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FAO recruiting General Legal Affairs Consultant

Rome, Italy, 04 September 2015


FAO's vision is a world free of hunger and malnutrition where food and agriculture contributes to improving the living standards of all, especially the poorest, in an economically, socially and environmentally sustainable manner.

The General Legal Affairs Service (LEGA) within the Office of the Legal Counsel provides advice to the Director-General, the technical units of the Organization and its Governing Bodies on legal matters relating to the Organization's programmatic and operational activities, including on constitutional questions, the drafting of international treaties, the legal aspects of relations with the Host Government, with other Governments and with other international organizations. It represents FAO in judicial proceedings and in settlements of disputes.
Who are we looking for:

FAO is looking for individuals interested in short-term assignments with relevant education and experience, of varying levels of experience, to support the work of LEGA in the provision of oral and written advice in areas of public international law, including administrative law, within the framework of the FAO Basic Texts and the decisions adopted by the FAO Governing Bodies. Specifically, the assignments may require expertise in the following areas:

  • Agreements and other legal arrangements with Governments, NGOs and other public and private entities, establishing frameworks for collaboration in areas falling within FAO’s mandate, addressing matters related to institutional mechanisms for collaboration, copyright, confidentiality of information, applicable law, privileges and immunities, dispute settlement, etc.;

  • Funding and co-operation agreements and related project documents, which are often complex in nature, with Governments, international organizations, funding agencies and NGOs;

  • Commercial contractual and procurement issues, in particular related to contracts with suppliers of goods and services (from the private and public sector), including the interpretation and application of the Organization’s internal rules, and the negotiation and settlement of claims and disputes;

  • Matters relating to privileges and immunities of the Organization, including the provision of advice to the Decentralized Offices and negotiation of agreements with Governments;

  • Human resources and personnel matters, including the interpretation and application of the Organization’s internal rules and international administrative law;

  • Intellectual property and protection of the Organization's legal interests, such as use of the FAO name and emblem, the application of the Organization’s policies and rules concerning engagement with the private commercial sector and civil society;

  • Support and advice to the Governing and Statutory bodies of the Organization, related to their mandates and procedures;

  • Other areas of law as required for the Service to discharge its functions. Applications from candidates with at least five years of experience in the work of Legal Office in an international organization are particularly welcome.

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