Legal Specialist

WHO - World Health Organization
United States
Jul 06, 2024
Aug 03, 2024
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Job Description – Legal Specialist () Legal Specialist – ()

Grade: P2

Contractual Arrangement: Temporary appointment under Staff Rule 420.4

Contract Duration (Years, Months, Days): 11 months, with possible extension, up to 24 months subject to funding availability and satisfactory performance.

Job Posting

Job Posting: Jul 1, 2024, 3:59:58 PM

Closing Date

Closing Date: Jul 15, 2024, 9:59:00 PM

Primary Location

Primary Location: United States–Washington, D.C.


Organization: Office of the Legal Counsel


Schedule: Full–time


Provides legal advice and counsel to PAHO's Governing Bodies, Executive Management, PAHO/WHO Representatives (PWRs), PAHO Centers, Country Offices, and PASB Headquarters entities on all legal matters.


  1. Prepare draft legal opinions in response to queries raised by Country, Subregional, and Regional entities as well as Centers, following general instructions given by supervisor;
  2. Provide legal and policy support to administrative areas, including the Areas of Human Resources Management (HRM), General Services Operations (GSO), and Procurement and Supply Management (PRO), and/or other offices on legal administrative matters as requested;
  3. Draft legal memoranda and other legal documents including administrative contracts and agreements such as contracts of engagement of personnel, consultants and contracts awarded for the procurement of goods or services;
  4. Assist in the preparation of briefs to represent the Organization in proceedings before appeal bodies and administrative tribunals as well as other judicial or quasi–judicial bodies;
  5. Conduct due diligence and risk assessment reviews of non–State actors in connection with proposed engagements with PAHO for review by supervisor;
  6. Perform preliminary review of the legal aspects of project proposals, draft agreements, correspondence and other texts and provide appropriate comments to supervisor;
  7. Draft or assist in the drafting of Technical Cooperation Agreements and other legal documents to which the Organization is a party for the final review by supervisor;
  8. Provide legal and policy support to PAHO's technical cooperation programs, the Regional Revolving Fund for Strategic Public Health Supplies and Revolving Fund for Access to Vaccines;
  9. Prepare and follow up on filings before national entities to establish, maintain, and protect the intellectual property and other legal commercial rights of the Organization;
  10. Assist in the selection and analysis of relevant international and national legal materials for the preparation of reports or legal opinions;
  11. Prepare background materials, reports, papers and other documents as requested by supervisor;
  12. Perform other related duties, as assigned.


  • Education: Essential: A university degree in law or in any other discipline related to the functions of the post from a recognized institution. Desirable: Advanced law degree in any of the areas that relate to the functions of the post, and/or admission to practice law in a PAHO Member State would be an asset.
  • Experience: Essential: Five years of combined national and international law experience, preferably in contracts, torts, mercantile, intellectual property and/or administrative law. Desirable: Experience working in a UN common system organization, or other international public organization would be an asset.
  • Skills: See detailed skills in the original job description.
  • Languages: Very good knowledge of English or Spanish with a working knowledge of the other. Knowledge of French and/or Portuguese would be an asset.
  • IT Skills: Demonstrated ability to effectively use current technology and software, in particular spreadsheets and presentations, as well as Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and management information systems. Other IT skills and knowledge of software programs such as Visio and Project would be an asset.


Monthly Salary: $4,198.08 (Salary is non–negotiable)

Post Adjustment: $2,947.05 This amount is to be considered as indicative since variations may occur each month either upwards or downwards due to currency exchange rate fluctuations or inflation.


  • This vacancy notice may be used to identify candidates to fill other similar short–term professional positions, at the same grade level.
  • PAHO/WHO offers an attractive compensation package including a monthly net salary and post adjustment, which reflects the cost of living in a particular duty station and exchange rates (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance).
  • Other benefits may include: 2.5 days annual leave per month, generous telework policy, parental leave, sick leave, pension plan, and health insurance scheme.
  • Other benefits for internationally recruited staff may include travel and removal expenses on appointment and separation, settling–in grant and rental subsidy.
  • Candidates will be contacted only if they are under serious consideration. A written test and/or interview will be held for this position as a form of screening.
  • The post description is the official documentation for organization purposes.
  • Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to PAHO Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and e–Manual.
  • PAHO/WHO is committed to workforce diversity.
  • PAHO is an ethical organization that maintains high standards of integrity and accountability. People joining PAHO are required to maintain these standards both in their professional work and personal activities.
  • PAHO also promotes a work environment that is free from harassment, sexual harassment, discrimination, and other types of abusive behavior. PAHO conducts background checks and will not hire anyone who has a substantiated history of misconduct.
  • PAHO personnel interact frequently with people in the communities we serve. To protect these people, PAHO has zero tolerance for sexual exploitation and abuse. People who commit serious wrongdoing will be terminated and may also face criminal prosecution.
  • PAHO/WHO is a smoke–free environment.
  • Applications from women and from nationals of non and underrepresented Member States are encouraged.
  • All applicants are required to complete an on–line profile to be considered for this post.

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