Vacancy Announcement
Legal Support Officer, Grade 14
HQ Amman
Vacancy Announcement Number 20-AR-AM-01
Deadline for Applications 25 January 2020
Contract Status
Fixed-Term Appointment for 3 years including 1
year probation period, with the possibility of
further extension, subject to the availability of
funds, satisfactory performance and continuing
Department UNRWA Dispute Tribunal
UNRWA is committed to achieving gender parity at all levels of staffing under the current
UN-wide gender agenda and strongly encourages applications from qualified women.
UNRWA welcomes applications from qualified candidates with disabilities.
UNRWA, the largest United Nations operation in the Middle East with over 30,000 staff
working across five areas of operation, is looking for highly committed professionals wishing
to make a change.
UNRWA’s Dispute Tribunal
The UNRWA Dispute Tribunal, which is utilized by the Agency as the neutral first instance of
the United nations two-tier formal system of administration of justice. The UNRWA Dispute
Tribunal is established under UNRWA’s Area and International Staff Regulations and Rules
and is competent to hear and pass judgment on an appeal of: (1) an administrative decision
taken by UNRWA Management in respect of a staff member that is alleged to be in noncompliance with the terms of appointment or the contract of employment; or (2) an
administrative decision imposing a disciplinary measure.
The main responsibilities include:
 Providing substantive and technical support to the Registrar, Judges and Legal Officers of
the UNRWA Dispute Tribunal in the adjudication of cases;
 Reviewing parties’ submissions to the Tribunal and identifying potential issues for the
Judges and Legal Officers. Reviewing case files and preparing summaries for the Judges
and Legal Officers of procedural history, facts and legal contentions and identifying
potential legal issues accordingly;
 Drafting statements of facts and Orders for review by Legal Officers;
 Reviewing, verifying and processing Judgments and Orders, ensuring accuracy, editorial
uniformity and conformity to relevant guidelines and requirements. Drafting, editing and
conducting final check for accuracy of a variety of other case-related documentation and
 Providing substantive assistance in the preparation of reports on the work of the Tribunal
to the Commissioner-General and other bodies, as may be mandated;
 Conducting legal research on assigned issues, using existing legal files, jurisprudence
databases and alternative sources (e.g. computer searches using the internet, intranet
and other databases)
 Assisting the Registrar in the overall supervision and guidance of the Administrative
Additional information
 The incumbent may be required to work after normal duty hours and during official
holidays as needed.
Conditions of service
Monthly basic salary JD 849.80. Other benefits include monthly Provident Fund contribution
(15% of basic salary paid by the Agency), compulsory medical insurance, 30 days of annual
leave, and dependency allowance (if applicable).
To qualify for this position, you will need:
Education University degree from an accredited educational institution in English or
related discipline.
At least four years of progressively relevant experience, three of which in
the legal field and preferably in an international public organization.
Thorough understanding of, and experience in, a legal environment.
Language(s) Excellent command of written and spoken English and Arabic with the
main language being English (the main language should be understood to
be the language in which the candidate is best able to work and of which
he/she has a perfect command).
When the minimum requirements are not fully met, the Director of Human Resources may
exceptionally substitute part of the unmet requirements with a combination of relevant
academic qualifications, additional professional training and progressive relevant work
NB: Work experience alone or formal qualifications with no relevant work experience are not
considered an acceptable combination.
You will also need to demonstrate the following competencies:
UN Core Values of Professionalism, Integrity and Respect for Diversity and Core
Competencies of Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results apply by
default. Default managerial competencies may apply.
 Applying technical expertise
 Analyzing
 Planning and organizing
 Coping with pressure and setbacks
 Following instructions and procedures
For guidance on how to prepare for competency-based interviews:
How to apply
Applicants are required to register at by creating a personal profile and
completing an UNRWA Personal History Form. Please note that UNRWA only accepts
degrees from accredited educational institutions. Only applications received through will be considered. Due to the large number of applications received,
only short-listed applicants will be contacted via e-mail only. Please ensure that the e-mail
address indicated in your Personal History Profile is accurate.
The United Nations does not charge fees at any stage of the recruitment process
(application, testing, interviewing, etc). The United Nations does not concern itself with
information related to bank accounts.
General information
This vacancy notice is open to internal and external candidates. Only candidates residing in
Jordan with authorization to work in the duty station at the time of application are eligible to
apply. The Agency will not assume responsibility or accountability to support or facilitate the
issuance of work permit in Jordan, and without a valid work permit, the appointment may be
UNRWA is a United Nations organization whose staff are expected to uphold the highest
standards of integrity, neutrality and impartiality. This includes respect for human rights, for
diversity, and for non-violent means of dealing with all kinds of conflict. UNRWA staff are
expected to uphold these values at all times, both at work and outside. Only persons who
fully and unconditionally commit to these values should consider applying for UNRWA jobs.
UNRWA is a non- smoking work environment.
The Agency reserves the right not to make an appointment, to make an appointment at a
lower grade, or to make an appointment with a modified job description.
On appointment, all individuals will be asked to sign a self-attestation, confirming that they
have not committed, been convicted of, or prosecuted for, any criminal offence and that they
have not been involved, by act or omission, in the commission of any violation of
international human rights law or international humanitarian law.
Date of issue: 12 January 2020/MM
Who we are
For 70 years, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine (UNRWA) has been
working on the ground in five fields of operations in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, West Bank and
the Gaza Strip providing direct assistance and protection for some 5 million Palestine refugees
in the Middle East. UNRWA is mandated by the UN General Assembly to provide this
assistance and its mission is to help Palestine refugees achieve their full potential in human
development until there is a just and lasting solution for their plight. UNRWA restores safety,
dignity and hope to millions who have been uprooted by conflict with services encompassing
education, health care, relief and social services, camp infrastructure and improvement,
microfinance and emergency assistance.
For more details on UNRWA, please visit:
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