Legal Specialist at UNOPS

Duration: 9 months (Maternity Cover)

Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Summary of key responsibilities:

Under the overall guidance of the Acting IPAS Legal Team Lead the incumbent shall:

Support UNOPS operations through advice on institutional and commercial legal matters such as:

  • Reviewing new engagements and engagement amendments, with a focus on identifying legal risks and opportunities in close collaboration with other IPAS reviewers and the Acting IPAS Legal Team Lead;
  • Conducting legal review and support negotiation of project agreements with UNOPS funding sources;
  • Drafting, reviewing and support negotiating contracts and grant agreements;
  • Advising on risk mitigation strategies for the Organisation;
  • Providing holistic legal advice in coordination with the Acting IPAS Legal Team and other IPAS legal advisors.

Contribute to business efficiency:

  • Work closely with other IPAS units on system enhancements, outlining legal requirements;
  • Support the development and improvement of the UNOPS regulatory framework;
  • Support corporate and cross-functional initiatives and contribute to ensure that internal policies, processes and systems are aligned with the overall regulatory framework, and are practical, relevant and add value to organisational operations.

Build and maintain an active body of legal knowledge:

  • Contribute to legal knowledge and information management within the team and across the Organisation;
  • Keep abreast of external legal developments and best practices;
  • Provide regular feedback to internal clients on legal issues, risks and possible areas of improvement.

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  • Advanced university degree (master’s or equivalent) in law, or a closely related area is required.
  • A first-level university degree in law (Bachelor’s or equivalent) from an accredited university in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
  • Admission to practice law in any national jurisdiction is required.


  • Minimum five years of post-graduate experience analysing legal issues and conducting legal research, preferably with an international organization or legal office is required.
  • At least one year of experience in the application of regulations and rules, policies, procedures and decision-making processes of an international organization would be a strong asset.
  • Experience analysing legal issues and conducting legal research in support of a legal office/government agency/international organization is required.
  • Demonstrated theoretical knowledge of law, and the application of legal principles, concepts and policies to the review, examination and processing of a range of legal issues and documents;
  • Proficiency in legal drafting and ability to draft accurately, clearly and concisely under time pressure;
  • Demonstrated experience in communicating complex legal concepts across a range of audiences;
  • Demonstrated field experience in a development context is an advantage.

Language requirements:

  • Fluency in written and spoken English is required.
  • Knowledge of French or Spanish is desirable.

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