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Place of employment: The Hague, the Netherlands
Type and duration of contract: Temporary Agent AD 6, Up to five years, with possibility of renewal
Security clearance level: EU SECRET
Monthly basic salary: €5.326,04
Eurojust is launching a selection procedure to establish a reserve list and fill one vacant post in the position of Legal Officer (AD 6). The Legal Officer will report to the Head of the Legal Affairs Office.
The Legal Affairs Office provides legal assistance in the completion, revision and interpretation of the Eurojust legal framework, including implementing rules to the Staff Regulations, Eurojust Financial Regulation and security rules. It provides advice on contracts and procurement-related matters and prepares agreements with the Host State and third bodies.
The Legal Affairs Office assists in all legal aspects of daily administrative life at Eurojust and advises on any issues potentially giving rise to disputes. Where necessary, it assists Eurojust in litigation cases.
The successful candidate will perform the following activities:
- Advise on regulatory work by contributing to the completion and revision of Eurojust’s legal framework;
- Provide legal advice and assistance in the interpretation and implementation of the legal framework in relation to administrative matters;
- Prepare decisions to be adopted by the College, the Administrative Director or the Heads of Units and Offices concerning administrative matters;
- Draft and negotiate agreements on non-operational issues with the Host State and third parties;
- Identify legal problems associated with Eurojust’s activities to prevent Eurojust from incurring legal risks and propose appropriate solutions;
- Advise on any internal issues potentially giving rise to litigation, manage litigation cases at both administrative and judicial level and represent Eurojust in disputes before local courts and the European Court of Justice;
- Represent the Legal Affairs Office in external meetings, working groups, and conferences on legal matters.
The selection procedure is open to applicants who satisfy the following eligibility criteria on the closing date for applications:
1. General requirements
- Be a national of one of the Member States of the European Union;
- Enjoy full rights as a citizen;
- Have fulfilled any obligations imposed by the laws concerning military service;
- Produce the appropriate character references as to his/her suitability for the performance of his/her duties ;
- Be physically fit to perform his/her duties; and
- Have a thorough knowledge (C1) of one of the languages of the European Union and a satisfactory knowledge (B2) of another language of the European Union to the extent necessary for the performance of his/her duties.
2. Minimum qualifications and professional experience
To be eligible, you must have a level of education which corresponds to completed university studies of at least 3 years attested by a diploma and, after having obtained the diploma, at least 3 years of appropriate professional experience.
Only qualifications that have been awarded in EU Member States or that are subject to an equivalence certificate issued by a designated national authority in an EU Member States will be taken into consideration.
If your diploma was issued outside the EU, you must provide a certificate of equivalency from an authorised authority in an EU Member State to email@example.com by the closing date for applications.
If you do not provide this certificate by the closing date, Eurojust will not be able to assess your eligibility. More information is available here.
The Selection Board will assess all eligible applications on the basis of the following criteria:
Required experience and knowledge
- At least 3 years of professional experience and knowledge in the areas mentioned under “key accountabilities”;
- A Bachelor’s degree in law;
- Experience working in EU administrative law, or in administrative or civil law in an EU Member State;
- Fluency (C1) in English, as this is the vehicular language of Eurojust.
- Experience working in a Legal Affairs team in an EU body or in a national administration in the EU;
- Experience applying the Staff Regulations and CEOS;
- Previous experience advising on issues related to the EU legal framework.
2. Interview and written test
Following this assessment, the highest ranking candidates will be invited for an interview and written test, during which the following competencies will be evaluated:
- Technical competencies related to the position;
- Excellent communication skills, particularly drafting legal documents in English;
- Strong analytical and problem solving aptitudes;
- Strong sense of accountability and ability to independently produce work requiring little revision;
- High level of accuracy and attention to detail.
On the day of the interview, applicants must bring copies of all the supporting documents concerning their educational qualifications and employment record.
Submission of applications
All sections of the application must be completed in English. In order to be considered, applications must be received by 23:59:59 CET on the closing date. We advise you to submit your application well ahead of the deadline, in order to avoid potential problems due to heavy traffic on the website.
You will receive an automatic email acknowledging receipt of your application. Please note that all correspondence will take place by email, so please ensure that the email address associated with your applicant account is correct and that you check your email regularly.
Eurojust applies a policy of equal opportunity and non-discrimination in accordance with Article 1(d) of the Staff Regulations. Employment at Eurojust is open to nationals of EU Member States. There is no nationality quota system, but Eurojust strives to recruit a broad range of nationalities in order to keep a well-balanced geographical distribution among its staff members. To further enhance the diversity of its workforce, Eurojust particularly encourages applications from male candidates.
On the day of the interview, applicants must bring certified copies of all the supporting documents concerning their educational qualifications and employment record. Eurojust has the right to disqualify applicants who fail to submit all the required documents on the date of the interview. Eurojust applies a policy of equal opportunity and non-discrimination in accordance with Article 1(d) of the Staff Regulations. Employment at Eurojust is open to nationals of EU Member States. There is no nationality quota system, but Eurojust strives to recruit a broad range of nationalities in order to keep a well-balanced geographical distribution among its staff members. To further enhance the diversity of its workforce, Eurojust particularly encourages applications from male candidates. Information about selection procedures at Eurojust and application guidelines can be found here – http://www.eurojust.europa.eu/careers/Pages/recruitment-process.aspx
Request for review
If an applicant is found ineligible, or is not invited for an interview, he/she may submit a request for reconsideration, quoting the reference number of the vacancy. More details on the request for review procedure can be found here.
Applicants are reminded that the work of the Selection Board is confidential. It is forbidden for applicants to make direct or indirect contact with the members of the Selection Board, or for anyone to do so on their behalf.
The Administrative Director will appoint the successful candidate as a member of the temporary staff pursuant to Article 2(f) of the Conditions of employment of other servants of the European Union, for a period of up to five years.
Temporary staff are required to serve a probationary period of nine months.
For further information on contractual and working conditions, please refer to the EU Staff Regulations of Officials of the European Union and CEOS.
The required level of security clearance for this post is SECRET.
Protection of personal data
Eurojust will ensure that applicants’ personal data are processed as required by all applicable data protection regulations and, in particular, with the rules on the protection and processing of personal data at Eurojust (OJ C 68/1, 19.3.2005).