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Legal Officer (General Legal)(P3)


  • Organization: IAEA - International Atomic Energy Agency
  • Location: Vienna
  • Grade: Mid level - P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Legal - Broad
  • Closing Date: 2023-06-06

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 supervision and guidance of the Section Head, the Legal Officer prepares legal opinions, legal instruments and documents and provides legal advice on the application and interpretation of such documents, primarily in connection with administrative and policy matters relating to, inter alia, personnel issues, privileges and immunities, confidentiality, finance and procurement. In this context, the Legal Officer may at times be asked to assist with matters concerning administrative litigation and internal appeals, contracts and other commercial agreements, financial regulations and rules, budget, audit, banking, insurance, contract law and general financial issues. The Legal Officer also conducts research and provides inputs with respect to agreements with Member States, the United Nations, cooperating institutions and other international organizations.



The incumbent is a team member, providing high-quality professional inputs to support advice given to, inter alia, the Division of Human Resources, the Office of Procurement Services, the Division of Budget and Finance, and the Division of General Services, as required.


Functions / Key Results Expected

  • Draft legal advice on the application and interpretation of Staff Regulations and Staff Rules.
  • Provide advice concerning the form and substance of administrative issuances.
  • Provide advice concerning the confidentiality regimes applicable to the work of the IAEA.
  • Advise on contracts and other commercial agreements, including licensing issues.
  • Draft advice on the legal aspects of the privileges and immunities applicable to the IAEA and its activities.
  • Draft advice on the legal aspects of insurance policies, including issues relating to the status of the IAEA as an international organization.
  • Advise, as required, on the development and application of the IAEA's Financial Regulations, Rules and associated policies, including relating to procurement.

Competencies and Expertise

Core Competencies

Name Definition
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.
Communication 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.
Teamwork Actively contributes to achieving team results. Supports team decisions.

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
Legal Administrative Law Knowledge of and experience with administrative law.
Legal 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 Precedent.
Legal Contract Law Knowledge of and experience with contract law.
Legal International Law Knowledge of broad principles of Public International law.
Legal Legal Drafts Ability to draft clear, concise documents setting out facts and arguments in an accurate manner.
Legal Policy Development Legal Support for Policy Development.


Qualifications, Experience and Language skills

  • A first level Degree in Law with good academic record; admitted to practice in a national bar or equivalent.
  • Minimum of five years of relevant experience at the international level.
  • Very good knowledge and experience of financial rules, policies and practices in the UN Common System.
  • 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 $64121 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance), a variable post adjustment which currently amounts to US $ 30009, 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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