Associate Legal Officer (General Legal), Vienna, Austria

Organization: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)

Country: Austria

City: Vienna, Austria

Office: IAEA Vienna, Austria

Grade: P-2

Closing date: Friday, 30 October 2020

Associate Legal Officer (General Legal)(P2)

( 2020/0452 (204730) )

Organization: OLA-General Legal Section

Primary Location: Austria-Vienna-Vienna-IAEA Headquarters

Job Posting: 2020-10-02, 12:16:51 PM

Contract Type : Fixed Term


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 General Legal Section is primarily responsible for providing legal advice and support to all areas of the Secretariat to ensure that the IAEA’s activities (particularly administrative and corporate matters relating to, inter alia, human resources; audits; contracts and other commercial agreements; financial regulations and rules; procurements; and relationship agreements with Member States, the United Nations, cooperating institutions and other international organizations) are in line with applicable agreements, regulations, rules, policies and relevant jurisprudence.

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.


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

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

FunctionNameExpertise Description


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 UN Common System or other international organization’s Rules of Procedure, Regulations, Practice and Precedent.


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.


The IAEA offers an attractive remuneration package including a tax-free annual net base salary starting at US $47895 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance), a variable post adjustment which currently amounts to US $ 24666*, dependency benefits, rental subsidy, education grant, relocation and repatriation expenses; 6 weeks‘ annual vacation, home leave, pension plan and health insurance

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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