Administrative Tribunal

Open Call for Applications for Membership



The OPEC Fund is an international organization with independent legal personality. Further to its Establishing Agreement and the Headquarters Agreement with the Republic of Austria, the OPEC Fund makes its own internal rules that govern the institution’s affairs, including staff matters. Hence, the OPEC Fund does not operate within the local labor law context, although it could take this into consideration in setting its rules. Staff matters are primarily governed by the employment contract, HR Policies Framework and HR Rules & Procedures (as amended from time to time), as well as any other applicable policies and guidelines.

The current dispute resolution process includes informal resolution at the departmental level, mediation, and request for reconsideration. Thereafter, Employees can refer any unsettled dispute to the Staff Appeals Committee, a peer review body comprising both elected (by Employees) and appointed (by Management) members.

In March 2022, the Governing Board approved the establishment of the OPEC Fund Administrative Tribunal. The Tribunal will be a judicial body that functions independent of OPEC Fund Management or other external influence, and will report directly to the Governing Board. It will serve as an alternative recourse for final and binding settlement of staff-related/administrative disputes (after all internal procedures have been exhausted).

The Tribunal shall be composed of five members (selected further to the criteria set forth in Section 4 below) who shall serve for a period of 5 years (renewable once). It shall be governed by the Statute and Rules of the Administrative Tribunal approved by the Governing Board, as well as any supplementary documents approved from time to time. The Tribunal shall be non-resident and shall convene only when there is an appeal to be decided.

To operationalize the Tribunal, the OPEC Fund invites interested and qualified candidates to apply for membership of the Tribunal.


Type of Appointment: Fixed Term

Duration: 5 years (renewable once)

Location: Virtual 

Compensation: Based on an annual retainer and case fee approved by the Governing Board


Each interested candidate is expected to meet the following minimum criteria:

Eligibility and Qualifications:

a) be a national of an OPEC Fund Member Country (Algeria, Ecuador, Gabon, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Libya, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Venezuela) or Host Country, Austria;

b) be a person of high moral character who possess the qualifications required for appointment to high judicial office or an international lawyer or arbitrator in relevant fields, such as international law, international administrative law, employment relations, and/or international organizations law;  

c) have advanced degree in law and be licensed in at least one jurisdiction; 

d) have a minimum of 15 years post-qualified experience (PQE) with at least 10 years of relevant professional experience in the subject field;  

e) not be a current or former OPEC Fund staff, consultant, Director-General, Governing Board member or Alternate, or Ministerial Council member;

f) not be a relative (within fourth degree of consanguinity and second degree of affinity, including spouse) of an OPEC Fund employee or member of the governing bodies (Ministerial Council and Governing Board);

g) have recognized professional competence and integrity;

h) be fluent in English language. Advanced proficiency in German, Arabic, French or Spanish is an asset.  

Key Competencies

a) Experience serving on the Administrative Tribunal of an International Financial Institution (IFI) or demonstrated familiarity with the administrative law and dispute resolution mechanism of an IFI, particularly matters involving employment contract, terms and conditions of employment and separation, etc.

b) Good critical and analytical skills combined with sound judgment in the resolution of cases.

c) Understanding of the duties and obligations of international civil servants.

d) Judicial temperament and objectivity.

e) Demonstrated integrity.

f) Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

g) Ability to work as a team with members having different origins and cultures.

h) Excellent interpersonal skills combined with understanding of/exposure to international and multicultural environments.

i) Ability to work with information technology communication tools such as video and teleconferencing.

Applications from female candidates is highly encouraged.


Applications should be sent only to no later than September 30, 2022 at 23:59 Vienna Time (CEST) and should contain the following information: 

a) Curriculum Vitae

b) Statement of Interest (which should include a confirmation and acknowledgement that: the engagement will not give rise to any known conflict of interest; and the candidate will treat as confidential all documents and information exchanged during the selection process)

c) Overview of relevant professional experience 

d) Any other information or document the applicant considers relevant.

The subject line should read: “Application for Membership of the OPEC Fund Administrative Tribunal”.

Following a review of the application, the Selection Committee may request clarification, if necessary.

If you require clarification on any aspect of this Call for Application in order to prepare your submission, please send your inquiry to: with copy to We encourage inquiries to be sent at least two weeks before the application deadline stated above, to provide an opportunity for us to respond before the deadline, which remains unaffected by inquiries.