The EIB, the European Union's bank, is seeking to recruit for its Legal Directorate (JU)

European union bank EIB

Legal Department, Operations (JU OPS) - Central Europe/Eastern Neighbours & Central Asia Division (CE&ENCA) at its headquarters in Luxembourg, a:


The term of this contract will be 4 years

The EIB offers fixed-term contracts of up to a maximum of 6 years, according to business needs, with a possibility to convert to a permanent contract, subject to organisational requirements and individual performance.


The Central Europe/Eastern Neighbours & Central Asia Division (CE&ENCA) deals with the legal documentation and legal issues for projects in the following countries: Germany, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria, Hungary, Eastern Neighbours and Central Asia.

The Para-legal will contribute to deliver the services required from the Legal Service in a specific domain of the Bank’s activity, by preparing, finalising and monitoring standard legal documentation, thus ensuring that JU contributes to the achievement of EIB’s objectives.

Operating network

The Para-legal will report to the Head of the Division. S/he will work in close cooperation and under the supervision of a team of lawyers reporting to the lawyers and the Head of Division.


  • Prepare contractual documents: draft, review and finalise simple Finance Contracts or simple Guarantee Agreements
  • Take care of the post-signature of Finance Contracts
    • Draft, review and finalise, co-ordinating with the other Directorates within the Bank involved (such as operations, risk, treasury and projects directorates) follow-up documents
    • Provide the legal/contractual input concerning the verification of the legal conditions precedent for disbursement
    • Provide the legal/contractual input and follow-up on the Bank’s third party database (PiRat) change requests
  • Whenever relevant, manage relationships and coordinate with operational departments of the Bank to enable efficient completion of operational processes and receive positive customer feedback, interface with external parties to provide explanation and information on status of project/process and/or EIB procedures
  • Conduct legal research. Analyse and process the information in order to assist lawyers doing research for Legal Notes. Prepare presentations for other members in the Division
  • Ensure quality control of documents, their conformity with procedures and respect of deadlines
  • Execute the administrative processes relating to the post and coordinate and liase with the head secretary
  • Complete all related legal formalities, legal monitoring (including post-signature events) and administrative formalities vis-à-vis clients (public institutions and private enterprises)
  • Undertake research and conduct legal studies on issues of law arising in connection with the Bank's operations and in the context of developing new financial instruments
  • Develop and maintain relationships within the Bank and externally, as necessary


  • University degree (in law; preferably in one of the EU jurisdictions under the remit of the division or English / Luxembourg law) or demonstrated equivalent relevant professional experience and demonstrated capability for conceptual work would be a distinct advantage
  • Formal (para)legal training on general contractual law would be an asset
  • Ideally at least 3 years legal professional experience or in-house relevant experience (preferably in the legal environment); experience in drafting and finalising legal documentation in English and German
  • Knowledge of the standard office tools (Word, Excel)
  • Excellent knowledge of written and spoken English and German. Excellent knowledge of English and/or French (*), with a good knowledge of the other. Knowledge of an additional language of the countries under the coverage of the division may be an advantage


  • Well-developed legal analytical capabilities and ability to present results and recommendations clearly and concisely and to draft legal documents
  • Problem solving skills
  • Ability to listen and respond to concerns of fellow team-members and the other services
  • Aptitude for teamwork
  • Ability to interact with internal and external clients
  • Willingness to learn and progress.
  • Autonomy
  • Capacity to plan and organise workload with ability to meet deadlines
  • Ability to work reliably and accurately sometimes under pressure

For more details and to apply, please go to, selecting Job ID 101999

(*) There may be certain flexibility on this requirement, but limited to particularly suitable candidates who may not yet be proficient in one of the two languages. If selected, such candidates will be hired on the condition that they build up rapidly knowledge of the relevant language and accept that their future career in the EIB may be subject to the attainment of sufficient proficiency in both of the Bank's working languages

Deadlines for applications: 11th April 2015

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