CGIAR System Organization (CGIAR)
CGIAR Consortium Office Montpellier
This engagement will be from January 2023 to July 2023
Date Posted: 15 November 2022. Reposted :19 December 2022
The CGIAR System Organization and 12 CGIAR Research Centers are engaged in a dynamic reformulation of CGIAR’s partnerships, knowledge, assets and global presence, aiming for greater integration and impact in the face of interdependent challenges facing today’s world. This reformulation involves implementation of a sharper mission and impact focus, unified governance, an integrated operational structure, a new research modality and more pooled funding. The new way of working will require more regular and seamless data sharing between the 13 legal entities, and addressing the resulting data protection, privacy and intellectual property ramifications in a way that minimizes risks and administrative costs. A recent assessment of data sharing practices has identified three major constraints: i) limited authority to expedite data sharing across institutions; ii) legal constraints to data sharing related to confidentiality or other third-party restrictions and national compliance requirements, for example concerning privacy protection; and iii) lack of uniform standards concerning the classification of information and records management, including safeguards for sensitive data.
CGIAR (with the CGIAR System Organization as the contracting party) requires a legal consultant to lead and facilitate the development of common policies and procedures pursuant to an integration framework agreement to be entered into between the 13 legal entities. Such policies and procedures will address the constraints noted above and will, among other things, allow for CGIAR leadership to facilitate cross-institutional information sharing, govern the classification and management of information and records, including personal data protection, and govern contractual arrangements to facilitate data sharing across the 13 legal entities. Also, expertise is required from time to time to address ad hoc needs for data sharing legal advice or solutions.
Responsibilities: The overall responsibility of the legal consultant will be to assist the CGIAR legal community of practice in developing policies and procedures, as well as relevant tools and contractual arrangements, to address the above-mentioned issues. This will include providing expert legal work and advice relating to legal aspects of data sharing, including i) data protection, ii) data privacy, and iii) intellectual property. This will also include undertaking relevant research, analysis, coordination of relevant activities, drafting of relevant tools and documents, participating in relevant meetings and other miscellaneous related activities, as necessary.
It is expected that, in coordination with the 13 legal entities noted above, the consultant will lead and facilitate the development of policies and procedures, as well as relevant tools and contractual arrangements that will allow for legally appropriate, efficient and prompt data sharing between the entities as they carry out the work of CGIAR. In addition, it is expected that, in coordination with the relevant legal entities, the consultant will assist in providing ad hoc advice or developing ad hoc solutions for data sharing where relevant.
Work to develop common policies and procedures, as well as relevant tools and contractual arrangements, to enable data sharing should begin immediately and should be completed as soon as possible, but not later than the end of the agreement period. The provision of ad hoc advice or development of ad hoc solutions to enable data sharing may be requested at any point during the period of the agreement.
- Advanced university law degree (Masters or Masters’ equivalent)
- At least 5 years’ post-qualification experience at a law firm and/or in an in-house legal department within a complex international facing corporation or not-for-profit organization, advising parties on legal considerations of data sharing, including data privacy and data protection.
- Proven ability to deliver high-quality work in the context of a substantial degree of autonomy and responsibility in the approach to executing deliverables.
- Excellent communication skills in English, both verbal and written.
- Excellent analytical and problem solving skills.
- Proficiency in the use of MS Windows-based software packages, including word processing, spreadsheets and databases.
- Proficiency in Spanish or French
- Admission to an accredited bar
CGIAR is committed to fair, safe, and inclusive workplaces. We believe that diversity powers our innovation, contributes to excellence, and is critical for our mission. We offer a multi-cultural, multi-colour, multi-generational, and multi-disciplinary, collegial working environment, with a competitive salary, excellent benefits, and flexible working arrangements. We are consciously creating an inclusive organization that reflects our global character and our commitment to gender equity. We, therefore, encourage applicants from all cultures, races, ethnicities, religions, sexes, national or regional origins, ages, disability status, sexual orientations, and gender identities.