Assc Legal Officer


Associate Legal Officer


The Associate Legal Officer is a member of the protection or legal team either at Headquarters (within the Division of International Protection or in a Regional Bureau), or in a Country or Sub-Office. He/she may report to the (Senior) Protection or (Senior) Legal Officer, Head of Sub-Office or to the Assistant Representative for Protection. In smaller Offices, the post may report directly to the Representative.  The incumbent may have direct supervisory responsibility for protection or legal staff who may include community services, registration, resettlement and education.

The Associate Legal Officer is relied upon by the Office to coordinate quality, timely and effective protection responses to the needs of populations of concern. Another important function of the position is to ensure that persons of concern are involved with the Office in making decisions that affect them, whether in accessing their rights or in identifying appropriate solutions to their problems. To achieve this, the incumbent will need to build and maintain effective interfaces with communities of concern, authorities, protection and assistance partners as well as a broader network of stakeholders who can contribute to enhancing protection.



- Promotion of protection principles and international law as relevant to persons of concern is undertaken.  
- Assistance is provided in preparing legal advice and guidance.


- Monitor the development of law and doctrine.
- Contribute to advocacy towards proper interpretation of law and doctrine as well as in the development of standards of protection.
- Assist in the preparation of legal advice and drafting of position papers and guidelines on pertinent legal and operational issues.
- Consistently apply international and national law and UNHCR policies and standards.
- Provide inputs to the formulation of protection strategies.
- Liaise with DIP, Division and Bureau work units and external actors to enhance awareness of protection principles.


- Participate in meetings within UNHCR and with external counterparts at the relevant level.
- Contribute to draft protection documents and policies in cooperation with supervisor.
- Assist in the development of project proposals and project implementation.


- University degree in law, preferably with focus on human rights, refugee law and/or international humanitarian law.
- At least 4 years (2 years with Advanced University degree) of related professional experience.
- Excellent legal research, analytical and drafting skills.
- Excellent knowledge of English and working knowledge of another UN language.

(In offices where the working language is not English, excellent knowledge of UN working language of duty station and working knowledge of English.)

***For National Officer positions, very good knowledge of local language and local institutions is essential.


- Completion of UNHCR learning programmes on protection would be an asset or any other equivalent external courses.

C001L2 - Accountability Level 2
C002L2 - Teamwork & Collaboration Level 2
C003L2 - Communication Level 2
C004L2 - Commitment to Continuous Learning Level 2
C005L2 - Client & Result Orientation Level 2
C006L2 - Organizational Awareness Level 2
M003L2 - Judgement and Decision Making Level 2
X001L2 - Analytical Thinking Level 2
X002L2 - Innovation and Creativity Level 2
X006L2 - Policy Development & Research Level 2

Please note that the closing date for all vacancies in Add.2 to the September 2015 Compendium is Monday 22 February 2016 (midnight Geneva time).

Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
  • Organization: UNHCR - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
  • Location: Stockholm
  • Grade: P-2, International Professional
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Legal - Broad
    • Legal - Broad
    • Legal - Broad
    • Legal - Broad
  • Closing Date: 2016-02-22

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