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Legal Assistant for Industries and Upstream - Legal
International Finance Corporation (IFC)
Administration/Office Support
Closing soon: 2 Dec 2022
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IFC—a member of the World Bank Group—is the largest global development institution focused on the private sector in emerging markets. We work in more than 100 countries, using our capital, expertise, and influence to create markets and opportunities in developing countries. In fiscal year 2022, IFC committed a record $32.8 billion to private companies and financial institutions in developing countries, leveraging the power of the private sector to end extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity as economies grapple with the impacts of global compounding crises. For more information, visit

The Legal Department of IFC (CLED), under the Vice President and General Counsel, Legal and Compliance Risk, is responsible for providing legal and policy advice to the IFC Board, its Management and client departments on operational, advisory and corporate matters. Specifically, CLED supports client departments in (i) the delivery of IFC’s annual program of financing private sector projects in emerging markets, advisory services, as well as early stage engagements and pre-investment project development work to identify opportunities for private sector investments and creating markets (“Upstream”); (ii) project portfolio management (including jeopardy projects and projects in litigation); (iii) the delivery and design of structured finance products, subnational lending, equity and quasi-equity and public-private partnerships, and investments in funds, as well as platform products; (iv) advising on corporate policy and operational matters; and (v) knowledge management and training. To support IFC’s growing activities in Industries, CLED is recruiting a qualified Legal Assistant, to be based in Washington DC. The Legal Assistant will report to a Global Lead Counsel in the Legal Department’s Industries Practice. 

Duties and Responsibilities: 
•  Provide support to CLED lawyers and assist with routine portfolio work (e.g., waivers, consents, amendments and less complex reschedulings) and Upstream agreements for Advisory Services and investment in early-stage, joint development projects (“Upstream Investment”). 
•  Work on pre-investment documents, including mandate letters, Non-Disclosure Agreements and, in Upstream, term sheets and documentation of arrangements for the preliminary exchange of information and evaluation of early-stage joint development project opportunities, with limited supervision.
•  Support ongoing evolution of Upstream Advisory and Upstream Investment legal documentation specimens and development of project development knowledge management materials and training programs. 
•  Interact and communicate with colleagues in Washington and the regions, including providing advice and support to colleagues and sharing knowledge and experience gained in global projects across regions. 

Selection Criteria

•  A bachelor’s degree (or equivalent). 
•  At least 2-4 years of relevant experience following receipt of relevant degree, such as working on transactions in a law firm, international financial institution, corporation and/or development institution, with demonstrated work experience in emerging markets project development, project finance, corporate loans and/or equity investments; legal training and law firm experience at an international law firm are strongly preferred.
•  Familiarity with early-stage project development/sponsor side work, project documents and related activities preferred. 
•  Demonstrated ability to assume multiple roles and tasks to meet changing business needs with an ability to foresee, troubleshoot, escalate, and effectively resolve conflicting issues and challenges. 
•  Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to deal sensitively in a multicultural environment, to build and maintain effective working relations with clients and colleagues across IFC, and to work effectively in teams.
•  Ability to work in a fast-paced environment with quick turnaround expectations. 
•  Professional integrity and sound judgment in handling confidential information. 
•  Excellent communications skills and the capacity to present both written and oral ideas clearly, concisely, and persuasively. 
•  Demonstrated commitment to core values, including excellence, mutual respect, collegiality, teamwork, diversity and inclusiveness, integrity, innovation, transparency, and accountability.

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The World Bank Group offers comprehensive benefits, including a retirement plan; medical, life and disability insurance; and paid leave, including parental leave, as well as reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities.

We are proud to be an equal opportunity and inclusive employer with a dedicated and committed workforce, and do not discriminate based on gender, gender identity, religion, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or disability.

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