Legal Officer (Nuclear and Treaty Law), Vienna, Austria

Organization: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)

Country: Austria

City: Vienna, Austria

Office: IAEA Vienna, Austria

Grade: P-4

Closing date: Wednesday, 28 October 2020

Legal Officer (Nuclear and Treaty Law)(P4)

( 2020/0355 (080507) )

Organization: OLA-Nuclear and Treaty Law Section

Primary Location: Austria-Vienna-Vienna-IAEA Headquarters

Job Posting: 2020-09-16, 12:39:42 PM

Contract Type : Fixed Term


Probation Period : 1 Year

This is a re-opening of the vacancy. Candidates who already applied do not need to re-submit an application.

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 Nuclear and Treaty Law Section provides legal advice and support to the Office of the Director General and the Secretariat in the areas of nuclear safety and security (including civil liability for nuclear damage), nuclear energy, nuclear applications and technical cooperation. It is also responsible for the IAEA’s depositary function as well as the IAEA’s legislative assistance programme, providing advice and training regarding legislative frameworks governing the safe and peaceful uses of nuclear energy to Member States.

Main Purpose

Under the guidance of the Head of Section and the Senior Legal Officer, the primary function of the incumbent will be to advise Member States on the implementation of international legal instruments adopted under IAEA auspices and to assist Member States in drafting corresponding national legislation.


The incumbent is an active member of a team of six lawyers and four support staff within the Nuclear and Treaty Law Section and provides high quality professional input in developing further and implementing OLA’s projects in all areas of nuclear law and the IAEA’s legislative assistance programme.

Functions / Key Results Expected

Draft advice related to the application of international legal instruments adopted under IAEA auspices, in particular in the areas of nuclear safety, security and civil liability for nuclear damage.

Advice to Member States regarding their respective national nuclear legislation within the IAEA’s Legislative Assistance Programme.

Preparation of studies and recommendations on the aforementioned topics for the Senior Legal Officer or the Head of Section.

Representing OLA and delivering key lectures during IAEA missions and events including those to promote adherence to and implementation of international nuclear legal instruments under IAEA auspices.

Tags civil liability civil servants international law legal services nuclear energy nuclear law nuclear safety public international law rules of procedure safety and security technical cooperation

Assuming other duties as determined by the Senior Legal Officer or the Head of Section

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.


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


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.

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.

Technical/scientific credibility

Ensures that work is in compliance with internationally accepted professional standards and scientific methods. Provides scientifically/technically accepted information that is credible and reliable.

Required Expertise

FunctionNameExpertise Description


Agency’s Statute, Rules of Procedures, Regulations, Practices and Precedents

Knowledge of and ability to analyse and apply the IAEA Statute, Rules of Procedure, Regulations, Practices and Precedent;

Development of National Nuclear Law

Ability to draft necessary implementing legislation in the areas of nuclear safety, nuclear security and civil liability for nuclear damage;

International Law

Knowledge of the broad principles of public international law;

Legal Drafts

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

Nuclear Law and Treaty

Knowledge of the broad principles of nuclear and treaty law;

Policy Development

Ability to support policy development within the scope of the relevant legal framework;
Qualifications, Experience and Language skills

Master’s Degree

Advanced law degree with good academic record.

Minimum of seven years of relevant experience, including several years at the international level.

Proven experience in preparing legal drafts.

Excellent oral and written command of English. Knowledge of other official IAEA languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Russian and Spanish) is an asset.


The IAEA offers an attractive remuneration package including a tax-free annual net base salary starting at US $73516 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance), a variable post adjustment which currently amounts to US $ 33744*, dependency benefits, rental subsidy, education grant, relocation and repatriation expenses; 6 weeks‘ annual vacation, home leave, pension 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): Integrity, Professionalism 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