Associate Legal Officer

UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Stockholm, Sweden
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Job Summary

Job Description

The Associate Legal Officer is a member of the protection or legal team either at Headquarters (within the Division of International Protection or in a Regional Bureau), or in a Country or Sub-Office. He/she may report to the (Senior) Protection or (Senior) Legal Officer, Head of Sub-Office or to the Assistant Representative for Protection. In smaller Offices, the post may report directly to the Representative. The incumbent may have direct supervisory responsibility for protection or legal staff who may include community services, registration, resettlement and education.

The Associate Legal Officer is relied upon by the Office to coordinate quality, timely and effective protection responses to the needs of populations of concern. Another important function of the position is to ensure that persons of concern are involved with the Office in making decisions that affect them, whether in accessing their rights or in identifying appropriate solutions to their problems. To achieve this, the incumbent will need to build and maintain effective interfaces with communities of concern, authorities, protection and assistance partners as well as a broader network of stakeholders who can contribute to enhancing protection.


  • Monitor the development of law and doctrine.
  • Contribute to advocacy towards proper interpretation of law and doctrine as well as in the development of standards of protection.
  • Assist in the preparation of legal advice and drafting of position papers and guidelines on pertinent legal and operational issues.
  • Consistently apply international and national law and UNHCR policies and standards.
  • Provide inputs to the formulation of protection strategies.
  • Liaise with DIP, Division and Bureau work units and external actors to enhance awareness of protection principles.


  • Undergraduate degree (equivalent of a BA/BS) in Law, preferably with focus on Human Rights, Refugee Law and/or International Humanitarian Law plus minimum at least 3 years of related professional experience. Graduate degree (equivalent of a Master's) plus 2 years or Doctorate degree (equivalent of a PhD) plus 1 year of previous relevant work experience may also be accepted.
  • Excellent legal research, analytical and drafting skills.
  • Knowledge of English and UN working language of the duty station if not English.


  • Completion of UNHCR learning programmes on protection would be an asset or any other equivalent external courses.
  • Knowledge of additional UN languages.