BIPM - Bureau International des Poids et Mesures

Legal Advisor

BIPM - International Bureau of Weights and Measures

Paris, France

The International Bureau of Weights and Measures (BIPM) is an intergovernmental organization whose mandate is to provide the basis for a coherent system of measurements throughout the world, traceable to the International System of Units (SI). The BIPM is based in Sèvres, in the outskirts of Paris (France), and has an international staff of about 70. Further information can be found on

The BIPM seeks to recruit a legal advisor who will report directly to the Director:

Post: Legal Advisor
Grade: A10/A11 (based on qualifications and experience)
Deadline for applications: 18 November 2019 (midnight Paris time)
Type of contract: Fixed-term appointment for 5 years with possibility of conversion to an indefinite-term appointment

Principal duties and responsibilities

Reporting directly to the Director of the BIPM, the incumbent will provide legal advice relating to the functions, structure and activities of the BIPM, and in particular, will carry out the following duties:

  • Provide legal advice to the BIPM Director, and heads of other Departments and Services of the Organization, as well as any other internal bodies, including staff representative bodies, on matters of institutional and international administrative law;
  • Review and provide legal advice in the negotiation and interpretation of legal instruments, such as agreements, memoranda of understanding, internal policies or other legal materials relevant to the work of the BIPM;
  • Provide legal advice and assistance on international administrative law matters as well as rules of procedure to the Organization's governing bodies or their sub-committees or working groups upon request (e.g. the CIPM, the Pension Fund Advisory Board, the Working Group on Conditions of Employment and other similar bodies);
  • Provide legal advice on the elaboration, review, interpretation and application of the regulatory framework of the BIPM, including the Staff Regulations, Rules, Instructions and other administrative issuances;
  • Provide legal advice on the privileges and immunities of the Organization, its staff members or other personnel and draft correspondence as necessary;
  • Provide legal advice in the negotiation or interpretation of contracts, such as the procurement of goods and services or for the loan and secondment of staff, as well as on issues concerning intellectual property rights and insurance;
  • Provide legal advice on dispute resolution, including by examining claims against the Organization and draft submissions to defend its position before internal appeal bodies and before the ILO Administrative Tribunal, when required;
  • Perform thorough legal research and analysis for the preparation of legal opinions, studies, reports or correspondence;
  • Perform any other duties as assigned by the Director.

In addition, in close coordination with the BIPM Director’s Office and the International Liaison and Communication Department, the incumbent will be required to:

  • Review and provide legal advice on the drafting, negotiation, interpretation and implementation of agreements with States or other international organizations;
  • Liaise with representatives of other organizations and represent the BIPM in meetings on matters of mutual interest or cooperation.

Required qualifications


  • Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in international law or international administrative law or related field of law.

Work experience

  • Seven to ten years of progressively relevant experience in the legal department of a government or an international organization, or within a law firm;
  • Demonstrated experience in international administrative law, institutional law or international civil service law.

Skills and competencies

  • Excellent analytical skills, particularly in the application and interpretation of legal texts;
  • Strong communication skills (oral and written) and inter-personal skills, capacity to work in a team as well as to work in reliable autonomy;
  • Ability to work in a multicultural environment and maintain effective working relationships inside and outside the organization.


  • Excellent knowledge of French and English language (both written and oral).

Terms of Employment

The BIPM offers for this position a fixed-term appointment of 5 years, full-time basis, with an initial probationary period of 6 months renewable once for a period of 6 months at a maximum. The contract type may be converted to an indefinite-term appointment, subject to the provisions of the Staff Rules and Regulations.

The annual gross salary will be from 72 730 Euros (Grade A10) to 86 780 Euros (Grade A11), depending on qualifications and level of experience, plus expatriate and family allowances based on eligibility. Salaries and allowances are exempt from income tax in France, but taken into consideration for the calculation of the effective taxation rate, depending on the marital situation.

Benefits include a minimum of thirty seven working days’ vacation per year. The BIPM provides a contributory pension scheme and private health insurance for staff, which can be extended to cover dependents.


Please send a C.V. and a covering letter (in French and in English) to by midnight, Paris time, on 18 November 2019.

Applications should include the names of two persons who can comment on the applicant's suitability for the post (who will only be contacted with the prior permission of the candidate).

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. They may be requested to take a written test as part of the selection process, scheduled between 25 and 28 November 2019. Thereafter, successful candidates will be invited to an interview during weeks 50 and 51.

A roster of suitable candidates may be established for this post as a result of this selection process.

The BIPM retains the discretion not to make any appointment to this vacancy, to make an appointment at a different grade, to make an appointment with a modified job description, or to offer a contract term for a shorter duration than the one indicated in this vacancy announcement.

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