Employment Opportunities

Legal Officer for the National Implementation Measures (NIM) Programme


Posted: 23 January 2017

VERTIC is looking to appoint a Legal Officer for the National Implementation Measures Programme, based in our London office.

The Programme:

The National Implementation Measures or NIM Programme, established in 2008, advises States worldwide on national implementation of their obligations under international legal instruments. These agreements include the Biological and Chemical Weapons Conventions; the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material and Facilities, the International Convention for the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism, the Code of Conduct on the Safety and Security of Radioactive Sources and other instruments for the security of nuclear and other radioactive material; as well as UN Security Council Resolution 1540 (2004). We are currently expanding into assisting countries with national implementation of the International Health Regulations and Codex Alimentarius (One Health) under a project of the European Union Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Risk (CBRN) Mitigation Centres of Excellence Initiative.

The NIM Programme raises awareness about the instruments mentioned above and provides cost-free legislative assistance and advice to interested States, including review and comment on existing draft legislation or providing support in the drafting of new legislation during workshops in capitals.

Responsibilities:

The Legal Officer will:

  • provide legislative assistance to States for national implementation of agreements relevant to the programme, including by preparing legal analyses of implementing legislation; contribute to the development of legislative drafting tools; provide drafting assistance remotely and during workshops; participate in awareness-raising and drafting workshops;
  • co-ordinate with other legislative assistance providers, related international organisations—such as the United Nations, the International Atomic Energy Agency, the BWC Implementation Support Unit, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, the OSCE—and other organisations and individuals as appropriate. He or she will also liaise with organisations and individuals (including government officials) in relevant fields to fulfil the objectives of the NIM Programme;
  • represent the NIM programme at international conferences and treaty meetings;
  • produce reports, chapters and articles to be published by VERTIC and other organisations; and conduct other research tasks as agreed with the Programme Director or Senior Legal Officer;
  • communicate the findings of his or her work to the public through the publishing of reports, articles in newspapers and journals, interviews with print and broadcast media and lectures and seminars. The successful candidate will also update online content as agreed with the Programme Director or Senior Legal Officer.

Furthermore, the Legal Officer will:

  • implement programme co-ordination and delivery strategies under the direction of the Programme Director;
  • implement financial management policies under the guidance of the Programme Director;
  • provide assistance to the Programme Director and the Senior Legal Officer in raising funds for the programme;
  • provide input to project grant reports.

Reports to:

The Programme Director for National Implementation

Responsible for:

Associate Legal Officers and Interns in the NIM Programme, when delegated by the Programme Director or Senior Legal Officer

Profile:

Qualifications:

Advanced university degree in law (LLB, JD, LLM or PhD)

Required skills and experience:

The candidate must have at least two years experience working on international legal issues in a nongovernmental, intergovernmental or governmental organisation, or in a university. Legal research and writing experience is required.

Skills and experience which would be an asset:

  • excellent understanding of public international law;
  • good understanding of the legal obligations for national implementation of international instruments in domestic regulatory systems;
  • good understanding and experience of international legal instruments concerning biological, chemical and nuclear weapons;
  • legislative drafting experience;
  • excellent communication skills; some experience in presenting at conferences, symposia or workshops;
  • publications;
  • project management and fundraising.

Languages:

Fluency in English is essential. French, Russian or Spanish language skills would be an asset.

Summary of terms and conditions:

  • Period of appointment: one year renewable
  • Probationary period: three months
  • Place of work: the post-holder will primarily work in VERTIC’s London office but will be required to travel outside the United Kingdom to undertake certain duties.
  • Hours of work: 35 hours per week; the post-holder will occasionally be required to work irregular but compensated hours, such as during missions outside the United Kingdom

We offer: a competitive salary, pension scheme, flexible working hours, resettlement support, training as appropriate, and 25 days annual leave allowance.

Starting date:

On or about 20 March 2017.

What we require for the application:

  • Please submit a letter of intent, your curriculum vitae (including a list of publications) and two references to vertic [at] vertic.org.
  • Please submit your application by Monday, 20 February 2017 no later than midnight, British Winter Time.

Interviews will be held during the week starting Monday, 6 March 2017. Applicants outside the UK will be interviewed by Skype.

VERTIC is an equal opportunities employer.