Job Description

This is a short term assignment up to 23 months in duration The Legal Transition Team is in charge of the Bank’s Legal Transition Programme (LTP). The LTP is the EBRD’s initiative to contribute to the improvement of the investment climate in the Bank’s countries of operations by helping create an investor-friendly, transparent and predictable legal environment. As part of EBRD’s approach to policy engagement, the LTP helps to establish laws, regulations and institutions that support the development of a predictable investment climate in our region of operation. Purpose of Job The Officer is responsible for providing secretarial and administrative support in the Office of the General Counsel (OGC). Background The Officer performs the full spectrum of secretarial and administrative support associated with an in-house legal function, including correspondence and legal document preparation, diary management and administrative support. The role may involve supporting other staff in the department, as well as liaising with OGC staff in resident offices. Accountabilities and Responsibilities
  • Producing and completing legal documentation and forms (such as execution versions of contracts, signing announcements and confirmations, corporate authorisations, including certificates, shareholder proxies and powers of attorney, and first drafts of standard agreements (e.g. indemnity agreements).

  • Filing and archiving of legal documentation in various hard copy and electronic systems using Livelink and Prescient.

  • Liaising with internal and external clients on legal matters such as legal due diligence and execution modalities.

  • Processing outside counsel and consultancy engagements in accordance with all relevant procedures and approval processes, preparing engagement/consultancy contracts and arranging invoicing.

  • Updating legal Knowledge Management databases to ensure correct templates and data is used for management reports.

  • Managing correspondence as required.

  • Assisting with internal reporting.

  • Arranging travel, itineraries, visas and process travel expenses in compliance with Bank’s policies and procedures.

  • Provide support during absences of other OTE staff.

  • Arranging internal events, meetings and conference calls and receiving visitors.

  • Assisting with the arrangement of external events.

  • Preparing and organising documents for Management Committee meetings and Board meetings.

  • Preparing and amending power point presentations (external and internal and ensuring appropriate EBRD templates are used).

  • Performing any other administrative tasks as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, Experience & Qualifications Academic Qualifications
  • A recognised legal secretarial qualification such as the Legal Secretaries Diploma provided by the Institute of Legal Secretaries and PAs is useful but is not essential.

  • Fluent English, with excellent written and Oral Communication skills.

  • Knowledge of another language (e.g. Russian, German, French, Turkish or Arabic) both written and spoken would be useful

  • Significant secretarial and administrative experience, preferably working as a legal secretary in a Law firm or in-house legal department.

  • Familiarity with legal terms, jargon and the practise of law (in-house or law firm) is advantageous.

  • Good organisational skills, proactive and flexible attitude to work essential.

  • Ability to use initiative to undertake tasks and projects without guidance.

  • Good communications skills, including pleasant and efficient telephone manner.

  • Attention to detail and eye for accuracy.

  • Ability to cope well under pressure, build effective working relationships with clients and colleagues in a multicultural environment.

  • Conscientious, reliable and flexible with a professional and helpful attitude.

  • Strong team player, with the ability to work efficiently and to handle simultaneous assignments involving a wide range of bank-wide contacts.

  • Ability to multi-task while remaining calm and professional and a capacity for hard work.

  • Excellent interpersonal manner, including tact and diplomacy.

  • Ability to exercise judgment on and deal discretely with confidential/sensitive information and data.

  • Confidence to put self forward for various projects and responsibilities and quickly understand what is required of the task in hand.

Technical Skills
  • Computer literate: Microsoft Office 2016 (Windows, Word, Excel, PowerPoint - intermediate to advance, Outlook).

  • Knowledge of SAP, document automation software.

Diversity is one of the Bank’s core values which are at the heart of everything it does. A diverse workforce with the right knowledge and skills enables connection with our clients, brings pioneering ideas, energy and innovation. The EBRD staff is characterised by its rich diversity of nationalities, cultures and opinions and we aim to sustain and build on this strength. As such, the EBRD seeks to ensure that everyone is treated with respect and given equal opportunities and works in an inclusive environment. The EBRD encourages all qualified candidates who are nationals of the EBRD member countries to apply regardless of their racial, ethnic, religious and cultural background, gender, sexual orientation or disabilities. As an inclusive employer, we promote flexible working.
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