Legal Officer

Geneva | Geneva


Position Title : Legal Officer
Duty Station : Geneva, Switzerland
Classification : Professional Staff, Grade P3
Type of Appointment : Fixed term, one year with possibility of extension
Estimated Start Date : As soon as possible
Closing Date : February 18, 2016
Reference Code : VN2016/27(P)-EXT

Established in 1951, IOM is the leading inter-governmental organization in the field of migration and works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental partners. IOM is dedicated to promoting humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all. It does so by providing services and advice to governments and migrants.

IOM has a proactive recruitment policy to increase the representation of nationals of non- represented member states. Qualified applicants from the following countries will be favorably considered:

Algeria, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Belize, Benin, Botswana, Cambodia, Cape Verde, Czech Republic, Comoros, Djibouti, El Salvador, Gabon, Gambia, Guinea, Guyana, Holy See, Iceland, Israel, Lesotho, Libya, Luxembourg, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Montenegro, Micronesia, Mongolia, Namibia, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Republic of Congo, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Seychelles, Somalia, Suriname, Swaziland, Timor Leste, Trinidad and Tobago, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Vietnam

Applications from qualified female candidates are especially encouraged.


related legal issues.

Under the overall guidance and supervision of the Legal Officer heading LEGHR and the direct supervision of a senior Legal Officer within LEGHR, the successful candidate will be accountable and responsible for providing legal advice, recommendations and services related to the legal status, constitution, functions, rules and activities of the Organization, particularly involving human resources legal issues.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Prepare responses to inquiries related to the interpretation and application of IOM Unified Staff Regulations and Rules and official Instructions, as well as personnel-related questions generally.

  2. Review documentation in staff misconduct cases, advise whether cases should be pursued as disciplinary cases and, in such cases, provide advice on, and support to, the appropriate procedure.

  3. Conduct research on the jurisprudence of the International Labour Organization Administrative Tribunal (ILOAT), identifying trends and systematic issues, and assist in developing appropriate recommendations to senior management to address them.

  4. Provide legal advice on staff grievances and, where appropriate, advise on means to informally resolve such cases.

  5. Assist in negotiating settlements between staff members and the Administration.

  6. Prepare the Administration's submissions for staff appeals to the Joint Administrative Review Board (JARB) and the ILOAT.

  7. Review IOM official Instructions, particularly those involving personnel and insurance issues.

  8. Advise individual IOM offices on privileges and immunities, particularly concerning complaints brought by IOM staff members under local labour law systems and attempts by local authorities to detain or subpoena staff members.

  9. Prepare templates for, and review, human resource-related contracts and agreements under the responsibility of LEGHR.

  10. Attend internal and external meetings and conferences relevant to the Office of Legal Affairs.

  11. Provide general legal advice as necessary on issues relating to the functions, structure, activities, and legal status of IOM.

  12. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Competencies


  • Takes responsibility and manages constructive criticism;
  • Works effectively with all clients and stakeholders;
  • Promotes continuous learning; communicates clearly;
  • Takes initiative and drives high levels of performance management;
  • Plans work, anticipates risks, and sets goals within area of responsibility;
  • Displays mastery of subject matter;
  • Contributes to a collegial team environment;
  • Creates a respectful office environment free of harassment and retaliation and promotes the prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse (PSEA);
  • Incorporates gender-related needs, perspectives, and concerns, and promotes equal gender participation;
  • Displays awareness of relevant technological solutions;
  • Works with internal and external stakeholders to meet resource needs of IOM.


  • Effectively represents IOM on legal issues with Member States and International Organizations;
  • Effectively provides sound and clear legal advice using knowledge of IOM mandate, privileges and immunities, and other relevant internal and external regulations and laws;
  • Anticipates and understands internal and external issues and opportunities that may impact the human resources landscape of IOM;
  • Adapts best Human Resources practices to the requirements of IOM to facilitate the achievement of strategic objectives;
  • Effectively applies knowledge of relevant Human Resources theories and practices, and recognizes their application within existing IOM processes;
  • Delivers Human Resources solutions customized to the needs of IOM.

Required Qualifications and Experience


  • Master’s degree in Law or a related field from an accredited academic institution with five years of relevant professional experience; or
  • University degree in the above fields with seven years of relevant professional experience.


  • Professional legal experience required;
  • Professional experience must include at least one year of practicing law in an intergovernmental organization providing legal advice on human resources matters;
  • The following additional experience will be an advantage: (a) developed research skills and knowledge of the ILOAT or UNAT/UNDT jurisprudence; (b) knowledge of the staff conditions of service under the IOM system or UN common system; (c) experience with privileges and immunities of an intergovernmental organization and its staff as they relate to terms and conditions of employment and detention/subpoena of staff.


Fluency in English and working knowledge of a second IOM official language (French or Spanish) is required.

Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications via PRISM, IOM e-Recruitment

system, by February 18, 2016 at the latest, referring to this advertisement.

For further information, please refer to:

In order for an application to be considered valid, IOM only accepts online profiles duly filled in and submitted with a cover letter not more than one page specifying the motivation for


Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. You can track the progress of your application in your personal application page in the IOM e-recruitment system.

Posting period:

From 04.02.2016 to 18.02.2016

Geneva, Switzerland (54740261) Released

Geneva, Switzerland (54740268) Released

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: IOM - International Organization for Migration
  • Location: Geneva | Geneva
  • Grade: Mid/Senior
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Legal - Broad
    • Legal - Broad
    • Legal - Broad
    • Legal - Broad
  • Closing Date: 2016-02-18

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