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Legal Officer (P-2) Job at Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons – Den Haag

The Office of the Legal Adviser provides legal advice and support to the Director-General, the Divisions and Branches of the Secretariat, and States Parties on a wide range of legal issues. In doing so, the Office ensures that the Organisation’s activities are conducted in accordance with the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), and relevant rules, policies and agreements.

The primary responsibility of the Office is to assist in the interpretation and implementation of the CWC, the decisions and rules of procedure of the policy-making organs, the internal legislation of the Organisation, and various sources of public international law.

The Office advises on commercial matters, the development of new internal administrative policies and procedures, and personnel-related administrative issues. Its legal services include assistance in drafting, reviewing, and negotiating international agreements and interpretation of the Headquarters Agreement between the OPCW and the Host Country.

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General Information*

Fixed-term Professional

P2

  • Total Estimated monthly remuneration depending on post adjustment and family status: USD

5,278

08/09/2022

Responsibilities
Job Summary
The Office of the Legal Adviser provides legal advice and support to the Director-General, the Divisions and Branches of the Secretariat, and States Parties on a wide range of legal issues. In doing so, the Office ensures that the Organisation’s activities are conducted in accordance with the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), and relevant rules, policies and agreements.
The primary responsibility of the Office is to assist in the interpretation and implementation of the CWC, the decisions and rules of procedure of the policy-making organs, the internal legislation of the Organisation, and various sources of public international law.
The Office advises on commercial matters, the development of new internal administrative policies and procedures, and personnel-related administrative issues. Its legal services include assistance in drafting, reviewing, and negotiating international agreements and interpretation of the Headquarters Agreement between the OPCW and the Host Country.

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Main Responsibilities*

As the Legal Officer (P-2), you will be responsible for the following:
1. Legal Aspects of the CWC:

  • Assisting in the drafting of legal opinions on the interpretation and implementation of the Convention provisions and related decisions adopted by the policy-making organs;
  • Representing LAO in OPCW training courses or lectures to the public, delivering presentations on legal aspects of the CWC.

2. International agreements concluded by the Organisation:

  • Assisting in the drafting, review, interpretation, and negotiation of international agreements, in particular bilateral agreements with States Parties such as voluntary contribution agreements and agreements concerning the Privileges and Immunities of the Organisation entered into pursuant to Article VIII of the CWC, including the Organisation’s Headquarters Agreement with the Kingdom of the Netherlands;
  • As Registrar of International Agreements, maintaining and updating the International Agreements Registry in accordance with the Organisation’s procedures, including the relevant provisions of AD/ADM/08/Rev.1.

3. Contracts: Commercial and service matters:

  • Reviewing contracts for the purchase of goods and/or services to be concluded between OPCW and its vendors (for example, insurance policies, license agreements, maintenance contracts, lease agreements).

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Qualifications and Experience
Education
Essential:
Advanced University degree in Law. A first level university degree in law in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Knowledge and Experience
Essential:

  • At least two years of progressively responsible experience in the practice of law in an international organisation, government department, law firm, or similar environment – with a focus on international, disarmament, administrative, and/or commercial legal matters. A first university degree in Law with four years of progressively responsible experience focusing on the above mentioned areas may be considered in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Desirable:

  • Experience in the UN Common System or in the OPCW providing in-house counsel services.

Skills and Competencies
Skills and Abilities (key competencies):

  • Excellent communication skills – both written and oral; and good negotiation skills;
  • Excellent legal drafting skills;
  • Strong analytical skills and proficiency in legal research;
  • Strong planning and organisational skills and ability to work under pressure of time and urgent deadlines;
  • Flexibility and problem solving skills;
  • Discretion, tact, accuracy, and ability to work as a team with other colleagues;
  • Cultural sensitivity and ability to work in a multi-cultural environment.

Languages
Fluency in English is essential and a good working knowledge of one of the other official languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, and Spanish) is desirable.
Additional Information
This fixed-term appointment is for the duration of two years with a six-month probationary period, and is subject to the OPCW Staff Regulations and Interim Staff Rules.

The OPCW is a non-career organisation with limited staff tenure. The total length of service for Professional staff shall not exceed 7 years.

The mandatory age of separation at the OPCW is 65 years.

Fixed-term staff members participate in the OPCW provident fund. A monthly staff contribution is met with a doubled amount by the OPCW to ensure separating staff have the capital necessary to move on to new challenges.

The Director-General retains the discretion to not make any appointment to this vacancy, to make an appointment at a lower grade, or to make an appointment with a modified job description. Several vacancies may be filled.

Only fully completed applications submitted before the closing date and through OPCW CandidateSpace will be considered. Only applicants under serious consideration for a post will be contacted.

Applications from qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged.

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Important notice for applicants who are currently insured under the Dutch Social Security system*
Although headquartered in the Netherlands, the OPCW is not a regular Dutch employer but a public international organisation with its own special status. Please be advised that if you are currently insured under the Dutch Social Security system, you will be excluded from this system as a staff member of the OPCW. You will consequently be insured under the organisation’s system. The above also applies to your dependents unless they are employed by a regular Dutch employer, they are self-employed in the Netherlands, or are receiving Dutch social security payments.
Please refer to the website of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment for more information about the possible consequences for you and your dependents, such as exclusion from ‘AWBZ’ and ‘Zorgverzekeringswet’ coverage: ‘Werken bij een internationale organisatie’.

Job Type: Full-time

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Company: Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons –

Company Location:  Den Haag

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