RE-OPENING - Legal Analyst, Legal Unit, Office of the Executive Director, New York, P-2

  • Level: P-2
  • Contract Type: Fixed Term Appointment
  • Closing date: 25 Jul 2022 11:59 PM (America/New_York)
  • Duty station: New York, USA


The Position:

The Legal Analyst position is part of the UNFPA Young Professionals from Africa and of African Descent programme. The programme is open to qualified candidates who are no older than 32 years of age as of 31 December 2022, who self-identify as a person of African descent or are a national of an African country. The programme is intended to provide on-the-job training for young professionals who wish to obtain practical experience in international development and have the potential to grow into impactful leadership roles across the organization.

You will report directly to the Chief, Legal Unit, or his/her designee.

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:

This job of Legal Analyst is in the Legal Unit, UNFPA. The Legal Unit provides the highest quality and timely support and advice with regard to legal issues arising in the operations of UNFPA, an international intergovernmental development agency. The Legal Analyst will participate in the provision of legal advice relating to procurement, resource mobilization, development financing, privileges and immunities, accountability, and employment. The job supports UNFPA's managers in their operations and mainstreams legal considerations in managerial decision making. This achieves an increase in the level of protection of UNFPA from legal exposure and liability and reinforces the accountability of managers.

Qualifications and Experience  


Advanced university degree in law. 

Knowledge and Experience: 

•    Two years of practical experience as a jurist/lawyer, in government and/or private practice;
•    Excellent legal drafting and negotiation skills in English;
•    Qualification to be admitted to the practice of law;
•    Initiative, sound judgment and demonstrated ability to work harmoniously with staff members from different national and cultural backgrounds;


Fluency in English; proficiency in other official languages of the United Nations may be an additional asset.  

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