Post Title: Legal and Dispute Settlement Officer
Office: Office of the Secretary-General (OSG)
Supervisor: Head of the Office of the Secretary-General
Duty Station: OACPS Secretariat, Belgium
Posting period: 13 September to 13 October 2022
Post Number: ACP/41/036/22/AFHR/HR/CNA
No. of Vacancies: 1
As the Organisation’s legal advisor on issues concerning the operations of the Secretariat of the Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS), the Legal and Dispute Settlement Officer covers matters related to international law, governance, contracts, and human resources.
Under the guidance and supervision of the Head of the Office of the Secretary-General, the Legal and Dispute Settlement Officer is, inter alia, responsible for the provision of legal services in respect of the following: (i) Application of the Georgetown Agreement, including the functions, rules, and working procedures of the OACPS’ organs; (ii) Application of OACPS-EU Partnership Agreement and any agreement with a third party; (iii) Operations of the Secretariat of the OACPS Secretariat; and (iv) Dispute settlement and mediation at all levels. She/he ensures high quality, accuracy, and consistency of work, and promotes a client-oriented approach consistent with OACPS rules and regulations.
The Legal and Dispute Settlement Officer provides legal advice and support to the Organisation and gives advice on all matters of a legal and constitutional nature. She/he ensures that the Organisation’s relationships with governments, organisations, private institutions, and individuals have a sound legal basis. She/he also provides advice on constitutional issues, privileges and immunities of the Organisation and its staff, contractual issues, and administrative matters.
She/he advises and prepares legal opinions and advice on the interpretation and application of the constituent instruments and rules of procedure of the various organs and consultative bodies of the OACPS, and any joint institutions, mechanisms and facilities established with third parties. The Legal and Dispute Settlement Officer is responsible for the drafting of OACPS resolutions, decisions, and recommendations. In addition, she/he advises on, and manages the preparation of legal advice on the interpretation and application of the OACPS Secretariat Staff and Employment Regulations, Internal Rules, the privileges and immunities of the Secretariat and staff, as well as the drafting and negotiating of agreements and other legal instruments regulating the OACPS’ relations with member states, intergovernmental organisations and other legal entities, including private. Lastly, the Legal and Dispute Settlement Officer contributes to the annual work plan and budget of the Office of the Secretary-General.
She/he conducts studies and provides legal advice and opinions on various types of documents, including treaties, agreements, contracts etc., to enable the Secretary-General to act as legal representative of the Organisation in its relations with the Member States and
other international or multinational organisations. The Legal and Dispute Settlement Officer carries out the legal functions associated with the Secretary-General's role as depository of the treaties and other agreements concluded by, or under the auspices of, the OACPS, and advises on the interpretation of legal instruments
The Legal and Dispute Settlement Officer ensures timely responsiveness to requests for legal advice from other Departments, and assists with matters that may impact on the Secretariat’s responses to matters raised by the various organs and consultative bodies of the OACPS. In the performance of her/his work, the Legal and Dispute Settlement Officer collaborates closely with the Secretariat’s Departments, and keeps a professional and collegial rapport with colleagues.
She/he supports the development of organisational positions on data protection and provides advice to ensure that personal data of OACPS beneficiaries/contacts are collated, used, transferred, and stored in accordance with OACPS data protection principles. The Legal and Dispute Settlement Officer is also the custodian of all OACPS agreements with third parties. She/he is the main mediator in internal and external disputes.
The internal focus of the position includes:
Direct contact with Assistant Secretaries-General (ASGs) and colleagues;
Providing advice to and/or collaborating with ASGs and colleagues; and
On a daily basis, contact with the Head of the Office of the Secretary-General to ensure efficiency and effective delivery.
The external focus of the position includes:
Direct contact with Heads of Diplomatic Missions and personnel of Members of the
Direct contact with EU and any third-party officials regarding the implementation of decisions by joint institutions;
Networking, liaising, consulting and collaborating with senior officials and programme officers of other international organisations on common areas of work in legal matters;
Negotiating with legal advisors and senior officials of other international organisations on the drafting of international instruments of cooperation between the OACPS
Secretariat and those organisations;
Liaising with, and functioning as the contact person with external lawyers; and
Liaising with the ILO Tribunal and the appropriate entities of the host country, Belgium, on all matters concerning the contributions of the OACPS Secretariat to the operations
of the Tribunal and on any disputes arising from the application of the Staff and
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