Legal Officer, P3

Legal Officer, P3

UNOLA - United Nations Office of Legal Affairs

Vienna, Austria

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located within the International Trade Law Division (ITLD), Office of Legal Affairs (OLA), which serves as a substantive Secretariat to the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), and is based in Vienna, Austria. The Legal Officer works under the overall guidance of the Director of the Division and the direct supervision of a Senior Legal Officer.


Within assigned authority, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:

  • Conduct extensive legal research and analysis and prepare studies, including comparative studies, on international trade law issues, with a particular focus on issues relevant to reform of investor-State dispute settlement;
  • Prepare or assist in the preparation of background papers, legislative texts and commentaries on those texts; prepare or assist in the preparation of materials for informal meetings in the field of investor-State dispute settlement;
  • Service or assist senior colleagues in servicing UNCITRAL sessions; prepare portions of draft reports for adoption at the conclusion of Commission and working group sessions;
  • Assist the Senior Legal Officer heading the Technical Assistance unit, as required, in the development and delivery of programmes of legal technical assistance;
  • Prepare or assist with the preparation of international trade law seminars and symposia and lecture on various legal issues at such events;
  • Perform other work-related duties as assigned;


  • PROFESSIONALISM: Has good knowledge of international trade law; is able to apply legal principles, concepts, policies, and terminology of private international law for the review, examination and processing of a range of legal issues and documents; has strong analytical skills and is able to conduct legal research on a range of relatively complex and intricate issues; has good legal drafting skills and is able to draft under time pressure; is able to apply good legal judgement in the context of assignments given. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
  • PLANNING AND ORGANIZING: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.
  • COMMUNICATION: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.


An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in law with specialization in commercial, comparative or private international law is required. A first-level university degree in similar fields like commercial, comparative or private international law in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

  • A minimum of five years of progressively responsible professional experience in commercial law, comparative law, international trade law or a related field, including several years at the international level is required.
  • Experience with policies, procedures and operations of the United Nations or a similar international organization is desirable.
  • Experience in the field of investor-State dispute settlement is desirable.
  • Experience with legal technical assistance programmes is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English and French is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.

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