Appeals Committee

Call for Applications for Membership of the OPEC Secretariat Appeals Committee

1. Overview

The OPEC Secretariat is accepting applications for membership of its Appeals Committee. The Appeals Committee is an independent body that hears matters related to employment disputes in the Organization’s Secretariat, with its competence as specified in the OPEC Staff Regulations. The Appeals Committee makes final and binding decisions. 

The Appeals Committee is composed of seven members who shall be nationals of OPEC Member Countries or the OPEC host country, and are appointed by the Board of Governors of OPEC. The members serve for a non-renewable period of five years. The Appeals Committee operates in panels, is non-resident, and its members are remunerated on a per-case basis. It convenes only when there is an appeal to be decided.

Interested and qualified candidates are invited to apply. Applications from female candidates are highly encouraged.

2. Specifications

Type of Appointment: Fixed-term

Duration: Five years (non-renewable)

Location: Virtual

Compensation: Lump-sum fee for cases heard

Eligibility and Qualifications:

Each interested candidate is expected to meet the following minimum criteria:


  1. Possess the qualifications required for appointment to high judicial office or an international lawyer or arbitrator in relevant fields, such as international law, international administrative law, international employment law, and/or international organizations law;
  2. Have an advanced degree in law and be licensed in at least one jurisdiction;
  3. Have a minimum of 15 years post-qualified experience with at least 10 years of relevant professional experience in the subject matter in private sector, government, academia or judiciary positions;
  4. Not be a current or former OPEC staff member, consultant, Secretary General, Head of Delegation, Member of the Board of Governors, or ECB National Representative;
  5. Not be a relative (within the fourth degree of consanguinity and second degree of affinity, including spouse) of an OPEC employee or member of OPEC governing bodies nor its technical organs;
  6. Have recognized professional competence and integrity;
  7. Be fluent in English, both orally and in writing.

Key Competencies:

  1. Demonstrates understanding in the administrative law and dispute resolution mechanism of matters involving employment contracts, terms and conditions of employment and separation, etc.
  2. Good critical and analytical skills combined with sound judgment in the resolution of cases.
  3. Understanding of the duties and obligations of international civil servants.
  4. Judicial temperament and objectivity.
  5. Demonstrated integrity.
  6. Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  7. Ability to work in a team with members of different origins and cultures.
  8. Excellent interpersonal skills combined with understanding of/exposure to international and multicultural environments.
  9. Ability to work with information technology communication tools such as video and teleconferencing.

3. Submission and Contact

Applications should be sent only to no later than 31 March 2023 at 23:59 Vienna Time (CEST) and should contain the following information and documents:

  • Curriculum Vitae, including two work references.
  • Statement of interest / cover letter (max. 2 pages, which should include a confirmation and acknowledgement that the engagement will not give rise to any known conflict of interest and the candidate will treat all documents and information exchanged during the selection process as confidential).
  • Any other information or document the applicant considers relevant.

If you require clarification on any aspect of this Call for Application in order to prepare your submission, please send your inquiry to