14 Mar 2017

UN Legal Officer Job in Nairobi

Deadline: 01/04/2017

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system and serves as
an authoritative advocate for the global environment.

This position is located in UNEP, Corporate Services Division, Strategic Donor Partnerships and Global Funds Coordination Section in Nairobi. Under the supervision of the head of the section in the coordination of UNEP’s engagement with the Green Climate Fund (GCF), the incumbent is responsible for:

Job Responsibilities

  • Conduct extensive legal research and analysis and prepare studies, comparative studies, briefs, reports and correspondence.
  • Undertake basic or extensive review of legal documents, instruments, or other material; identify important issues, similarities, and inconsistencies, etc.
  • Prepare or assist in the preparation of drafts of background papers, studies, reports, legislative texts and commentaries on those texts, teaching materials in the field of international trade law and private international law, etc.
  • Support the process of revisions and approvals for GCF-funded projects.
  • Follow up on emerging issues / challenges impacting the implementation of approved projects and Readiness activities for the GCF.
  • Monitor (in coordination with the UNEP Sub-Programme Coordinator for Climate Change) decisions of the
  • Green Climate Fund Board which would impact the implementation of approved projects or the requests for approval of new projects to the GCF.
  • Prepare or assist with the preparation of international trade law seminars and symposia, lecture on various legal issues at such events.
  • Provide guidance to more junior staff.
  • Perform other duties related duties as required.


  • Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law.
  • A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
  • A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in law, including legal analysis, research and writing or related area.
  • Work experience with an international organization(s) in administration and/or with the Green Climate Fund is highly desirable.

How to Apply
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