General Information

Type of contract Fixed-term contract which may be converted into a permanent contract after three years subject to individual performance and organisational needs

Who can apply? EU nationals

Salary F/G (bracket 1 - step 1) full time monthly net salary: €5,191 plus benefits, for further information see what we offer.

Role specialisation Law and Linguistics

Working time Full time

Place of work Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Closing date 23.07.2023

Your team

You will be part of the Legislation Division in the Directorate General Legal Services. Our Division has approximately 40 staff members and is responsible for preparing the ECB’s legal acts in the official EU languages. It drafts legal documents, ensures legal, linguistic and terminological consistency, and publishes and disseminates the ECB’s legal framework and other legal publications. 

In your role as a Lawyer-Linguist with Maltese as your main language, you will primarily be responsible for translating ECB legal acts and other legal texts from English into Maltese and for revising translations provided by external suppliers. The legal acts and texts relate to both central banking and banking supervision. You will also support other core tasks of the Division and work on horizontal projects. You will work closely with other lawyer-linguists and legal counsels in the Directorate General Legal Services, as well as staff in a number of the ECB’s other business areas. 

The ECB is an inclusive employer and we strive to reflect the diversity of the population we serve. We encourage you to apply irrespective of age, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, race, religious beliefs, sexual orientation or other characteristics.

Your role

As a Lawyer-Linguist with Maltese as your main language you will:

  • translate draft ECB legal acts and other legal texts from English into Maltese;
  • revise Maltese translations of ECB legal acts and other legal texts;
  • translate legal texts from Maltese into English for internal working purposes and revise Maltese to English translations of national laws, documents related to court proceedings and other legal texts;
  • contribute to drafting, revising and translating ECB legal acts;
  • liaise with counterparts within the ECB, Central Bank of Malta (Bank Ċentrali ta’ Malta) and other relevant EU and national institutions; 
  • engage in the Legislation Division’s projects related to the development of the ECB lawyer-linguist function, knowledge management, the use of technology, etc.

The position offers you excellent opportunities to contribute to the quality of ECB legal acts. You will be part of a multicultural team that strives for continuous innovation to make a positive impact on the lives of European citizens. 

Qualifications, experience and skills


  • a master’s degree in law (Master of Advocacy or Doctor of Law) or equivalent obtained at a university in Malta (click here for details on degree equivalences);
  • in addition to the above, at least two years’ proven experience in translating legal, financial or economic texts from English into Maltese;
  • a mastery-level command (i.e. native-speaker standard) of Maltese and an advanced (C2) command of English, according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.


  • proven professional experience drafting and/or translating legal acts or litigation-related documentation or revising such translations, preferably working as a lawyer-linguist at an EU institution;
  • a good knowledge of EU financial and supervisory law;
  • an intermediate (B1) command of at least one other official language of the EU, according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

You engage collaboratively with others. You pursue team goals and learn willingly from other people’s diverse perspectives. You signal any need for change by explaining it and proposing alternative solutions. You analyse complex information effectively and can evaluate different views to arrive at solutions. You know and anticipate stakeholder needs.

You are aware of your strengths and areas for development and know what motivates you to perform at your highest level. You are motivated to contribute to the ECB’s mission, to serve the citizens of the EU as a member of a public institution and to work with colleagues from all over Europe.

Working modalities

To enable the Division to maintain its business continuity capability, you will occasionally be expected to perform work during non-standard working hours and work at the ECB’s standby sites.

If you are appointed to a position at the ECB you will, on the basis of our Staff Rules, be required to relocate to Frankfurt am Main (Germany), with the right to telework for a certain number of days per month. 

Further information

For additional information on this specific vacancy, you can speak to the hiring manager, Tatyana Filipova, on +49 (0)69 1344 8571 between 14:00 and 15:00 on Thursday, 27 July.

Application and selection process

The recruitment process for this position will be conducted remotely. It will include a written exercise, a presentation and an interview. 

If you are not selected for this position but are still considered suitable, you will be placed on a reserve list (see step 4 of How we hire), from which you might be considered for similar positions within the ECB.