Legal Assistant

The World Bank, South Africa

Skill Required:, Finance and Accounts
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
17th May, 2019

Job Description

IFC—a sister organization of the World Bank and member of the World Bank Group—is the largest global development institution focused on the private sector in emerging markets. We work with more than 2,000 businesses worldwide, using our capital, expertise, and influence to create markets and opportunities in the toughest areas of the world. In fiscal year 2018, we delivered more than $23 billion in long-term financing for developing countries, leveraging the power of the private sector to end extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity. 

To support IFC’s activities in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), the IFC Legal Department (CLED) is recruiting a legal assistant/analyst to be based in either Dakar, Senegal/Nairobi, Kenya/Johannesburg, South Africa. This position is for legal support to IFC’s Investment Services (IS) and Advisory Services (AS) in SSA under appropriate supervision by IFC in-house counsel.

Duties and Accountabilities:

  • Prepare supporting documentation for internal and external matters, i.e. powers of attorney, proxies, signature designations, counsel retainer letters and Article III notices (notifying governments of an IFC investment);
  • Assist IFC in-house counsel prepare and review legal documentation and prepare routine amendments, consents and waivers;
  • Liaise with IFC external counsel, where required;
  • Attend to the signing of transaction documents and completion of conditions to disbursement;
  • Attend to filing of all transaction documents in accordance with IFC guidelines and practices;
  • Perform other routine loan or portfolio administration;
  • Handle and review AS documents under appropriate supervision of IFC in-house counsel and follow up on the completion of any such agreements with IFC AS staff;
  • Assist IFC in-house counsel with general AS tasks;
  • Identify and analyze legal and policy issues associated with investment or advisory projects;
  • Contribute to and support CLED’s Knowledge Management objectives.

Selection Criteria

  • Relevant university degree; or at least 5 years of relevant experience in a law firm or financial institution;
  • Excellent organizational, administrative and time management skills with the ability to handle a diverse range of issues within tight deadlines;
  • Ability to provide effective support to the IFC legal team by performing multiple, concurrent and progressively more difficult assignments;
  • Ability to prioritize and manage tasks effectively;
  • Willingness to assume multiple roles and tasks to meet business needs;
  • Ability to work independently and take initiative in a fast-paced environment;
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work as a team member in a multi-cultural environment;
  • Strong oral and written communication skills in English and, preferably, also French;
  • Excellent analytical and research skills;
  • Word processing experience and proficient computer skills, particularly in using information databases, internet/intranet services and library sources.


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