Reference : ADB / 21 / 016
Location : Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire
Grade : PL4
Position N : 50000649
The President plans, supervises and manages the business of the Bank Group. Under the direction of the Boards of Directors, the President conducts the business of the Bank and the African Development Fund and manages operations and activities in accordance with the Agreements establishing the African Development Bank and the African Development Fund.
Communication and External Relations Department; Staff Integrity and Ethics Office (PETH) and Office of the Secretary General & General Secretariat.
The Hiring Department / Division
The role of the General Counsel and Legal Services Department (PGCL) is to provide legal support, legal advice and services to the Boards of the Bank Group, to the President, Vice Presidents, as well as the operational, financial and administrative Departments of the Bank.
The role of the PGCL is also to protect the interest of the Bank from legal liability and, as necessary, to provide legal defence in cases filed against or brought by the Bank.
The Finance Division's main activities are to provide legal and advisory services in the mobilization, investment and management of the financial resources of the Bank.
The Principal Legal Counsel Finance Division ensures the correct interpretation of, and compliance with the various policies, rules and regulations of the Bank in the mobilization, investment and management of the financial resources of the Bank.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the supervision and guidance of the Division Manager PGCL 3, the Principal Legal Counsel Finance Division will :
Ensure that the mobilization, investment and management of the Bank’s financial resources comply with applicable Bank rules and policies.
Support and advise the Bank’s Treasury in the negotiation and drafting of documentation to effect Bank borrowings in the international capital and money markets, and draft or review all legal documents required for the implementation of the Bank s borrowing strategy and capital markets transactions.
Prepare and review legal documentation for the Bank’s derivatives and other risk management transactions, negotiate relevant master agreements and draft and review individual transaction documents.
Advise on the legal aspects of cash management, bank account agreements, anti-money laundering (know your customer) initiatives, and contracts for the custody or investment of the Bank’s financial resources.
Draft and review legal documents concerning membership and subscription to the Bank’s capital, contributions to the African Development Fund and the creation of trust funds and special funds.
Provide legal advice on the Bank Agreement, the General Authority on Asset and Liability Management, financial regulations, policies and rules and participate in the work of the Bank’s Asset and Liability Management Committee and its working groups.
draft legal documents relating to accession and participation in the Bank and the Fund; interpret and apply the Financial Regulations of the Bank.
Prepare and review all necessary documentation for the Bank’s borrowings in the international capital and money markets.
Review, update and recommend for approval standard documentation, in accordance with market and industry practice, for use in derivative transactions.
Advise on contracts for the investment of liquid assets of the Bank and the African Development Fund.
Review, revise and recommend for approval global clearing, custody, execution and repurchase agreements to facilitate the Bank’s investment and risk management transactions.
Propose and design appropriate amendments to the Bank Agreement and other governing instruments, such as the Financial Regulations.
Support and advice the Bank Group Chief Risk Officer and Asset-Liability Management Committee on the legal aspects of balance sheet optimization activities.
Provide legal advice and assistance through the Division Manager to the Bank and its operating organs on all matters of finance, investments and reporting obligations to internal and external authorities.
Assist the Division Manager in the selection of external counsel to represent the interests of the Bank.
Provide legal advice on matters relating to investments and financial transactions of the Staff Retirement Plan.
or a Juris Doctor (JD) and admission to the Bar of one of the African Development Bank member countries.
A minimum of six (6) years of relevant experience in similar jobs, preferably with a reputable international law firm, a legal department of a private or public entity, or an international financial institution with proven technical competence and experiences in international finance and banking practice.
High level skills in communication and negotiation as well as the ability to build partnerships with a broad range of clients and deliver results that meet the needs of the Legal Service Department’s work program.
Having private sector experience will be an added advantage.
Seasoned knowledge in the current trend of development and familiarity with international law, and related matters within the Bank and other international organizations.
Strong skills in preparation of complex legal documents including briefs and confidential legal opinions, preparing certificates, leading the negotiation of complex projects and programs and other transactions of a similar nature.
Capacity to conceive and supervise the negotiation of complex legal documents of all manners and form that balances the standards and norms of outside parties with the unique requirements of the Bank.
Experience in applying legal knowledge to deliver full scope of strategic Legal services.
Effective consulting and advisory skills that enable clients and help resolve their legal questions.
Ability to work and deal with sensitive issues in a multi-cultural environment and to build effective working relations with colleagues.
Ability to communicate effectively (written and oral) in English and / or French, preferably with a working knowledge of the other.