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OPEC bulletin 11/17

V a c a n c y A n n o u n c e m e n t s

General Legal Counsel


Applicants must be nationals of Member Countries of OPEC and should not be older than 58 years.

Applicants are requested to fill in a résumé and an application form which can be received from their

Country’s Governor for OPEC.

In order for applications to be considered, they must reach the OPEC Secretariat through the relevant Governor not later than


30, 2017,

quoting the job code:



— Employment).

Within the OPEC Secretariat, the Legal Office contributes to the

conduct of the affairs of the Organization by promoting the rule of

law within the Organization and in its relation with Governments,

organizations, enterprises and individuals and by maintaining and

defending the legal claims and interest of the Organization. The

Office participates in the drafting and negotiations of contracts and

agreementswith external entities. It provides legal support andpro-

poses amendments in respect of the Organization’s organs, stat-

utes and programmes, as well as of financial and staff regulations.

Itmonitorsdevelopments of relevant legal aspects pertaining to the

energy sector, nationally and internationally, conducts researchand

publishes up to date legal articles on recent and emergent trends.

It protects and advances the interests of the Organization and its

Member Countries in international forums.

Objective of position:

The General Legal Counsel is to plan, organize, coordinate, man-

age and evaluate the work of the Legal Office in accordance with

the work programme and budget so as to optimize its support to

the Secretariat in achieving its overall objectives. He/she also pro-

vides legal advice and expertise on matters relating to OPEC and its

Member Countries as arise from relevant international and national

fora and developments. Furthermore, he/she provides legal advice

and support regarding the Secretariat’s Statute and Staff and

Financial Regulations, aswell as other internal legal issues and pro-

tects and advances the interests of OPEC and its Member Countries

at international forums.

Main responsibilities:

Plans, organizes, coordinates, manages and evaluates the work

in the Legal Office by providing legal advice on: all pertinent legal

developments in the global petroleum industry; matters relat-

ing to and arising from various international forums in particu-

lar the implications of developments in the legislation, judicial

decision, arbitration awards, agreements and treaties of the

WTO, UNCTAD, UNFCCC, UNCSD, ECT and national policies and

actions on the Member Countries; internal legal issues, includ-

ing reviewing contracts, as well as the application of the Staff

and Financial Regulations, recommending amendments where

necessary; Statutes of OPEC, suggesting amendments, as nec-

essary, to the Statutes of the Organization or the Economic

Commission Board (ECB), in accordance with the Resolutions

of the Conference;

Recommends a programme on legal research suggesting new

policies and resolutions, and carrying out special legal studies

on particular aspects of the energy industry, as well as inter-

national developments, with a view to ascertaining how best

the interest of the Organization and Member Countries may be


Ensures full responses to requests by the Conference, Board of

Governors, ECB and standing committees for studies and spe-

cial reports relevant to the work programme of the Office;

Develops and maintains networks with external experts and

institutions in fields relating to the work of the Office;

Keeps the Secretary General fully informed on all aspects of the

work of the Office, and draws his attention to important analy-

ses performed by it;

Evaluates the performance of the staff of the Office and recom-

mends to the Secretary General of staff development, salary

increase, promotion and separations as appropriate;

Ensures that the staff of the Office receives the supervision and

guidance necessary to broaden and deepen their skills and con-

tinuously improve their performance;

Prepares the annual budget for the Office.

Required competencies and qualifications:


University degree in Law, Masters in International Law;

PhD preferred; Certified Lawyer.

Work experience:

Advanced degree:

12 years in positions directly

related to legal aspects of the international oil industry with amin-

imum of four years in a managerial position, preferably at large

national, regional, or international institutions;


ten years.

Training specializations:

International law — a combination of two

or more of the following specializations is preferred: International

energy lawandpolicy; International and comparativepetroleum law

and policy; International competition law and policy; International

trade law; International economic law; International environmental

lawandpolicy; Internationallawon foreign investment; Professional

management and leadership.


Managerial and leadership skills; communica-

tion skills; analytical skills; presentation skills; interpersonal

skills; customer service orientation; team-building skills; ini-

tiative; integrity.


: English.

Status and benefits:

Members of the Secretariat are international employees whose

responsibilities are not national but exclusively international. In

carrying out their functions they have to demonstrate the personal

qualities expected of international employees such as integrity,

independence and impartiality.

The post is at grade B reporting to the Secretary General. The

compensation package, including expatriate benefits, is commen-

surate with the level of the post.