Deputy Head, Office of Legal Affairs

Vienna, Austria
Industry Sector:
International Public Sector
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Deputy Head, Office of Legal Affairs

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Deputy Head, Office of Legal Affairs

Tasks and Responsibilities:

Under the direct supervision of, and in close co-ordination with, the Head of the Office of Legal Affairs, the Deputy Head will be tasked with the following duties:

  1. Providing legal advice in the interpretation and application of the regulatory framework of the Organization, including the Financial and Staff Regulations, Rules, Instructions and other administrative issuances, and advice on internal staff appeals and disciplinary cases;
  2. Providing legal advice on the full scope of multi-disciplinary, complex and novel legal issues relating to the operation and function of the Organization, including concerning the legal status and privileges and immunities of the OSCE and its officials;
  3. Providing legal advice in the drafting, negotiation and interpretation of legal instruments, including international agreements, arrangements, memoranda of understanding or other legal materials concluded on behalf of the Organization with participating States, international organizations and other entities;
  4. Providing legal advice on all aspects of the procurement process and contracting, including intellectual property rights, insurance and data protection; and participating in the drafting and negotiation of leases and high value and complex commercial contracts with senior officials in the Secretariat, Institutions and Field Operations;
  5. Providing legal advice on decisions, representation and procedural issues arising in the OSCE decision-making bodies;
  6. Conducting legal research and analysis for the preparation of legal opinions, studies, reports or correspondence;
  7. Acting as the Officer-in-Charge in the absence of the Head of the Office of Legal Affairs, performing quality control of legal advice prepared by the Office;
  8. Performing other related duties as required.

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Necessary Qualifications:

  • Second-level university degree in law, preferably with specialization in public international law or related area. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience is accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree;
  • A minimum 8 years of relevant professional experience, including 4 years at the international level, as an in-house legal counsel in a commercial company and/or an international organization;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of international, contractual and procurement principles and practices;
  • Established knowledge of European and/or international public law is a strong asset;
  • Demonstrated gender awareness and sensitivity, and an ability to integrate a gender perspective into tasks and activities;
  • Professional fluency in English with excellent communication (both oral and written) skills; Knowledge of other official OSCE languages, especially German or Russian, is an asset.
  • Ability and willingness to work as a member of team, with people of different cultural and religious backgrounds, different gender and diverse political views, whilst maintaining impartiality and objectivity;
  • Computer literate with practical experience in Microsoft applications.

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