Employment Opportunities

1. Legal Officer (Closed, long-list in progress)

VERTIC is looking to appoint a Legal Officer for the National Implementation Measures Programme. This post is based in our London office and is initially open to UK/EU/EEA/Switzerland nationals and Tier 2 (General) visa applicants —VERTIC is a licensed sponsor under the scheme.
 

The National Implementation Measures 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 have more recently expanded into assisting countries with national implementation of the International Health Regulations and Codex Alimentarius (One Health), as well as international instruments for the sound management of chemicals and their wastes.
 
The NIM Programme raises awareness about the instruments mentioned above and provides cost-free legislative assistance and advice to interested States, including the review of existing legislation and 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
    • by preparing legal analyses of implementing legislation;
    • contributing to the development of legislative drafting tools;
    • providing drafting assistance remotely and during workshops;
    • presenting at awareness-raising and drafting workshops;
  • liaise with government officials regarding our legislative assistance;
  • co-ordinate assistance with other legislative assistance providers, related international governmental organisations, other non-governmental organisations and individuals as appropriate;
  • 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 coordination 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 Senior Legal Officer(s), the Programme Director.
 

Responsible for:

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

Skills and Experience:

 

Qualifications

Advanced university degree in law (Master’s, JD, LLM or PhD)
 

Required skills and experience

  • At least two years of experience working on international legal issues in a nongovernmental, intergovernmental or governmental organisation, or in a university;
  • Legal research, analysis and writing experience;
  • Excellent understanding and experience of public international law.

Preferred skills and experience

 
  • Good understanding of the legal obligations for national implementation of international instruments in domestic regulatory systems;
  • Good understanding of international legal instruments concerning chemical, biological, nuclear and radiological (CBRN) weapons and the security of CBRN materials;
  • Legislative drafting experience;
  • Excellent communication skills including some experience in presenting at conferences, symposia or workshops.

Desired skills and experience


  • Ability to build and maintain networks of experts and other stakeholders;
  • Experience in organising and running events and workshops;
  • Project management and fundraising;
  • Publications.

Languages

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

Other considerations

The post-holder will be based in VERTIC’s London office. He or she will be required to work irregular but compensated hours, primarily during various global work missions.
 

In return, we offer:

  • A competitive salary commensurate with the candidate's background and experience;
  • Pension scheme;
  • Flexible working hours;
  • Resettlement support;
  • Access to a shared education and training budget; and
  • 24 days annual leave allowance.

When to apply?

Please submit your application by Friday 26 October 2018, no later than midnight, UK time. Interviews will be held in the week starting 12 November 2018.
 

Starting date

As soon as possible after appointment.
 

What we require for the application:

Please submit one letter of intent, your curriculum vitae, and two references to vertic[at]vertic.org.
 

And finally…

VERTIC is an equal opportunities employer.
 
Please note that VERTIC employs a strict ranking system when shortlisting candidates. If you do not fulfil the required experience, above, you will not be shortlisted. When conducting our ranking, we will weigh the preferred experience heavier than the desired experience. Please ensure that your letter of intent covers all required, preferred and desired qualifications.
 

2. Researcher or Research Assistant (Closed: Offers in progress)

VERTIC is looking to appoint a Researcher or Researcher Assistant into its Verification and Monitoring Programme (VMP). This post is based in London and is initially open to UK/EU/EEA/Switzerland nationals. If no suitable candidates are found, we will open up the post for Tier 2 (General) visa applicants—VERTIC is a licensed sponsor under the scheme.
 

The VMP develops verification and monitoring solutions to enable countries to work together confidently when tackling challenging international issues. These include non-proliferation and security issues related to nuclear, chemical, biological and conventional weapons at the state and non-state actor level; emerging technology; cyberspace and sustainable development. Work on these subject areas involves technical, policy and legal research and engagement with government and IGO officials, diplomats, regulators, R&D, military, civil society, academia and the private sector.

The programme is presently in a period of increased demand for its services. It is looking to fill two or three posts before year-end 2018. This is the first appointment in this series.
 

The role and its responsibilities

Researchers are supporting roles in our organisation and are mostly engaged in project delivery. They conduct research on the verification and monitoring of agreements relevant to the programme. They also produce reports, chapters and articles to be published by VERTIC and other organizations. Researchers conduct other tasks as agreed with the Programme Director, such as participation in the organisation and implementation of programme meetings abroad. If agreed with the Programme Director, a researcher may also supervise and manage programme research assistants or staff.
 
The role will involve working on one or more projects across the Programme’s current portfolio. The person will also contribute to bringing in work in new or existing areas. The position will involve gaining experience in the full range of activities involved in driving forward an independent technically-focused non-governmental organization.
 

Reports to

The Programme Director for Verification and Monitoring
 

Responsible for

The position does not entail personnel or budget responsibilities.
 

Skills and experience

 

Required experience:

Applicants that do not meet the required experience will not be considered for the position.
 
  • Advanced degree (Master’s Degree or Doctorate) in natural sciences, engineering, political sciences or security studies or related areas.
  • For Researcher grade, the candidate should have at least two year’s experience working on relevant issues in government, security, IGO, academic or private sector;
  • For Research Assistant grade, one year’s experience is required.

Preferred experience:

Experience that receives preferential scores in VERTIC’s recruitment assessment scale.
 
  • Demonstrated research using a variety of methodologies and approaches, evidenced by a publications track record;
  • Experience working with issues related to nuclear, chemical, biological and conventional weapons at the state and non-state actor level
  • Experience presenting research findings at workshops and international conferences; and
  • Experience engaging on substantive and logistical project issues with project stakeholders and partners.

Desired experience:

Experience that receives scores in VERTIC’s recruitment assessment scale.
 
  • Experience working with issues related to emerging technology; cyberspace and sustainable development;
  • Experience in event organisation;
  • Demonstrable ability to be a productive team player while working on multiple projects with differing priorities, deadlines and activities;
  • Awareness of and curiosity in policy and technical issues;
  • Experience with In-country capacity building or issue development workshops
  • Experience with reporting to funders and general grant administration

In return, we offer:

 
  • A competitive salary commensurate with the candidate's background and experience;
  • Pension scheme;
  • Flexible working hours;
  • Resettlement support;
  • Access to the shared education and training budget; and
  • 24 days annual leave allowance in addition to public holidays.

When to apply?

Please submit your application by Sunday, 30 September 2018, no later than midnight, UK time. Interviews are likely to be held in the week starting Monday, 8 October 2018.
 

Starting date:

As soon as possible after appointment.
 

What we require for the application:

Please submit one letter of intent, your curriculum vitae, and two references to vertic[at]vertic.org.
 

And finally...

VERTIC is an equal opportunities employer. However, applications from women candidates are strongly encouraged as are those from candidates with degrees in the natural sciences or engineering.
 
Please note that VERTIC employs a strict ranking system when shortlisting candidates. If you do not fulfil the required experience, above, you will not be shortlisted. When conducting our ranking, we will weigh the preferred experience more substantially than the desired experience. Please ensure that your letter of intent and your CV covers all required, preferred and desired qualifications.