Interim General Counsel / Grade Level F

  • Added Date: Monday, 20 March 2017
  • Deadline Date: Monday, 03 April 2017

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Closing Date:
03 April 2017

Contract Type:
Temporary – 12 months

Reporting to:
Interim Executive Director

Work Division or Department:
Legal Department

Benefits and Allowances:
Learn more on benefits and allowances.

Role summary

The Global Fund intends to appoint an interim General Counsel for up to 12 months. In order to be effective as quickly as possible, this person will need to be able to rapidly assimilate information, gain the trust of peers and the Department Legal Officers and get up to speed quickly with the Global Fund’s legal environment and the organizational culture. The Global Fund is also looking for a solution-oriented, relational leader and a fully engaged member of the Executive Management Committee of the Fund’s Secretariat.

The duties of the Interim General Counsel are broad-ranging and complex in nature and the incumbent will need to be prepared to adapt and respond quickly and effectively to new demands on his/her expertise and experience.

They will manage a team of approximately 20 staff and will have strong leadership and managerial qualities and will act as a role model to the rest of the Legal Department.

The Interim General Counsel is a senior strategic adviser and counselor to key decision makers at the Secretariat, Office of the Inspector General and Board. As the Interim General Counsel of the Global Fund, the incumbent is responsible for the provision of legal services to stakeholders within the organization, including its grant management operations and leadership of the Legal Department staff.

The Legal Department’s objective is to provide solution-oriented legal advice and services to the Executive Director, Global Fund Divisions/Departments, the Board and the Office of the Inspector General to fully support the mission of the organization. The Interim General Counsel and Legal Department staff will achieve this by placing a strong emphasis on relationship management and partnership with all stakeholders and ensuring the services provided are collaborative, independent, legally correct, solution-orientated, authoritative and timely.

The staff of the Legal Department must adhere to the highest standards of professional ethics and integrity. As Interim General Counsel, the incumbent ensures that the Legal Department meets this standard, cooperating with stakeholders and colleagues to ensure compliance of proposed activities with applicable national and international laws, Board mandates, and contractual obligations, promoting effective legal risk management, assisting in ensuring that the Global Fund’s rights and assets are properly protected and cooperating with other Global Fund Divisions and Departments to facilitate innovative and appropriate approaches and solutions.


Reporting to the Executive Director (ED) the incumbent will closely collaborate with his/her peers and provide technical expertise, leadership and management as follows:

  • Provide the ED and Management with strategic advice and recommendations on the management of legal risks arising in the Global Fund’s operations and in potential new initiatives, the legal status and privileges and immunities of the organization and its staff, and other legal matters.
  • Advise the Board, Board Committees and other bodies of the Global Fund on legal matters as necessary; review and revise proposed decisions of the Board; review and advise in relation to Board and Board Committee papers and reports.
  • Build strong, collaborative and effective relationships primarily with peers, but also with other key internal and external stakeholders and leverage this to navigate workplace conflicts.
  • Manage legal risks as well as oversee legal advice and counsel for grant management operations.
  • Assist internal stakeholders in ensuring compliance of proposed activities with applicable national and international laws, Board mandates and contractual obligations.
  • Advise on the application and interpretation of the Bylaws, Board Operating Procedures, and other instruments of the Global Fund and on the application and interpretation of the decisions of the Board of the Global Fund.
  • Advise and assist in the negotiation and drafting of agreements, contracts and memoranda of understanding to be entered into by the Global Fund.
  • Advise senior and executive management on complex and sensitive issues relating to the activities of the organization;
  • Advise on administrative and financial rules and procedures, and on legal correspondence.
  • Advise on legal aspects of employment and human resources policies and regulations, including the application and amendment of the Employee Handbook, Regulations and Policies and on disputes related thereto, and where appropriate, represent the Global Fund in mediations and disputes involving Secretariat employees.
  • Advise on and lead prosecution or defence of claims by or against the Global Fund, including arranging representation before tribunals and other bodies.
  • Represent the Global Fund before regulatory authorities, where applicable.
  • Provide legal advice to the Global Fund Ethics Officer as appropriate.
  • Represent the Global Fund in international meetings and liaise with representatives of member states, international organizations and other entities on legal matters.
  • Advise on the development and adherence to internal operational and decision-making processes, including relevant documentation.
  • Advise on the development and adherence to internal operational and decision-making processes, including relevant documentation.
  • Advise on procurement arrangements, advising on compliance with applicable law and internal policies/regulations, and identifying and addressing legal risks.

