INTERPOL is the world’s largest international police Organization, with 190 member countries. Created in 1923, it facilitates cross-border police co-operation, and supports and assists all organizations, authorities, and services whose mission is to prevent or combat international crime. INTERPOL is now looking for a qualified candidate to join its Trafficking in Illicit Goods Programme within  the INTERPOL’s Office of Legal Affairs as Legal Officer.
The illicit goods and tobacco trade is a global phenomenon that undermines public health objectives and harms the financial interests of States ($40.5 billion in lost revenue yearly). It also contributes to the
growth of transnational organized crime which uses profits to: • finance drug trafficking; • purchase illegal weapons; • fund other illicit activities; and • engage in money-laundering.
The objective of the legal pillar of INTERPOLS's Trafficking in Illicit Goods Programme is therefore to strengthen the capacity of States to undertake effective legal responses in dealing with trafficking in all its forms through: (i) the adherence of States to the relevant international instruments in the area of trafficking in illicit goods; (ii) the incorporation of these instruments into domestic legislation; and (iii) the development of the capacity of criminal justice systems to implement relevant instruments, especially by enhancing criminal justice and law enforcement officials capacity building in international cooperation penal matters.

Job Title:

Legal Officer


Office of Legal Affairs


General Secretariat, Lyon, France*


12 months Short-Term Contract subject to external funds



Security Screening Level:


Deadline for applications:

18 January 2013

Primary Duties

Under the supervision of the General Counsel, and in close relationship with all relevant internal and external partners, the incumbent will be responsible for :
• promoting the ratification of relevant international legal instruments in the area of countering illicit trade, especially the Protocol on Illicit Trade in Tobacco Product, as well as international legal cooperation in this field;
• developing model legal provisions in the area of the fight against illicit trade, including in the area of illicit trade in tobacco products;
• coordination and designing training curriculum for the programme.
These assignments are aimed at further developing the capacity of INTERPOL and its Member States in addressing the legal issues relevant for the fight against illicit trade and should be accomplished through to contributions to international coordination efforts to combat illicit trade, including illicit trade in tobacco products, the collection of relevant domestic and international laws, the drafting model legal provisions and by conducting liaison work as well as through participation in conferences, meetings and missions, initiating training activities, drafting of reports and the development of new initiatives.

Primary Duties

Under the authority of the General Counsel, the Counsel will:
1- Promote the entry into force of relevant international treaties in the area of countering illicit trade, including the Protocol on Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products by developing :
• a draft explanatory memoranda and an information kit to facilitate the adherence to the Protocol on Illicit Trade in Tobacco Product and other relevant international legal instruments;
• INTERPOL‘s training materials on the Protocol and other relevant international legal instruments highlighting the importance of their ratification to combat transnational international crime, the development and implementation of projects, programs and other activities related to the fight against terrorism; and by
2- Promote the implementation of relevant international treaties in the area of countering illicit trade, including the Protocol on Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products by :
• Developing model legal provisions to assist States in the domestication of relevant international treaties in the area of countering illicit trade, including the Protocol on Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products which are in compliance with human rights and other internationally recognized standards;
• Developing legal solutions for the promotion of international legal cooperation against illicit trade with a particular view to facilitate cooperation among criminal justice and law enforcement institutions of various countries;
• Collecting relevant domestic and international laws and making them accessible to INTERPOL‘s Member States;
3- Carry out studies and prepare summary reports by:
• Building coalitions aiming to promote ratification and implementation of relevant international treaties in the field of countering illicit trade, including the Protocol on Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products;
• Liaising with relevant organizations such as the WHO, UNODC, the World Trade Organization and the Health Organization, engaged in combating illicit trade.
• Performing other related duties as required by the supervisor.

Post Requirements

All candidates will be assessed on the under mentioned requirements

Training/Education required
• Higher education in law (Master's, LLM, LLD or equivalent)
Experience required
•  At least 3 years working experience in international criminal law;
• Extensive experience in drafting model legal provisions on matters related to international criminal law for common law and civil law countries;
• Extensive experience in drafting provisions for the incorporation of international legal provisions into domestic legislation;
• Experience of drafting regulatory texts and procedural documents;
• Experience in international police cooperation
• Professional fluency in English or French (written and spoken)
Computer knowledge
• Solid computer knowledge including knowledge of Office Suite and Internet.
• Excellent command in the presentation and preparation of executive and business plan documents.

In addition to the requirements, the following Assets and Special Aptitudes would be beneficial.

Special aptitudes required
• Outstanding ability to communicate effectively in writing and orally;
• In-depth reasoning skills;
• Think/plan operationally and strategically;
• Transform initiatives into new working practices;
• Prepare written documents and visual presentations that meet professional standards;
• Independently analyze complex/large volume of material; Work within a multi-faceted team concept;
• Work well under pressure (meet sudden deadlines); Willingness to work overtime when the situation dictates;
• Interest in adapting and applying new training concepts so as to meet organizational needs and ensure continuous improvements;
• Ability to communicate clearly while adapting to the audience (oral presentations) or recipient of the documents prepared;
• Demonstrated ability to manage interpersonal relations, including transparency, openness, tact and discretion;
• Demonstrated methodical, rigorous organizational and interpersonal skills
• Specialization in international law or criminal law desirable,
• Knowledge of technical cooperation project management
• Working knowledge of an INTERPOL third language Spanish and/or Arabic
• International law enforcement environment or organization dealing with crime-related matters
• Knowledge of any other language.

Working Conditions

• Remuneration for appointment on contract: The starting salary for Grade 5 is 3479 € per month for a step 1.
• The successful candidate may be offered appointment on a higher step depending upon professional background and experience. For more information regarding conditions of service see Employment conditions for contracted officials on the website (www.interpol.int).
• The incumbent will also be required to work occasional overtime based upon workload.
• The Secretary General retains the discretion not to make any appointment to this vacancy, to make an appointment at a higher or lower grade, or to make an appointment with a modified job description.

* The Organization plans to establish an INTERPOL Global Complex in Singapore at the end of 2013. Although no decisions have been made at this time as to which posts will be transferred to Singapore, acceptance of the post implies acceptance of a transfer to Singapore.
1 This position is externally funded.  Thus, the contract may be terminated at any moment prior to its expiry date, should the funding be suspended or reduced so that INTERPOL is no longer able to fund the position.  The effective duration of externally funded posts may be shorter than the duration indicated in the vacancy notice depending on the starting date of the future incumbent and the planned end date of the project.

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