COST – European CO-operation in Science and Technology – provides networking opportunities for researchers and innovators in order to strengthen Europe’s capacity to address scientific, technological and societal challenges. There are three strategic priorities: Promoting and spreading excellence, fostering interdisciplinary research for breakthrough science, and empowering and retaining young researchers and innovators. COST implements its mission by funding bottom-up, excellence-driven, open and inclusive networks for peaceful purposes in all areas of science and technology.
The COST Association is an international non-profit association based in Brussels with 38 European Member Countries. It draws its funding from the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, Horizon Europe, through specific Grant Agreements signed under the umbrella of a framework Partnership Agreement with the European Commission.
The Legal Officer’s primary responsibility is to provide professional legal support and assistance to the COST Association and assist in reducing exposure to legal risks by providing sound advice, accurate information and high-quality work. Due to its intergovernmental character, pan-European scope of activities, and in accordance with its agreements with the European Commission, the COST Association covers a wide range of legal matters and enters into a number of contractual relationships.
The Legal Officer is expected to address matters pertaining to COST Association statutory rules and procedures. The Legal Officer is engaged in the formulation and preparation of documents such as grant agreements, memoranda of understanding, providers and service contracts, and other contractual and legal documents.
The Legal Officer needs to work both in compliance with the Belgium law and according to EU Financial Regulations and guidelines as well the Framework Partnership Agreement and Specific Grant Agreement with the European Commission. He/she will guide in the development and use of the set of COST Rules and annotated rules alongside internal and strategic policies. The Legal Officer will work hand-in-hand with COST Association colleagues and, where requested, with external experts to guarantee legal certainty.
The Legal Officer reports directly to the Head of Policy Unit.
Candidates should demonstrate the following competencies:
Electronic applications - motivation letter with possible start date mentioned + CV in English (and at least 2 recent reference letters in English by the 1st round of interviews) should be addressed to Barbara Bottiau and sent to email@example.com, mentioning the reference code LO2021-2 in the subject line. On the CV, the complete months and years of experience have to be mentioned (example: from 01/05/2014 until 24/09/2020).
Please note that the COST HR Team will only contact the candidates who are invited to the interview. No individual feedback will automatically be given to unsuccessful candidates.
The 1st round of interviews will take place via videoconference in November 2021 either the week 45 or the week 46. Date will be confirmed when inviting the successful candidates.
For more information, please visit our website: www.cost.eu.
Deadline for application: 31/10/2021 included
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