International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)

Legal Officer (Non-proliferation and Policy Making)

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)

Job Description

  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 Non-Proliferation and Policy Making Section provides legal advice and services to the Office of the Director General, the Department of Safeguards and to the Policy-Making Organs in support of issues related to safeguards and non-proliferation, and legislative assistance to Member States on such issues. It also provides advice on matters related to the Statute of the IAEA and the conduct of the meetings of the Board of Governors and the General Conference and their respective Rules of Procedure.

Main Purpose

Under the guidance of the Head of the Non-Proliferation and Policy-Making Section, the Legal Officer prepares legal opinions, legal instruments and documents, and provides legal advice on the application and interpretation of such instruments and documents.


The Legal Officer is (1) a specialist, providing high quality professional inputs to the legal support provided by OLA mainly to the Department of Safeguards, Secretariat of the Policy-Making Organs, Director General's Office for Coordination and the Director General (2) and Advisor on the application and interpretation of legal instruments related to non-proliferation and safeguards.

Functions / Key Results Expected

  • Draft and review arrangements with Member States and international organizations on issues of nuclear non-proliferation and IAEA safeguards.
  • Support the IAEA’s programme on legislative assistance for Member States in connection with safeguards and nuclear non-proliferation by reviewing, assessing and commenting on the appropriateness of existing or draft national legislation in connection to safeguards/non-proliferation.
  • Carry out research in the area of nuclear non-proliferation and safeguards, at the request of the Head of the Non-Proliferation and Policy-Making Section.
Competencies and Expertise

Core Competencies 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 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 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 Precedents.

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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
  • Minimum a university degree in Law with good academic record; admitted to practice in a national bar or equivalent.
  • Minimum of five years of professional legal experience, including at least 2 years at the international level and in particular in connection with nuclear non-proliferation and/or safeguards.
  • Excellent oral and written command of English. Knowledge of other official IAEA languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish) is an asset.
Remuneration The IAEA offers an attractive remuneration package including a tax-free annual net base salary starting at US $62120 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance), a variable post adjustment which currently amounts to US $ 32427, 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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