Assistant/Associate Legal Officer


Parent Sector : Office of International Standards and Legal Affairs (LA)

Duty Station: Paris

Job Family: Law

Type of contract : Non Staff

Duration of contract : From 1 to 6 months

Recruitment open to : External candidates

Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 04-MAR-2024


UNESCO Core Values: Commitment to the Organization, Integrity, Respect for Diversity, Professionalism




Within the general mandate of the Office of International Standards and Legal Affairs and under the overall authority of the Legal Adviser and Director of the Office, the incumbent will be required to carry out the following duties and responsibilities:

  • Drafting legal opinions and undertaking research and studies and examining legal precedents for issues relating to the functions, structure and activities of the Organization. Such issues may bear upon the general field or upon specialized aspects of public international law.
  • Drafting appropriate opinions and other relevant correspondence on a wide variety of legal problems which can arise prior or during the execution of the Organization's programme.
  • Drafting and revising documents to be submitted to the Organization's governing bodies; the General Conference and the Executive Board. Studying and evaluating all files and documents submitted for decision, evaluation and signature, in addition to preparing complete files on issues under consideration.
  • Assisting the Director during intergovernmental meetings.
  • Performing other duties as assigned.


COMPETENCIES (Core / Managerial)

Accountability (C)
Communication (C)
Knowledge sharing and continuous improvement (C)
Planning and organizing (C)
Results focus (C)
Teamwork (C)
Professionalism (C)


For detailed information, please consult the UNESCO Competency Framework.



  • Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in international law.
  • Professional experience providing advice in public international law within an intergovernmental organization or equivalent legal experience in a government, non-profit organization, law firm or academia.
  • Excellent knowledge of English or French and very good knowledge of the other language.




  • Professional experience acquired at the international level.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in the law of international organizations, particularly in the UN system.
  • Experience in the legal department of an intergovernmental organization.
  • Experience working in a diplomatic environment.
  • Experience working with intergovernmental bodies.
  • Confirmed experience in legal drafting in English and French.




Individuals to be hired on a service contract must have the right to live and work in the duty station in which they will serve (for this position, at UNESCO's headquarters, in France). 



Please note that all candidates must complete an on-line application and provide complete and accurate information. To apply, please visit the UNESCO careers website. No modifications can be made to the application submitted.

The evaluation of candidates is based on the criteria in the vacancy notice, and may include tests and/or assessments, as well as a competency-based interview. 

UNESCO uses communication technologies such as video or teleconference, e-mail correspondence, etc. for the assessment and evaluation of candidates.

Please note that only selected candidates will be further contacted and candidates in the final selection step will be subject to reference checks based on the information provided.


UNESCO recalls that paramount consideration in the appointment of staff members shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, technical competence and integrity. UNESCO applies a zero-tolerance policy against all forms of harassment. UNESCO is committed to achieving and sustaining equitable and diverse geographical distribution, as well as gender parity among its staff members in all categories and at all grades. Furthermore, UNESCO is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Candidates from non- and under-represented Member States (last update here) are particularly welcome and strongly encouraged to apply. Individuals from minority groups and indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the highest level of confidentiality. Worldwide mobility is required for staff members appointed to international posts.

UNESCO does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process.