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Vacancy Announcement No: WIPO/13/P3/TA0102
Title: Legal Officer
Grade: P3
Appointment/Contract type: Temporary appointment
Duration:  one year, with possibility of extension
Publication Date: 11 November 2013
Application Deadline: 11 December 2013 Vacancy Filled
Organizational Unit: Administrative Law Section
Office of the Legal Counsel
Duty Station:  Geneva, Switzerland
Post Number: N/A
Organizational Context:

The position is located in the Administrative Law Section of the Office of the Legal Counsel. This section is responsible for providing legal advice to the Director General and the Administration in relation to various administrative and personnel matters, and for defending cases brought by staff before the WIPO Appeal Board and the ILO Administrative Tribunal. The incumbent is required to provide advice and input on legal aspects of human resources and administrative matters. The incumbent works under the supervision of the Head of the Administrative Law Section.
Main duties:

The incumbent performs the following tasks:

(a) conduct research and prepare pleadings and other documents for submission to the WIPO Appeal Board and the ILO Administrative Tribunal.

(b) assist in the resolution of legal questions relating to the interpretation and application of the Staff Regulations and Rules and to disputes as to their application.

(c) prepare or review and revise draft agreements and correspondence in relation to operational activities of the Administration. Provide advice on the legal acceptability of proposed actions and remedies for actions already taken relating to personnel.

(d) provide legal advice in relation to disciplinary matters and grievance proceedings.

(e) perform any other duty in the area of competence as required.

WIPO Core Competencies

1. Communicating effectively.
2. Respecting individual and cultural differences.
3. Showing team spirit.
4. Managing yourself.
5. Producing results.
6. Embracing change.
7. Respecting ethics and values.

University degree in law, preferably with a specialization in administrative law.


At least six years of relevant professional work experience in the area of law (preferably administrative law) gained in a legal department of an intergovernmental organization or national administration or by working for a law firm. Experience in litigation gained at the national or international level. (*)


Experience in the application and interpretation of the Staff Regulations and Rules of intergovernmental organizations or of comparable administrative legislation.

Experience of working in a UN common system organization.


Sound knowledge of applicable legal principles of international and administrative law.

Analytical and legal drafting skills.

Communication skills with the ability to argue clearly and logically in written and oral form.

Organizational skills with the ability to work under pressure and to respect deadlines.

Confident user of Microsoft Office applications including Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint and the Internet.

Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to maintain effective partnerships and working relations in a multicultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.


Knowledge of case law, practices and procedures applicable to UN common system organizations.


Excellent knowledge of English (written and spoken).


Excellent knowledge of French and ability to draft legal texts.

Knowledge of other UN languages.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
56,091 USD
60,091 USD (with primary dependants)
Post adjustment: 106.3 % of the above figure(s). This percentage is to be considered as indicative since variations may occur each month either upwards or downwards due to currency exchange rate fluctuations or inflation.
Additional Information:

(*) Actual grade offered will depend on the years of relevant experience. A candidate with less than six years and more than three years of relevant experience will be considered and, subject to being assessed as the best candidate, will be appointed at the P-2 grade.

- Salaries and allowances are paid in Swiss francs at the official rate of exchange of the United Nations.

- Please note that the salary is composed of the base salary (indicated above as "Annual/Monthly Salary") + the post adjustment. The post adjustment is designed to compensate the differences in living costs, thereby providing the staff with the same purchasing power at all duty stations. It is expressed as a percentage of the base salary.

- Temporary appointments are renewable, subject to continuing needs, availability of budget and satisfactory performance with a maximum cumulative length of two years.

- This vacancy announcement is available in English only.

Additional testing/interviewing may be used as a form of screening.

**Please refer to WIPO's Staff Regulation and Rules for detailed information concerning salaries, benefits and allowances.

Applications from qualified women candidates are encouraged.

**The Organization reserves the right to make an appointment at a grade lower than that advertised.

**Initial appointment is subject to a satisfactory medical examination.

**Not applicable for interns and to Individual Contractual Service subscribers.

For further instructions regarding the online application process, please visit the WIPO internet page at:
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