Organ: The General Secretariat directs all the administrative and financial aspects of the Union’s activities, including the implementation of the provisions of the administrative regulations on operational questions, the dissemination of information on telecommunication matters for operational and other purposes, the provision of legal advice to the Bureaux of the Union and the departments of the General Secretariat, logistic support to the Union’s activities including conferences, the coordination of the work of the Union with other international organizations, the dissemination of information to the Member States and Sector Members, press, corporate and individual users of telecommunications and the general public. The General Secretariat is also responsible for the organization of world telecommunication exhibitions and forums.
Within the General Secretariat and as part of the Office of the Secretary-General, the Legal Affairs Unit (JUR) conducts studies and provides legal advice and opinions on various types of documents, including treaties, agreements, contracts etc., to enable the Secretary-General to act as legal representative of the Union in its relations with the Member States and other international or multinational organisations; carries out the legal functions associated with the Secretary-General’s role as depository of the treaties and other agreements concluded by, or under the auspices of, the Union; studies, and deals with, general legal matters of all kinds and specific questions submitted to it by the Bureaux and Departments of the Union in connection with the Union’s structure, functions and activities; advises on the interpretation of legal instruments (Constitution and Convention and Administrative Regulations of the Union, as well as other treaties and agreements, regulations, resolutions etc.); prepares draft amendments to the Constitution and Convention of the Union, its internal rules and regulations and other legal texts; at conferences and meetings, provides legal opinions and performs secretariat functions, as necessary; represents the Union, in particular regarding legal matters, at conferences and meetings with other organisations; carries out any other tasks associated with the Union’s activities and entrusted to it by the Secretary-General.
Duties / Responsibilities
Under the supervision of the Head of the Legal Affairs Unit or, as appropriate, the SeniorLegal Officer, the incumbent will perform the following duties:Prepare and review drafts of contracts, agreements, MoUs and project documents.Conduct legal research, provide analysis of cases of jurisprudence and prepare studies,briefs, legal documents and correspondence on issues of administrative, commercial,international (public and private) and intellectual property law.Attend various internal and external committees and meetings and prepare material synthesizing the participants’ views on particular issues.Draft, review and advise on legal documents and correspondence, identify issues and draft recommendations ensuring that they are consistent with the interpretation and application of the administrative law.Prepare or assist with the preparation of training material.Perform other duties as required.
Excellent drafting skills and ability to prepare legal opinions and research papers withinshort deadlines.Solution-oriented.Strong sense of rigor.Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to establish and maintain effective workingrelations with people of different nationalities.Ability to develop innovative and creative solutions and to identify priority activities andassignments.Good knowledge of both Common Law and Civil Law systems would be an advantage.
Education:University degree in law or a related field OR education in a reputed college of advanced education, with a diploma of equivalent standard to that of a university degree in one of the fields above.
At least three years of progressively responsible experience in a legal service. An advanceddegree in a related field can be considered as a substitute for one year of working experience.A doctorate in related fields can be considered as a substitute for two years of workingexperience.
Knowledge of one of the six official languages of the Union (Arabic, Chinese, English, French,Russian, Spanish) at advanced level and knowledge of a second official language at intermediate level. Knowledge of a third official language would be an advantage. (Under the provisions of Resolution No. 626 of the Council, a relaxation of the language requirements may be authorized in the case of candidates from developing countries: when candidates from such countries possess a thorough knowledge of one of the official languages of the Union, their applications may be taken into consideration.)
Salary:Total annual salary consists of a net annual salary (net of taxes and before medical insurance and pension fund deductions) in US dollars and a post adjustment (PA) (cost of living allowance). The PA is variable and subject to change without notice in accordance with the rates as set within the UN Common System for salaries and allowances.Annual salary from $ 46,026 + post adjustment $ 36,499Other allowances and benefits subject to specific terms of appointment, please refer to http://www.itu.int/en/careers/Pages/Conditions-of-Employment.aspx
Applicants will be contacted directly if selected for written test. Interviews may be used as a form of screening.