; or, on the discretion of the Director of the Authorized Workplace, a first-level college diploma together with a further two years of qualifying work expertise could also be accepted in lieu of a complicated college diploma.


  • A minimal of eight (8) years’ of progressively accountable expertise within the apply of legislation in a related subject is required (e.g. worldwide legislation; business legislation).  Expertise in a legislation agency, in non-public apply or as in-house counsel, or in a global group (UN and worldwide monetary establishments, growth banks, regional banks)is very fascinating. 
  • A constructive and client-oriented strategy to decision of issues is required.
  • Glorious analysis, authorized writing and drafting expertise are required.
  • Glorious verbal communication and negotiation expertise, wonderful interpersonal expertise with employees in any respect ranges, and the flexibility to work with utmost discretion in dealing with delicate and confidential issues are required.


  • Fluency in English is required. Proficiency in one other language, significantly one of many different official languages of the United Nations can be fascinating (Chinese language, Arabic, Russian, French, Spanish).

For each Little one, you display…

UNICEF’s Core Values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Belief and Accountability and Sustainability (CRITAS) underpin every part we do and the way we do it. Get acquainted with Our Values Constitution: UNICEF Values

UNICEF competencies required for this submit are…

  1. Builds and maintains partnerships
  2. Demonstrates self-awareness and moral consciousness
  3. Drive to attain outcomes for influence
  4. Innovates and embraces change
  5. Manages ambiguity and complexity
  6. Thinks and acts strategically
  7. Works collaboratively with others.

In the course of the recruitment course of, we take a look at candidates following the competency framework. Familiarize your self with our competency framework and its totally different ranges: competency framework here.

UNICEF is right here to serve the world’s most deprived kids and our international workforce should mirror the range of these kids. The UNICEF family is committed to include everyone, no matter their race/ethnicity, age, incapacity, gender id, sexual orientation, faith, nationality, socio-economic background, or every other private attribute.
We provide a wide range of benefits to our staff, together with paid parental go away, breastfeeding breaks and reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities. UNICEF strongly encourages the usage of versatile working preparations.
UNICEF has a zero-tolerance coverage on conduct that’s incompatible with the goals and targets of the United Nations and UNICEF, together with sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF is dedicated to advertise the safety and safeguarding of all kids. 


UNICEF appointments are topic to medical clearance.  Issuance of a visa by the host nation of the obligation station, which can be facilitated by UNICEF, is required for IP positions. Appointments are additionally topic to inoculation (vaccination) necessities, together with in opposition to SARS-CoV-2 (Covid). Do you have to be chosen for a place with UNICEF, you both have to be inoculated as required or obtain a medical exemption from the related division of the UN. In any other case, the choice can be cancelled.

All chosen candidates will bear rigorous reference and background checks and can be anticipated to stick to those requirements and rules. Background checks will embrace the verification of educational credential(s) and employment historical past. Chosen candidates could also be required to supply extra info to conduct a background examine.

Authorities workers which are thought-about for employment with UNICEF are usually required to resign from their authorities earlier than taking over an project with UNICEF. UNICEF reserves the precise to withdraw a proposal of appointment, with out compensation, if a visa or medical clearance is just not obtained, or vital inoculation necessities are usually not met, inside an inexpensive interval for any motive.

Solely shortlisted candidates can be contacted and advance to the following stage of the choice course of.

Marketed: 26 Mar 2024 W. Europe Normal Time
Deadline: 16 Apr 2024 W. Europe Daylight Time

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