European Bank for Reconstruction and Development - Principal, Counsel

Our Office of the General Counsel (OGC) are recruiting for a new Principal, Counsel to join their Knowledge Management (KM) team. This role will be the first fully dedicated Knowledge Management Lawyer within the department and will assist in leading the department’s journey towards document automation.

The OGC KM Team lead the Bank’s legal staff to create and share knowledge within the department and the Bank. Its function is catalytic and its success drives efficiency for the department. It develops and runs a wide range of specialist KM and LIS tools and resources. Members of the OGC KM Team provide input across all levels within the department and into the wider Bank.

This role will be offered as a 3 year Fixed Term Contract.

Accountabilities & Responsibilities

Under the supervision of a Director, Chief Counsel, primary responsibility for:

  • Assisting in establishing a document automation programme, including review, drafting and updating of form/template documents, coding and organising a library of template provisions and form documents, training, coaching and supporting other OGC staff in the ongoing creation, use and updating of same;

  • Generating and organising substantive KM content, based on existing Bank and external sources, including review, drafting and updating of that content, and coaching and supporting other OGC staff to do likewise;

  • Leading the organisation and further modernisation and development OGC’s electronic KM systems and content;

  • Identification of outputs from and trends in the use of OGC’s KM and LIS systems and content, based on statistical analysis and the establishment of forward planning based on same;

  • Training and coaching OGC staff so as to ensure that OGC staff find, create and share knowledge, within the department and across the Bank;

  • Co-ordination within the OGC KM Team, with all OGC teams and with units across the Bank in implementation of the foregoing.

  • Actively contribute to a culture of valuing and leveraging the OGC’s knowledge.

Knowledge, Skills, Experience & Qualifications

  • Academic Qualification

  • A law degree from a leading university in their home country and preferably a post-graduate degree from a leading university or relevant professional experience in another country, in a law or in a discipline highly relevant to legal knowledge management.


  • Substantial professional experience in establishing and/or in running document automation systems, gained at a law firm or in a similar position in an in-house legal department of a complex commercial/investment bank or other similar organisation.

  • Substantial professional experience in running KM systems and acting as a PSL, gained at a law firm or in a similar position in an in-house legal department of a complex commercial/investment bank or other similar organisation.

Technical Skills

  • An excellent command of the English language. A command of Russian, Arabic, Turkish or other language of the EBRD's countries of operations is an advantage.

  • Excellent time and project management skills.

  • An ability to work collaboratively as well as autonomously and to catalyse and coach others.

  • A strong desire to embrace and support change.

  • A strong desire to identify new and useful ideas and to develop them and make them work in practice.

  • A good knowledge of IT programmes relevant to support a PSL function and document automation.

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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