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DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: 7 June 2023 Under Recruitment

Assistant Legal Officer


Geneva, Switzerland

To be determined

Fixed-term - 2 years

Legal Office
Governance Services Department
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 and guidance of the Director, Legal Counsel and Administration Division (D/LCA), the incumbent will perform the following duties in the Legal Office:

(a) Conducts legal research on a diverse range of assigned issues in international and administrative law and other area(s) of specialization using multiple research sources; selects relevant material, analyses information and presents findings for internal review;

(b) Assists the Director and the Senior Legal Officer in the review of legal documents, instruments, or other material; identifies important issues, similarities and inconsistencies, etc.;

(c) Assists in the preparation of drafts of background papers, studies, reports, etc.;

(d) Assists in the preparation of legal opinions/advice on a wide range of international public and private law issues, including the United Nations Charter, the WMO legal framework, WMO governing bodies resolutions and decisions involving, inter alia, issues relating to privileges and immunities, institutional questions, treaty law and practice, procedural issues arising during meetings of governing body organs, constitutional and administrative law of the Organization;

(e) Assesses the relevance or admissibility of evidence gathered by investigators;

(f) Assists in the preparation of agreements and contracts with governments, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and other public and private entities, as well as claims and disputes;

(g) Assists in representing the Organization before arbitral and other tribunals or administrative proceedings, including disciplinary cases;

(h) Assists in providing legal advice on human resources matters and assists in reviewing administrative decisions;

(i) Assists in administering programmes of legal technical assistance;

(j) Assists the Director and the Senior Legal Officer in servicing conferences, commissions, committees, task forces and other bodies, including preparation of background materials, summaries of issues and views of delegations, etc.;

(k) Carry out other relevant duties as required.

Master's degree or equivalent in law.

No work experience is required.

Other requirements
Good legal research, analysis and presentation of key information to facilitate decision-making. Ability to deliver well-reasoned and clearly written recommendations, opinions and identification of issues on assigned legal topics and to consistently apply appropriate policies, guidelines, procedures and processes. Effective interaction with colleagues and concerned parties internally and externally. Ability to work in a multicultural environment and to foster diversity and team spirit.

Excellent knowledge of English (both oral and written). 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.)
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$ 39401

Annual post adjustment on initial salary is: US$ 32151 (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.
Date of issue of vacancy notice: 10 May 2023

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