In providing leadership of the Legal Department the incumbent will:

  • Lead the communication of Global Fund Mission, Vision and Values, connecting them with department priorities to make them personal and inspiring to others.
  • Drive the department objectives, strategy and planning processes;
  • Create a strategic vision and the right culture and environment to inspire others to succeed by drawing the best out of staff and empowering them.
  • Provide technical leadership to staff, ensuring the attainment of expected outcomes.
  • Manage the budgetary resources based on agreed needs and priorities.
  • Oversee, co-ordinate and monitor the work of the department to ensure cost effectiveness and performance against results.
  • Behave constructively during difficult times, addressing employee concerns supportively, and encouraging constructive discussion.
  • Have an inclusive approach and invite input, share ownership where possible and motivate staff by making them feel valued for their contribution and drive staff skills development.

As a member of the Executive Management Committee (MEC) the Interim General Counsel is expected to:

  • Role-model the values of the organization and take an active role in strengthening the organizational culture.
  • Actively participate in rapid and effective decision-making in a collaborative manner.
  • Demonstrate thought-leadership by determining and skilfully convincing others to take a course of action at department and organizational level.
  • Ensure organizational coherence, coordination, cooperation and effective communication by working with MEC colleagues to agree, articulate and communicate the performance goals and strategic direction of the organization.
  • Effectively handle risk, uncertainty, ambiguity and change, whilst continuing to lead with confidence and resilience.
  • Think globally and broadly and have wide interest in how the Global Fund works.

Subject to change by the Executive Director at any time at his or her sole discretion.



  • Advanced university degree in Law.
  • Admission to the bar or other lawyer association in at least one jurisdiction.



  • Relevant experience in an international financing institution and experience in international law.
  • Broad experience at General Counsel level, including governance, transactions, human resources, contracting, litigation, real estate, ethics, finance, investigations/audit, strategy development and public international law experience required.
  • Sound knowledge of international public law, as well as the general principles of finance, administrative and commercial law, and of legal structures, texts and principles.
  • Experience in managing the delivery of complex legal services;
  • Experience of managing staff from diverse backgrounds.
  • Has a successful track record in negotiation and influencing within complex and challenging environments.


  • At least 15 – 20 years of relevant experience.
  • Knowledge and experience with multilateral, intergovernmental, public-private, non-governmental or private institutions.
  • Knowledge of legal policies/practices of non-government and private institutions.
  • Working and managing in multi-stakeholder organizations or environments, with in-house experience, as well as private law firm practice.
  • Knowledge or experience at management level in health or international development.
  • Knowledge of the 3 pandemics: AIDS/HIV, TB and Malaria.



An excellent knowledge of English and preferably a good working knowledge of one of the following: Arabic, Chinese, Russian, and Spanish. Knowledge of French would be highly advantageous.

Technical Competencies:

  • Leadership and management capabilities leading diverse teams in relevant areas.
  • Strong ability to work effectively at all levels of complexity.
  • Advocacy with ability to bring credibility, leadership to the Global Fund at the highest levels.
  • Sound judgement with ability to provide high-quality legal advice and identify alternatives or options in planning and decision making.
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills including negotiation skills.
  • Tact, diplomacy and discretion in dealing with sensitive issues.
  • Excellent communication skills in legal writing and presentation of legal matters.

Leadership Competencies:

Connecting our Vision with Results

  • Managing Vision and Purpose
  • Strategic Agility
  • Dealing with Ambiguity
  • Perspective

Partnerships and People

  • Motivating Others
  • Drive for Results
  • Priority Setting

Building Empowerment and Accountability

  • Timely Decision Making
  • Integrity and Trust
  • Interpersonal Diplomacy

Core Competencies:

  • Personal Effectiveness
  • Working with Others
  • Core Expertise
  • People Leadership
  • Global Fund Mind-set
  • Project Management

Mandatory cover letter

Please ensure your application is supported by a one-page cover letter. In your letter please explain clearly the skills, experiences and characteristics that make you especially suited to the advertised role.

Beware of scams implying association with The Global Fund. The Global Fund never asks for money for recruitment purposes. The Global Fund never charges registration fees for conferences or meetings. If you are unsure of the authenticity of an e-mail or other communication please contact us.


About the Global Fund

The Global Fund is a 21st-century organization designed to accelerate the end of AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria as epidemics.

Founded in 2002, the Global Fund is a partnership between governments, civil society, the private sector and people affected by the diseases. The Global Fund raises and invests nearly US$4 billion a year to support programs run by local experts in countries and communities most in need.

We operate with three core principles: partnership, country ownership and performance-based funding. All partners need to take part in decision-making. People actually implementing grants know the best way to fight disease in their country, and come up with the most effective solutions. Funding should be provided where it can achieve the best results. By challenging barriers and embracing innovative approaches, we strive for maximum impact.

Working together, we have saved millions of lives and provided prevention, treatment and care services to hundreds of millions of people, helping to revitalize entire communities, strengthen local health systems and improve economies.

Global Fund staff, all based in Geneva, Switzerland, come from all professional backgrounds and from more than 100 different countries, united in their dedication to the defeat of these epidemics.

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