Institutional, Corporate and Litigation Lawyer(s)

The EIB, the European Union's bank, is seeking to recruit for its Legal Directorate (JU) – Legal Department Corporate (CORP) – Institutional, Corporate and Litigation Division (ICL) at its headquarters in Luxembourg:
Institutional, Corporate and Litigation Lawyer(s)
specialised in European Union and Institutional Law
This is a full-time position at grade 5/6
The term of this contract is 4 years
The EIB offers fixed-term contracts of up to a maximum of 6 years, according to its business needs, with a possibility to convert to a permanent contract, subject to organisational requirements and individual performance.
This advert will also be used as a general campaign in order to create a reserve list for current and future vacancies in JU/CORP/ICL for Junior Legal Officers (Grade 4), Legal Officers (Grade 5) as well as Senior Legal Officers (Grade 6).

The successful candidate will deliver the legal services required by the Bank in the areas of Institutional and European Union law and staff-related legal issues, will draft relevant legal instruments, documents and advice and will protect the Bank's legal interests.
The Lawyer (referred internally as -Senior-Officer Legal Services), who will have an excellent knowledge of the EU legislative and decision-making process, will independently carry out work relating to tasks within the Division's remit: in particular as regards the legal aspects of Institutional and European Union issues but also as regards  project eligibility and compatibility of financing operations with European Union law (in the areas of the environment, transparency policy, human rights, the Bank’s social standards, etc.); staff-related legal issues; and litigation relating to the afore-mentioned issues.
Candidates should also be acquainted with the procedure before the European Ombudsman and the Bank’s Complaints Mechanism.
Operating Network
The Lawyer will act under the authority of the Head of the Division and will collaborate with the other lawyers in the Division in accordance with the priority established by him.
The lawyer will provide legal advice EU institutional issues as well as on other subject matters falling within the Division's remit. Under the supervision of the Head of the Division, whose instruction s/he will follow when dealing with complex issues and whose approval s/he will seek on fundamental or unusual matters, the Lawyer will be requested to:
  • Provide legal advice and solutions, in the form of notes and opinions (in English/French), in order to deal with institutional issues arising from the organisation and operation of the Bank as a body of the European Union, established under European Union law, and the legal provisions applicable to the Bank's staff
  • Undertake research and conduct studies on legal issues across the areas for which the Division is responsible
  • Represent the Bank's Legal Service in internal working groups (meetings, panels and task forces) to deal with specific issues
  • Maintain contact with the Division's counterparts, both within and outside the Bank (may involve travel)
  • University degree in Law and/or an equivalent professional legal qualification; a post-graduate specialisation in EU Law would be an asset
  • At least 3 years (Grade 4), 5 years (Grade 5), 15 years (Grade 6) of relevant professional post-qualification experience, including at least 3 years in European Union institutions or bodies and/or with a law firm of international repute
  • At least 3 years (Grade 4), 5 years (Grade 5), 15 years (Grade 6) of experience and/or deep knowledge of one or several of the following fields of European Union law: environment, human rights
  • Sound knowledge of the aspects of Institutional and substantive European Law
  • Very good knowledge of standard computer tools and familiarity with databases relating to EU law and case law
  • Excellent knowledge of written and spoken English and French(*); knowledge of further languages of the European Union would be an asset
  • Ability to develop innovative legal solutions
  • Ability to work both within a group and autonomously
  • Accuracy under pressure
  • Excellent spoken and written communication skills
  •  Flexibility
  • Good organisational skills and the ability to prioritise (and meet deadlines)
  • Integrity
  • Strong analytical and synthesis skills and the capacity to provide timely and sound judgement on a variety of complex, non-routine legal issues
  • Strong inter-personal skills
(*) There may be certain flexibility on this requirement, but limited to particularly suitable candidates who may not yet be proficient in French. If selected, such candidates will be hired on the condition that they build up rapidly knowledge of French and accept that their future career in the EIB may be subject to the attainment of sufficient proficiency in both of the Bank's working languages.
For more information and how to apply, please visit https://erecruitment.eib.org selecting Job ID 103546
Deadline for applications: 15th January 2017
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