General Background

The OEC: The Organisation of Educational Cooperation (OEC) is an international intergovernmental organisation, founded in January 2020 by countries from across the Global South, to “contribute to the equitable, just, and prosperous social transformation of societies by promoting balanced and inclusive education, in order to attain the fundamental rights to liberty, justice, dignity, sustainability, social cohesion, and material and immaterial security for the peoples of the world”.

The main functions of the Department of Legal Affairs (DELA) are to:

a. Provide legal advice to the General Assembly, the Council of Member States, the Conference of Associate Members, and the Secretariat as well as any meeting or body convened by the OEC;

b. Provide legal advice on questions arising from the OEC Constitutive Charter, its regulations, its privileges and immunities;

c. Provide legal advice on the conclusion and application of agreements with Member States, Associate Members, or other organisations, and on contracts to which the OEC is a party;

d. Represent the OEC in dispute resolution proceedings;

e. Assist in the drafting and application of standard-setting instruments, conventions, treaties, and agreements;

f. Exercise depositary functions on behalf of the Secretary-General.

Job Title

Chief of Section – International Recommendations, Conventions, and Treaties

Duty Station

Headquarters (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)

Duration

Indeterminate appointment

Category and Level

T4, Step I (senior-level technical post)

Role Summary

Under the overall authority of the Secretary-General and the direct supervision of the Legal Counsel, the Chief of Section is responsible for the overall management, supervision, and administration of the Section of International Recommendations, Convention, and Treaties. They are also charged, under the guidance of the Legal Counsel, with the provision of the appropriate legal support to the Secretariat and other organs of the Organisation to ensure compliance with international and other relevant laws, as well as the drafting and/or review of international, standard-setting instruments, conventions, and agreements. This position provides the unique opportunity of joining the team of a new international organisation, contributing to its lasting construction and influencing its future trajectory.

Duties

  • Discharge by delegation the Secretary-General’s depository functions under multilateral treaties;
  • Analyse, register, file, record, and publish conventions, treaties, and other international agreements of which the OEC is a party;
  • Support in the drafting of conventions and treaties concluded under the auspices of the OEC and its Member States;
  • Provide substantive services to international conferences convened by the Organisation or its organs;
  • Provide the General Assembly, the Council of Member States, and the Conference of Associate Members with advice pertaining to the status of relevant instruments, measures aimed at enhancing the accession of States to such instruments or, as the case may be, use by the States of procedures envisaged by the relevant resolutions of the General Assembly, in order to enhance reporting by States on their obligations under the Constitutive Charter and other legal instruments, or under international law;
  • Carry out administrative tasks necessary for the functioning of the Section ;
  • Plan and over the management of activities undertaken by the Section, ensuring their discharge in a timely fashion.
  • Perform other duties as requested.

Competencies

  • Demonstrated professional competence and expertise;
  • Excellent interpersonal, diplomatic and cross-cultural communication skills with a proven track record,
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to multitask and meet tight deadlines, with great attention to detail;
  • Ability to operate sensitively and effectively in a multicultural environment and deal with cross-cultural sensitivity;
  • Ability to withstand and work effectively under pressure.

Qualifications

  • At least 8 years of work experience in practicing and/or advising on international law ;
  • At least 3 years of work experience in or providing advise to international and/or regional organisations
  • Bachelor’s degree (or higher) in International Law or other related fields

Language Requirements

Candidate must at least be fluent in English and additional knowledge of one or more other official languages (French, Arabic, Spanish) is an asset.

How to apply

All applications must be sent to HRE@OEC-OCE.ORG and must include:

  1. Subject line: “DELA IRCT – Application”
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Letter of Motivation
  4. Any other relevant information