Associate Legal Officer (General Legal) (P2)

Associate Legal Officer (General Legal) (P2)

IAEA - International Atomic Energy Agency

Vienna, Austria

Main Purpose

Under the close supervision of the Section Head and with guidance from more senior Legal Officers, the Associate Legal Officer carries out research and drafts general legal briefs on a range of assignments covering all areas of OLA.


The Associate Legal Officer is: a team member, working collaboratively with the members of the General Legal Section and, as required, all staff of the Office, and an analyst carrying out benchmarking and drafting summaries.

Functions/Key Results Expected

  • Carry out research and benchmarking to review and provide input to legal studies and reports;
  • Provide initial drafts of legal opinions and contribute ideas and analysis to larger studies or opinions;
  • Research and prepare drafts on legal issues relating to IAEA functions, structures and activities. Issues may be general or related to specialized aspects of constitutional, international, public, private and administrative law;
  • Select and analyse international and national legal materials for the preparation of reports or studies;
  • Provide preliminary interpretation of legal instruments, such as constitutions, statutes, treaties, agreements, regulations and rules, resolutions or other legal materials;
  • Give legal advice on issues of limited scope, such as the application of laws or administrative rules and regulations;
  • Provide secretariat services to committees and bodies by: preparing background materials, reports, papers and other documents; synthesizing views and practices on particular issues;
  • Prepare preliminary drafts of contracts and agreements, internal regulations and rules; carrying out a preliminary review of legal aspects of draft letters, agreements and other texts.

Competencies and Expertise

Core Competencies

  • Planning and Organizing: Plans and organizes his/her own work in support of achieving the team or Section’s priorities. Takes into account potential changes and proposes contingency plans;
  • Communication: Communicates orally and in writing in a clear, concise and impartial manner. Takes time to listen to and understand the perspectives of others and proposes solutions;
  • Achieving Results: Takes initiative in defining realistic outputs and clarifying roles, responsibilities and expected results in the context of the Department/Division’s programme. Evaluates his/her results realistically, drawing conclusions from lessons learned;
  • Teamwork: Actively contributes to achieving team results. Supports team decisions.

Functional Competencies

  • Analytical thinking: Gathers and analyses information, identifying critical relationships and patterns among data and proposes workable solutions;
  • Judgement/decision making: Consults with supervisor/manager and makes decisions in full compliance with the Agency’s regulations and rules;
  • Technical/scientific credibility: Acquires and applies new skills to remain up to date in his/her area of expertise. Reliably applies knowledge of basic technical/scientific methods and concepts.

Required Expertise

  • Administrative Law: Knowledge of administrative law;
  • Agency's Statute, Rules of Procedures, Regulations, Practices and Precedents: Knowledge of and ability to analyse and apply the Agency's Statute, Rules of Procedure, Regulations, Practice and Precendent;
  • Contract: Law Knowledge of contract law;
  • International: Law Knowledge of broad principles of Public International Law;
  • Legal Drafts: Ability to draft clear, concise documents setting out facts and arguments in an accurate manner;
  • Policy Development: Legal Support for Policy Development.

Qualifications, Experience and Language skills

  • Bachelor's Degree - University degree in law with good academic record; admitted to practice in a national bar or equivalent. Advanced degree in law is an asset;
  • At least two years of relevant experience in any field of law;
  • Excellent oral and written command of English. Knowledge of other official IAEA languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish) is an asset.

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