The post-holder will primarily conduct legislative drafting assistance and provide advice to interested States for national implementation of the international legal instruments for nuclear security, and secondarily for the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC), Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) and UN Security Council Resolution 1540 (UNSCR 1540).
Such assistance and advice includes:
providing technical legislative assistance to States in the drafting of new legislation, especially relating to nuclear security, during workshops in capitals;
reviewing and commenting on existing draft legislation;
supplying examples of legislation in force for nuclear security, the BWC and the CWC;
carrying out comprehensive analysis (legislation surveys using VERTIC’s proprietary templates) of States’ existing laws and regulations for implementation of the international legal instruments for nuclear security, and on occasion the BWC and the CWC and related provisions of UNSCR 1540, to identify potential gaps and areas requiring strengthening;
providing examples of different approaches to CBRN regulation;
raising awareness of obligations under the international legal instruments for nuclear security, as well as the BWC and the CWC, at conferences and workshops;
providing assistance to States in drafting UNSCR 1540 national action plans; and
providing assistance to States on adhering to the amended Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material and the International Convention for the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism.
Applicants must have a degree in law. A background in nuclear law, especially nuclear security law, is highly desirable. Written and spoken fluency in English, and proficiency in either French or Spanish, are essential. Proficiency in Arabic is highly desirable.
The specific description above for this Legal Officer position, along with the general job description for a VERTIC Legal Officer, reflect the main activities of the post.
Salary: The appointment will be made, dependent on relevant qualifications, skills and experience, within the Legal Officer grade at £26,100 - £40,800 gross per annum.
Superannuation: VERTIC has designated Friends Life to provide a stakeholder pension scheme. Details of the scheme can be obtained by making a written request to the Executive Director. VERTIC contributes 3% of gross salary to this pension scheme providing the employee contributes at least the same percentage.
Post duration: Indefinite.
Probationary period: Six months.
Place of work: VERTIC’s London office and, while on mission, locations inside and outside the United Kingdom. VERTIC personnel are allowed to work from home two days per week, upon agreement with their line manager.
Hours of work: 35 hours per week. VERTIC has flexible working hours. Our core hours are 08:00-11:00 to 15:00-19:00. You will be required to submit monthly accounts of your hours. The post-holder will from time to time also be required to work irregular hours, including weekend work, in accordance with the needs of the post. Such hours are compensated by leave in lieu.
Legal status: Applicants must be legally entitled to work in the United Kingdom and provide evidence of this entitlement if they are shortlisted for an interview.
Other: All staff are required to adhere to VERTIC's policies and procedures. The post-holder must respect the confidentiality of sensitive information and not disclose it outside VERTIC without the approval of their line manager.
II. Application / interview
Application: Should you wish to apply for the post, please send the following documents by email in Word or PDF format, by the closing date, to katherine.tajer [at] vertic.org:
a short statement setting out your reasons for applying for the post and highlighting the particular skills and experience which you feel you would bring to the position
a copy of a current curriculum vitae, which should include, inter alia:
your full name with title
details of your present and previous posts with start and end dates
degrees (subject, class, institution, date of award)
other academic/professional qualifications (subject, level, institution, date of award)
distinctions other than degrees
membership in professional and learned societies
administrative and project management experience
Interview: Interviews will be scheduled for the last half of July 2014; shortlisted individuals will be notified of their interview date. Shortlisted individuals should advise their referees that they may be contacted and asked to provide a reference at short notice.
VERTIC normally reimburses reasonable travel costs to the United Kingdom for interviews. Shortlisted applicants must contact VERTIC before making travel arrangements.
We regret that due to limited resources and the large number of applications we receive, we are only able to inform shortlisted candidates of the outcome of their application. If you do not hear from us within four weeks of the closing date, please assume that you have been unsuccessful on this occasion. We would like to assure you, however, that every application we receive is considered in detail and a shortlist only drawn up after careful reference to a detailed person specification. If therefore, your application is not successful, we hope that you will not be discouraged and will still apply for other suitable vacancies at VERTIC as and when they are advertised.
Equal opportunities: As an equal opportunity employer, VERTIC is committed to ensuring within the framework of the law that our workplace is free from unlawful or unfair discrimination because of Protected Characteristics as
defined by the Equality Act 2010 (age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership, and pregnancy and maternity).
Removal and relocation expenses: A contribution towards removal and relocation expenses may be available to the successful applicant. The basis of funding for any relocation will be agreed in writing prior to actual relocation.
III. Additional information
About VERTIC: VERTIC is an independent, not-for-profit non-governmental organization, founded in 1986. Our mission is to support the development, implementation and effectiveness of international agreements and related regional and national initiatives, with particular attention to issues of monitoring, review, implementation and verification. VERTIC provides this support through research and analysis, assistance and training, dissemination of information, and interaction with the governmental, diplomatic, technical, scientific and non-governmental communities.
VERTIC’s work focuses on the development and application of monitoring, reporting, review, verification and compliance mechanisms, and on national implementation measures. There are currently two core programmes: the Verification and Monitoring (VM) Programme and the NIM Programme.
VERTIC is based in central London, governed by a Board of Trustees and advised by an International Verification Consultants Network. It is funded by philanthropic foundations, governments and other organizations and is regulated by the Charity Commission for England and Wales.
About the NIM Programme: VERTIC’s NIM Programme advises States on national implementation of the obligations in several chemical, biological, and nuclear weapons- and materials-related international legal instruments: the Biological Weapons Convention; the Chemical Weapons Convention; the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material (as amended), the International Convention for the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism, the Code of Conduct on the Safety and Security of Radioactive Sources and other instruments for the security of nuclear and other radioactive material; as well as UN Security Council Resolution 1540.
The NIM Programme also provides cost-free legislative assistance to interested States for the implementation of the international legal instruments noted above. This includes reviewing and commenting on existing draft legislation or providing assistance in the drafting of new legislation during workshops in capitals.
NIM Programme staff currently comprise a Programme Director (Acting) and three Legal Officers. For more information, please click here.