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UNDP recruiting Consultant on Legal Matters

Nicosia, Cyprus, 09 May 2017


Full-fledged negotiations between the Leaders of the Greek Cypriot Community and of the Turkish Cypriot Community have been ongoing since September 2008, under the Office of the Special Adviser to the Secretary-General in Cyprus (OSASG) (also known as the Good Offices Mission). The aim of the full-fledged negotiations is to find a mutually acceptable solution to the Cyprus problem, which will safeguard the fundamental and legitimate rights and interests of Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots. The agreed solution will be put to separate simultaneous referendum.

The role of the OSASG is to support the Secretary-General's Special Advisor (SASG) in Cyprus, whose mandate is to assist the parties in the conduct of negotiations aimed at reaching a comprehensive settlement.

Following the resumption of the talks in May 2015, meetings have increased in frequency and intensity, with the sides engaged in an interdependent discussion of all topics.

In this regard, the consultant will provide the OSASG with high level expertise on specific legal matters in such a way that is impossible to be achieved through OSASG's own human resources. This high level expertise is required only on Ad-Hoc basis and as required connected to the on-going negotiations.

Duties and Responsibilities

The assignment would cover the following themes:

  • Provide technical expertise and advice to the SASG on specific legal matters, particularly as they relate to human rights law and the law of the European Union and its member states;

  •  Provide advice to the OSASG team on how courts of the European Union and its member states have interpreted public international law, including human rights law, and the law of the European Union in certain areas of relevance to the work of the Office;

  • Provide analysis to OSASG on the likely future response of courts, including the Court of Justice of the EU based on its relevant case-law, to questions that may arise in the negotiations.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide written and oral advice on legal matters, in particular as they relate to specific questions concerning the application of public international law, including human rights law, and the law of the European Union in areas relevant to the negotiations, including the case-law of the Court of Justice of the European Union;

  • Research key points of interest identified by the OSASG on such issues;

  • Provide opinions on such issues in response to questions from the SASG or the OSASG team.

Attendance at meetings

  • Be present at the OSASG and on-call during SASG's visits to the island.

  • Attend SASG meetings with facilitators.

  • Attend SASG meetings with OSASG staff.

  • Attend any other meetings when requested by the OSASG and by the Head of Office.

Other tasks

  • Where mutually agreed by the consultant and the OSASG’s Head of Office, assume other tasks as requested.

  • The consultancy is on an "as needed basis", the OSASG and the Consultant will together determine the precise number of working days for the consultancy beforehand.


  • Internal mission reports with recommendations

  • Short summary of each mission outputs/outcome (one page)

  • Inputs, both written and verbal to internal brainstorming.

  • Provision of opinions/research papers in response to questions from the SASG and the OSASG team on legal matters as described above.

Note: Initially one consultant will be contracted and additional consultants (within qualified candidates) might be contracted upon need.

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