Legal Counsel (PAL6) – Temporary Assignment

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OECD - Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

Legal Counsel (PAL6) – Temporary Assignment

  • Full-time
  • Grade: PAL6

Company Description

The International Energy Agency (IEA) is an intergovernmental organisation committed to advancing security of energy supply, economic growth and environmental sustainability through energy policy co-operation.  The IEA operates as an autonomous body within the framework of the OECD.   Both the IEA and the OECD seek opportunities to work with an increasing number of non-member countries of growing importance to the world economy. The Agency aims to foster the contribution of the energy sector to economic development and environmental sustainability.

The IEA is recruiting a Legal Counsel to assist on legal matters, primarily relating to grants, general legal and institutional (internal and external) matters, and public international law.. The selected candidate will be part of the Office of the Chief Legal Counsel (OLC), comprised of a team of enthusiastic professionals, and will report to the Deputy Chief Legal Counsel.


Job Description

Main Responsibilities


  • Provide legal advice in relation to grants (financial  contributions to the IEA) including Official Development Assistance (ODA) grants and applicable internal rules impacting on grants; review, negotiate and draft legal documentation to obtain, implement and/or amend grants.
  • Provide legal advice in relation to institutional matters, including accession to the IEA treaty, memoranda of understanding, committee practice and procedures, new initiatives and special activities, and public international law; review, negotiate and draft legal documentation, and cooperate with OECD colleagues, in such respect.
  • Conduct legal research and analysis on a variety of topics, including by preparing drafts of documents, briefs or guidance notes on public international law, institutional (internal and external) and/or procedural matters, reviewing and advising on cooperative arrangements and related approval processes and attending meetings of IEA bodies when advising on particular issues under discussion.
  • Assist ito develop and implement new tools and guidance to build knowledge and enable efficiencies relating to legal, institutional and procedural matters. 
  • Assist and advise with any tasks that may be given.  



Ideal Candidate Profile

Academic Background

  • A university degree in Law in fields related to this job specification.  Admission to practice law in one of the IEA’s Member countries and knowledge of the two main legal systems (civil and common law) would be an advantage.

Professional Background

  • At least eight years’ proven practical experience within a national government or an international organisation, private law firm or in-house in areas relevant to this job specification.  A longer professional experience would be an advantage.
  • Strong contract drafting and negotiation skills (particulary in English).
  • Experience identifying and analysing legal and risk-related issues and solutions that are pragmatic and legally sound.
  • Experience conducting high-quality background research.
  • Demonstrated ability to work both autonomously and in a small team environment, to develop strong working relationships with colleagues at all levels and from diverse cultures, to maintain high customer service quality and to meet tight deadlines.


  • Fluency in one of the two OECD official languages (English and French) and knowledge of the other, with a commitment to reach a good working level.

Core Competencies

  • OECD staff are expected to demonstrate behaviours aligned to six core competencies which will be assessed as part of this hiring process: Vision and Strategy (Level 2); Enable People (Level 1); Ethics and Integrity (Level 2); Collaboration and Horizontality (Level 2); Achieve Results (Level 2); Innovate and Embrace Change (Level 2).
  • There are three possible levels for each competency. The level for each competency is determined according to the specific needs of each job role and its associated grade.
  • To learn more about the definitions for each competency for levels 1-3, please refer to OECD Core Competencies.

Additional Information

Closing Date:

  • This vacancy will be filled as soon as possible, and applications should reach us no later than midnight 15 July 2024 (CEST)

Contract Duration 
•    6 months, with the possibility of renewal.
•    Ideal start date: 2nd September, 2024

Salary Information  
•    Salary and conditions will depend on the experience of the selected candidate as well as on her/his status (temporary staff or official).
•    For temporary staff, T4 salary up to 3,180 EUR per month (gross).


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.


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