Legal Officer - Internal Market Division (IMD) - VA 06/2020

The European Free Trade Association (EFTA) is an intergovernmental organisation set up for the promotion of free trade and economic integration between its four Member States: Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. The EFTA Secretariat provides services to the EFTA States. In Brussels this entails support in the management of the EEA Agreement.

Applicants must be nationals of one of the EFTA Member States (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland).

Internal Market
Duration of Appointment
Fixed term three years. If considered desirable and in the organisation’s interest, an additional three-year contract may be offered.
Start Date
As soon as possible
Closing Date
Job Reference
VA 06/2020


The Internal Market Division (IMD) is responsible for giving support and assistance to the EFTA States in their work related to the EEA Agreement at Expert and Working Group and Subcommittee level. IMD consists of 22 persons and among them 2 legal officers.

The Legal Officers IMD report to the Director of IMD. They are also part of EFTA’s EEA legal team, which is led by the Head of EEA Legal Coordination in the EFTA Secretariat’s Coordination Division (ECD).

We are looking for a highly motivated and qualified candidate to take on the challenging post as Legal Officer in IMD. The successful candidate will play a pivotal role in IMD, providing colleagues and the EEA EFTA States with legal advice within a wide scope of policy fields covered by the EEA Agreement. 

The main tasks of the successful applicant will be to:

• Provide legal services and advice to the EEA EFTA States and colleagues in IMD within a selection of the various policy
  areas covered by the EEA Agreement (among others: food and veterinary matters, energy, environment, transport,
  technical barriers to trade);
• Draft EEA Joint Committee Decisions incorporating EEA relevant EU legal acts into the EEA Agreement;
• Draft legal and explanatory notes related to the management of the EEA Agreement;
• Cooperate closely with the IMD policy officers, administrative coordinators, registrar and EFTA´s EEA legal team; 
• Cooperate closely with Ministries in the EEA EFTA States, the EFTA Missions to the EU and EU counterparts regarding the
   incorporation of EU legislation into the EEA Agreement;
• Contribute to EFTA’s outreach activities, sharing knowledge and building competence on how the EEA Agreement functions
   and its legal implications, by giving presentations and seminars.

The successful candidate must be flexible and willing to take on other tasks, horizontal or administrative, as required and depending on the development of workload within IMD.


• University Degree in Law, preferably a Master’s in European Union Law.


• Minimum five years’ relevant work experience in a national administration, international organisation, a law firm or other
   relevant private sector company;
• Experience working with EU law and the EEA Agreement;
• Experience working in an international and multicultural environment.


• Excellent analytical skills and focus on results;
• Excellent organisational and communication skills;
• Self-reliance and autonomy, together with a facility for teamwork in a task-oriented environment;
• Flexibility with a positive, service-minded and enthusiastic attitude;
• Ability to draft legal texts and opinions concisely, clearly and swiftly in English;
• Proficient user of standard Microsoft Office software.


• Fluency in written and spoken English;
• Knowledge of French and other EU or EFTA languages an asset.

Employment Terms

Grade: A4
Annual salary: EUR 95,300

Appointments are made at the first step of the grade. The Secretary-General reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a level different from that advertised. Through its recruitment policy, the EFTA Secretariat wants to ensure diversity in terms of gender, age and culture.

EFTA is an international organisation and the salaries and related payments are normally exempt from income taxation by the EFTA States and the host states of the EFTA duty stations. Depending on the candidate’s family status, benefits and allowances may apply.

Applicants must be nationals of one of the EFTA Member States (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland).

Applicants must apply online via the EFTA e-recruitment tool. Please note that only applications received via our web tool will be considered.

For further information on this post, please contact:

On job content: Ms Brit Helle, Director IMD,

On process: Ms Inga Hanna Gudmundsdottir, Head of HR,

Technical issues: HR Support,  

Any questions about the application and selection process should be directed to HR.

Deadline for applications: 27 April 2020.