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    Apply: World Bank Counsel

    Deadline: 19 April, 2023

    Location: Accra, Ghana

    The World Bank has announced a call for applications for the role of Counsel.

    The World Bank is an international financial institution that provides loans and grants to the governments of low- and middle-income countries for the purpose of pursuing capital projects.


    • Cover a broad portfolio within a functional area, providing advice to management and clients on legal and policy issues in one or more areas of concentration
    • Ensure the successful delivery of legal work on projects and programmes and other transactions within client assignments
    • Handle issues within an area of concentration to enable clients to create solutions
    • Provide legal support to ongoing projects and programmes, including reviewing project and programme documents for adherence to World Bank’s legal policies and procedures, and business objectives
    • Support operational teams and clients on public-private partnership projects via a sound understanding of the economic and social drivers and impacts of public-private partnerships
    • Conduct comparative legal analyses on a range of issues in a given area
    • Engage in policy discussions and negotiations with officials, internally and externally, developing relationships with members of the legal profession and lawyers working in development partner agencies
    • Protect and promote World Bank’s interests
    • Write and review policy papers, undertaking legal research on topics in the area of concentration and contributing to dissemination of policy and best practices in a given field
    • Prepare legal briefs on diverse topics, as required
    • Participate in task/project teams and operational missions
    • Perform ad hoc assignments as requested by the Chief Counsel or designated lead/senior counsel


    • In-depth knowledge of and experience in Ghanian law and legal system in one or more of the following substantive areas: Constitutional Law, Public/Private Partnerships, Legal and Judicial Reform, Project Finance, Project Development, Corporate Law, Banking Law, Financial Law, General Business Law or other transactional work within and/or outside of Ghana
    • Excellent legal research, writing, drafting, analytical and communications skills
    • Excellent interpersonal skills
    • Experience in international, commercial or contract law, transactional legal work and/or preparation and negotiation of legal agreements
    • Excellent legal drafting skills
    • Familiarity with the use of varied legal research sources (including electronic sources on the internet) and other databases
    • Proven ability to operate effectively as a member of one or more teams
    • Proven ability to identify and help manage legal risk, through sound judgment, determining and escalating risk appropriately, providing risk-based advice, and guide more junior staff on the same
    • Proven ability to deal sensitively in multicultural and multi-ethnic environments and build effective working relationships with clients and colleagues
    • Ability to supervise and work with local counsel in a collaborative and collegial way
    • Ability to work under time pressure and to juggle multiple tasks within tight deadlines

    To apply and for more information, click here.

    Photo source: World Bank

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