Legal Officer - FMO

The Financial Mechanism Office (FMO) is the secretariat of the EEA Grants and Norway Grants, and is affiliated to the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) in Brussels.

We are looking for highly motivated and qualified candidates to take on the post of Legal Officer (multiple positions) within the Compliance and Administration Department of the FMO.

The overall objectives of the Grants are to reduce economic and social disparities in the European Economic Area (EEA) and to strengthen bilateral relations between the Donor States (Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway) and the 15 Beneficiary States (Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Estonia, Hungary, Greece, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, Malta, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia).

The Grants are based on a programme model where the Beneficiary States are responsible for the programmes and for projects implemented under the programmes. Some programmes and funds, notably regarding civil society, regional cooperation and decent work and a small number of energy and innovation programmes, are under the responsibility of the FMO.

The allocation for the funding period (2014-2021) totals €2.8 billion. The priority sectors in the period 2014-2021 are:
• Innovation, Research, Education and Competitiveness;
• Social Inclusion, Youth Employment and Poverty Reduction;
• Environment, Energy, Climate Change and Low Carbon Economy;
• Culture, Civil Society, Good Governance and Fundamental Rights and Freedoms;
• Justice and Home Affairs.

The FMO offers an international, stimulating and diverse workplace, with a current staff of over 60 employees comprising about 20 nationalities. Our values are:
• Professionalism,
• Cooperation,
• Trust, responsibility and respect.

For more information please check our website at:

The position is open to nationals of the EEA EFTA States (Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway) and nationals of the member states of the European Union.



The Legal Officer provides legal advice and expertise on all aspects of the EEA and Norway Grants’ regulatory framework and in all aspects of the programme management of the EEA and Norway Grants. Additionally, the Legal Officer provides legal advice and expertise in any other work of the FMO as needed.

The Legal Officer will work in a team of four Legal Officers. S/he reports to the Head of the Legal Affairs Unit.


  • • Participate in the work on the FMO’s regulatory framework;
  • • Provide legal expertise in the handling and reporting of irregularity cases;
  • • Provide legal expertise in programme assessment and implementation;
  • • Draft and review legal documents related to the programmes;
  • • Provide legal expertise in procurement;
  • • Contribute to the implementation of the FMO’s risk strategy; and
  • • Provide legal expertise in any other issues, including administrative issues.

The position involves travel.


University degree in law, Master’s level.


  • • Minimum of six years of relevant work experience;
  • • Legal experience in grant management or programme management;
  • • Experience in handling of irregularity cases would be a distinct advantage.
  • • Experience with programme/grant management administered by the Donor States, by an international  organization or by a public sector investment bank or experience with EU funds would be an advantage.


  • • Ability to analyse complex legal issues and present them clearly;
  • • Ability to draft and review legal texts swiftly in English;
  • • Knowledge of EU and other relevant funding programmes;
  • • Good understanding of financial/irregularity issues;
  • • Knowledge of state aid and public procurement;
  • • Knowledge of rules governing the protection of personal data (GDPR);
  • • Result-oriented approach, and a proactive and cooperative outlook;
  • • Diplomatic and negotiations skills;
  • • Good interpersonal skills, including a dynamic and flexible attitude, and cultural sensitivity;
  • • Self-reliance and autonomy, but also the skills needed for team work; and
  • • Ability to multitask and to work with tight deadlines.


Excellent oral and written communication skills in English (the working language of the FMO) are a requirement. Fluency in any of the Donor State languages would be an advantage.

Employment Terms

Grade: A4
Annual starting salary: EUR 97,397

Appointments are normally made at step 1 of the grade. The Director of the FMO reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a level different from that advertised.

FMO is an employer dedicated to the principles of diversity and equal opportunities. We select our staff without discrimination on the basis of age, gender, religion, colour, culture, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, pregnancy or family responsibilities.

We offer a very interesting and challenging position in a dynamic and diverse environment and the opportunity to work in a team of highly qualified people. Salaries and related payments are exempt from taxation by the EFTA Member States, and as regulated in headquarters agreements, in the EFTA host states. Depending on the candidate’s family status, benefits and allowances may apply.

For further information about this position or about the recruitment process please contact: Mr Alexander Cassavetti, Head of Legal Affairs Unit,, tel. +32 (0)2 211 18 11. For information regarding the recruitment process please contact Ms Vera Medinskaya, Head of Administration and HR Unit,, tel. +32 2 211 18 60.

Please note that only applications received via our web tool will be considered.

Deadline for submission of application: 1 August 2021.

Please note that it is planned to have the interviews online in August 2021.

Apply here.