The European Free Trade Association (EFTA) is an intergovernmental organisation set up for the promotion of free trade and economic integration to the benefit of its four Member States, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. The EFTA Secretariat provides services to the EFTA States. In Brussels this entails support in the management of the EEA Agreement, in particular in ongoing decision making for the continuing evolution of the EEA Agreement.
The EEA Coordination Division consists of currently 17 staff members and is responsible for the overall coordination of general policy and legal EEA related activities, i.a. servicing the EEA Council, the EEA Joint Committee, the Standing Committee of the EFTA States, and the EFTA Parliamentary and Consultative Committees.
We are looking for a highly motivated and qualified lawyer who is willing to take on a challenging post in a dynamic environment.
This position is open to nationals of the EFTA Member States.
Type/Duration of Appointment: Fixed term 3 years. If considered desirable and in the Organisation’s interest, an additional three-year contract may be offered.
Start Date: 1 March 2020
Job Reference: VA 32/2019
The Legal Officer is a member of the EEA Coordination Division and plays a key role in providing the EEA EFTA States with legal assistance on horizontal issues relating to the EEA Agreement. Under the supervision of the Division Director and in close collaboration with the Head of EEA Legal Coordination and the Legal team, the successful applicant will assume responsibility for the procedures and processes related to the incorporation of new EU legislation into the EEA Agreement, draft legal notes and provide legal advice to the EEA EFTA States. The Legal Officer maintains a horizontal overview of the issues being dealt with in order to ensure the necessary continuity for the smooth running of the EEA Agreement and to uphold its homogeneity.
He/she will assist the EFTA Subcommittee on legal and institutional questions (Subcommittee V) and the EFTA Standing Committee in these areas as needed.
The successful applicant may also be assigned other legal tasks in the Secretariat.
Annual salary: 93,799
Appointments are made at the first step of the grade. The Secretary-General reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a level different from that advertised. Through its recruitment policy, the EFTA Secretariat wants to ensure diversity in terms of gender, age and culture.
EFTA is an international organisation and the salaries and related payments are normally exempt from income taxation by the EFTA States and the host states of the EFTA duty stations. Depending on the candidate’s family status, benefits and allowances may apply.
Applicants must be nationals of one of the EFTA Member States (Norway, Iceland, Switzerland and Liechtenstein).
Applicants must apply online via the EFTA e-recruitment tool: http://jobs.efta.int/.
Deadline for application: 17 November 2019