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Assistant General Counsel / 240258
Asian Development Bank (ADB)
Office of the General Counsel
IS 7 Full-time
Job Expired 20 Apr 2024
Posted 1 month ago
Job Description

Assistant General Counsel

Job Vacancy | Friday, April 5, 2024

Reference Number 240258
Position Level IS 7
Department Office of the General Counsel
Division Office of the General Counsel
Location Asian Development Bank Headquarters
Date Posted Friday, April 5, 2024
Closing Date Saturday, April 20, 2024 11:59 p.m. (2359 Manila Time, 0800 GMT)

Join Our Mission to Foster Prosperity in Asia

Are you ready to make a lasting impact on the future of Asia and be a catalyst for positive change? We are thrilled to offer a unique opportunity to become an important part of the prestigious Asian Development Bank (ADB). At ADB, our mission is simple yet powerful: to alleviate poverty and promote sustainable development in the Asia-Pacific region.

Organizational Setting and Reporting Relationship

This position is assigned within the Office of the General Counsel (OGC), ADB’s legal department. OGC advises the Board of Governors, the Board of Directors, the President and all operations and administrative departments of ADB on legal matters, including ADB policies, procedures and legal risks. OGC is managed by the General Counsel, a Deputy General Counsel and several Assistant General Counsels (AGC), including two AGCs that manage the teams of lawyers that support ADB’s Private Sector Operations Department (PSOD).

ADB's PSOD catalyzes, structures, and funds investments in privately held and state-sponsored companies across a wide range of industry sectors throughout developing Asia. The emphasis is on commercially viable transactions that generate financial returns while also delivering on ADB's strategic agenda to promote environmentally sustainable and inclusive economic growth. PSOD undertakes lending and equity investment projects across a range of industry sectors.

The position title on appointment is “Assistant General Counsel”.

Your Role

As an Assistant General Counsel, you will take a lead role in (1) the planning, implementation, and supervision of OGC’s vision, goals, strategies and work plan, (2) oversight of the provision of legal support services by a team of lawyers in the preparation, negotiation, processing, and administration of sovereign loan and grant projects, including cofinancing and guarantees, and ensure the quality of work being supervised, (3) identifying and managing related legal risks, (4) contributing to the development of strategies and frameworks for law and policy reform in ADB’s developing member countries (DMCs), and (5) working directly with client departments and provide guidance on day-to-day operational issues and compliance with ADB policies. The Assistant General Counsel will report to the General Counsel and will supervise several International, National, and Administrative Staff.

You will:

Leadership and Strategic Management

  • Provide leadership in planning, implementing, and supervising work plans, as well as monitor the quality of output and the achievement of long term goals and OGC’s annual objectives.
  • Provide leadership in professional and operational matters, taking the lead in contributing new or innovative approaches to policy and operational issues.

Division Operations Management

  • Oversee effective day-to-day operations and provide guidance on operational issues and ADB policies.
  • Inform and provide recommendations to the General Counsel and Deputy General Counsel on significant developments, emerging opportunities, and challenges in area of sovereign operations.
  • Facilitate effective coordination and cooperation with other ADB departments and internal stakeholders.
  • Undertake the performance management of the team, including coaching and motivating staff.
  • Manage budget and resource allocation for the team, ensuring efficient allocation and utilization of resources, including staffing and training requirements.

Operations Legal Support

  • Provide leadership and supervision in the preparation, negotiation, processing, and administration of sovereign loan and grant projects, including cofinancing and guarantees, particularly those involving more complex, non-routine matters with the possibility of moderate to high risks.

Law and Policy Reform

  • Contribute to the development of strategies and frameworks for legal reform in line with the overall strategy and recognized constraints for the countries and sectors concerned, as well as the mainstreaming of law and policy reforms in ADB operations.

Knowledge Management

  • Lead or contribute to the writing and review of policy papers, legal research, and dissemination of policy and best practices in a given field.
  • Perform a significant role in guiding and mentoring staff, and substantively contribute to the design of professional and operational training or development activities in the field of expertise.
  • Lead in the design and oversee staff training programs, and programs and policies aimed at cultivating talent and staff’s pursuit of career paths.

External and Internal Relations

  • Manage relationships between OGC and its clients to ensure client orientation in the delivery of services while maintaining integrity of ADB operations.
  • Contribute to meetings with Management and Senior Staff in areas under the Assistant General Counsel’s supervision and participate in committees and task forces.

Staff Supervision

  • Create and lead multidisciplinary teams and ensure the overall quality of its work.
  • Manage the performance of the team and its members, providing clear direction and regular monitoring and feedback on performance.
  • Provide coaching and mentoring to the team and its members and ensure their on-going learning and development.
  • Oversee and provide support in the recruitment of OGC positions.


You will need:

  • Juris Doctorate or Master’s degree, or equivalent, and admission as a lawyer in one or more of ADB’s member countries. Specialized experience in management, administration and/or finance, preferably in international financial institutions, legal departments, law firms or similar organizations.
  • At least 15 years of relevant professional experience with practical experience in the formulation and implementation of project finance transactions, preparation and negotiation of international financing agreements, and legal analysis of the status and organization of multilateral development and financing institutions. Proven leadership capabilities.
  • Able to work with multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Able to inspire trust and confidence and to promote a strong culture of honesty, trust and openness.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills required to lead and manage a team of highly skilled professionals and creating/maintaining an environment that encourages responsible information and knowledge sharing.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English is required. Must be able to communicate, present and defend complex legal arguments and issues with a high degree of competence.
  • International experience working in several countries.
  • An understanding of the operational policies and programs of ADB or similar multilateral development bank (MDB) with hands-on knowledge of or exposure to ADB’s or other MDB operations is desirable.

Please refer to the link for ADB Competency Framework for International Staff Level 7.

Additional Information

This is a fixed term appointment or assignment for senior staff, for a period of three (3) years. This opening is open to internal and external applicants.

If you are selected as an external candidate, the appointment may be extended for a period of up to 3 years per extension, or not renewed. In case of extension, staff may continue in the position for another term of up to 3 years.

At the end of the initial period, ADB, as its discretion may: (a) renew a fixed term appointment or assignment, (b) not renew a fixed term appointment.

Fixed-term appointments or assignments for senior staff are subject to terms and conditions determined by ADB as indicated in all relevant policies.

About Us

Asian Development Bank (ADB) is an international development finance institution headquartered in Manila, Philippines and is composed of 68 members, 49 of which are from the Asia and Pacific region. ADB is committed to achieving a prosperous, inclusive, resilient, and sustainable Asia and the Pacific, while sustaining its efforts to eradicate extreme poverty. ADB combines finance, knowledge, and partnerships to fulfill its expanded vision under its Strategy 2030.

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