Legal Officer, Nairobi

Organization: UNEP - United Nations Environment Programme

Country: Kenya

City: Nairobi, Kenya

Office: UNEP Nairobi, Kenya

Grade: P-4

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Closing date: Friday, 18 May 2018

Posting Title: LEGAL OFFICER, P4


Department/ Office: United Nations Environment Programme

Duty Station: NAIROBI

Posting Period: 4 April 2018-18 May 2018

Job Opening number: 18-LEG-UNEP-94623-R-NAIROBI (X)

Staffing Exercise ID: N/A

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

Organizational Setting and Reporting

The United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment. UN Environment’s Ecosystems Division works with international and national partners, providing technical assistance and advisory services for the implementation of environmental policy, and strengthening the environmental management capacity of developing countries and countries with economies in transition. This position is located in the Ecosystems Division at the Nairobi duty station.

The incumbent of the position will report to the Senior Administrative Officer and be responsible for the following duties:-


Undertake legal research and analysis and prepares legal opinions, studies, briefs, reports,indictments and correspondence to provide legal advice to the division.

Assist division staff in the drafting of United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) resolutions and legal documentation for other intergovernmental processes.

Review, advise on and draft complex contracts,agreements, institutional and operational modalities that are outside of the UN Environment template.

Review, advise on institutional and operational modalities that are outside of the UN Environment template.

Provide legal advice on host country agreements for conferences/workshops organized by Ecosystems Division, and the hosting of Regional Seas Convention and Action Plans Secretariats.

Serve as the legal officer for the Regional Seas Conventions and Action Plans, providing advice on the formulation, revisions and amendments to Conventions, Protocols and other legal instruments.