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Legal Officer, P3

UN Organisation Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Position description

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Office of Legal Affairs of the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) in Kinshasa duty station. The incumbent reports to the Senior Legal Officer or another Legal Officer.


Under the supervision of the Chief of Section, Legal Affairs and /or more senior Legal Officer(s), as appropriate, the Legal Officer may be responsible for the following duties:

  • Assists in the preparation of or provide legal opinions and advice on a wide range of legal issues affecting the United Nations Mission’s mandate and activities, including public international, private and administrative law matters, as well as issues of constitutional and other national law as they affect the Mission or the mandate.
  • In particular, provides or assists in the provision of advice on: the interpretation of the Mission’s mandate, the legal status of the Mission and its members, including in areas such as privileges and immunities and Status of Forces/Status of Mission Agreements; on legal aspects of the Mission’s operational activities, including the Mission’s rules of engagement and directives on the use of force and related guidelines, matters relating to international law, including international humanitarian law, international criminal law and the protection of civilians, as appropriate; on administrative, personnel and contractual matters, including issues relating to the accountability of personnel, procurement matters, third party claims, as well as legal questions involving the interpretation or application of UN regulations and rules.
  • S/he also prepares or assists in the preparation and review of draft agreements, institutional and operational modalities, contracts, legal submissions and other legal documents and assists and participates in negotiations for the settlement of claims and disputes.
  • Participates at meetings and discussions with other Mission offices, other UN agencies funds and programmes, and with representatives from governments and other entities, as required.
  • Participates in administrative Boards and Committees, including in relation to the procurement process, claims and property management, and on ad hoc working groups and task forces, as assigned by the supervisor.
  • Conducts legal research and analysis using multiple research sources and prepares or assists in the preparation of legal opinions, studies, briefs, background papers, reports, and correspondence.
  • May supervise, or provide guidance to more junior legal officers and staff.
  • Performs other duties, as assigned.


  • Professionalism: Knowledge of, and ability to apply, legal principles, concepts and procedures and terminology for review, examination, and processing of a range of legal documents. Knowledge of various legal research sources, including electronic, and ability to conduct research and analyze information on a wide range of legal issues. Knowledge of the civil law and/or common law legal systems and principles. Ability to interpret and apply legislative instruments, develop and present results, recommendations, and opinions clearly and concisely. Ability to draft legal papers and work under pressure. Ability to apply good legal judgment in the context of assignments given. 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.
  • Communication: 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 the audience. Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
  • Planning and organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies. Identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required. Allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work. Foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning. Monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary. Uses time efficiently.


  • Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

  • A minimum of five (05) years of progressively responsible professional experience in law, including legal analysis, research and writing is required.
  • Experience in the following areas is required: privileges and immunities, international humanitarian law, commercial law, contract law and administrative law.
  • Previous experience working in the Great Lakes region is required.
  • Previous experience providing legal advice applicable to multilateral military operations is desirable.
  • Experience working and providing legal advice in an international environment in a complex, volatile, conflict or post-conflict setting is desirable.


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


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