Legal Officer - State Aid

EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) monitors compliance with the Agreement on the European Economic Area (EEA Agreement) in Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, enabling those States to participate in the Internal Market of the European Union.

ESA is an international organisation, independent of the States, which safeguards the rights of individuals and undertakings under the EEA Agreement, ensuring free movement, fair competition and control of state aid. ESA's work helps remove barriers to trade and open up new opportunities to over 450 million Europeans, creating jobs and growth and adding to the international competitiveness of the States.

ESA is based in Brussels. It currently employs staff members of 18 nationalities. ESA is led by a College consisting of three members, each appointed for a period of four years by the three participating EFTA States.

Role Description

ESA is recruiting a Legal Officer to join its Competition and State Aid Directorate (CSA).

CSA, a multi-disciplinary team comprising both economists and lawyers, enforces the competition and state aid rules of the EEA Agreement. These rules largely mirror the competition rules in the EU, both with regard to antitrust and state aid control. In the field of competition, the bigger share of CSA’s work is focused on cases of abuse of dominance. In state aid, CSA’s portfolio is broad and diverse.

The successful candidate will be assigned responsibility for assessing and handling state aid cases. Tasks include examination of complaints and notifications, drafting of decisions, and legal opinions on the effects of state aid and on the application of the state aid rules and procedures.

The majority of cases currently handled by CSA’s state aid team involve Norway and often involve the need to handle considerable amounts of documentation in the Norwegian language. As such, we are looking for lawyers with experience within the field of state aid law and knowledge of the language, legal system, economy and national administration of Norway.

We are looking for well qualified lawyers with extensive experience within the field of state aid law. Ideally the successful candidate will have worked with state aid matters within an international organisation, a private law firm or a national administration.

Additional qualified candidates will also be considered for similar vacancies arising in the Directorate over the next 18 months.

Essential Skills

  • University degree in law, or recognised equivalent qualification in law
  • Minimum of 5 years’ work experience
  • Expert knowledge in EEA/EU state aid law
  • Solid knowledge of the legal framework of the EEA/EU
  • Relevant professional experience in the private or the public sector
  • Solid knowledge of the legal system, economy and national administration of Norway
  • Excellent command of written and spoken Norwegian
  • Excellent command of written and spoken English (the working language of the Authority)
  • Excellent organisational, analytical, interpersonal and communication skills
  • Initiative and the ability to work both independently and in a multi-disciplinary team in an international environment

Ideal Skills

  • Postgraduate degree in EU law
  • Relevant professional experience with state aid matters from a national authority or administration, an EU institution or an international organisation
  • Knowledge of competition, procurement or telecommunications law
  • Familiarity with the legal orders of Iceland or Liechtenstein
  • Good understanding of Icelandic or German (the EEA EFTA languages)

Other information

ESA has a dynamic and diverse work environment with the opportunity to work in a team of highly qualified people. Here you will be part of an organisation based on professionalism, cooperation, trust, responsibility and respect.

ESA also offers:

• International career and learning opportunities.
• An inclusive environment with high regard for cultural differences.
• Competitive salary and benefits package.

This position will be filled in accordance with ESA’s policy on Recruitment available at:

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 €106 700 and €112 250 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.

Application process:

- All applications must be made online via the link below
- Deadline for applications: Sunday 10 March (midnight CET)
- Interviews: April/May 2024
- Start date: 1 September 2024

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 Ketill Einarsson, Deputy Director State Aid on +32 (0)2 286 1818 / kei[at]eftasurv[dot]int.

Questions regarding the recruitment process may be addressed to Emma Thomas, HR Officer on +32 (0)2 286 1870 / eth[at]eftasurv[at]int.