Legal Officer (P-3)

Duty Station: Vienna, Austria
Issue Date: 9 November 2011
Application Deadline: 7 December 2011
Type/Duration of Appointment: Fixed term, 3 years (subject to a probationary period of 1 year)

Organizational Setting

The Office of Legal Affairs (OLA), which reports directly to the Director General, was established to provide legal services of the highest possible standards to 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. There are three Sections in OLA with responsibility for different topics: the General Legal Section, the Non-Proliferation and Policy-Making Section and the Nuclear and Treaty Law Section. The incumbent reports to the Head of the General Legal Section.

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 budget, audit, banking, insurance, contract law and general financial issues.


The Legal Officer is an active member of a team of five lawyers and two support staff within the General Legal Section and provides high- quality professional inputs to contribute to the support provided to the Division of Procurement Services, the Division of Budget and Finance, and the Division of General Services.


The Legal Officer collaborates with other officers in OLA and provides advice and guidance to procurement, budget, finance and insurance specialists, other administrative staff throughout the IAEA, and to the IAEA's executive management.

Functions / Key Results Expected

  • Draft legal advice on the development and application of the IAEA's Financial Regulations, Rules and associated policies, including relating to procurement.
  • Draft advice on the legal aspects of the IAEA's activities or projects under the auspices of the IAEA, including the preparation of contracts and other commercial agreements.
  • Draft advice on the legal aspects of insurance policies, including issues relating to the status of the IAEA as an international organization.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • General knowledge of IAEA activities.
  • Proven ability to prepare legal drafts.
  • Interpersonal skills:
    • Ability to work in a multicultural environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.
    • Ability to work effectively in a team.

Education, Experience and Language Skills

  • Advanced law degree with good academic record; admitted to practice in a national bar or equivalent.
  • At least five years' relevant experience at the international level.
  • In-depth knowledge and experience of contract law and administrative law.
  • Very good knowledge and experience of financial rules, policies and practices in the UN Common System.
  • Good knowledge and experience of the principles of insurance law and international law.
  • Excellent command of written and spoken English essential as well as legal drafting skills.
  • Knowledge of at least one other official IAEA language (i.e. Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) an asset.


The IAEA offers an attractive remuneration package including a tax-free annual net base salary starting at US $56 018 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance), a variable post adjustment which currently amounts to US $36 860*, dependency benefits, rental subsidy, education grant, relocation and repatriation expenses; 6 weeks' annual vacation, home leave, pension plan and health insurance.

How to apply to the IAEA

Complete an Online Application

* Subject to change without notice

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. 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 to make an appointment with a modified job description or for shorter duration than indicated above. Testing may be part of the recruitment process.