The EBRD’s Office of the General Counsel is at the core of the EBRD’s mandate to support the transition process in 38 economies from the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean, Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia. The Office of the General Counsel handles all legal aspects of the EBRD’s lending and investment transactions, provides legal advice for institutional and administrative matters, and implements legal technical assistance programmes to support law reform in the region.
The Office of the General Counsel is seeking a number of outstanding lawyers to join the department’s Associate Programme. Associates have the opportunity to contribute appropriate country, language and academic knowledge to support the institution and facilitate its operations. The roles will be based in London.
The selection process is expected to be finalised by the end of the first quarter of 2018. Successful candidates will be offered a 2-year fixed term contract, beginning on or around 28 August 2018.
The deadline for applications is 31 January 2018.
Accountabilities & Responsibilities
The teams to which Associates will be assigned are as follows:
Banking operations: handles legal aspects of the Bank’s lending and investment operations.
Corporate: handles legal aspects of the Bank’s corporate administration, including contracting and procurement, human resources, donor funding and institutional matters.
Corporate Recovery: handles legal aspects of the management of the Bank’s impaired assets.
Treasury operations: handles legal aspects of the Bank’s borrowing operations and other aspects of the Bank’s funding both in the international capital markets and in the EBRD’s countries of operations.
Legal Transition: supports the Bank’s policy development in its countries of operations through its Legal Transition Program. The Program focuses on assessment work and technical assistance with a view to developing laws and policies and establishing legal institutions that are essential for a vibrant market-oriented economy.
Knowledge, Skills, Experience & Qualifications
Candidates from the following jurisdictions are eligible to apply: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Egypt, FYR Macedonia, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyz Republic, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Poland, Romania, Russian Federation, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.
Candidates are expected to have:
- A law degree from a leading university and preferably a post graduate law degree (e.g. LLM) from a leading university in a second jurisdiction.
- Not less than two years post qualified experience as a lawyer in private practice or inhouse legal team ensuring familiarity with the areas of practice referenced above, including conducting legal research, drafting and negotiating legal documentation.
- Excellent command of written and spoken English. Fluency in an additional language, in particular Russian, French, Turkish or Arabic, would be an asset.
- Excellent project management skills, ability to monitor and follow up on many activities concurrently under time constraints and ability to understand and manage priorities.
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and client focus.
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.