Legal Officer (Public International/Treaty Law), Vienna, Austria

Organization: IAEA - International Atomic Energy Agency

Country: Austria

City: Vienna

Office: IAEA Vienna, Austria

Closing date: Wednesday, 29 March 2023

Legal Officer (Public International/Treaty Law)(P4)

( 2023/0146 (003511) )

Organization: OLA-Nuclear and Treaty Law Section

Primary Location: Austria-Vienna-Vienna-IAEA Headquarters

Job Posting: 2023-03-01, 12:04:16 PM

Contract Type : Fixed Term


Probation Period : 1 Year

Full Competitive Recruitment : Yes

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 overall guidance of the Director, and reporting to the Section Head, the Legal Officer (Public International/Treaty Law) prepares legal opinions, legal instruments and documents in the area of public international law and treaty law, and provides legal advice on the implementation and interpretation of such instruments and documents.


The Legal Officer (Public International/Treaty Law) is an active member of a team of eight lawyers and three support staff within the Nuclear and Treaty Law Section, while also serving as the reference point on public international law and treaty matters for the Office, supporting the Director and all Sections, providing high quality professional input in developing further and implementing OLA’s activities in this area. The Legal Officer (Public International/Treaty Law) is supported by a Depositary Clerk at the G6 level.

Functions / Key Results Expected

Draft legal advice, studies and recommendations related to the application of international nuclear legal instruments.

Implement OLA’s projects in the area of public international law and treaty law.

Represent OLA and deliver key lectures during IAEA missions and events to promote adherence to and implementation of international legal instruments adopted under IAEA auspices.

Advise on all aspects of treaty law.

Fulfil depositary functions with respect to international agreements to which the Agency is party or for which the Director General is depositary.

Keep abreast of new developments both within and outside the United Nations system in the aforementioned areas of law and recommend changes in corresponding guidelines, tools and systems.

Carry out other legal assignments as determined by the Director or Section Head.

Competencies and Expertise

Core Competencies

Name Definition


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.

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.

Functional Competencies

Name Definition

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

Function Name Expertise Description


International Law

Expert knowledge of the broad principles, precedents of public international law, including from the practice perspective within the UN System Organizations.


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, precedents of treaty law including from the practice perspective within the UN System Organizations.


Policy Development

Ability to support policy development within the scope of the relevant legal framework.

Qualifications, Experience and Language skills

An advanced University law degree with good academic record.

A member of a national bar or equivalent.

Minimum of seven years of relevant experience, including at least 5 years at international level, in particular within the UN System.

Excellent command of written and spoken English essential as well as the technique of legal drafting. 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 $77326 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance), a variable post adjustment which currently amounts to US $ 36266*, 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

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