National Legal and Policy Officer
      • Application deadline
        29.06.2018 Active Closed
      • Starting date
      • Type of contract



      I. Position Information
      Position grade

      Duty station


      Odesa, Ukraine

      Reports directly to EUBAM Chief of Administration
      Posting channel Open to First and Second-Tier Candidates


      II. Organizational Context and Scope

      Under overall supervision of the Chief of Mission, direct supervision of Chief of Administration (CoA) and technical supervision of the Senior Administrative/Security/Legal Officer in Kyiv, the successful candidate will be responsible and accountable for monitoring and implementation of legal functions for EUBAM administrative activities and will be providing necessary support to EUBAM in matters of legal nature.

      III. Responsibilities and Accountabilities

      1. Under direct supervision of the EUBAM Chief of Administration (CoA) and with technical supervision of the Senior Administrative/Security/Legal Officer Kyiv provide legal support to EUBAM administrative activities.
      1. Provide general legal advice as necessary on issues relating to the functions, structure, activities, and legal status of EUBAM. Handle verbal and written inquiries from internal and external parties, including provision of detailed information on processes and procedures related to a range of legal activities, instruments, issues, etc. Undertake legal research on a range of procedural and substantive legal issues relating to EUBAM operational activities.
      1. Together with the EUBAM Chief of Administration ensure that EUBAM administrative activities are implemented in accordance with the IOM’s Constitution and other relevant provisions.
      1. Verify all documentation on legal issues is prepared according to the IOM’s established procedures and that the IOM’s requirements/procedures are followed.
      1. Draft and coordinate agreements and contracts (human resources, funding, procurement, construction, partnership, etc.), and monitor their implementation.
      1. Draft responses to inquiries related to the interpretation and application of IOM Unified Staff Regulations and Rules and official Instructions, as well as personnel-related questions generally.
      1. Under supervision of the Chief of Administration (CoA) and in coordination with the Senior Administrative/Security/Legal Officer draft EUBAM internal instructions and memos. Prepare information notes on legal issues and amicus briefs. Coordinate ceremonies (e.g. signings, etc.) and related meetings, ensuring timely receipt of legal instruments and other requisite documentation.
      1. Monitor and maintain internal control system in accordance with IOM`s policies and procedures, report any identified weaknesses, and suggest remedial action(s).
      1. Draft and edit a variety of documentation, legal publications, and related correspondence. Prepare briefing notes, analytical documents and contribute to the production of various documentation and reports.
      1. Provide information to EUBAM experts and consultants on mandate of the EUBAM, Ukrainian and Moldovan legislation pertaining to operational activities of the Mission. Research, collect, document and analyse legal and policy papers pertaining to the EUBAM mandate and its operational activities. Guide EUBAM personnel on range of legal and internal IOM policy issues.
      1. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.


      IV. Required Qualifications and Experience


      • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent from an accredited academic institution in Law (preferably with specialization in international public law) with two years of professional work experience.


      • Master’s degree or equivalent from an accredited academic institution in Law (preferably with specialization in international public law) no professional work experience.



      • Drafting ability and analytical skills;
      • Experience in negotiating agreements and contracts;
      • Familiarity with IOM legal framework is an advantage;
      • Professional experience in international public law is desirable.
      • Knowledge of IOM administrative instructions, internal policies and procedures is an asset.


      V. Languages

      Required (specify the required knowledge) Advantageous
      Fluency in English, Ukrainian and Russian


      VI. Competencies

      The incumbent is expected to demonstrate the following competencies:



      • Accepts and gives constructive criticism
      • Follows all relevant procedures, processes, and policies
      • Meets deadline, cost, and quality requirements for outputs
      • Monitors own work to correct errors
      • Takes responsibility for meeting commitments and for any shortcomings


       Client Orientation

      • Identifies the immediate and peripheral clients of own work
      • Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with clients
      • Identifies and monitors changes in the needs of clients, including donors, governments, and project beneficiaries
      • Keeps clients informed of developments and setbacks


      Continuous Learning

      • Contributes to colleagues’ learning
      • Demonstrates interest in improving relevant skills
      • Demonstrates interest in acquiring skills relevant to other functional areas
      • Keeps abreast of developments in own professional area



      • Actively shares relevant information
      • Clearly communicates, and listens to feedback on, changing priorities and procedures
      • Writes clearly and effectively, adapting wording and style to the intended audience
      • Listens effectively and communicates clearly, adapting delivery to the audience


      Creativity and Initiative

      • Actively seeks new ways of improving programmes or services
      • Expands responsibilities while maintaining existing ones
      • Persuades others to consider new ideas
      • Proactively develops new ways to resolve problems


      Leadership and Negotiation

      • Convinces others to share resources
      • Actively identifies opportunities for and promotes organizational change
      • Presents goals as shared interests
      • Articulates vision to motivate colleagues and follows through with commitments


      Performance Management

      • Provides constructive feedback to colleagues
      • Identifies ways for their staff to develop their abilities and careers
      • Provides fair, accurate, timely, and constructive staff evaluations
      • Uses staff evaluations appropriately in recruitment and other relevant HR procedures
      • Holds directly reporting managers accountable for providing fair, accurate, timely, and constructive staff evaluations


      Planning and Organizing

      • Sets clear and achievable goals consistent with agreed priorities for self and others
      • Identifies priority activities and assignments for self and others
      • Organizes and documents work to allow for planned and unplanned handovers
      • Identifies risks and makes contingency plans
      • Adjusts priorities and plans to achieve goals
      • Allocates appropriate times and resources for own work and that of team members



      • Effectively provides sound and clear legal advice using knowledge of IOM mandate, privileges and immunities, and other relevant internal and external regulations and laws.
      • Masters subject matter related to responsibilities
      • Identifies issues, opportunities, and risks central to responsibilities
      • Incorporates gender-related needs, perspectives, and concerns, and promotes equal gender participation
      • Persistent, calm, and polite in the face of challenges and stress
      • Treats all colleagues with respect and dignity
      • Works effectively with people from different cultures by adapting to relevant cultural contexts
      • Knowledgeable about and promotes IOM core mandate and migration solutions



      • Actively contributes to an effective, collegial, and agreeable team environment
      • Contributes to, and follows team objectives
      • Gives credit where credit is due
      • Seeks input and feedback from others
      • Delegates tasks and responsibilities as appropriate
      • Actively supports and implements final group decisions
      • Takes joint responsibility for team’s work


      Technological Awareness

      • Learns about developments in available technology
      • Proactively identifies and advocates for cost-efficient technology solutions
      • Understands applicability and limitation of technology and seeks to apply it to appropriate work


      Resource Mobilization

      • Establishes realistic resource requirements to meet IOM needs



      Internals of the Organization will be considered as first-tier candidates. This vacancy is also open to second-tier candidates.

      The appointment is subject to funding confirmation and certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment, residency requirements, and security clearances.

      A prerequisite for taking up the position is legal residency in the country of the duty station and work permit, as applicable.


      How to apply:

      Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications on IOM Personal History Form

      (please download from ) to  by 29 June 2018 at the latest, referring to this advertisement in the subject line of your message.

      Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


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        The European Union Border Assistance Mission to Moldova and Ukraine (EUBAM) was launched in 2005. The legal basis for EUBAM is the Memora