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Chief, Legal Services Section (P-5)

Vienna (Austria)

  • Organization: CTBTO - Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty
  • Location: Vienna (Austria)
  • Grade: P-5, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Senior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Legal - Broad
    • Managerial positions
    • Legal - International Law
  • Closing Date:

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VA ID:   1042
Grade Level:   P-5
Division:   Legal and External Relations Division
Section:   Legal Services Section
Type of Appointment:   Fixed Term Appointment
Date of Issuance:    02 July 2021
Deadline for Applications:
Vacancy Reference   VA171-1042-2021 
Reporting Date:   As soon as possible

Please note that all candidates should adhere to CTBTO Values of Integrity, Professionalism and Respect for Diversity.

Qualified female applicants and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

 A roster of suitable candidates may be established for similar positions at the same level as a result of this selection process for a period of two (2) years.

Organizational Background

The Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization with its headquarters in Vienna is the international organization setting up the global verification system foreseen under the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT), which is the treaty banning any nuclear-weapon-test explosion or any other nuclear explosion. The Treaty provides for a global verification regime, including a network of 337 stations worldwide, a communications system, an international data centre and on-site inspections to monitor compliance.

Organizational Setting

This position is located in the Legal and External Relations Division (LEG).

Reporting Lines

Under the supervision of the Director, Legal and External Relations Division to:

Duties and Responsibilties

  1. Provide high quality legal expertise and advice to the Executive Secretary, the Preparatory Commission, its subsidiary organs, and State Signatories on the CTBTO’s mandate and activities, inter alia, public international law, the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty, the Resolution Establishing the Preparatory Commission, national implementation, facility agreements, rules of procedure, agenda, credentials, privileges and immunities and entry into force;

  2. Formulate opinions and provide legal advice on the drafting of texts, drafting of financial and staff regulations and rules, agreements with the Host Country and other international organizations and for such internal bodies of the Commission’s Provisional Technical Secretariat as the Committee on Contracts, disciplinary and other committees as well as texts for meetings with representatives of other organizations;

  3. Keep under review and ensure consistency in the interpretation of the regulations and rules of the Preparatory Commission, Administrative Directives, Agreements with States Signatories, the Host Country and other international organizations, contracts, Memoranda of Understanding, exchange of letters etc.;

  4. Negotiate and assist in the negotiations of agreements with States Signatories and international organizations, contracts and other legal instruments;

  5. Plan and coordinate the preparation of advice, and liaise with other divisions and sections throughout the Organization and with other external entities, including States Signatories, on legal issues affecting the Preparatory Commission and its relations with States Signatories, including relevant investigations and proceedings;

  6. Plan and coordinate the preparation of advice, and liaise with other organizations of the United Nations System and other International organizations on internal organizational and legal issues affecting the Provisional Technical Secretariat in its programme of work, including in the administrative, financial and personnel fields, and to identify, as appropriate, potential synergies;  

  7. Under the overall supervision of the Director, Legal and External Relations Division, manage the work of the Section, develop and implement the work programme and priorities, allocate and adjust responsibilities in response to operational demands;

  8. To serve on various boards, committees and working groups as required;

  9. Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Advanced university degree in international law or a related field, preferably also with specialization in contract law, commercial law, administrative law or employment law;

Work Experience and Qualifications

  • At least ten (10) years progressively responsible experience in the practice of law in public or private sector, and at least four years of which should have been in a senior managerial position in an international environment;

  • Excellent theoretical knowledge of international law;

  • Excellent verbal communication skills, including a demonstrated ability to provide oral briefings on complex legal issues to legal and non-legal audiences;

  • Superior skills in legal writing and expression and ability to independently prepare legal briefs, opinions, or legal submissions, and a variety of legal instruments and related documents for direct submission to senior officials.

