Counsel 161863

  • Added Date: Monday, 15 August 2016
  • Deadline Date: Wednesday, 07 September 2016

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  • JOB #161863
  • JOB TITLECounsel
  • JOB TYPEProfessional & Technical
  • LOCATIONNew Delhi, India
  • LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTEnglish [Essential]; Hindi [Desired]
  • CLOSING DATE07-Sep-2016

Background / General description:

Innovation and partnership bond the five institutions of the World Bank Group (WBG): the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) and the International Development Association (IDA), which together form the World Bank; the International Finance Corporation (IFC); the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA); and the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). The World Bank Group is one of the world's largest sources of funding and knowledge for developing countries. It uses financial resources and extensive experience to help our client countries to reduce poverty, increase economic growth, and improve quality of life. To ensure that countries can access the best global expertise and help generate cutting-edge knowledge, the World Bank Group is constantly seeking to improve the way it works. Key priorities include delivering measurable results, promoting openness and transparency in development, and improving access to development information and data.

In the context of the World Bank's broad development agenda, the Legal Vice Presidency (LEGVP) provides legal services required by the World Bank and plays an active role in all the World Bank's activities. In addition, LEGVP helps to ensure that all World Bank's activities comply with the Institution's Articles of Agreement, policies and procedures. Organizationally, the LEG VPU includes geographically-based regional Operational practice groups devoted to the legal and policy aspects of the World Bank's lending operations, and Corporate practice groups, which provide advice on corporate finance, administrative and institutional matters for the World Bank.

The World Bank work program in South Asia covers eight diverse countries which are grouped into five country management units: Afghanistan; Bangladesh, Bhutan & Nepal; India; Pakistan; and Sri Lanka & Maldives. The legal support strategy for South Asia is characterized by both real-time presence of lawyers in the field and support from lawyers, legal analysts and other staff in Washington, DC. Legal support in the Bank’s country offices is provided by lawyers on a hub model. Lawyers in New Delhi and Dubai each support more than one country program and flexibly back up the legal services.

The selected lawyer will join the New Delhi hub and work on the extensive India portfolio plus one or more additional South Asia countries to be determined. The selected lawyer will be expected to be willing to travel to all countries in the region. The selected lawyer will work under the immediate supervision of the Senior Counsels in the Country office, and the Chief Counsel in HQ. Work will be primarily project finance-based, supporting Bank investments in all sectors and all countries. Work will also include advising country management on operational, institutional and other matters that arise from time to time in the country offices. The selected lawyer will also be involved in a broader array of World Bank interventions, including management of key relationships with other development partners and members of civil society, and will be expected to develop relationships with members of the legal profession and lawyers working in development partner agencies in his or her assigned countries.

The selected lawyer will report to the Chief Counsel, LEGES, South Asia.

Note: If the selected candidate is a current Bank Group staff member with a Regular or Open-Ended appointment, s/he will retain his/her Regular or Open-Ended appointment. All others will be offered a 3 year term appointment.

Duties and Accountabilities

The Counsel position requires demonstrated ability to apply rigorous analytical skills, to work harmoniously in a team, and to exercise good judgment. The level and quality of these skills will be a determining factor in the selection for the position, and references will be given consideration in this determination.

The Counsel will work under supervision of the Chief Counsel and day-to-day guidance will be provided by a Senior Counsel in the field. The Counsel will be:

Covering a broad portfolio within a functional area, providing advice to management and clients on legal and policy issues in one or more areas of concentration; Responsible for the successful delivery of legal work on projects and programs and other transactions within client assignments; drafting, reviewing, negotiating and finalizing legal documents for Bank’s operations. Handling issues within an area of concentration to enable clients to create solutions; Providing legal support to ongoing projects and programs, including reviewing project and program documents for adherence to World Bank Group legal policies and procedures, and business objectives; Supporting operational teams and clients on public-private partnership projects via a sound understanding of the economic and social drivers and impacts of public-private partnerships; Conducting comparative legal analyses on a range of issues in a given area, identify legal and policy issues, research for relevant precedents, and propose appropriate solutions to colleagues and clients, with a particular focus on bringing knowledge of the legal systems of India and/or one more other regional countries; Engaging 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; Protecting and promoting World Bank Group's interests; Writing and reviewing policy papers, undertaking legal research on topics in area of concentration and contributing to dissemination of policy and best practices in a given field; Preparing legal briefs on diverse topics, as required; Participating in task/project teams and operational missions; and

Performing ad hoc assignments as requested by the Chief Counsel or designated Senior Counsel.

Selection Criteria:

Preferred Education/Experience:

JD or LLM degree (preferred) or equivalent, with three to five years of relevant experience, and admission to the Bar (or equivalent) in at least one jurisdiction. A degree in the legal system of India and/or one of the other regional countries and/or admission to the Bar in such jurisdiction(s) is a plus. Experience with international financial institutions will be a plus.

Excellence in English is required. Knowledge of another regional language is desirable.

Required Competencies:

Legal Drafting, Research and Communication:

Proven ability to draft transactional documentation (e.g., loan agreements), briefs and variety of legal instruments and related documents, with limited supervision. Conducts research as necessary to acquire insight and information. Is aware of the need for precision and focus on quality. Uses a writing style that is clear and precise.

Knowledge of the legal system of India and/or at least one other regional country.


Carries out work with due care, preparing accurate documents and reports, ensuring that pertinent facts are fairly presented without seeking to obfuscate (either through too much information or withholding relevant information). Interprets information in an objective manner, exercising professional skepticism when required. Does not divulge or exploit confidential information.

Professional Maturity:

Understands others and the reasons for their behavior. Takes the time to clarifying others' points of view so that progress can be made particularly in situations of stress or conflict. Is never condescending. Proven ability to deal sensitively and effectively across organizational boundaries, as a team member, in multi-cultural environments and build effective working relations with clients and colleagues;

Legal Reasoning:

Breaks down problem into their component parts. Articulates the implications of situations in a step-by-step way. Remains objective when reviewing problems or situations to understand the issues. Makes sure he/she possesses all the facts.

Deliver Results for Clients:

Adds value by constantly looking for a better way to get more impactful results; sets challenging stretch goals for oneself. Immerses oneself in client experiences and perspective by asking probing questions to understand unmet needs. Demonstrates accountability for achieving results that have a development impact and financial, environmental and social sustainability. Identifies and proposes solutions to mitigate and manage risks.

Make Smart Decisions:

Seeks diversity of information and inputs, researches possible solutions, and generates recommended options. Identifies and understands risks and proposes recommendations. Based on risk analysis makes decisions in a timely manner within own area of responsibility, considering the interests and concerns of stakeholders.

Client Orientation:

Takes personal responsibility and accountability for timely response to client queries, requests or needs, working to remove obstacles that may impede execution or overall success.


Able to adapt strategy, and objectives; making corresponding structural or organizational changes as needed, to move the work forward and meet the needs of the situation.

Business Judgment and Analytical Decision Making:

Analyzes facts and data to support sound, logical decisions regarding own and others' work.

The World Bank Group is committed to achieving diversity in terms of gender, nationality, culture and educational background. Individuals with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated in the strictest confidence.

This vacancy is archived.

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