Legal Officer – Internal Market Affairs

Job Reference 18/2021

EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA)

ESA is recruiting a legal officer to join its Internal Market Affairs Directorate (IMA).

The successful candidate will be assigned responsibilities for surveillance work in relation to the application of general Internal Market law.

IMA is responsible for monitoring the EEA EFTA States to ensure that they comply with their obligations in the field of internal market law. The successful candidate will be assigned responsibility for general surveillance work and case handling regarding the implementation and application of EEA law. Day to day tasks include the examination of complaints, legal conformity assessments, drafting of decisions, opinions and reports.

For this particular vacancy, we are looking for candidates with experience of dealing with EEA law on the four freedoms. Experience in other areas of EEA law is also desirable. Depending on workload and other requirements, the responsibilities may also cover other general or specific issues relating to EEA law. On an ongoing basis, a significant share of the cases handled by IMA involve Norway. The cases may further involve considerable amounts of documentation in the Norwegian language. As such, we are looking for lawyers with experience within the field of internal market law and knowledge of the language, legal system, economy and national administration of Norway.

The following are essential

  • University degree in law, or recognised equivalent qualification in law
  • Very good knowledge of the legal framework of the internal market, in particular the four freedoms
  • Knowledge of the legal system, economy and national administration of Norway
  • Command of written and spoken Norwegian
  • Excellent command of written and spoken English (ESA’s working language) as well as proven legal drafting ability
  • Excellent organisational, analytical, interpersonal and communication skills
  • Initiative and the ability to work both independently and in a team in an
    international environment

The following are desirable

  • Postgraduate degree in EEA/EU law
  • Familiarity with the legal orders of Iceland or Liechtenstein
  • Knowledge of and familiarity with the functioning of the Agreement on the
  • European Economic Area, and of the EEA EFTA States
  • Relevant professional experience involving the EU institutions, relevant national authorities or administrations


The position is placed at grade A4 of ESA’s salary scale, the precise step being determined depending on the relevant experience of the successful candidate, with a likely starting salary of between €97 000 and €102 000 per annum. Depending on personal situation and family status, additional allowances and benefits may apply. Tax conditions are favourable. Type and duration of appointment: fixed-term contract of three years, renewable for a further three years if desirable and in the interest of ESA. Candidates must be nationals of the States party to the EEA Agreement (EU + EEA EFTA) at the point of application and the time of any offer being made. ESA’s Recruitment Policy sets out the recruitment process and eligibility conditions in more

ESA actively seeks to promote a healthy work/life balance and a working environment allowing its staff members to develop their professional skills and interests.

Application process:
- All applications must be made online at:
- Deadline for applications: 3 October 2021
- Interviews: October 2021
- Start date: As soon as possible

Applications submitted in response to this vacancy notice may also be taken into account for the purpose of filling other vacancies arising for similar positions within ESA.

Questions regarding the post may be addressed to Gabrielle Somers, Deputy Director on +32 2 286 1876 / [email protected].

Questions regarding the recruitment process may be addressed to Emma Thomas, HR Officer on +32 2 286 1870 / [email protected].