Vacancy Announcement
Associate Legal Officer
Vacancy Announcement Number LDC/07/2020
Contract Status Limited Duration Contract for 1 year (applies to external
candidates and internal candidates on LDC); renewable;
Appointment subject to funding confirmation.
Benefits - LDC: Band “F”/ S 1 Monthly salary start from JD 1057.70
Fils. Depending on the qualifications and Experience
- Contract Status: 1 year (Extendable) subject to
availability of funds, satisfactory performance of the
incumbent and the continuing need for the post).
- Other benefits include medical insurance and annual
leave and dependency allowance (if applicable).
Department Field Legal Office.
Duty Station Jordan Field Office
Issue Date 28 July 2020
Deadline for Applications 10 August 2020
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.
Place in the Organisation
The incumbent of this post reports to the Deputy Head Field Legal Office, Jordan.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities
In accordance with established Agency policy and procedures under the technical guidance and
advice of the Deputy Head Field Legal Office, the incumbent assists the Field Legal Office in providing
legal advice and assistance to the Director of UNRWA Operations, Jordan, other Agency officials and
individual staff members in the Jordan Field and coordinates with Headquarters in providing legal
assistance and advice on matters related to UNRWA’s operation in Jordan.
The job content for this position includes:
 Legal research and analysis, and preparation of legal opinions and official correspondence on
administrative and human resources’ matters in accordance with UNRWA Area Staff Rules and
Regulations, Personnel Directives, and Agency policies and practice;
 Legal research, analysis and advice on other matters related to the UNRWA operations in Jordan,
in accordance with UNRWA Rules, Regulations, Directives and Policies
 Drafting of official correspondence to be addressed to executive, judicial or other formal
establishments or entities; contractors; and partners of the Agency.
 Drafting, revision and advice on contracts, memoranda of understanding, lease agreements and
other legal agreements;
 Legal research, analysis and advice on matters of Jordanian and international law and practice;
• Performs such other duties as may be assigned.
 University degree in Law, preferably with specialization in international,
administrative/public, employment or commercial law and preferably admission to
practice law in a recognized jurisdiction.
 Four years’ work experience as a lawyer in the United Nations, other international
organization, government service, the commercial/private sector or NGO, including a
period of experience in contract or commercial law, or administrative or employment
 Excellent command of written and spoken English and Arabic.
 Acute ability to understand and work with different policies, procedures and work
 Excellent communication skills, ability to demonstrate openness in sharing information,
keeping people informed and preserving the confidentiality of sensitive information
obtained throughout the course of work.
 Ability to work in collaboration with colleagues to achieve organizational goals and
enjoying team spirit.
 Willing to learn from others and the legal experience gained to build.
 Understanding of local laws, instructions and regulations.
 Excellent analytical and writing skills.
 Ability to work independently or in a team
 Ability to deliver quality service under tight deadlines in a stressful working environment
 Excellent organization and political awareness
 Knowledge and understanding of the theories, concepts and approaches relevant to
administrative investigations;
 Takes responsibility for delegated assignments and operates in compliance with
organizational regulations and rules;
 Excellent written and spoken communication skills;
 Proven ability in establishing effective work relationships;
 Ability and willingness to take initiative;
 Good research, analytical and problem-solving skills; proven ability to analyze large
amounts of information and provide reports that are factually correct, impartial and
objective, concise, complete and logically organized;
 Sound judgment;
 Ability to plan own work and manage conflicting priorities;
 Ability to work under pressure;
 Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal
participation of women and men in all areas of work;
 Ability to operate standard software applications such as MS-Word, Excel, and Access
For guidance on how to prepare for competency-based interviews:
Who we are
For over 65 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:
The incumbent may be required to travel, as needed, as needed, in the Agency’s area of operations
in the Middle East.
 Knowledge of the history and contemporary issues of the Middle East;
 Familiarity with the UN Common system and practices;
 Admission to practice law in Jordan.
Other Information:
 Only candidates residing in Jordan with authorization to work in that 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 the duty station, and without a valid work
permit, the appointment may be rescinded since the agency will not provide coverage for
relocation costs.
 Since this vacancy is an Area staff post, the Agency will not provide coverage for relocation
When the minimum requirements are not fully met, Field Director for Field Area staff and Director
of Human Resources for Headquarters Area staff, in consultation with the concerned supervisor
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.
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 applicants short-listed for interview
will be contacted. Please ensure that the e-mail address that you will indicate in your Personal History
Profile is accurate, candidates shortlisted for test or interview will only be contacted by e-mail. No
follow up phone calls will be made.
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
For guidance on how to prepare for competency-based interviews, please visit:
General Information
UNRWA encourages applications from qualified and experienced women.
UNRWA welcomes applications from qualified candidates with disabilities.
This vacancy notice is open to internal and external candidates.
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 nonviolent 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.

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