Legal Counsel – Public Sector Operations – Policy and Governance

Published date: 11/09/2017
  • Location: International, International

Position title: Legal Counsel – Public Sector Operations – Policy and Governance
Grade: PL 6
Position N°: 50076310
Reference: ADB/17/474
Publication date: 07/11/2017
Closing date: 21/11/2017
Country: Côte d’Ivoire




Established in 1964, the African Development Bank (AfDB) is the premier pan-African development institution, promoting economic growth and social progress across the continent. There are 80 member states, including 54 in Africa (Regional Member Countries). The Bank’s development agenda is delivering the financial and technical support for transformative projects that will significantly reduce poverty through inclusive and sustainable economic growth. In order to focus the objectives of the Ten Year Strategy (2013 – 2022) and ensure greater developmental impact, five major areas (High 5s), all of which will accelerate our delivery for Africa, have been identified for scaling up, namely; energy, agro-business, industrialization, integration and improving the quality of life for the people of Africa.


Under the direction of the Boards of Directors, the President conducts the business of the Bank and manages operations and activities in accordance with the Bank’s constitutive documents. The President supervises several Departments and Units including Office of the President (PRST0); Independent Development Evaluation Department (BDEV); Integrity and Anti-Corruption Department (PIAC); Compliance Review and Mediation Unit (BCRM); Secretariat to the Sanctions Appeals Board (BSAB); Administrative Tribunal (BATR); Office of the Auditor General (PAGL); Group Risk Management Directorate (PGRM); General Counsel and Legal Services Department (PGCL); Communication and External Relations Department (PCER); Staff Integrity and Ethics Office (PETH) and Office of the Secretary General & General Secretariat(PSEG).


The role of the General Counsel and Legal Services Department (PGCL) is to deliver legal advice and services to the statutory organs of the Bank Group and to protect the interest of the Bank from liability and represent the Bank in Litigation. The principal objective of the Public Sector Operations, Policy and Governance Division (PGCL.1) is to provide legal support in connection with public sector transactions and project implementation for loans and grants of the Bank and the Fund and other special vehicles such as special funds and trust funds. In addition, the Division provides legal assistance on operations policies and governance, environmental and procurement related matters as well as all aspects of the business of the Bank Group.


The Legal Counsel - Public Sector Operations, Policy and Governance will ensure compliance with the various policies and regulations of the Bank related to public sector operations.

Duties and responsibilities

Under the supervision and guidance of the Division Manager PGCL 1, the Legal Counsel - Public Sector Operations, Policy and Governance will:

1. Review proposals and supporting documents for grants to be provided by Trust Funds and Special Funds managed by the Bank to ensure adherence to the relevant constitutive documents, guidelines and applicable Bank policies and attend technical review committee meetings;

2. Draft agreements for grants provided from trust fund resources and oversee the execution of such agreements;

3. Prepare MOUs and letters of intent for special initiatives or programmes for public sector operations;

4. Draft and Negotiate financing agreements including loan agreements, grant agreements, guarantee agreements and co-financing agreements with other lenders;

5. Draft legal opinions for the fulfillment of entry into force/effectiveness conditions and disbursement conditions for loans and grants of the Bank Group and trust funds including the review of documents submitted in fulfilment of the conditions;

6. Draft Board resolutions pertaining to public sector projects and programs as appropriate;

7. Ensure compliance of all operational activities with applicable Bank policies, rules and regulations.

8. Provide legal advice and assist in the design of projects and programs from inception to completion in compliance with the Bank’s policies and regulations including the project structure and implementation arrangements, financing instrument(s), terms and conditions of financing, and compliance with the relevant policies and regulations of the Bank;

9. Advice on the promulgation of operational policies and regulations of the Bank related to public sector operations.

10. Provide legal advice on operations-related implementation activities of bilateral and multilateral cooperation arrangements related to public sector operations; and

11. Undertake such other assignments as required by the Division Manager, PGCL.1 or the General Counsel in furtherance of the Department's mandate.

Selection Criteria

Including desirable skills, knowledge and experience

1. Holds a Master’s degree in Law, and admission to the Bar of one of the Bank member countries; OR a Juris Doctor (JD) and admission to the Bar of one of the Bank member countries.

2. A minimum of four (4) years of relevant experience in a law firm, a financial institution or a multilateral organisation.

3. Good skills in preparation of basic legal documents including briefs and legal opinions and conducting negotiations.

4. Good communication skills as well as the ability to build partnerships with a broad range of clients and deliver results.

5. Great inter-personal skills and team spirit,

6. Good analytical and writing skills.

7. Ability to communicate effectively (written and oral) in English and/or French, preferably with a working knowledge of the other.

8. Competence in the use of standard Microsoft Office Suite applications.


Should you encounter technical difficulties in submitting your application, please send an email with a precise description of the issue and/or a screenshot showing the problem to: HR Direct HRDirect@AFDB.ORG


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To apply for this position, you need to be national of one of AfDB member countries.


Applicants who fully meet the Bank's requirements and are considered for interview will be contacted. Only online applications submitted with a comprehensive Curriculum Vitae (CV) and copies of the required degrees will be considered. The President, AfDB, reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level. The African Development Bank is an equal opportunities employer. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

The African Development Bank Group (AfDB) does not ask for payments of any kind from applicants throughout the recruitment process (job application, CV review, interview meeting, and final processing of applications). In addition, the Bank does not request information on applicants’ bank accounts. The African Development Bank Group declines all responsibility for the fraudulent publications of job offers in its name or, in general, for the fraudulent use of its name in any way whatsoever.

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