Org. Setting and Reporting:
The United Nations Secretary-General is responsible for the investment of the assets of the United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund (UNJSPF). The Secretary-General has delegated this responsibility to the Representative of the Secretary-General for the investment of the assets of the UNJSPF (RSG). The RSG is, in turn, assisted in this function by the Office of Investment Management (OIM). OIM manages a $60+ billion multi-asset class, global investment portfolio, about 85% of which is actively managed in-house. Asset classes under management comprise global equities, fixed income, foreign exchange, private equity, real estate, infrastructure, timber and commodities. OIM’s staff are all based in New York, but come from over 30 countries. For more information please visit OIM's website at https://oim.unjspf.org/.
This position is located in the Office of the RSG. The incumbent reports to the RSG.
Within delegated authority, the Legal Officer may be responsible for the following duties:
• Handles a range of issues related to investments, including the review and interpretation of a broad range of documentation relating to transactions in global public and private markets.
• Serves as a lead officer in one or more areas of concentration, and independently handles a wide range of multi-discipline and complex legal matters involving issues of international, public, private and administrative law, to include interpretation and application of instruments in that area of concentration.
• Provides legal advice on diverse substantive and procedural questions of considerable complexity, which may include those related to administration and management, governance, procurement and contracts and other operational matters.
• Performs extensive legal research and analysis and prepares legal opinions, studies, briefs, reports and correspondence; provides legal advice to the unit/division and briefs OIM senior management.
• Services committees, task forces, expert groups and other bodies, including preparation of background materials, summaries of issues and views of delegations, meeting reports, etc.
• Reviews, advises on and drafts complex contracts, agreements, institutional and operational modalities, or legal motions/submissions and other legal documents; develops new legal modalities to meet unique needs/circumstances.
• Provides legal advice on the interpretation and application of staff regulations and rules, including the review of administrative decisions; prepares draft amendments to the staff regulations and rules; prepares draft administrative issuances or amendments thereto and verifies their consistency with the existing staff regulation and rules; prepares analyses and evaluations of human resources policies and practices.
• Serves on various standing boards, committees, ad-hoc working groups and task forces, as required; promotes the work of the United Nations and represents the organization at meetings, conferences, seminars, etc.
• Coordinates and direct teams of other legal officers dealing with significant problems as required, and/or mentors and supervises the work of junior officers on specific projects.
• Contributes to review and design of new, or new applications of, legal instruments, policy, guidelines, etc.
• Performs other duties as assigned.
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in international law. A first level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. An advanced university degree in law with specialization in international investment, banking, commercial law or corporate law is desirable.
A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in business law with a focus on investment matters, including legal analysis, research and writing, acquired at a law firm or at the legal department of a global investment institution, government or multilateral development bank, is required.
Experience in legal aspects of private markets investment transactions (private equity, real estate, infrastructure) through closed-end funds, co-investments, and/or direct investment structures is desirable.
Experience with pension funds and/or other global investment institutions is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the UN Secretariat. For this position, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.
Applicants are urged to carefully follow all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, Inspira.
Please go to https://careers.un.org/lbw/jobdetail.aspx?id=125676&Lang=en-US to apply.