Legal Specialist (Innovation Programme) At UNOPS

Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

The selected candidate will be offered a highly competitive and tax-free (in Finland) remuneration package.

Summary of key responsibilities:

The Responsibilities will include:

Support S3i Innovation operations through advice on legal matters:

  • Drafts, reviews and supports negotiating contracts and agreements for the S3i Innovation, including but not limited to partnership, membership, project agreements;
  • Reviews new S3i Innovation engagements and provide guidance with a focus on identifying legal risks and opportunities;
  • Conducts legal review and support negotiation of project agreements with S3i Innovation funding sources and partners;
  • Drafts, edits, proofreads, finalizes and processes legal correspondence and communications with internal and external stakeholders, including senior management and external partners, for internal clearances, approval and signature; monitors requisite follow-up actions.

Contribute to business efficiency and compliance:

  • Provides support in the review and implementation of the UNOPS regulatory framework and coordinating and reviewing audit responses. Where appropriate, assist in the follow-up on the implementation of audit recommendations;
  • Advises risk mitigation strategies for the S3i Innovation;
  • Ensures compliance to regulatory and/or legal requirements relevant to the S3i Innovation operations; ensures compliance with policies and consistency across S3i Innovation Centres.

Contribute to knowledge management:

  • Provides regular feedback to partners on legal issues, risks and possible areas of improvement in coordination with external legal advisors (as needed);
  • Contributes to legal knowledge and information management within the team and across the organisation;
  • Provides legal training to relevant personnel and partners as needed.

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  • Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law;
  • 2 additional years of relevant work experience, in combination with a relevant first level university (bachelor’s degree or equivalent), may substitute for the requirement of a master’s degree. Admission to practice law in any national jurisdiction is required.


  • Holds at least five years of relevant experience either within a law firm or as in-house counsel, with experience and knowledge of the innovation sector as a strong asset.
  • Experience drafting, reviewing and negotiating partnership agreements is required.
  • Experience researching and analysing applicable laws and regulations; strong track record in compliance procedures is required.
  • Proven ability to collaborate with diverse and senior teams 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 is required.
  • Demonstrated field experience in a development context is an advantage.

Language Requirements:

  • Excellent writing and oral skills in English. Working knowledge of French or Spanish would be an asset.

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