Legal Counsel in the field of EU constitutional and administrative law
Reference: 2016-206-EXT S
Closing Date for Applications: Wed, 14 Dec 2016
Functional area: Legal Services
The Directorate General Legal Services (DG/L) prepares legal instruments and provides advice on all legal aspects of the regulatory, contractual and institutional framework of the European Central Bank (ECB), the European System of Central Banks (ESCB), the Eurosystem and the Single Supervisory Mechanism (SSM). In particular, it focuses on the interpretation of the Treaty on the European Union, the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union and relevant EU secondary law. It prepares the ECB’s opinions on draft legislation and contributes to the definition of the ECB’s legal position vis-à-vis EU institutions and in international fora. It also represents the ECB in court. The Directorate General consists of four divisions: the Institutional Law Division, the Financial Law Division, the Supervisory Law Division and the Legislation Division.
The Institutional Law Division gives advice on all aspects of the governance of the ESCB, the Eurosystem and the SSM, including internal issues related to independence, the monetary financing prohibition, confidentiality and public access, as well as external issues related to privileges and immunities. The Division also cooperates with international organisations on civil service law, accounting, banknotes, auditing, intellectual property, taxation, procurement and non-financial contracts.
The successful candidate will be assigned to the group of experts providing legal support and advice on general and specific questions relating to EU constitutional and administrative law, with a focus on the institutional legal framework of the ECB, the ESCB, the Eurosystem and the SSM.
The successful applicant will be entrusted with the following main tasks:
- undertaking legal analysis;
- advising on the ECB’s legal framework, including the Treaty on the European Union, the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, relating in particular to EU constitutional and administrative legal issues;
- advising on the institutional legal framework of the SSM;
- participating in internal and external meetings to present legal advice and discuss legal issues with both legal and non-legal colleagues;
- preparing written legal opinions and briefings for the ECB’s decision-making bodies and the ESCB and Eurosystem committees;
- drafting and developing the ECB’s legal framework relating to EU administrative legal issues;
- when necessary, acting as agent of the ECB in court, including before the Court of Justice of the EU.
The successful candidate will be expected to:
- handle complex legal matters, both independently and as part of a team, and to interact with internal and external counterparts;
- research, prepare and submit documents to the appropriate bodies;
- take initiatives and advise direct line management on issues related to his/her areas of responsibility.
Qualifications and experience:
Applicants must have the following knowledge and competencies:
- an advanced law degree obtained in an EU Member State, or a professional legal qualification allowing the applicant to be recognised as a lawyer in an EU Member State under Council Directive 77/249/EEC of 22 March 1977 to facilitate the effective exercise by lawyers of freedom to provide services;
- sound working knowledge of EU constitutional and administrative law;
- at least five years of relevant professional experience in EU constitutional and administrative law, acquired through working in particular in EU institutions, bodies or agencies, international organisations, national administrative authorities or courts and/or law firms specialising in these areas of law;
- Ph.D. and master’s (LL.M) degrees in EU law, relevant academic experience and publications in the field of EU constitutional and administrative law, and admission to the bar, would be considered assets;
- sound working knowledge of the institutional legal framework of the ECB, the ESCB, the Eurosystem and the SSM would be an asset;
- professional experience acquired in central banks or financial supervisory authorities would be an asset;
- professional experience in litigating before the Court of Justice of the European Union would be an asset;
- knowledge of databases on EU law and jurisprudence would also be an asset.
- an advanced command of English with proven drafting ability;
- an advanced command of at least one other official language of the EU;
- an advanced command of French or German would be an asset;
- working knowledge of MS Office, in particular Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
The successful candidate will have the following behavioural competencies:
- communicates ideas in an effective manner and ensures mutual comprehension;
- is able to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with staff and management at all levels, both inside and outside the organisation;
- shares information and supports team members to achieve common goals;
- is comfortable working without close supervision, but knows when to involve others;
- can be relied upon to deliver in difficult circumstances;
- prioritises tasks and pays attention to detail, even under time pressure.
Three-year fixed-term contract, which may be extended subject to individual performance and organisational needs.
The successful candidate will occasionally be expected to:
- travel to the Court of Justice of the European Union in Luxembourg to attend hearings;
- perform work during non-standard working hours and work at the ECB’s standby sites, to enable the Division to maintain its business continuity capability;
To further enhance the diversity of its workforce, the ECB particularly encourages applications from female candidates.
The recruiting business area is willing to discuss part-time arrangements for this position.The selection committee may place suitable candidates on a reserve list, from which candidates may be appointed to similar positions in the same or another business area. It may also be decided to fill the position(s) advertised in this vacancy notice with a suitable candidate or candidates from the reserve list resulting from a recruitment procedure for a similar position. Candidates will be informed accordingly if this happens.
How to apply: here.