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Legal Advisor, World Customs Organization, WCO

Deadline for application: 26 February 2020

Job summary

The World Customs Organization is looking to recruit a Legal Advisor.

Location: Brussels


The World Customs Organization (WCO) is an independent intergovernmental body, established in 1952 as the Customs Co-operation Council (CCC), whose mission is to enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of Customs services across the globe. The WCO represents 183 Customs administrations that collectively process approximately 98% of world trade. As the global centre of Customs expertise, the WCO is the only international organization with competence in Customs matters.

Within the Secretariat, the Legal Service handles legal matters in support of the WCO’s work and operations.


Under the supervision of the Head of Legal Service, the Legal Advisor ll focus on the following key activities:

  1. Handle requests related to the application, interpretation and revision of the WCO Staff Manuals;
  2. Prepare notes and research legal issues relevant to the WCO, such as staff and institutional matters, particularly with regard to international civil service law, law of international organizations and international public law;
  3. Handle matters before the internal disputes settlement bodies and the Administrative Tribunal of the International Labour Organization (ILOAT);
  4. Coordinate with the responsible services as regards human resources matters and issues;
  5. Handle disciplinary cases;
  6. Deal with requests regarding the implementation of the privileges and immunities of the WCO and its employees;
  7. Draft and revise various contracts, including but not limited to contracts for staff members, service providers, as well as various agreements with governments, international organizations, NGOs and other public and private entities;
  8. Draw up and amend internal policies, rules and guidelines;
  9. Provide support in drafting and implementing call for tenders in compliance with applicable internal standards; and
  10. Handle any other legal issue submitted to the attention of the Legal Service and any related task as may be assigned by the Head of Legal Service.

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by eub2 -- last modified 06 February 2020