Professional Legal Support job vacancies


The ideal candidate's competencies for a professional legal support job vacancies listed below are those on which you will be assessed on during a panel interview.


1.  Professional Competence and Analytical / Conceptual Ability

  • Great expertise in international law and the analytical ability to identify legal key issues in complex contexts and to clearly formulate practical and constructive recommendations for their solutions.
  • Commitment to identify important trends in the area of specialisation and commitment to continual professional and personal development.

2.  Intellectual rigor and incisiveness

  • The ability to open-mindedly grasp and analyse complex issues, by using information from diverse sources and thus being attentive to political issues and cross-cutting themes.
  • The ability to quickly appreciate the key issues in a dossier and deliver short and concise opinions.

3.  Organisational Awareness

  • An understanding of the OECD’s institutional context and its internal workings and the ability to apply this knowledge in interpreting and advising on complex contractual or international political/legal issues.
  • The ability to formulate organisational rules and regulations to achieve OECD strategic management objectives and desired policy / political outcomes.

4.  Political and Cultural Sensitivity

  • Awareness of and sensibility to the international political and legal context of the OECD: legal issues in the public policy agenda, concerns of member countries, OECD’s wider strategic concerns and priorities.
  • Knowledge about the political dimensions of projects and situations and a sure judgement in interpreting them.

5. Work Organisation and Planning

  • Ability to independently plan and organise: set and fulfil roles and responsibilities, set and achieve reasonable deadlines, co-ordination and management skills, appreciate time and resource implications for projects, share information, be available for urgent advice.
  • Setting and maintenance of own performance standards.

6. Professional Integrity

  • Demonstration of the highest professional values and standards: objectivity, independence, credibility, discretion, confidentiality and ethical behaviour.

7. Negotiation

  • Ability to achieve win/win outcomes while representing one’s interest in a conflict. Good negotiation skills.
  • Courtesy, diplomacy and sensitivity to cultural differences in negotiations. Listening skills and showed understanding for the other parties’ perspectives.


8.  Communication

  • Ability to express thoughts clearly and succinctly, orally and in writing. Communicate in a way which is understandable for non-lawyers and non-native speakers in both English and French.
  • Authority and charisma, which inspire confidence in clients.

9.  Inter-personal skills

  • Ability to establish empathetic relationships based on an awareness and recognition of the values and perspectives of others in a multicultural environment. Non-hierarchical behaviour.

10.  Team Work and Collegiality

  • Ability to work co-operatively and effectively in multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary teams. Ability to motivate others and build team spirit.


11.  Adaptability / Flexibility

  • Ability to anticipate and accept new demands and challenges, develop new expertise and work constructively under stress.

12.  Drive and Stamina

  • Persistence, task focus and innovation in a stressful environment.

13.  Self-Direction

  • Self-motivation and result orientation: track latest developments, recognise own strengths and weaknesses and take appropriate development actions.


  • Commitment to equal opportunities.


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