Organisational Unit: UNU Office of the Rector
The United Nations University (UNU) is an international community of scholars engaged in research, postgraduate training and the dissemination of knowledge in furtherance of the purposes and principles of the United Nations, its Peoples and Member States. The University functions as a think tank for the United Nations system, contributes to capacity building, particularly in developing countries, and serves as a platform for new and innovative ideas and dialogue.
The Office of the Rector supports the Rector in his capacity as the chief academic and administrative officer of UNU, and assists in executive management and coordination of the UNU system. This includes responsibilities for the University’s direction, organization, administration, and programme and institutional development. The Office provides an overall supporting role for governance and policy development within the UNU system, in particular through UNU’s governing body, the UNU Council (and its Executive Committee), as well as through advisory boards and committees of the UNU institutes and programmes and the Conference of Directors of UNU institutes and programmes (CONDIR). The Office of the Rector manages the legal affairs of the University with the support of legal advisors, as well as a limited number of central academic services relating to degree programme activities via the Academic Affairs sub-office.
The Legal Officer reports to the Vice-Rector and Executive Officer and will have responsibility for preparing, reviewing and advising on a range of legal issues relating to the implementation of University legislation, including matters arising in connection with institutional development, as well as external funding and partnerships. The Legal Officer will also provide substantive support to the Office of the Rector and the University’s governing Council and subsidiary bodies and committees thereof, pre-, in- and post-session.
The incumbent will be responsible for:
Advanced university degree (master’s degree or equivalent) in law with emphasis in the administrative and contractual dimensions of public international law. At least five years of relevant professional work experience in the relevant area of law gained in a legal department of an intergovernmental organization or national administration or by working for a law firm. A first-level university degree in law, combined with a minimum of four additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Applications from suitably qualified women candidates are particularly encouraged.
The approximate net salary (free of tax) is about US$72,000 p.a. (single status) – US$85,000 p.a. (with dependants) p.a. including post adjustment, which is subject to change.
The post carries the standard set of UN entitlements/benefits, including participation in the United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund, the possibility of participation in a health insurance programme, education grant for eligible children, removal expenses and home leave.
Additional information can be found at the UN Salaries, Allowances, Benefits and Job Classification website. The Rector reserves the right to appoint a suitable candidate at a lower category.
The period of initial contract would be for a one-year term with the possibility of renewal on a rolling fixed-term appointment basis, subject to requirements and satisfactory work performance. The mandatory retirement age in the United Nations is 65 years.
1 June 2015.
Interested applicants should submit their applications, preferably by email (to ) and must include the following:
Vice-Rector and Executive Officer
Office of the Rector
United Nations University Headquarters,
53-70, Jingumae 5-chome, Shibuya-ku,
+81 3 3499-2828