Junior Legal Advisor, Accession
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The Directorate for Legal Affairs (LEG) is a small and highly integrated team that provides advice and information on the legal, institutional and procedural aspects of the Organisation’s activities. The Directorate serves as coordinator of the discussions with candidate countries for OECD membership, which involves acting as interlocutor for the candidate countries, OECD Members and the different parts of the Secretariat. It also involves supporting the review by OECD committees of the candidate countries’ alignment with some 250 OECD legal instruments as well as their evaluation of the candidate countries’ policies and practices.
Further to the decision of the OECD Council of 25 January 2022 on the opening of accession discussions and subject to the adoption by the OECD Council of Accession Roadmaps and the availability of the associated funding, we are looking to constitute the accession coordination team. In this context, we are looking to recruit Junior Legal Advisors whose work will focus on assisting in the coordination of accession discussions with Brazil, Bulgaria, Croatia, Peru and Romania. The successful candidates, who will work under the supervision of Legal Advisors and Senior Legal Advisors, will need to be adept at legal analysis and drafting while also possessing excellent organisational skills and attention to detail. S/he will thrive on multi-tasking in a fast-paced environment and demonstrate good political and diplomatic sensitivity.
Legal Work on Accession
- Assist in providing legal and procedural advice and support to substantive Directorates in preparing the accession reviews of the candidate countries and participate as appropriate in the discussions of relevant OECD Committees.
- Assist in carrying out research and providing legal advice on the interpretation of the OECD legal instruments against which candidate countries are evaluated.
- Assist in preparing reports and providing legal advice to the OECD governing bodies on the status of the accession discussions.
- Assist in the negotiation of an agreement with the candidate country on the privileges and immunities of the Organisation.
- Assist in liaising and providing legal and procedural advice to the candidate countries on the accession process.
- Prepare first drafts of briefing materials and analysis on the status of the accession process for the Secretary-General and other senior officials.
- Assist in facilitating the liaison between the candidate countries, the Secretariat and the Member countries and actively contribute to the organisation of the Secretariat’s visits to candidate countries and of senior officials of the candidate countries to the OECD.
- Develop drafts of guidance for substantive Directorates on legal and procedural issues and contribute to the organisation of regular inter-directorate meetings to facilitate internal coordination.
- Keep track of developments in the accession process and help to ensure the appropriate flow of information amongst the various Directorates.
- Assist, as necessary, in any other work that may be required as part of the coordination of the accession process.
- Assist as needed in the discharge of the general workload of the Directorate for Legal Affairs in other areas.
Ideal Candidate Profile
- A basic and postgraduate degree in law
- At least one year’ relevant professional experience. Experience in the legal department of an international organisation, a ministry of foreign affairs or other similar international environment would be a definite advantage.
- Demonstrated knowledge of public international law.
- An excellent written and oral command of one of the two official languages of the OECD (English and French) and working knowledge of the other. Ability to verify the equivalence of texts in both languages.
- A working knowledge of Bulgarian, Croatian, Portuguese, Romanian, or Spanish would be an advantage.
- For this role, the following competencies would be particularly important\: Achievement focus, Drafting skills and attention to detail, Teamwork, Diplomatic sensitivity.
- Please refer to the OECD Core Competencies and the level 3 indicators.
Subject to availability of funding. 13 months fixed-term, with the possibility of renewal.
- Monthly base salary starting from 4,937 EUR, plus allowances based on eligibility, exempt of French income tax.
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