Legal Specialist, Legal Unit, Office of the Executive Director, New York, P-3 (2 Positions)

  • Level: P-3
  • Contract Type: Fixed Term Appointment
  • Closing date: 30 Jun 2022 05:00 PM (America/New_York)
  • Duty station: New York, USA

The Position:

The Legal Specialist post is located in the Legal Unit/ Office of the Executive Director (OED). The Legal Specialist reports to the Chief, Legal Unit, OED.

How you can make a difference:

UNFPA is the lead UN agency for delivering a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person's potential is fulfilled.  UNFPA’s strategic plan (2022-2025), reaffirms the relevance of the current strategic direction of UNFPA and focuses on three transformative results: to end preventable maternal deaths; end unmet need for family planning; and end gender-based violence and harmful practices. These results capture our strategic commitments on accelerating progress towards realizing the ICPD and SDGs in the Decade of Action leading up to 2030. Our strategic plan calls upon UN Member States, organizations and individuals to “build forward better”, while addressing the negative impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic on women’s and girls’ access to sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights, recover lost gains and realize our goals.

In a world where fundamental human rights are at risk, we need principled and ethical staff, who embody these international norms and standards, and who will defend them courageously and with full conviction.

UNFPA is seeking candidates that transform, inspire and deliver high impact and sustained results; we need staff who are transparent, exceptional in how they manage the resources entrusted to them and who commit to deliver excellence in programme results.

Job Purpose:

Under the overall supervision of the Chief, Legal Unit, the Legal Specialist provides legal support to UNFPA management, headquarters units, regional offices, sub-regional offices and country offices.  

Qualifications and Experience  


Advanced university degree in law. Specialization in international law, labor law and/or administrative law an asset; 

Knowledge and Experience: 

  • Admitted to practice law in national jurisdiction;
  • 5 years experience in the practice of international law with a law firm, a government and/or an international organization; 
  • Practical advocacy experience an asset;
  • Excellent legal communications and drafting skills;
  • Excellent capability to manage risk.


Fluency in English is required; knowledge of another official UN language is an asset. 

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