European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)
Office of the General Counsel
Dept. / Bus. Group
Corporate, Finance and Legal Transition
Corporate – Gretchka
Posting End Date
The Counsel is primarily responsible for providing legal and policy advice and support on matters relating to the Bank’s donor partnership business and governance. Working closely with other staff across EBRD, the Counsel ensures that legal and policy risks and issues relating to matters assigned to the applicant’s team are identified, addressed and managed.
This role will be offered as a 3 year fixed term contract.
ACCOUNTABILITIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Provide legal and policy advice and assistance to a range of client departments on a wide range of matters arising in relation to donor partnerships, governance and corporate issues.
- Provide structuring, legal and policy advice on technical cooperation activity funded by donor funds or the EBRD’s resources, including drafting and negotiating grant agreements, as well as developing and updating related template documentation.
- Structure, draft, negotiate and advise on the application and interpretation of legal arrangements between the EBRD and various donors, governing the management and administration of bi-lateral and multi-donor cooperation funds as well as EBRD Special Funds.
- Monitor EBRD’s portfolio of grant agreements for technical cooperation, including advising client departments on the interpretation of agreements, managing variations and dealing with contentious matters.
- Advise on the development, interpretation and application of internal policies, directives and procedures.
- Manage the engagement and work of external law firms, ensuring cost effective utilisation of legal services and appropriate balance of internal and external legal advice.
- Contribute to the knowledge management activities of the Office of General Counsel, including, as appropriate, through the preparation and dissemination of memoranda and policy briefs.
- Participate in the supervision and mentoring of the work of Interns, Associates and Senior Associates.
SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:
- A law degree from a university in the applicant’s home country and a post-graduate law degree from a university or relevant professional legal experience in another country.
- Normally not less than five years of relevant experience gained in an international law firm, the in-house legal department of a top commercial/investment bank, or international organisation.
- Academic qualifications and professional experience in either civil or common law.
- Professional experience gained in one or more of EBRD’s countries of operations is an advantage.
- Excellent command of the English language, including excellent skills to draft and negotiate legal documents in English. A command of Russian, French, Arabic, Turkish or other language of the EBRD’s countries of operations is an advantage.
- Excellent drafting, negotiation and project management skills as well as strong interpersonal and communication skills.
Diversity is one of the Bank’s core values which are at the heart of everything it does. A diverse workforce with the right knowledge and skills enables connection with our clients, brings pioneering ideas, energy and innovation. The EBRD staff is characterised by its rich diversity of nationalities, cultures and opinions and we aim to sustain and build on this strength. As such, the EBRD seeks to ensure that everyone is treated with respect and given equal opportunities and works in an inclusive environment. The EBRD encourages all qualified candidates who are nationals of the EBRD member countries to apply regardless of their racial, ethnic, religious and cultural background, gender, sexual orientation or disabilities. As an inclusive employer, we promote flexible working.