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Trainees INTERN - LEGAL AFFAIRS

la Organizatia Natiunilor Unite in NEW YORK

Job Title: INTERN - LEGAL AFFAIRS, I

Department/ Office: Office of Administration of Justice

Duty Station: NEW YORK

Posting Period: 29 May 2012-14 November 2012

Job Opening number: 12-LEG-OAJ-24096-R-NEW YORK

United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting

The Office of Administration of Justice is responsible for coordinating the functioning of the new internal justice system.

The Office of Staff Legal Assistance (OSLA) and the Registries for the United Nations Dispute Tribunal (UNDT) and the United Nations Appeals Tribunal (UNAT) are part of the Office of Administration of Justice. With its headquarters in New York, the Office of Administration of Justice also has a presence — through the UNDT registries and the branch offices of the Office of Staff Legal Assistance — in Geneva, Nairobi, Addis Ababa, and Beirut.

OSLA is independent from the UN staff unions, management or other actors. OSLA affiliated counsels have a responsibility to act in the interest of the client staff member, former staff member or affected dependant of a staff member. As officers of the court before the UNDT and UNAT, OSLA counsel are required to perform their duties in accordance with established professional, ethical and legal obligations.

UNDT is the first instance court. The Dispute Tribunal hears and decides cases filed by or on behalf of current and former staff members appealing administrative decisions alleged to be in non-compliance with their terms of appointment or contract of employment. The Tribunal conducts hearings, issues orders, and renders binding judgments. Both staff members and the Administration have a right to appeal the judgments of the Dispute Tribunal to the United Nations Appeals Tribunal.

UNAT is an appellate court established to review appeals against judgments rendered by the UNDT. It also hears and passes judgment on appeals from decisions taken by the Standing Committee acting on behalf of the United Nations Joint Staff Pension Board (UNJSPB) and by those agencies and entities that have accepted jurisdiction of the UNAT (for names of the agencies and entities see Jurisdiction).

The internship is for two (2) months with an opportunity for extension, pending on the needs of the team.

The first line of the cover letter should contain the name of the office the applicant is interested to join (OSLA, UNDT or UNAT). Applicants are encouraged to highlight their specific skills and/or experience. They are asked to do so carefully in order to enhance the value of the internship for both themselves and the receiving Office.

The internship is UNPAID and full-time.

Interns work five days per week (35 hours) under the supervision of a staff member in the OSLA, UNDT or UNAT.

Responsibilities

OSLA
• Assist in conducting legal research on issues relating to international public administrative law and other areas required for legal representation of OSLA's clients;
• Assist in client and file management including conducting client interviews, planning litigation strategy under the supervision of OSLA legal officers;
• Assist in drafting legal documents and submissions to the UN Dispute and Appeals Tribunals;
• Attend and taking notes at interviews, conferences and hearings;
• Work on presentations and/or other information for client outreach and promotion of rule of law in the UN system;
• Undertake other tasks as requested.

UNAT
• Assist in conducting research and compiling legal materials for use in the preparation of legal opinions, for inclusion in studies and reports and for matters before the tribunal;
• Assist in drafting a variety of correspondence and other communications;
• Assist in the organizational and logistical activities of meetings of the Appeals Tribunal;
• Assist in case management and preparation of documents;
• Assist in the intake and follow-up of cases including the compilation of statistics and the preparation of regular monthly reports;
• Assist in the preparation of legal documents for electronic storage, access and circulation/publication, including document scanning and conversion, review of content and extraction of key data and text excerpts for categorization and indexing purposes, etc;
• Undertake other tasks as requested.

UNDT
• Assist in conducting research and compiling legal materials for use in the preparation of legal opinions, for inclusion in studies and reports and for matters before the tribunal;
• Assist in drafting a variety of correspondence and other communications;
• Assist in the organizational and logistical activities of meetings of the Dispute Tribunal;
• Assist in case management and preparation of documents;
• Assist in the intake and follow-up of cases including the compilation of statistics and the preparation of regular monthly reports;
• Assist in the preparation of legal documents for electronic storage, access and circulation/publication, including document scanning and conversion, review of content and extraction of key data and text excerpts for categorization and indexing purposes, etc;
• Undertake other tasks as requested.

Competencies

Teamwork:
• Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals;
• Solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others;
• Places team agenda before personal agenda;
• Supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position;
• Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.

Communication:
• Speaks and writes clearly and effectively;
• Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately;
• Asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication;
• Tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience;
• Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

Planning and Organizing:
• Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies;
• Identifies priority activities and assignments; adjust priorities as required;
• Allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work;
• Foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning;
• Monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary;
• Uses time efficiently.

Education

To qualify for consideration for this internship by the United Nations Headquarters Internship Programme, the following conditions must be met:

1. Applicants must be enrolled in a Law Master’s degree or PhD-Programme at the time of application and during the internship.
2. Applicants pursuing their studies in countries where higher education is not divided into undergraduate and graduate stages must have completed at least four years of full-time studies at a university or equivalent institution towards the completion of a degree.

Be computer literate in standard software applications, including database management, PowerPoint and Excel.

Have a demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the Charter; and,

Have a demonstrated ability to successfully interact with individuals of different cultural backgrounds and beliefs, which include willingness to try and understand and be tolerant of differing opinions and views.

Work Experience

Applicants are not required to have professional work experience for participation in the
programme.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. Fluency in English (both oral and written) is required for the Internship Programme. Written and spoken French would be an advantage. Knowledge of another official UN language is an asset.

Assessment Method

Potential candidates will be contacted by hiring manager directly for further consideration.

Special Notice

A complete online application (Cover Note and Personal History Profile) is required.
Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

The Cover Note must include:

Area of preference of the Office of Administration of Justice (OSLA, UNDT, UNAT);
Title of degree you are currently pursuing;
Graduation Date (when will you be graduating from the programme);
List the IT skills and programmes that you are proficient in;
List your top three areas of interest/department preferences;
Explain why you are the best candidate for that specific department(s);
Explain your interest in the United Nations Internship Programme.

In your Personal History Profile, be sure to include all past work experience, IT skills, and three references.

Due to high volume of applications received, ONLY successful candidates will be contacted.

United Nations Considerations

The United Nations shall place no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. (Charter of the United Nations - Chapter 3, article 8). The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

No Fee

THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS.

Source: UN Careers.


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