Legal Counsel

at Organisation of Educational Cooperation
Published November 13, 2022
Location Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Category Legal  
Job Type Full Time  



Under the authority and direct supervision of the Secretary-General, the Legal Counsel is responsible for the overall management, supervision, and administration of the Department of Legal Affairs, and the provision of the appropriate legal support to the Secretariat and other organs of the Organisation to ensure compliance with international and other relevant laws, as well as the drafting and/or review of international, standard-setting instruments, conventions, and agreements. This position provides the unique opportunity of joining the senior management team of a new international organisation, contributing to its lasting construction and influencing its future trajectory.


Advise and support the Secretary-General on legal matters and mitigation strategies, as requested;
Oversee and manage the Department’s staff and effective coordination amongst its sections;
Ensure the Department’s responsibilities are discharged in a timely fashion, in close coordination with other Departments;
Prepare reports for the Secretary-General and for presentation to the General Assembly and Council of Member States;
Develop appropriate dispute prevention and resolution mechanisms and procedures;
Provide legal advice to other Departments or Bureaus;
Prepare legal opinions, interpretation, and/or advice on documents submitted to the Department ;
Advise OEC organs, summits, and/or conferences on legal and governance issues ;
Advise on matters related to credentials of representatives to the OEC, its organs, or conferences;
Advise the Common Leveraging Union of Borrowers (CLUB) on general legal matters, potential liabilities, and mitigation strategies;
Advise on international standard-setting instruments, conventions, and treaties;
On delegation by the Secretary-General, ensure that the depository functions are diligently exercised;
Perform other duties as requested by the Secretary-General.

Demonstrated professional competence and expertise;
Excellent interpersonal, diplomatic and cross-cultural communication skills with a proven track record;
Strong oral and written communication skills;
Strong methodical and strategic thinking skills;
Proven negotiation skills;
Ability to multitask and meet tight deadlines, with great attention to detail;


Master's degree (or higher) in International Law or other related fields


At least 12 years of work experience in practicing and/or advising on international law;

At least 3 years of work experience in or providing advice to international and/or regional organisations;

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