Legal Adviser, P4

Legal Adviser, P4

UNODC - United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime

Vienna, Austria

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Office of the Secretary (OS), Secretariat of the International Narcotics Control Board (SINCB), Division for Treaty Affairs (DTA), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), in Vienna. The Legal Adviser will report to the Secretary of the INCB/Chief of the Secretariat. The Secretariat of the INCB is an administrative entity of UNODC reporting directly to the Board on substantive matters.


Within delegated authority, the Legal Adviser will be responsible for the following specific duties:

  • Serve as the main legal adviser to the Board which is the independent monitoring body for the implementation of the three United Nations international drug control conventions by providing specialized legal advice/support and technical input on complex legal issues/aspects to the Board and its Secretariat;
  • Prepare/draft documentation and provide legal advice on the interpretation and application of the three drug control conventions to the Board and its Secretariat;
  • Assist the Board in its evaluation of the consistency of national policy and legislation with the international legal drug control framework;
  • Perform extensive legal research and analysis and based on this prepare legal opinions for the Board and its Secretariat;
  • Participate in the servicing of the INCB sessions which take place three times a year as well as the servicing of missions of the Board;
  • Provide substantive inputs for the implementation of activities aimed at enhancing the ratification and implementation of and monitoring compliance with the drug control conventions and its protocols;
  • Represent the Board and its Secretariat at meetings, conferences and other missions, as required and promote the work of the Board at these meetings;
  • Serve on various standing committees and working groups of the Board;
  • Monitor and promote governments’ implementation of and compliance with the provisions of the three drug control conventions including reviewing national legislation and identifying gaps between national law and international standards required by the three treaties;
  • Provide expert advice and assistance in the formulation and drafting of relevant law and legal provisions necessary for governments to comply with the drug control conventions and international standards;
  • Conduct research on a range of legal issues in response to a variety of requests for advice and services; prepare draft analyses and propose solutions to problems or actions to be taken;
  • Organize and implement a variety of programme activities aimed at improving national, governmental and inter-governmental drug control policies, strategies, plans and cooperation;
  • In close consultation with the Board’s and its Secretariat on treaty-related matters prepare/draft a variety of written outputs, such as background papers, correspondence with governments, working papers, mission reports, analyses, briefings, presentations, policy proposals and documents, regular and ad hoc reports (such as the Board’s annual report and special reports), studies, summary reports, manuals, guides, toolkits, model legislation, etc. and ensure the timely preparation and submission thereof;
  • As required, coordinate the work of support staff members; mentor and guide interns and Associate Experts in their work;
  • Perform other work related duties as assigned.



  • In-depth knowledge of international public law, international treaty law and criminal law. Ability to apply legal expertise to analyze a diverse range of complex and sui generis legal issues and in developing innovative and creative approaches to address them. Strong analytical skills and ability to conduct comprehensive legal research on a range of issues, including those of a unique and/or complex nature; proficiency in legal drafting and expression and ability to prepare legal briefs, opinions or legal submissions/motions, and a variety of legal instruments and related documents. Discretion and sound judgment in applying legal expertise to sensitive, complex legal issues. Ability to work to tight deadlines and handle multiple concurrent projects. Knowledge of contemporary international relations and of UN system, organization and interrelationships. 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.


  • 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.


  • Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.


  • An advanced university degree (Master’s or Doctorate degree, or equivalent) in law, preferably in international law or related fields, with an understanding of treaty-based work and/or international conventions, is required;
  • A first-level university degree in similar fields in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

  • A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible professional experience in law, including legal analysis, research and writing is required;
  • Legal drafting experience is required;
  • Work experience in servicing intergovernmental bodies is required;
  • Experience in providing legislative assistance in the area of drug control or related field is desirable;
  • Experience in international relations is desirable.


  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in English is required. Fluency in any of the other United Nations official languages is required.

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