Counsel (Institutional and Administrative Law)

Asian Development Bank
  • Location
    Manila, Philippines
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Apr 19

Position description

Provide support to Office of the General Counsel (OGC) in achieving its key result areas by contributing to and supporting the functions of OGC in connection with institutional and administrative matters and other operational and advisory work as required. Work with broad policies and objectives, working directly with clients, with supervision for critical tasks.


a. Legal advice and support

  • Provides legal advice and support on:
    • Personnel policies and issues including staff benefits, staff grievances, disciplinary procedures, appeals to the Appeals Committee and representing ADB in matters before the ADB Administrative Tribunal;
    • Administrative matters and legal issues affecting ADB Headquarters, Resident Missions and Representative Offices in ADB member countries;
    • Privileges and immunities of ADB and its personnel in member countries;
    • Matters concerning ADB’s membership, the Board of Governors, the Board of Directors, Board Committees and ADB’s Annual Meetings;
    • ADB’s Code of Conduct;
    • Reviewing laws and regulations applicable to specified matters;
    • Preparing legal documentation for any of the above matters.

b. Staff Supervision

  • Provides leadership and support to reporting staff;
  • Supervises the performance of reporting staff, providing clear direction and regular monitoring and feedback on performance;
  • Ensures the on-going learning and development of reporting staff.


  • Supervisors: General Counsel and Assistant General Counsel, or to any other senior position that the General Counsel may designate;
  • The following staff positions may be supervised by the incumbent:
    • Administrative Staff;
    • National Staff.


  • Master's degree, or equivalent, in Law, preferably at postgraduate level, and admission as a lawyer in one or more of ADB’s member countries. University degree in Law, combined with specialized experience in similar organization/s, may be considered in lieu of a Master’s degree. Knowledge of public international law is an advantage.


  • At least 8 years of relevant legal experience, with particular emphasis on contentious matters, preferably with a focus on employment and/or administrative law litigation;
  • Able to undertake the responsibilities mentioned above at the required level;
  • Able to work with multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary teams;
  • Able to inspire trust and confidence and to promote a strong culture of honesty, trust and openness;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English. Experience with drafting written pleadings and arguments for consideration by adjudicatory bodies. Must be able to distill, communicate, present and defend complex legal arguments and related issues;
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively manage and flexibly respond to multiple assignments, competing priorities and changing deadlines;
  • International experience working in several countries.

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