The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) monitors compliance with the Agreement on the European Economic Area (EEA Agreement) in Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, enabling those States to participate in the Internal Market of the European Union.
ESA is an international organisation, independent of the States, which safeguards the rights of individuals and undertakings under the EEA Agreement, ensuring free movement, fair competition and control of state aid. ESA's work helps remove barriers to trade and open up new opportunities to over 450 million Europeans, creating jobs and growth and adding to the international competitiveness of the States.
ESA is based in Brussels. It currently employs staff members of 20 nationalities. ESA is led by a College consisting of three members, each appointed for a period of four years by the three participating EFTA States.
Job Reference 18/2021
ESA is recruiting a legal officer to join its Internal Market Affairs Directorate (IMA).
The successful candidate will be assigned responsibilities for surveillance work in relation to the application of general Internal Market law.
IMA is responsible for monitoring the EEA EFTA States to ensure that they comply with their obligations in the field of internal market law. The successful candidate will be assigned responsibility for general surveillance work and case handling regarding the implementation and application of EEA law. Day to day tasks include the examination of complaints, legal conformity assessments, drafting of decisions, opinions and reports.
For this particular vacancy, we are looking for candidates with experience of dealing with EEA law on the four freedoms. Experience in other areas of EEA law is also desirable. Depending on workload and other requirements, the responsibilities may also cover other general or specific issues relating to EEA law. On an ongoing basis, a significant share of the cases handled by IMA involve Norway. The cases may further involve considerable amounts of documentation in the Norwegian language. As such, we are looking for lawyers with experience within the field of internal market law and knowledge of the language, legal system, economy and national administration of Norway.
The position is placed at grade A4 of ESA’s salary scale, the precise step being determined depending on the relevant experience of the successful candidate, with a likely starting salary of between €97 000 and €102 000 per annum. Depending on personal situation and family status, additional allowances and benefits may apply. Tax conditions are favourable. Type and duration of appointment: fixed-term contract of three years, renewable for a further three years if desirable and in the interest of ESA.
Candidates must be nationals of the States party to the EEA Agreement (EU + EEA EFTA) at the point of application and the time of any offer being made. ESA’s Recruitment Policy sets out the recruitment process and eligibility conditions in more detail: https://jobs.eftasurv.int.
ESA actively seeks to promote a healthy work/life balance and a working environment allowing its staff members to develop their professional skills and interests.
Applications submitted in response to this vacancy notice may also be taken into account for the purpose of filling other vacancies arising for similar positions within ESA.
Questions regarding the post may be addressed to Gabrielle Somers, Deputy Director on +32 2 286 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Questions regarding the recruitment process may be addressed to Emma Thomas, HR Officer on +32 2 286 email@example.com.