VERTIC (the Verification Research, Training and Information Centre) is an independent, non-profit making charitable organization. Established in 1986, VERTIC supports the development, implementation and verification of international agreements as well as initiatives in related areas.

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.

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 (Reg. Co. No. 3616935, Reg. Charity No. 1073051).

Vertic City of London, London, UK
10 Feb, 2019
1. Summary VERTIC is looking to appoint an Associate Legal Officer for the National Implementation Measures Programme. This post is based in our London office and is opened to UK/EU/EEA/Switzerland nationals. The National Implementation Measures or NIM Programme, established in 2008, advises States worldwide on national implementation of their obligations under international legal instruments. These agreements include the Biological and Chemical Weapons Conventions; the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material and Facilities; the International Convention for the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism; the Code of Conduct on the Safety and Security of Radioactive Sources; other instruments for the security of nuclear and other radioactive material; as well as UN Security Council Resolution 1540 (2004). We have more recently expanded into assisting countries with national implementation of the International Health Regulations and Codex Alimentarius (One Health), as well as international instruments for the sound management of chemicals and their wastes. The NIM Programme raises awareness about the instruments mentioned above and provides cost-free legislative assistance and advice to interested States, including the review of existing legislation and support in the drafting of new legislation during workshops in capitals. 1.1 Reports to: The Programme Director for National Implementation unless otherwise directed.   1.2 Responsible for: Interns in the NIM Programme, when delegated by the Programme Director, Senior Legal Officer or Legal Officer.   2. Functions and responsibilities: In consultation with and under the supervision of the Legal Officer, Senior Legal Officer and Programme Director, the Associate Legal Officer will:   provide legislative assistance to States on national implementation of international agreements relevant to the Programme by preparing legal analyses of implementing legislation; contributing to the development of legislative drafting tools; providing drafting assistance remotely and during workshops; presenting at awareness-raising and drafting workshops; and liaise with government officials regarding our legislative assistance; co-ordinate assistance with other legislative assistance providers, related international governmental organisations, other non-governmental organisations and individuals as appropriate; represent the NIM programme at international conferences and treaty meetings; produce reports, chapters and articles to be published by VERTIC and other organisations; and conduct other research tasks as agreed with the Programme Director or Senior Legal Officer; communicate the findings of his or her work to the public through the publishing of reports, articles in newspapers and journals, interviews with print and broadcast media and lectures and seminars. The successful candidate will also update online content as agreed with the Programme Director or Senior Legal Officer. Furthermore, the Associate Legal Officer will: implement programme coordination and delivery strategies under the direction of the Programme Director; implement financial management policies under the guidance of the Programme Director;provide assistance to the Programme Director and the Senior Legal Officer in raising funds for the programme;provide input to project grant reports. 3. Required attributes: 3.1 Education Advanced university degree in law (Master’s, JD, LLM or PhD)   3.2 Experience At least one year of experience working on international legal issues in a non-governmental, intergovernmental or governmental organisation, or in a university.   4. Highly valued experience: Applicants that demonstrate experience in the areas below will receive high scores in the longlisting process:   Legal research, analysis and writing experience; Excellent understanding of and experience in public international law. Good understanding of national implementation obligations of international instruments; Good understanding of international legal instruments concerning chemical, biological, nuclear and radiological (CBRN) weapons and the security of CBRN materials; Excellent communication skills including some experience in presenting at conferences, symposia or workshops. 5. Preferred experience: Demonstrated experience in the areas below will also be considered in the longlisting process:   Legislative drafting experience; Ability to build and maintain networks of experts and other stakeholders; Experience in organising and running events and workshops; Project management and fundraising; Publications. 6. Languages: Fluency in English is essential. Russian, French or Spanish language skills would be an asset. 7. Other considerations: The post-holder will be based in VERTIC’s London office. He or she will be required to work irregular but compensated hours, primarily during various global work missions. In return, we offer: A competitive salary commensurate with the candidate's background and experience; Pension scheme; Flexible working hours; Resettlement support; Access to a shared education and training budget; and 24 days annual leave allowance.