Legal Officer

United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
Rome, Italy
Position Type: 
Full-Time
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
Mid-Level (5-7 Years)
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)

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Organizational Setting

 

The Legal and Ethics Office (LEG) ensures that the Organization's activities are carried out in accordance with its Constitution and the other Basic Texts of the Organization, in a manner consistent with its status as an inter-governmental organization of the United Nations system, and that its relationships with governments, organizations and individuals are on a sound legal basis.

 

The position is located in the Development Law Service (LEGN) of the Legal and Ethics Office, LEG at the Organization's headquarters in Rome, Italy.   LEGN provides legal advisory services to governments on food and agriculture and natural resources (including land, water, fisheries and aquaculture, plants, animals, food, forestry, wildlife and environment and biodiversity), as well as general agricultural issues (institutions, trade, economic reform).

 

Reporting Lines

 

The Legal Officer reports to the Senior Legal Officer and Branch Head, LEGN, and works under the overall guidance of the Legal Counsel.

 

Technical Focus

 

Development law including legal advisory services, research and related issues pertaining to the Organization's activities and mandate in relation to food and agriculture and management of renewable natural resources, with particular reference to the implementation of international instruments for sustainable fisheries and aquaculture including the Port State Measures Agreement, Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries and other global and FAO normative frameworks relating to preventing, deterring and eliminating illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing.

 

Key Results

 

Comprehensive legal expertise for the planning and delivery of multi-disciplinary legal-related activities, services and advice in particular in the area of sustainable fisheries and aquaculture, in support to the FAO Strategic Programmes and related Delivery Mechanisms and in alignment with the Organization's Policy on Gender Equality.

 

Key Functions

 

• Reviews a wide range of multidisciplinary and complex legal matters involving issues of international, public, private, and development law, including the interpretation and application of global, regional and national legally binding and voluntary instruments (both substantive and procedural);

• rovides legal advice to the Members Countries, FAO Technical Units at Headquarters and Decentralised Offices on the legal and institutional aspects of the governance and management of sustainable agriculture and natural resources, in and related fields, involving diverse substantive and procedural questions of considerable complexity which may call for the development of new legal modalities to meet unique needs/circumstances;

• Coordinates with and contributes to the work of relevant Strategic Programmes in particular Strategic Objective 2 and Strategic Objective 4, Technical Units at FAO Headquarters and Decentralised Offices in order to ensure best synergies between legal, policy and governance related work in support of Member Countries;

• Reviews legal frameworks and prepares recommended texts of laws, regulations and other legal instruments related fields, performs related extensive legal research and analysis, and advises on and drafts legal opinions, briefs, reports, correspondence, as well as studies, publications, agreements, international instruments and other legal documents;

• Leads or contributes to the preparation and implementation of field projects, in particular in fisheries and aquaculture and related fields including the conduct of advisory missions and the selection/supervision of non-staff human resources;

• Responds to requests for information on national and international law relating to agriculture and the management and development of natural resources;

• Serves on various standing boards, committees, ad hoc working groups and task forces, as required and promotes the work of LEGN and represents the organization in meetings, conferences, seminars, etc.

 

Specific Functions

 

• Advises Member Governments including through FAO Technical Units, on the legal and institutional aspects of the governance and management of sustainable agriculture and natural resources in particular fisheries and aquaculture and related fields;

• Conducts and supervise the planning operation of field projects in particular those on or related fisheries and aquaculture  and the selection/supervision of non-staff human resources working on these projects;

• Conducts advisory missions involving the most complex, sensitive and novel legal issues in the area of sustainable agriculture and natural resources governance and management in particular on fisheries and aquaculture and related fields;

• Provides FAO Strategic Programmes and technical divisions with advice, information and assistance on the legal and institutional aspects of the governance and management of sustainable agriculture and natural resources in particular fisheries and aquaculture;     

• Analyses, selects and summarizes legal texts for recording and publication;

• Responds to requests for information on national and international law and binding and non-binding instruments relating to agriculture and the management and development of natural resources including fisheries and aquaculture and related fields;

• Provides guidance to colleagues and consultants on the most complex legal issues in particular on fisheries and aquaculture and related fields, as required.

• Performs other duties as required

 

 

CANDIDATES WILL BE ASSESSED AGAINST THE FOLLOWING

 

Minimum Requirements

 

• Advanced university degree in International Law.
• Seven years of relevant legal experience in  the areas of fisheries and aquaculture including working with regional fishery bodies and in developing countries
• Working knowledge of English, French or Spanish and limited knowledge of one of the other two or Russian, Arabic or Chinese

FAO Competencies

• Results Focus
• Teamwork
• Communication
• Building Effective Relationships
• Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Technical/Functional Skills

 

• Work experience in more than one location or area of work, particularly in field positions is desirable
• Extent and relevance of experience in legal and institutional aspects of sustainable fisheries and aquaculture governance and management including through regional fishery bodies.
• Extent and relevance of experience in carrying out legal research and analysis of considerable complexity and implementing technical assistance projects related to national legislation, particularly in the area of fisheries and aquaculture
• Extent and relevance of experience in writing clear and concise reports and in preparing legal texts (legislative and regulatory instruments)
• Specialized knowledge and experience in the law of the sea is highly desirable