OPEC Vacancy for a Legal Advisor, International Matters

Within the Secretariat, the Legal Office contributes to the conduct of the affairs of the Organization by promoting the rule of law within the Organization and in its relation with Governments, organizations, enterprises and individuals and by maintaining and defending the legal claims and interests of the Organization. The Office participates in the drafting and negotiations of contracts and agreements with external entities. It provides legal support and proposes amendments in respect of the Organization’s organs, statutes and programs as well as of financial and staff regulations. It monitors developments of relevant legal aspects pertaining to the energy sector, nationally and internationally, conducts research and publishes up to date legal articles on recent and emergent trends. It protects and advances the interests of the Organization and its Member Countries in international forums.

Job Title:  Legal Advisor, International Matters

Objective of Position:

Under the overall supervision of the General Legal Counsel, the Legal Advisor, International Matters, provides legal advice to the Secretary General and to senior management regarding the Organization’s relation with external entities. He/she addresses and defends international legal claims and interests of the Organization within the scope of its Statute and follows, analyses and advises on issues of national and international legal policies of relevance to OPEC and its Member Countries.

Main Responsibilities:
1. Identifies international legal issues of significance to OPEC, examines, studies and analyses these with a view to protecting and promoting the Organization’s interests, goals and claims.

2. Reports on emerging international legal issues of significance to OPEC, draws conclusions regarding possible implications for OPEC and its Member Countries and advises on appropriate responses.
3. Conducts research into multilateral agreements relating to the WTO, global climate change, competition, energy and environment in collaboration with OPEC’s Research Division.
4. In close collaboration with the Environmental Matters Unit, monitors international legal developments at the multilateral level (ICN, WTO, UNCTAD, etc.) and in international legal professional associations with a view to protecting and promoting the interest of the Organization.

5. Examines, studies and analyses relevant national legal systems, policies and practices in the energy sector that may impact on OPEC.

6. Provides legal advice and interpretation on legal aspects of the Organization’s relations with other entities, including contractual relations, questions of liability, arbitration and claims against the Organization.

7. Follows up relevant decisions of the Governing Bodies of the Organization, in particular regarding legal studies and other international legal issues of significance to OPEC.

Required Competencies and Qualifications:

  • University degree in International Law (Masters)
  • University degree: Eight years with a minimum of three years at the international level
  • Advanced degree: Six years with a minimum of three years at the international level

Training/specialization – A combination of two or more of the following specializations:

  1. Public International Law;
  2. Competition law and Policy;
  3. International Environmental Law and Policy;
  4. International Petroleum Law and Policy;
  5. Comparative Energy Law;
  6. The Institutional Law of International Organizations;
  7. International Law on Foreign Investments; and
  8. Other relevant specializations in international law

Competencies: Communication skills, analytical skills, presentation skills, interpersonal skills, customer service orientation, initiative and integrity.

Language: English

Status and Benefits
Members of the Secretariat are international employees whose responsibilities are not national but exclusively international. In carrying out their functions they have to demonstrate the personal qualities expected of international employees such as integrity, independence and impartiality.

The post is at grade E reporting to the General Legal Counsel. The compensation package, including expatriate benefits, is commensurate with the level of the post

How to Apply

Applicants are requested to fill in a résumé and an application form which can be received from their Country’s Governor for OPEC.

In order for applications to be considered, they must reach the OPEC Secretariat through the relevant Governor not later than 14 November 2015.

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