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Counsel, Legal Transion team

Posting Date: 26-Mar-2021

Location: London, GB

Company: EBRD

Requisition ID 20628
Office Country United Kingdom
Office City London
Division Office of the General Counsel
Dept. / Bus. Group Office of the General Counsel
Business Unit Legal Transition
Contract Type Fixed Term
Contract Length 3 years
Posting End Date 16/04/2021 


Role Overview


The Legal Transition Programme (LTP) is the EBRD’s initiative to contribute to the improvement of the investment climate in the Bank’s countries of operations by helping to create an investor-friendly, transparent and predictable legal environment. The Legal Transition Team administers the LTP within the Office of the General Counsel (OGC).


EBRD aims to strengthen the economic governance framework needed for private sector development through its unique business model including investment operations, policy dialogue and technical assistance. As part of its policy engagement, the EBRD supports its countries of operations to enhance their legal and regulatory frameworks and provides technical assistance to corporate clients to improve their climate governance and disclosures. The Bank’s assistance focuses on the various areas of law that are relevant to investment activities, in particular commercial dispute resolution, energy regulation, climate change and sustainability, corporate governance, financial law, public procurement, and infrastructure. 


Initially, the Counsel to be engaged will work on energy and climate change related matters to support the EBRD’s Green Economy Transition (GET) 2021-2025 Approach. The specific topics that the Counsel would work on might change overtime, as decided by the Bank in its entire discretion. The Counsel is primarily responsible for developing and implementing high impact legal transition activities (including standard setting, assessment, technical assistance and outreach) within the specific field that advances the development of local legal frameworks and contributes to the economic transition of the EBRD’s countries of operations.


The role of the Counsel is to engage with stakeholders, including Bank staff, senior government officials, lawyers, Bank’s clients and other market participants, to identify legal obstacles and shortcomings and to develop creative, well-planned and result-oriented legal reform, policy and corporate actions to address such obstacles in close co-operation with national authorities and broader groups of stakeholders.


In developing a project pipeline and throughout the course of a project, the Counsel is expected to consult widely within the Bank including with EBRD Directors, Heads of Departments and Regional Offices, Senior and Principal Bankers to ensure that the project effectively supports the Bank’s operations, policy and investment strategy.


Accountabilities & Responsibilities


The Counsel typically will be responsible for:

  • liaising with other International Financial Institutions, international and bilateral agencies providing policy and legal reform assistance and contributing to international standard setting within the specific legal fields with a view to promoting effective legal reform and best practice;
  • drafting and advising on the development of green energy, sustainable and climate change-related laws and regulations, and relevant corporate climate action plans, and supporting the work of the Senior Counsel responsible for the specific area of specialisation;
  • designing assessment tools and implementing assessments that evaluate the laws, regulations and business practices, within specific areas of specialisation across the EBRD region;
  • drafting legal reform and institution building project proposals (including terms of reference and budget) and presenting projects for approval to OGC and EBRD management;
  • implementing legal reform and institution building projects once they are approved by EBRD management, which includes supervising the selection and activities of external legal consultants in conjunction with local counterparts, and reporting on the progress of projects to EBRD management;
  • developing legal and regulatory solutions that would help deliver a low carbon and resilient economy through a digital transformation of the energy and climate change areas;
  • assisting bankers and others within the Bank in developing, refining and implementing technical assistance projects that have legal reform elements;
  • promoting EBRD work and international standards throughout transition countries by speaking at international meetings and conferences, contributing to the EBRD’s legal journal Law in Transition and other external publications.


 Knowledge, Skills, Experience & Qualifications


The Counsel is expected to:

  • Have extended professional legal experience (normally, not less than 5 years) gained at a top rated law firm, or in a similar in-house position within a respected institution / national regulator or international organisation working on policy and legal reform, energy regulation (in line with the EU 3rd and 4th Energy Package), and / or sustainable corporate governance and reporting. 
  • Have relevant professional experience in one or more of EBRD’s countries of operations together with prior experience in policy and legal work advising government officials, national regulators, and / or corporate organisations. Specific experience in drafting and advising on a) electricity and gas legal frameworks, and / or b) climate change and environmental legislation would be an advantage. Specific interest or experience in drafting legal and regulatory instruments to enable the uptake of digital solutions would be beneficial.
  • Have a law degree from a leading university in her or his home country and a post-graduate law degree from a leading university or relevant professional legal experience in another country.
  • Be admitted/qualified to practise law in at least one jurisdiction and have academic qualifications or professional experience in both civil and common law.
  • Have an excellent command of the English language. A command of French/Russian/Arabic or another working language of the EBRD's countries of operations would be an advantage.
  • Excellent legal drafting, negotiation and project management skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal, communications (written, verbal and presentation) skills.
  • Ability to work in a multi-cultural environment.
  • Good team player with strong interpersonal and diplomatic skills.
  • Ability to multitask and work under pressure to challenging deadlines.

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.

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