Legal Adviser - Directorate for Legal Affairs
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
Closed on 24 Nov 2020
Location: Paris (France)
Occupations: Legal Affairs
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Job Description


The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is an international organisation comprised of 37 member countries, that works to build better policies for better lives. Our mission is to promote policies that will improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world.  Together with governments, policy makers and citizens, we work on establishing evidence-based international standards, and finding solutions to a range of social, economic and environmental challenges. From improving economic performance and creating jobs to fostering strong education and fighting international tax evasion, we provide a unique forum and knowledge hub for data and analysis, exchange of experiences, best-practice sharing, and advice on public policies and international standard-setting.


The Directorate for Legal Affairs (LEG) is a small and highly integrated team, which provides advice and information on the legal, institutional and procedural aspects of the Organisation’s activities.


LEG is looking to recruit a Legal Adviser to work in the General Legal Affairs Division (GLAD), Staff and institutional matters Unit (LEG IM). While the focus of the work will be on staff and institutional legal matters, the selected candidate may be also called upon to work on other matters of relevance to the work of LEG.


The selected candidate must possess excellent skills in legal analysis and drafting, strong organisational skills and attention to detail, as well as good political and diplomatic sensitivity. The selected candidate must be able to thrive on multi-tasking in a fast-paced environment and to demonstrate a high degree of autonomy in the discharge of duties. Furthermore, while all OECD officials are required to exercise tact, discretion and confidentiality, those requirements are of particular importance in these specific functions. 


Main responsibilities

  • Provide legal advice on the implementation or interpretation of OECD internal rules, including in particular with respect to the Staff Regulations, Rules and Instructions and other norms relating to the staff management.

  • Review claims and appeals lodged by staff members, including requests before the OECD Administrative Tribunal, and contribute to the drafting of the Organisation’s responses and pleadings in pre-litigation and litigation phases.

  • Ensure first hand and efficient liaison with the OECD Human Resource Management Service.

  • Provide legal advice on the interpretation or implementation of privileges and immunities agreements and other questions of public international law related to the institutional framework of the Organisation.

  • Carry out research and analysis relating to a variety of legal topics; prepare drafts of legal opinions, correspondence, notes or other documents.

  • Provide guidance and contribute to the training of more junior members of the Unit.

  • Assist the Senior Legal Adviser, heading the Staff and institutional matters Unit (LEG IM), in efficiently allocating the workload of the Unit.

  • Carry out any other legal work that may be required from the Directorate.


    Ideal Candidate Profile

    Academic Background


    • Basic and Postgraduate University degree in law. A master’s degree or other equivalent specialised higher education in international civil service law, international organisations’ law and/or labour law would be considered as an asset.


    • Knowledge of the two main legal systems of relevance to the Organisation (civil and common law) would be an advantage.


    Professional Background

    • A minimum of three years’ professional experience in the legal department of an international organisation or a law office, in a position focusing on one or more of the above-mentioned legal areas and/or litigation.


    • Experience in international civil service law and international organisations’ law and pleading experience would be an advantage.


    • An excellent written and oral command of one of the two official languages of the OECD (English and French) and working knowledge of the other. Ability to verify the equivalence of texts in both languages.


    Core Competencies

    • For this role, the following competencies would be particularly important: Achievement focus, Analytical thinking, Drafting skills and attention to detail, Teamwork, Diplomatic sensitivity, Negotiating, Organisational knowledge.


    • Please refer to the level 3 indicators of the OECD Core Competencies.


    Contract Duration

    • 24 months fixed-term, with the possibility of renewal.

What the OECD offers
  • Depending on level of experience, monthly salary starts at either 6,130 EUR or 7,563 EUR, plus allowances based on eligibility, exempt of French income tax.


Please note that the appointment may be made at a lower grade based on the qualifications and professional experience of the selected applicant.


The OECD is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes the applications of all qualified candidates who are nationals of OECD member countries, irrespective of their racial or ethnic origin, opinions or beliefs, gender, sexual orientation, health or disabilities.


The OECD promotes an optimal use of resources in order to improve its efficiency and effectiveness. Staff members are encouraged to actively contribute to this goal.


About OECD

The mission of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is to promote policies that will improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world.

The OECD provides a forum in which governments can work together to share experiences and seek solutions to common problems. We work with governments to understand what drives economic, social and environmental change. We measure productivity and global flows of trade and investment. We analyse and compare data to predict future trends. We set international standards on a wide range of things, from agriculture and tax to the safety of chemicals.

We also look at issues that directly affect everyone’s daily life, like how much people pay in taxes and social security, and how much leisure time they can take. We compare how different countries’ school systems are readying their young people for modern life, and how different countries’ pension systems will look after their citizens in old age.

Drawing on facts and real-life experience, we recommend policies designed to improve the quality of people's lives. We work with business, through the Business and Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD (BIAC), and with labour, through the Trade Union Advisory Committee (TUAC). We have active contacts as well with other civil society organisations. The common thread of our work is a shared commitment to market economies backed by democratic institutions and focused on the wellbeing of all citizens. 

Today, we are focused on helping governments around the world to:

  • Restore confidence in markets and the institutions that make them function. 
  • Re-establish healthy public finances as a basis for future sustainable economic growth. 
  • Foster and support new sources of growth through innovation, environmentally friendly ‘green growth’ strategies and the development of emerging economies.
  • Ensure that people of all ages can develop the skills to work productively and satisfyingly in the jobs of tomorrow.

The OECD’s core values

  • Objective: Our analyses and recommendations are independent and evidence-based.
  • Open: We encourage debate and a shared understanding of critical global issues.
  • Bold: We dare to challenge conventional wisdom starting with our own.
  • Pioneering: We identify and address emerging and long term challenges.
  • Ethical: Our credibility is built on trust, integrity and transparency.