  • Proven track record of the ability to engage with high ranking officials is required;

  • Track record of building creative, productive partnerships internally and externally is essential;

  • Demonstrated ability to show initiative, political sensitivity, tact and excellent judgement, including strong analytical and negotiation skills is essential;

  • Proven leadership and managerial experience or demonstrated capability in coordinating teams in a complex and dynamic environment that requires multitasking among multiple concurrent projects while also handling interrupts;

  • Proven knowledge of operational, administrative and financial procedures, practices and rules in organizations of similar size and complexity would be an asset;


  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English are essential.
  • Working knowledge of other official CTBTO languages is desirable.


  • Professionalism - Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and
    achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations;
  • Communication - Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from other and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed;
  • Planning and organizing - Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary;
  • Team work - Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organisational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others' ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda;
    builds consensus for task purpose and direction with team members; supports and acts in accordance with final group decisions, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team
    accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings;
  • Accountability - Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honors commitments; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable;
  • Creativity - Actively seeks to improve programmes or services; offers new and different options to solve problems or meet client needs; promotes and persuades others to consider new ideas; takes calculated risks on
    new and unusual ideas; thinks “outside the box”; takes an interest in new ideas and new ways of doing things; is not bound by current thinking or traditional approaches; 
  • Client orientation – Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; establishes and maintains productive relationships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress and setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to clients;
  • Commitment to continuous learning - Keeps abreast of new developments in own occupation/profession; actively seeks to develop oneself professionally and personally; contributes to the learning of colleagues and subordinates; shows willingness to learn from others; seeks feedback to learn and improve;
  • Technological Awareness - Keeps abreast of available technology; understands applicability and limitations of technology to the work of the office; actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks, shows willingness
    to learn new technology.
  • Leadership - Serves as a role model that other people want to follow; empowers others to translate vision into results; is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives; establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support; anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions; drives for change and improvement; does not accept the status quo; shows the courage to take unpopular stands.
  • Vision - Identifies strategic issues, opportunities and risks; clearly communicates links between the Organization’s strategy and the work unit’s goals; generates and communicates broad and compelling organizational direction, inspiring others to pursue that same direction; conveys enthusiasm about future possibilities.
  • Empowering Others - Delegates responsibility, clarifies expectations, and gives staff autonomy in important areas of their work; encourages others to set challenging goals; holds others accountable for achieving results related to their area of responsibility; genuinely values all staff members’ input and expertise; shows appreciation and rewards achievement and effort; involves others when making decisions that affect them.
  • Building Trust - Provides an environment in which others can talk and act without fear of repercussion; manages in a deliberate and predictable way; operates with transparency; has no hidden agenda; places confidence in colleagues, staff members and clients; gives proper credit to others; follows through on agreed upon actions; treats sensitive and confidential information appropriately.
  • Managing Performance - Delegates appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority; makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member; accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills; monitors progress against milestones and deadlines; regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff; encourages risk taking and supports creativity and initiative; actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff; appraises performance fairly.
  • Judgment/Decision Making - Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly; gathers relevant information before making a decision; considers positive and negative impact on others and on the Organization; proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information; checks assumptions against facts; determines that the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; makes tough decisions when necessary.


CTBTO offers an attractive compensation and benefits package in accordance with the policies of the International Civil Service Commission. For more information on UN salaries, allowances and benefits, see link: The salary offered may be subject to deductions to the United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund and Health Insurance Scheme.

Additional Information:

  • All applications must be submitted through the CTBTO e-Recruitment system before the deadline stated in the vacancy announcement.
  • The CTBTO Preparatory Commission retains the discretion not to make any appointment to this vacancy; to make an appointment at a lower grade in particular if the candidate has less than the qualifications required; to make an appointment with a modified job description, or to offer a contract term for a shorter duration than indicated in the vacancy announcement.
  • Please note that the CTBTO will only consider academic credentials or degrees obtained from an educational institution recognized in the IAU/UNESCO list.
  • The CTBTO reserves the right to undertake correspondence only with shortlisted candidates.
  • Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to a reference-checking process or be requested to provide performance assessments.
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