The Norwegian Embassy in Warsaw is seeking an expert in Polish law

The expert will form part of the local staff of the Embassy and work closely with the Embassy counsellor for EEA and Norway Grants. The anticipated duration of the contract is 12 months with the possibility of extension for another 18 months. Deadline for applications: 12th April 2019. The incumbent is expected to start as soon as possible and will work for the Embassy on a full-time basis

The EEA Grants and Norway Grants represent the contribution of Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway to reducing economic and social disparities and to strengthening bilateral relations with 15 EU countries. The EEA and Norway Grants have their basis in the EEA Agreement. Norway is the largest donor of the Grants.

On December 20, 2017, within the framework of the EEA and Norway Grants 2014-2021, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Norway and Poland was signed.

The Memorandum includes a Justice programme with an allocation of 70 million Euros. The Polish Ministry of Justice is responsible for the preparation and implementation of the programme. This is done in cooperation with the Norwegian institutions hereinafter called the Donor Programme Partners (DPPs): the Directorate of Norwegian Correctional Service (KDI), the Norwegian Ministry of Justice and Public Security and the Norwegian Courts Administration (NCA).

Taking into consideration the size of the Justice programme, the complexity of the Polish justice sector in general and of the Justice programme in particular, the Royal Norwegian Embassy to Poland will hire an expert in Polish law to contribute to a sustainable programme. The programme covers the following areas: correctional service and pre-trial detention, domestic and gender based violence, effectiveness and efficiency of the judicial system, strengthening rule of law.

The drafting process of the Polish Justice Programme is pending.

Scope of work

The expert will form part of the local staff of the Embassy, work closely with Embassy counsellor for EEA and Norway Grants and support the work of the donor programme partners – the KDI, The NMOJ and DA in:

  • Assisting the national programme operator in reviewing the programme progress and any needs for amendments
  • Advising on the calls for proposals
  • Participating in selection committees
  • Facilitating networking between the programme operators and potential project promoters and/or project partners from the donor countries
  • assessing the suitability of the proposed projects against the objective of strengthening the rule of law and the EEA and Norway Grants values (respect for human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law, etc.);
  • assessing that the projects are in compliance with the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence[1],
  • outreach and communication of results

The expert will:

  • regularly draft informative notes on important developments in the Polish justice sector (especially legislative, management or practice changes);
  • when relevant represent the Norwegian DPPs in meetings related to the programme, project implementation;
  • undertake necessary meetings with Polish target group institutions on behalf of the Norwegian DPPs;
  • draft short desk research of the areas, on which the proposed projects will concentrate on:
  • Polish judicial organization,
  • facilities for juveniles coming in contact with the justice system as victims, perpetrators or witnesses,
  • legal aid and legal information systems in Poland with a focus on the Citizen Advice,
  • mediation in family cases and juvenile cases in Poland, etc.
  • development of women’s rights in Poland
  • other issues relevant to the Programme
  • assist the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Warsaw also in other programmes and tasks where appropriate;
  • conduct field research where necessary;

Professional and Personal Qualifications:

- advanced university degree in Polish law;

- minimum 5-10 years of relevant professional experience in the Polish justice sector, public management, human rights field or academia;

- in-depth knowledge of the Polish justice system and politics;

- proven up-to-date knowledge of international and European human rights standards, conventions and charters;

- demonstrated capacity to analyse legal and policy documents and formulate legal and policy recommendations;

- proven experience in writing reports and analytical documents;

- good understanding of and experience with project management

- excellent English and Polish language skills;

- proactive and able to work independently;

We offer:

- exciting and stimulating tasks in a strong international environment;

- an open and inclusive work environment with dedicated colleagues;

- payment based on the qualifications of the candidate.

Work schedule 

The anticipated duration of the contract is 12 months with the possibility of extension for another 18 months. The incumbent is expected to start as soon as possible, will be based at the premises of the Norwegian Embassy in Warsaw and will work for the embassy on a full-time basis.

Governance and Accountability arrangements:  

Applications entitled 'Application for a position of an expert in Polish law', along with CV, must be submitted to by 12th April 2019.

If you have any questions, please contact Counsellor Ingrid Norstein ( or Adviser Karina Gradowska - Karpinska ( 


[1] Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, Istanbul, 11.V.2011