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DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: 24 February 2020 Recruitment Completed

Legal Officer, IPCC


Geneva, Switzerland

1 May 2020
or as soon as possible thereafter

Fixed-term - 2 years

Secretariat of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
WMO is committed to achieving diversity and a balanced workforce. Applications are welcome from qualified women and men, including those with disabilities. The statutory retirement age after 1 January 2014 is 65. For external applicants, only those who are expected to complete the term of appointment will normally be considered.

Under the supervision of the Secretary, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and in close cooperation with the WMO Legal Counsel, the incumbent will perform the duties listed below. The incumbent may be requested to assist WMO and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in similar functions:

(a) Handle complex legal and procedural matters related to the IPCC and its activities;

(b) Provide legal advice on diverse substantive and procedural questions of considerable complexity, including the interpretation and application of IPCC Rules and Procedures, and other constitutive and legislative instruments governing IPCC activities and operations;

(c) Conduct legal research and analysis and prepare comparative studies, briefs, reports and correspondence in support of IPCC work and the application of procedures; undertake review of legal documents, instruments, or other material, and identify important issues, similarities, and inconsistencies; provide advice to follow-up actions;

(d) Clear permission/copyright requests to reproduce IPCC material;

(e) Perform functions related to the implementation of the IPCC Conflict of Interest Policy;

(f) Assist in reviewing and managing the IPCC policy and process for admitting observer organizations, including the application requests by intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations for observer status, and maintain the list of accredited observers to the IPCC updated;

(g) Develop, maintain, and support partnerships with governments, United Nations bodies and initiatives, and other intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations; and set up and maintain a network of continuous working contacts and facilitate regular exchange of information with IPCC partners;

(h) Provide legal advice, support, and review regarding the drafting of Memoranda of Understanding and other legal contracts between the IPCC and governments, non-governmental organizations and other public and private partners;

(i) Contribute to the preparation of relevant outreach activities such as United Nations conferences, seminars and lectures;

(j) Provide legal advice in the area of administrative law (procurement and human resource issues);

(k) Carry out other relevant duties as required.

Master's degree or equivalent in international law or related field.

At least eight years of combined national and international progressively responsible experience in legal work of which three to four years at the international level and preferably acquired in the United Nations system. Relevant experience in the areas of international and administrative law.

Other requirements
High sense of integrity, responsibility, and maturity of judgment; ability to work autonomously; good level of initiative and creativity; demonstrated ability to plan, organize and manage multiple workloads; ability to draft reports, correspondence and legal documents clearly and succinctly in English; good working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications; familiarity with the work of WMO and the IPCC structure and activities. Ability to work in a multicultural environment and to foster diversity and team spirit.

Excellent knowledge of English (both oral and written). Knowledge of French is desirable. Knowledge of other official languages of the Organization would be an advantage.

(Note: The official languages of the Organization are Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish.)
The Secretary-General may appoint a candidate at a grade below the advertised grade of the post, with the possibility of promotion to that grade within three years of appointment, subject to satisfactory appraisal of performance.
Possibility of renewal subject to the availability of funds and pending satisfactory performance after an initial probationary period of one year which can be extended up to a maximum of two years.

Annual net base salary on initial appointment is: US$ 73516

Annual post adjustment on initial salary is: US$ 50947 (in addition to the net base salary)

Additional Information:
Only applicants in whom WMO has a further interest will be contacted. Shortlisted candidates may be required to sit a written assessment and/or an interview. The interviews are tentatively scheduled for the week of 16 to 20 March 2020.
Date of issue of vacancy notice: 27 January 2020

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