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Senior Counsel

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Organization Type

In-House

Job Type

Attorney

Valid Through

Dec 24, 2021

Posted on

Sep 10, 2021

Years of Experience

Min 8 yrs required

Location

Washington, DC, United States

Employment Type

Full-time

Industry

Legal
Practice Area
Finance >> Finance - Banking
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Senior Counsel
Duties: Cover a broad portfolio within a functional area, providing risk-based advice to management and staff on legal and policy issues in one or more areas of concentration. Draft, review, negotiate and finalize legal documents for transactions in the Senior Counsel’s portfolio. Successfully deliver legal work on projects and programs and other transactions within client assignments by giving advice on higher risk profile issues with increasing areas of complexity. Supervise and guide Counsels, Associate Counsels, Legal Analysts and Paralegals and provide training and advice to them to ensure effective transfer of knowledge and skills. Conduct negotiations with public sector officials. Interpret and advise Bank staff on internal operational policies and procedures. Develop innovative approaches and share best practices with colleagues. Develop knowledge products and manage tasks independently and as a leader of a team of colleagues. Handle issues within an area of specialization to enable clients to create solutions. Provide legal advice for adherence to World Bank policies and procedures and business objectives. Conduct comparative legal analyses on a range of issues in a given area, identify legal and policy issues, research relevant precedents, and propose appropriate solutions to colleagues and clients. Engage in policy discussions and negotiations with officials internally and externally, developing relationships with members of the legal profession and lawyers working in development partner agencies. Protect the World Bank’s interests and promote its goals and values. Write and review policy papers, undertake legal research on topics in area of concentration and contribute to dissemination of policy and best practices in a given field. Prepare legal briefs on diverse topics, as required. Serve in an acting capacity for supervisor. Work to advance the LEG VPU’s knowledge management agenda and use of technology; and Perform ad hoc assignments as requested by the manager.

Qualification and Experience

Qualifications: An LLM degree, JD Degree or equivalent, with 8+ years of relevant experience, and admission to the Bar (or equivalent) in at least one jurisdiction is required. Excellent oral and written English skills required. Additional languages (French or Spanish strongly preferred; Arabic or Portuguese a plus). Continuous experience in a reputable private sector law firm and/ or with an international financial organization or Government agency is a strong plus. Demonstrated expertise in project finance, corporate finance and structured finance with reference to an established track record of the successful structuring, drafting, negotiating and delivery of transactions in support of long-term infrastructure investment in emerging markets is essential. Preferred areas of experience include energy and extractive industries, as well as transport (rail/ports/airports), water and wastewater sectors. Experience in closing project finance operations with or for multilateral development banks and international financial institutions would be considered a strength. Excellent legal research, writing, analytical and communications skills. Excellent interpersonal skills. Experience in international, commercial or contract law, in transactional legal work and/or preparation and negotiation of legal agreements. Excellent legal drafting skills, including of transactional documentation such as agreements, legal memos and/or other instruments and work product as relevant where applicable, based on appropriate research and delivered in clear, precise writing. Familiarity in the use of varied legal research sources (including electronic sources on the internet) and other databases. Proven ability to operate effectively as a member of one or more teams as well as the ability to work independently and under own initiative; must collaborate well with others; ability to exercise sound judgment in recognizing what issues to bring to the attention of the Chief Counsel and/or another supervising counsel, and which to handle autonomously. Proven ability to deal sensitively in multicultural and multi-ethnic environments and build effective working relationships with clients and colleagues. Ability to supervise and work with local counsel in a collaborative and collegial way; and Ability to work under time pressure and to juggle multiple tasks within tight deadlines.
Term: 2 years
French or Spanish strongly preferred, Portuguese or Arabic a plus.
Closing Date: 9/23/2021 at 11:59pm UTC

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Job #: req13088

Company info

Hiring Coordinator
The World Bank Group
1818 H Street, NW
Washington, DC 20433

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