FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Summary of Functions and Duties
The Deputy Legal Counsel assists the Legal Counsel by providing strategic and technical leadership of the work of LEGA and LEGN. In particular, under the general guidance of the Legal Counsel, the Deputy Legal Counsel:
Assists the Legal Counsel in the overall management of the office, monitoring the provision of legal services, ensuring maintenance of high professional standards, the delivery of technically excellent legal advice taking into account new developments in areas of international and national law relevant to FAO’s mandate, and responsiveness to client needs;
Exercises day-to-day administrative responsibility and managerial oversight over the Legal Office’s human and financial resources, including planning and budgeting for LEG’s programme of work, within the framework of the FAO Strategic Framework and the Medium Term Plan, and initiates actions on budgetary and administrative matters;
Coordinates and guides the provision of legal support and advice to:
all units of the Organization on legal and constitutional aspects of their operations, including through the interpretation of the Basic Texts of the Organization, the Administrative Manual and other relevant instruments, and assistance in the negotiation or implementation of agreements, including agreements addressing funding and other forms of collaboration, the Organization’s relations with governments (including the Host Government), international organizations and other entities (including the private sector);
the Governing and Statutory Bodies and Members of the Organization, including in respect of the interpretation and implementation of the Basic Texts, international binding and non-binding instruments, and the collection, analysis and dissemination of legal information of relevance to FAO’s mandate.
Supports the revision of existing policies and rules and the development of new policies and other instruments on diverse and complex matters, including but not limited to frameworks for partnerships and other forms of engagement with non-state actors, human resources, donor relations, the use of new technologies for delivery of FAO’s mandate;
Addresses matters pertaining to the status of the Organization as an Agency of the United Nations System, and consults and coordinates with other United Nations Agencies on legal issues of common interest;
Coordinates the performance of depositary functions with respect to treaties for which the Director-General is the depositary;
Represents the Organization in judicial and arbitral proceedings and in settlements of disputes, in particular, the handling of cases under the internal appeals mechanisms and before the Administrative Tribunal of the International Labour Organization;
Advises the World Food Programme (WFP) on matters involving the status and immunities of the Programme and Complaints filed by WFP staff before the Administrative Tribunal of the International Labour Organization;
Supports the Secretary in providing services to the Committee on Constitutional and Legal Matters (CCLM);
Performs other duties as required.
CANDIDATES WILL BE ASSESSED AGAINST THE FOLLOWING
Advanced university degree in Law, including studies covering Public International Law/law of international organizations.
Integrity, adherence to highest ethical standards and the capacity to deliver objective legal advice.
Demonstrated leadership and managerial skills of a high order, including experience in supervising the work of legal professionals drawn from diverse national and cultural backgrounds, and in the planning and management of resources.
At least twelve years of relevant professional experience in a large organization – public or private – with activities of a global or regional scope.
Proven ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with people of different national and cultural backgrounds, and of diverse technical and professional backgrounds.
Capacity for innovative thinking within the parameters of fundamental legal norms is highly desirable.
Working knowledge of English and limited knowledge of one of the other FAO languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish).