Legal Officer / Grade Level D

  • Added Date: Monday, 20 March 2017
  • Deadline Date: Monday, 10 April 2017

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Closing Date:
10 April 2017

Contract Type:

Reporting to:
Manager, Legal Grant Management Team

Work Division or Department:
Legal & Compliance Department

Benefits and Allowances:
Learn more on benefits and allowances.

Role summary


  • Under the supervision of the Manager, Legal Grant Management Team, the Legal Officer provides legal advice and counsel to assigned country teams and/or relevant internal departments on matters relating to the management of Global Fund grant portfolios. Such matters include, but are not limited to: negotiation of grant agreements or other agreements related to Global Fund program implementation, legal risk identification and mitigation, issues of public international law, dispute resolution, internal policy development, internal governance matters, and ensuring the consistent application of, and compliance with, relevant legal and policy approaches of the Global Fund.

Non-country-team related:

  • The Legal Officer will also advise on other assigned non-country-team specific matters (e.g., Board or Secretariat committee work, other institutional or governance matters).



To provide legal advice and counsel to assigned country teams in connection with:

  • Submission and review of funding requests, and grant negotiation and design;
  • Negotiating and drafting grant agreements and related legal documents;
  • Management of grant portfolios (including, but not limited to, interpretation and enforcement of grant agreements, procurement matters, program implementation, privileges and immunities, dispute resolution, recoveries, facilitating the assurance work of the Office of the Inspector General, and ensuring consistency and compliance with Global Fund policies and procedures); and
  • Risk identification and mitigation.

Non-country-team related:

Depending on the Legal Officer’s experience and skill-set:

  • To provide legal advice and counsel on the development of Global Fund policies, procedures and guidance relating to grant management;
  • To provide advice and legal support to governance bodies, including the Board and its committees, and Secretariat committees; and
  • To provide advice and legal support to other departments/teams (e.g., Finance, Risk, Access to Funding, Sourcing, Strategy and Policy, Operational Policy).

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



  • Law degree.


  • Post-graduate degree in banking/financial law and/or international law.
  • Bar membership.



  • At least 7 years of relevant professional legal experience.
  • Legal experience with international organizations, particularly in the areas of governance and policy development.
  • Practical work experience in both civil law and common law jurisdictions.
  • Cross-border transactional experience in commercial, (international) banking, project finance, and corporate law, including governance, institutional and administrative policies, dispute resolution.
  • Understanding of international financial law and/or public international law.



An excellent knowledge of English and preferably a good working knowledge of French or one of the following: Arabic, Russian, and Spanish. Knowledge of other languages would be an asset.

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.

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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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