The Legal Affairs and External Relations Bureau provides advice and assistance to the Secretary General and through that Office to the various bodies of the Organization and to ICAO Member States, on legal and external relations matters. With regard to legal matters, the Bureau is responsible for: the provision of legal advice to the Governing Bodies and the Secretariat on any issue of law, and in particular on international law and air law; the general development of air law; the review of all agreements and contracts; and the performance of the treaty depositary and registration of agreements functions of the Organization. With regard to external relations matters, the Bureau is responsible for: maintaining close and harmonious working relations with Member States; serving as focal point for the Organization’s relations with the Host Government; carrying out liaison and protocol functions; and monitoring and providing policy guidance and advice on current political events which might affect ICAO.
Under the general authority of the Director, Legal Affairs and External Relations Bureau (D/LEB), the Political Affairs and Protocol Officer (PPO) reports directly to the Senior External Relations and Legal Officer (SELO). D/LEB, SELO or other Senior Officers of the Bureau, will provide supervision to the PPO, including guidance on political matters, delegation and distribution of tasks, and decisions on priorities. The incumbent receives assignments and directions directly/indirectly from supervisors and performs tasks independently, which necessitates initiative, effective time management and the ability to work under pressure.