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OPCW eRecruitment
Senior Legal Officer (P-4)
Post Level :    P-4  Closing Date :  19 February 2013 (-2222 days left)
Vacancy Ref :     E-LAO/SLO/F0116/P-4/41/10-12
Branch :     Office of the Legal Adviser
Division :    Office of the Legal Adviser
Date :    20 December 2012
This appointment is for a three-year duration with a six-month probationary period. The OPCW is a non-career organisation with limited staff tenure. The total length of service for Professional staff shall not exceed 7 years. The Director-General retains the discretion not to make any appointment to this vacancy, to make an appointment at a lower grade, or to make an appointment with a modified job description. Several vacancies may be filled.
 Principal Functions  Requirements
Under the supervision of the Legal Adviser, the incumbent will carry out the following duties:

1. Provision of legal advice and assistance on administrative law issues and operational activities of the Technical Secretariat:
- Research and draft legal opinions on administrative law issues (e.g., in respect of claims, allegations and complaints, investigations, disciplinary matters, etc.), some of which are complex and/or sensitive in nature;
- Review or prepare legal opinions and studies as requested by the Office of the Director-General and other divisions, branches or offices of the Secretariat on the interpretation of internal rules and procedures, such as the Financial Regulations and Rules, the Staff Regulations and Rules, relevant decisions of the Policy-Making Organs and other internal legislation;
- Draft the OPCW submissions to, and appears before, the OPCW Appeals Council and/or the ILO Administrative Tribunal and research, as required, other issues in respect of recourse matters;
- Review or draft administrative directives and other internal legislation;
- Draft or review drafts of memoranda of understanding and other forms of agreement to be entered into by the Technical Secretariat relating to (1) arrangements for activities to be conducted by the Technical Secretariat (such as voluntary contributions agreements), (2) cooperation/coordination with other international organisations, and (3) the supply of goods and services;
- As instructed by the Director-General, conduct investigations, or provide support and advice to investigations, into alleged misconduct or other alleged violations of the OPCW’s regulations and rules and administrative instructions;
- Upon appointment by the Director-General, or as delegated by the Legal Adviser, serve on internal advisory bodies and committees.

2. Provision of legal advice on the implementation of the convention:
- Draft legal opinions on issues related to the implementation of the Convention as requested by the Office of the Director-General, the Policy-Making Organs or their subsidiary bodies;
- Analyse and provide legal advice on the implementation and application of the Convention’s verification regime, as requested by the Office of the Director-General and other divisions, branches or offices of the Secretariat;
- Review and assist in the negotiation of agreements with Member States relating to the implementation of the CWC verification regime and on the privileges and immunities of the OPCW;
- Review draft national implementing legislation and related measures, and provide advice to National Authorities on CWC obligations;
- Represent the Office of the Legal Adviser in OPCW training courses and deliver lectures to the representatives of the Member States and the public on legal aspects of the CWC;
- Render legal advice during, and prepare documents for, consultations between Member States.

3. Provision of legal support for general administrative and operational activities of the office of the legal adviser:
- Draft or review drafts of miscellaneous reports and correspondence of a legal nature, as required;
- Serve as panel member in the recruitment of staff for the Office of the Legal Adviser;
- Direct, provide training, supervise and review the work of staff at lower levels and, as required, serve as First Reporting Officer for the purposes of performance appraisal.

4. Perform other duties as required.

 Knowledge and Skills

· Advanced university degree in Law, with specialisation in International Law, Disarmament or Administrative Law, in addition to a first degree in Law.
· Excellent communication skills - both written and oral; and good negotiation skills;
. Excellent legal drafting skills;
. Strong analytical skills and proficiency in legal research;
. Leadership skills, maturity and good judgement;
. Strong planning and organisational skills, and ability to work under pressure of time and urgent deadlines;
. Flexibility and problem solving skills;
. Tact, discretion and the ability to work harmoniously in a multi-cultural environment.


· At least 8 years of progressively responsible experience in international organisations and/or government service, in the areas of International Law, Disarmament or Administrative Law;
· Knowledge of the legal aspects of the United Nations Common System.

· Experience in the UN Common System or in the OPCW providing in-house counsel services would be an asset.


· Fluency in English and a good working knowledge of one of the other official languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, and Spanish) is essential;
. Ability to conduct negotiations in English and in another official language of the OPCW.
Total annual salary consists of a net annual salary (net of taxes and before medical insurance and provident fund deductions) in US$ and a post adjustment. The post adjustment (cost of living allowance) is variable and subject to change without notice in accordance with the rates as set within the UN Common System for salaries and allowances. The figure quoted on the right, is based on the December 2012 rate of 51.6%.  
Annual Salary $72,467
Post Adjustment $37,393
Total Salary $109,860
Currency USD USD
Interested applicants who are unable to submit an application online at , due to technical problems, are requested to send an e- mail to explaining the problem.
Only applications received before the closing date will be considered.
Only applicants under serious consideration for a post will be contacted.
Applications from qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged.