EFTA - European Free Trade Association 

Legal Officer - Services, Capital, Persons and Programmes Division (SCD) - VA 25/2017

EFTA - European Free Trade Association

Brussels, Belgium

The European Free Trade Association (EFTA) is an intergovernmental organisation set up for the promotion of free trade and economic integration to the benefit of its four Member States: Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. The EFTA Secretariat provides services to the EFTA States and has offices in Geneva, Brussels and Luxembourg. In Brussels this entails support in the management of the Agreement on the European Economic Area (EEA), in particular in ongoing decision making for the continuing evolution of the Agreement.

The Services, Capital, Persons and Programmes Division (SCD) assists the EFTA States in the areas of free movement of services, capital and persons, as well as in horizontal areas relevant to the four freedoms of the Single Market. Furthermore, the SCD assists the EEA EFTA States in relation to their participation in EU programmes.

This position is open to nationals of one of the EFTA Member States (Norway, Iceland, Switzerland, and Liechtenstein).

Division: Services, Capital, Persons and Programmes Division (SCD)
Category/Level: A4
Type/Duration of Appointment: Fixed-term three years. If considered desirable and in the organisation’s interests, an additional three-year contract may be offered.
Start Date: As soon as possible
Job Reference: VA 25/2017


The Legal Officer of the SCD plays a pivotal role in providing the Member States with legal assistance in the services, capital, persons and horizontal and flanking areas. This encompasses a wide range of policy areas, including financial services, the digital economy, EU programmes, environment and climate issues as well as labour and social policies. The successful candidate will draft EEA Joint Committee decisions, legal notes and provide legal advice for the respective Working Groups and Subcommittees (II, III and IV). The Legal Officer maintains a horizontal overview of the issues being dealt with in order to ensure the necessary continuity for the smooth running of the EEA Agreement and to uphold its homogeneity in the areas covered by the Division.

The successful candidate will be a part of the EEA Legal Coordination team. He/she will assist the EFTA Subcommittee on legal and institutional questions and the EFTA Standing Committee in these areas as needed. The incumbent will report to the Director of the SCD Division. He/she must be willing to take on other tasks as requested.


Master’s degree in law, preferably with a Postgraduate Degree in European Union Law.


  • A minimum of three years’ relevant work experience in a national administration, international organisation and/or related private sector activity;
  • Solid knowledge of the EEA Agreement and relevant EU legislation, as well as the ESA, EFTA Court and Standing Committee Agreements;
  • Knowledge of the EU institutions, policies and procedures.


  • Ability to draft texts, analytical reports and policy papers concisely and clearly in English;
  • Self-reliance, autonomy and a proactive approach;
  • Excellent organisational and communication skills;
  • Ability to cooperate closely and constructively in an international team;
  • Extensive experience with standard MS Office software.


  • Fluency in written and spoken English;
  • Working knowledge of German, French, Norwegian or Icelandic would be an asset.

Employment Terms

Grade: A4
Annual starting salary: EUR 90,246

Appointments are made at the first step of the grade. The Secretary-General reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a level different from that advertised. Through its recruitment policy, the EFTA Secretariat wants to ensure diversity in terms of gender, age and culture.

Salaries and related payments are exempt from taxation by the EFTA States, and as regulated in headquarters agreements, in the EFTA host states. Depending on the candidate’s family status, benefits and allowances may apply.

Applicants must be nationals of one of the EFTA Member States.

Applicants must apply online via the e-recruitment tool:

Deadline for applications: 29 October 2017

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