Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Position: Director, Division of Ocean Affairs and Law of the Sea, UN Office of Legal Affairs, Deadline: Dec. 18, 2012

This international environmental law job focused on Ocean Affairs and Law of the Sea, came across my email.  It appears to be a relatively senior UN job. 

Here's link to the UN Job advertisement, which contains itself a link to the application webpage:
Job Title:                      Director, Division for Ocean Affairs and The Law of The Sea, D2
Department/ Office:   Office of Legal Affairs
Duty Station:               NEW YORK
Posting Period:            12 October 2012-18 December 2012
Job Opening number: 12-LEG-OLA-25624-R-NEW YORK (R)
Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the Division for Ocean Affairs and The Law of The Sea, Office of Legal Affairs. The Director will report to the Under Secretary-General for Legal Affairs.
Under the direct supervision and guidance of the Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs and within delegated authorities, the Director of the Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea is responsible for the performance of functions entrusted to the United Nations by the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (Convention), as well as other activities relating to the implementation of the Convention and related instruments, carried within the UN programme on ocean affairs and the law of the sea.

The responsibilities of the incumbent include:
(a) organization and supervision of substantive support provided to the UN General Assembly, the Meeting of States Parties to the Convention, the Commission on Limits of Continental Shelf, Informal Open-Ended Consultative Process on the Law of the Sea, Informal Consultations of the States Parties to the UN Fish Stocks Agreement and other bodies, including research on various issues of the law of the sea, preparation of relevant reports of the Secretary-General, background materials and other documentation, as well as legal advice and assistance in the conduct of their meetings; (b) assistance to and cooperation/coordination with international organizations and programmes; (c) monitoring, review and analysis of developments in the field of ocean affairs and the law of the sea and preparation of legal publications; (d) performance of functions relating to deposition of charts and coordinates of maritime spaces by costal States under the Convention; (e) planning, organization and supervision of the capacity-building programme, including training courses, preparation of training manuals and cooperation with various institutions involved in the programme; (f) management of the Division, including the supervision of the preparation of the budget, reporting on programme performance, the recruitment of the staff of the Division as well as their development and appraisal; (g) communication with Permanent Missions, Government entities and international organizations on matters relating to the work of the Division; (h) representation of the Organization at international conferences and meetings; (i) performance of other related duties as requested by the senior management of the Organization.
- Thorough understanding of the UN system; Comprehensive and in-depth theoretical knowledge of public international law with emphasis on the law of the sea, as well as practical application of the Convention to a range of legal issues in the area of ocean affairs and the law of the sea.
- In-depth knowledge of the processes related to the implementation of the Convention.
- Outstanding analytical and drafting skills. Proven ability to design research projects, conduct and supervise such research on a variety of complex and intricate law of the sea issues with special emphasis on areas relevant to ongoing international processes relating to implementation of the Convention.
- Demonstrated ability to prepare and supervise the preparation of legal briefs and studies on multi-dimensional, complex and sensitive issues of the law of the sea.

-Speaks and writes clearly and effectively
-Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately
-Asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication
-Tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience
-Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed

Planning & Organizing:
-Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies
-Identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required
-Allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work
-Foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning
-Monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary
-Uses time efficiently

-Serves as a role model that other people want to follow
-Empowers others to translate vision into results
-Is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives
-Establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support
-Anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions
-Drives for change and improvement; does not accept the status quo
-Shows the courage to take unpopular stands
- Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work

Judgement/ Decision-making:
-Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly
-Gathers relevant information before making a decision
-Considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them
-Takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization
-Proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information
-Checks assumptions against facts
-Determines that the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision
-Makes tough decisions when necessary
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law, preferably with a specialization in public international law. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Work Experience
Over 15 years of progressively responsible experience, including in supervisory positions, in the field of public international law is required. Experience in law of the sea and ocean affairs related matters at the international level is required. Publications on topics of international law and participation in international seminars, including presentations and briefings on topics of the law of the sea, is an asset. Qualifying years of experience are calculated following the receipt of the first level university degree recognised by the United Nations.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations. For this position, fluency in English (both oral and written) is required. Knowledge of French is desirable.
Assessment Method
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include a competency-based interview.
Special Notice
- Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.
United Nations Considerations
The United Nations shall place no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. (Charter of the United Nations - Chapter 3, article 8). The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.
No Fee

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