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Counsel/Principal Counsel (Corporate)

Posting Date: 10-Feb-2021

Location: London, GB

Company: EBRD

Requisition ID 19826
Office Country United Kingdom
Office City London
Division Office of the General Counsel
Dept. / Bus. Group Office of the General Counsel
Business Unit Corporate
Contract Type Fixed Term
Contract Length 3 years
Posting End Date 03/03/2021 


Job Purpose


The Counsel/Principal Counsel (Corporate) is primarily responsible for providing legal and policy advice and support on matters relating to the Bank's corporate structure and governance. Working closely with other staff across the Bank, the Counsel/Principal Counsel ensures that legal risks and issues relating to matters assigned to them are identified, addressed and managed.


This role will be offered as a three years fixed term contract.


Accountabilities & Responsibilities


The Counsel/Principal Counsel will provide legal support on the full range of corporate matters: institutional, human resources, international administrative law, administration and commercial matters and donor arrangements. The Counsel/Principal Counsel will ensure that all legal, reputational and related risks for the Bank are identified and dealt with appropriately. In particular, responsibilities and accountabilities include:


  • Provide legal and policy advice and assistance to a range of client departments (most frequently the Human Resources Department, the Office of the Secretary General, Banking, Procurement, Administrative Services, Office of the Chief Compliance Officer, Risk and Donor Co-financing) on a wide range of matters arising in relation to corporate, human resources and governance issues.
  • Advise on the development, interpretation and application, generally and in particular circumstances, of internal policies, directives and procedures.
  • Advise on the full range of institutional issues and ensure the protection of the status, privileges and immunities of the EBRD and its personnel.
  • Manage, prepare submissions and represent the EBRD in employment related litigation before the EBRD’s Administrative Tribunal and generally advise on disciplinary matters and staff grievances;
  • Advise internal clients on contractual and administrative matters pertaining to the day-to-day work of the EBRD, including drafting and negotiating a wide variety of commercial contracts covering the EBRD’s corporate procurement of goods and services with external providers, leases for EBRD resident office premises in multiple jurisdictions, and the regulation and management of EBRD intellectual property rights in multiple jurisdictions.
  • 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.
  • Support the Corporate Team’s input into the work of various standing committees of EBRD, through briefings and the preparation of papers.
  • Contribute to the knowledge management activities of OGC, including through the preparation and dissemination of guidance notes, memoranda and policy briefs.
  • Assist OGC Management on specific assignments.
  • Participate in the supervision and mentoring of the work of OGC Associates and more junior lawyers.


Essential Skills, Experience & Qualifications


  • A law degree from a leading university and relevant professional legal experience.
  • Normally admitted to practice law in at least one jurisdiction.
  • Normally not less than five years (for Counsel) and seven years (for Principal Counsel) of relevant post-qualification experience, gained in an international organisation, international law firm or the in-house legal department of a top commercial/investment bank or other large corporate.
  • Academic qualifications and professional experience in either civil or common law.
  • Excellent command of the English language, including proven ability to draft and negotiate legal documents in English.


Competencies and Personal Attributes


  • Ability to operate sensitively and effectively in a multicultural environment.
  • Excellent client-facing skills and ability to communicate effectively.
  • Ability to provide practical and commercial advice.
  • Good team player with strong interpersonal skills, as well as, the ability to work independently.
  • Solution oriented, innovative thinker with ability to effectively and efficiently adapt to a new type of legal environment, propose viable solutions to issues of “non-standard” nature.
  • Ability to prioritise and work to challenging deadlines.
  • Good organisational, project management and multi-tasking 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.

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