Closing date: Sunday, 20 October 2019

Posting Title: LEGAL OFFICER (Temporary Job Opening), P4 (Temporary Job Opening)


Department/Office: Office of Counter-Terrorism

Duty Station: NEW YORK

Posting Period: 14 October 2019 - 20 October 2019

Job Opening Number: 19-Legal Affairs-UNOCT-120294-J-New York (X)

United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Organisational Setting and Reporting

The United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism (OCT) was established by the General Assembly in June 2017. The Office has five main functions: (a) provide leadership on the General Assembly counter-terrorism mandates across the United Nations System; (b) enhance coordination and coherence across the 38 Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force entities to ensure the balanced implementation of the four pillars of the Strategy; (c) strengthen the delivery of United Nations counter-terrorism capacity-building assistance to Member States; (d) improve visibility, advocacy and resource mobilization for United Nations counter-terrorism efforts; and (e) ensure that due priority is given to counter-terrorism across the United Nations System and that the important work on preventing violent extremism is firmly rooted in the Strategy.

The position is located in the Policy Knowledge Management and Coordination Division of the United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism of the Secretariat, both at Headquarters. Under the overall supervision of the Director, the Legal Affairs Officer will report to the Senior Political Affairs Officer. The position will provide advice and support to the Office, as well as be responsible for knowledge management and learning practices within the Office.


Provide legal and political advice on diverse substantive and procedural questions of considerable complexity, particularly as it relates to counter-terrorism.

Perform extensive legal and political research and analysis and prepare legal and political opinions, advice, studies, briefs, reports and correspondence

Services diplomatic conferences, commissions, committees, task forces, expert groups and other bodies, including preparation of background materials, summaries of issues and views of delegations, meeting reports, etc.

Reviews, advises on and drafts complex contracts, agreements, institutional and operational modalities, or legal motions/submissions and other legal documents; develops new legal modalities to meet unique needs/circumstances.