Legal Officer (General Legal) (P3)

Vienna, Austria
Industry Sector:
International Public Sector
Type of contract:

Legal Officer (General Legal) (P3)

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Primary Location: Austria-Vienna-Vienna-IAEA Headquarters

Closing Date: 2017-12-22

Duration in Months: 36

Contract Type: Fixed Term – Regular

Probation Period: 1 Year

Organizational Setting

The Office of Legal Affairs, which reports directly to the Director General, provides legal services of the highest possible standards to the Director General, the Secretariat and to the organs and bodies of the IAEA, as well as to Member States, regarding the implementation of the IAEA’s activities. The Office of Legal Affairs, which reports directly to the Director General, provides legal services of the highest possible standards to the Director General, the Secretariat and to the organs and bodies of the IAEA, as well as to Member States, regarding the implementation of the IAEA’s activities.

Main Purpose

Under the supervision and guidance of the Section Head, the Legal Officer prepares legal opinions, legal instruments and documents and provides legal advice on the application and interpretation of such documents, primarily in connection with administrative and policy matters relating to, inter alia, personnel issues, privileges and immunities, confidentiality, finance and procurement. In this context, the Legal Officer may at times be asked to assist with matters concerning administrative litigation and internal appeals, contracts and other commercial agreements, financial regulations and rules, budget, audit, banking, insurance, contract law and general financial issues. The Legal Officer also conducts research and provides inputs with respect to agreements with Member States, the United Nations, cooperating institutions and other international organizations.


The incumbent is a team member, providing high-quality professional inputs to support advice given to, inter alia, the Division of Human Resources, the Office of Procurement Services, the Division of Budget and Finance, and the Division of General Services, as required.

Functions / Key Results Expected

  • Draft legal advice on the application and interpretation of Staff Regulations and Staff Rules.
  • Provide advice concerning the form and substance of administrative issuances.
  • Provide advice concerning the confidentiality regimes applicable to the work of the IAEA.
  • Advise on contracts and other commercial agreements, including licensing issues.
  • Draft advice on the legal aspects of the privileges and immunities applicable to the IAEA and its activities.
  • Draft advice on the legal aspects of insurance policies, including issues relating to the status of the IAEA as an international organization.
  • Advise, as required, on the development and application of the IAEA’s Financial Regulations, Rules and associated policies, including rules relating to procurement.

Competencies and Expertise

 Core Competencies

Name Definition
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.


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.


Actively contributes to achieving team results. Supports team decisions.


Functional Competencies

Name Definition
Partnership building

Identifies and builds partnerships. Develops and maintains long lasting partnerships to strengthen relationships. Delivers programmatic outputs and acquires resources in support of Agency goals.

Knowledge sharing and learning

Actively seeks learning opportunities and actively shares knowledge and information with others; shares specialized knowledge, skills and learning from experience across different situations and contexts effectively.

Judgement/decision making

Consults with supervisor/manager and takes decisions in full compliance with the Agency’s regulations and rules. Makes decisions reflecting best practice and professional theories and standards.

Client orientation

Helps clients to analyse their needs. Seeks to understand service needs from the client’s perspective and ensure that the client’s standards are met.

Analytical thinking

Analyses information to identify cause and effect relationships and correlations. Identifies critical elements and assesses consequences of different courses of action and proposes solutions.


Required Expertise

Function Name Expertise Description
Legal Administrative Law

Knowledge of and experience with administrative law.

Legal 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, Practices and Precedent.

Legal Contract Law Knowledge of and experience with contract law.
Legal International Law Knowledge of broad principles of Public International law
Legal Legal Drafts

Ability to draft clear, concise documents setting out facts and arguments in an accurate manner.

Legal Policy Development Legal Support for Policy Development.



  • University Degree – Law with good academic record; admitted to practice in a national bar or equivalent.
  • Minimum of five years of relevant experience at the international level.
  • Very good knowledge and experience of financial rules, policies and practices in the UN Common System.
  • Excellent oral and written command of English. Knowledge of other official IAEA languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish) is an asset.


The IAEA offers an attractive remuneration package including a tax-free annual net base salary starting at US $58583 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance), a variable post adjustment which currently amounts to US $ 28120*, dependency benefits, rental subsidyeducation grantrelocation and repatriation expenses; 6 weeks’ annual vacation, home leavepension plan and health insurance

Applications from qualified women and candidates from developing countries are encouraged

Applicants should be aware that IAEA staff members are international civil servants and may not accept instructions from any other authority. The IAEA is committed to applying the highest ethical standards in carrying out its mandate. As part of the United Nations common system, the IAEA subscribes to the following core ethical standards (or values): IntegrityProfessionalism and Respect for diversity. Staff members may be assigned to any location. The IAEA retains the discretion not to make any appointment to this vacancy, to make an appointment at a lower grade or with a different contract type, or to make an appointment with a modified job description or for shorter duration than indicated above. Testing may be part of the recruitment process

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