Local recruitment: Legal Officer

International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

Dakar, Senegal 🇸🇳

Vacancy #:  6266
Unit:  Office of the Legal Adviser
Organisation:  International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location:  West and Central Africa Regional Office, Dakar, Senegal
Reporting to:  Legal Adviser
Work percentage:  100%
Grade:  P2
Expected start date:  01 June 2023
Type of contract:  Max-term (24 months)
Closing date:  19 February 2023


The Office of the Legal Adviser (OLA) provides legal advices and services to IUCN’s Secretariat and other IUCN’s components, as the case may be, on all corporate legal issues affecting the organization, excluding environmental law and policy.


This new position is based in West and Central Africa Regional Office (PACO) in Dakar, Senegal and is an integral part of the Office of the Legal Adviser (OLA), which is based at IUCN Headquarters in Gland, Switzerland. The Legal Officer is responsible for providing a wide range of corporate legal services and support to the Regional Office where s/he is based and the other designated Regional Offices, acting as the primary OLA focal point for these designated regions, while also providing legal support to other units and regions as needed.

The Legal Officer report to the Legal Adviser in Headquarters, and collaborate closely with the Senior Legal Officer and the other team members to ensure a uniform and coherent approach for the provision of legal services and support worldwide, obtain necessary approval and sign offs and to contribute to legal global initiatives, when required.

With a significant degree of autonomy and responsibility, the Legal Officer will perform a variety of functions, providing support to internal clients comprised in but not limited to the Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office (ESARO), West and Central Africa Regional Office (PACO) and other designated Regions or offices, as required, in a broad range of areas, including the following:
• Provide legal support and advice by responding to requests, analyzing situations, interpreting IUCN policies and guidelines, and recommending sound and pragmatic solutions;
• Act as OLA’s point of contact for the relevant functions in the regions s/he support, developing a trusting and consultative relationship with internal clients;
• Develop and maintain a strong understanding of IUCN’s strategies and work, in particular key initiatives and projects, priorities and policies and procedures relevant to the designated Regions;
• Conduct legal research, write briefs and draft documents on a broad variety of legal issues as they arise;
• Draft and review all types of contracts (e.g., donor, grants, implementation, services agreements and Memorandum of Understanding) with other organizations, local authorities, private sector entities or service providers, with appropriate guidance from the Senior Legal Officer and subject to relevant sign-off of the Legal Advisor or Senior Legal Officer;
• After an initial period of induction and upon decision of the Legal Adviser, may exercise with diligence sign-off authority on contracts for the designated Regions involving amounts up to CHF 250’000, subject to identification and assessment of any outstanding issues to be raised with and addressed by the Senior Legal Officer and/or the Legal Adviser;
• Draft and review internal procedures and policies, as required;
• Provide support and advise on data protection and intellectual property matters, with appropriate guidance from the Senior Legal Officer if necessary;
• Provide support on any corporate matters that may arise, including draft and review legal and corporate documents such as Power of attorneys and minutes of Meetings of IUCN’s distinct legal entities in the dedicated regions;
• Support the Legal Adviser in handling issues related to the legal status of IUCN, including drafting, revision and/or analysis of legal instruments, host country agreements, briefs, policies and procedures;
• Support the Legal Adviser in handling litigations and claims assigned to him/her, including following pending cases, filing relevant information and drafting briefs,
• Coordinate the work with external counsel, where appropriate;
• Filing of contracts and other legal documents in paper and electronic form;
• Maintenance of OLA’s workflow electronic tool;
• Build managers and staff knowledge of contract review processes and requirements, and other policies and practices within OLA’s areas of work through regular information and training pursuant to OLA’s global training strategies and practice;
• Escalate in a timely manner any issue or case that cannot be resolved or that generate significant risks for the organization to the Legal Adviser and/or the Senior Legal Adviser, depending on the subject matter;
• Maintain knowledge of local regulations and current practices pertaining to OLA’s area of work;
• Fill in for the Senior Legal Officer or other team members as necessary;
• Handle any other ad-hoc assignments;

The above job description contains the main duties and responsibilities for this position. However, in small organizations such as IUCN, staff members are expected to show flexibility in their approach to work and be willing to undertake other tasks that are reasonably allocated to them but which are not part of their regular job description. Where any task becomes a regular part of an employee’s responsibilities, the job description will be changed in consultation with the employee and the Human Resources Management Group.


• Advanced university degree in law, preferably with diploma and/or training in the law of one of the jurisdictions of the Regional Offices.

• Seven to ten years of experience in the review of contracts and other legal documents.

• Good knowledge of and experience with data protection law.

• Good knowledge of and experience with intellectual property matters.

• Excellent written and spoken English and French are a must.

• Experience in online research of legal documentation, in analysis and ability to synthesize the information gathered.

• Ability to handle multiple tasks and responsibilities in an autonomous and independent manner, to prioritize workload and to meet deadlines in a typically high pressure work environment.

• Good organizational skills and attention to detail.

• Very good competence in the use of internet and Microsoft Office tools.

• Personal integrity, initiative, adaptability, and sound judgement.

• Ability to adapt to new environments, and to establish and maintain good working relations with individuals of different cultural backgrounds.

• Exposure to international work environments is essential.

• Applicants must be Senegalese nationals, or must have a valid work permit.

• Desirable: Good working knowledge of Spanish would be an asset.

• Desirable: Exposure to the non-for-profit and international organization sector is a plus.


The minimum gross annual salary for this position is XOF 19’717’018. While this is an indicative amount effective as of the current date, changes may occur as per IUCN’s compensation practices without prior notice. The same applies to other organisations hosted by IUCN.


Applicants are requested to apply online through the HR Management System, by opening the vacancy announcement and pressing the “Apply” button.

Applicants will be asked to create an account and submit their profile information. Applications will not be accepted after the closing date. The vacancy closes at midnight, Swiss time (GMT+1 / GMT+2 during Daylight Saving Time, DST). Please note that only selected applicants will be personally contacted for interviews.

Other job opportunities are published in the IUCN website: http://www.iucn.org/involved/jobs/

About IUCN

IUCN is a membership Union uniquely composed of both government and civil society organisations. It provides public, private and non-governmental organisations with the knowledge and tools that enable human progress, economic development and nature conservation to take place together.

Created in 1948, IUCN is now the world’s largest and most diverse environmental network, harnessing the knowledge, resources and reach of more than 1,300 Member organisations and some 10,000 experts. It is a leading provider of conservation data, assessments and analysis. Its broad membership enables IUCN to fill the role of incubator and trusted repository of best practices, tools and international standards.

IUCN provides a neutral space in which diverse stakeholders including governments, NGOs, scientists, businesses, local communities, indigenous peoples organisations and others can work together to forge and implement solutions to environmental challenges and achieve sustainable development.

Working with many partners and supporters, IUCN implements a large and diverse portfolio of conservation projects worldwide. Combining the latest science with the traditional knowledge of local communities, these projects work to reverse habitat loss, restore ecosystems and improve people’s well-being.







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