Legal Officer (Non-Proliferation and Policy Making), Vienna, Austria

Organization: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)

Country: Austria

City: Vienna, Austria

Office: IAEA Vienna, Austria

Grade: P-3

Closing date: Tuesday, 23 February 2021

Legal Officer (Non-Proliferation and Policy Making) (P3)

( 2021/0072 (003382) )

Organization: OLA-Non-Proliferation and Policy-Making Section

Primary Location: Austria-Vienna-Vienna-IAEA Headquarters

Job Posting: 2021-01-25, 1:03:54 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 Non-Proliferation and Policy Making Section provides legal advice and services to the Office of the Director General, the Department of Safeguards and to the Policy-Making Organs in support of issues related to safeguards and non-proliferation, and legislative assistance to Member States on such issues. It also provides advice on matters related to the Statute of the IAEA and the conduct of the meetings of the Board of Governors and the General Conference and their respective Rules of Procedure.

Main Purpose

Under the guidance of the Head of the Non-Proliferation and Policy-Making Section, the Legal Officer prepares legal opinions, legal instruments and documents, and provides legal advice on the application and interpretation of such instruments and documents.


The Legal Officer is (1) a specialist, providing high quality professional inputs to the legal support provided by OLA mainly to the Department of Safeguards, Secretariat of the Policy-Making Organs, Director General’s Office for Coordination and the Director General (2) and advisor on the application and interpretation of legal instruments related to non-proliferation and safeguards.

Functions / Key Results Expected

Draft and review arrangements with Member States and international organizations on issues of nuclear non-proliferation and IAEA safeguards.

Support the IAEA’s programme on legislative assistance for Member States in connection with safeguards and nuclear non-proliferation by reviewing, assessing and commenting on the appropriateness of existing or draft national legislation in connection to safeguards/non-proliferation.

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Carry out research in the area of nuclear non-proliferation and safeguards, at the request of the Head of the Non-Proliferation and Policy-Making 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 Agency s Statute, Rules of Procedure, Regulations, Practices and Precedents.


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

Minimum a university degree in Law with good academic record; admitted to practice in a national bar or equivalent.

Minimum of five years of professional legal experience, including at least 2 years at the international level and in particular in connection with nuclear non-proliferation and/or safeguards.

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 $62120 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance), a variable post adjustment which currently amounts to US $ 32427*, 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