EBRD - Director, Chief Counsel

The Director, Chief Counsel leads a team of lawyers supporting and providing specialist advice for the Bank’s funding operations, derivative transactions and investment of Treasury assets. Working closely with senior staff across the Bank, the Director, Chief Counsel assists in the development of policies and provides legal and policy advice and guidance to their team members and to senior staff in other departments, to ensure that legal risks and issues in respect of matters assigned to their team are identified and addressed.

The Director, Chief Counsel is personally responsible for a portfolio of complex matters, in addition to supervising and guiding the members of Office of the General Counsel (OGC) Finance in their assignments and interacting with high-level internal and external stakeholders. The Director, Chief Counsel ensures that all matters assigned to OGC Finance are addressed to the highest standards, as well as in compliance with all relevant Bank practices, policies and procedures.

Accountabilities & Responsibilities

  • Manages and supervises a specialised team of lawyers and other staff and is responsible for solving problems and providing legal and policy guidance.
  • Manages the assignment of new matters to the members of OGC Finance to ensure an efficient allocation of resources.
  • Participates in inter-departmental working groups and task forces with Directors and Managing Directors of other departments in order to develop Bank policies or to deliver on the Bank’s strategic initiatives.
  • Provides advice and briefings for submission to Management committees.
  • May represent OGC at meetings of the Bank’s Asset and Liability Committee and other management committees.
  • Assists in the development of new and innovative products and instruments.
  • Supports the knowledge management activities of OGC, including through the preparation of memoranda and policy briefs and the dissemination thereof.
  • Undertakes all legal responsibility in respect of their own matters, including drafting, review and negotiation of the relevant legal documentation and advising on policies and procedures.
  • Prepares memoranda and notes to advise senior management regarding legal and policy issues.
  • Develops networks with legal practitioners in relevant jurisdictions and other international organisations to ensure that the Bank is aware of new legal developments and shares such information both within OGC and with other relevant departments.
  • Accountable for the engagement and effective overall management of staff including recruitment, performance management, coaching and development.
  • Champions and is a role model for the Bank’s Behavioural Competencies and Corporate Behaviours, ensuring adherence within the team(s) so that the highest standards of integrity and ethical conduct are exhibited at all times.

Knowledge, Skills, Experience & Qualifications

  • Leadership skills and proven ability to manage and motivate a team of highly experienced professionals.
  • A law degree from a leading university in your home country and a post-graduate law degree from a leading university or relevant professional legal experience in another country.
  • Academic qualifications and professional experience in either civil or common law.
  • Normally not less than twelve years of experience in your area of responsibility gained in an international law firm, the in-house legal department of a top commercial/investment bank, or international organisation (including EBRD).
  • A thorough understanding of the legal aspects of the full range of the Bank’s activities falling in the area of responsibility of OGC Finance.
  • A good understanding of the policy environment in which the Bank operates.
  • Ability and maturity to interact with senior officers and officials of clients and governmental authorities.
  • Professional experience gained in one or more of EBRD’s countries of operations is an advantage.
  • A command of Russian, Arabic, Turkish or other language of the EBRD's countries of operations is an advantage.

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.

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