International Atomic Energy Agency
Vacancy Notice No. 2012/129

Position and Grade: Legal Officer (P-4)
Organizational Unit: Nuclear and Treaty Law Section
Office of Legal Affairs
Offices reporting to the Director General
Duty Station: Vienna, Austria
Issue Date: 15 November 2012
Application Deadline: 26 December 2012
Type/Duration of Appointment: Fixed term extrabudgetary, 2 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 Section Head and a Senior Legal Officer of the Nuclear and Treaty Law Section.

Main purpose

Under the guidance of the Head of Section and the Senior Legal Officer, the primary function of the incumbent will be to advise Member States on the implementation of international legal instruments adopted under IAEA auspices and to assist Member States in drafting corresponding national legislation.


The incumbent is (1) a member of the legislative assistance team within the Nuclear and Treaty Law Section and provides high quality professional inputs in developing further and implementing the IAEA's Legislative Assistance Programme and (2) an advisor in reviewing and drafting comprehensive national nuclear legislation for Member States.


The incumbent works with other officers in OLA and relevant Departments in the IAEA and establishes collaborative and sustainable relationships with Member States.

Functions / Key Results Expected

  • Draft advice related to the application of international legal instruments adopted under IAEA auspices, in particular in the areas of nuclear safety, security and civil liability for nuclear damage.
  • Advice to Member States regarding their respective national nuclear legislation within the IAEA's Legislative Assistance Programme.
  • Preparation of studies and recommendations on the aforementioned topics for the Senior Legal Officer or the Head of Section.
  • Assuming other duties as determined by the Senior Legal Officer or the Head of Section.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Excellent knowledge of and broad experience in all areas of nuclear law.
  • Excellent knowledge of and experience with relevant IAEA international legal instruments and agreements as well as the principles of international law.
  • Proven ability to prepare legal drafts.
  • Ability to supervise staff.

Education, Experience and Language Skills

  • Advanced law degree with good academic record.
  • Minimum of seven years of relevant experience, including several years at the international level.
  • Proven experience in preparing legal drafts.
  • Excellent command of written and spoken English essential. Knowledge of another 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 $67 483 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance), a variable post adjustment which currently amounts to US $37 925*, 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 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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