Legal Counsel

Green Climate Fund

Incheon, South Korea

Experience: 3 to 5 Years

Skill Required: Media and Communication

The Legal Counsel will be part of the Office of the General Counsel providing legal support to the entire Fund on operational matters, specifically on the drafting, reviewing and negotiating of financing agreements; conducting legal due diligence in connection with funding proposals; and preparing legal advice on the interpretation of statutes, contracts and other legal documents.
Review of funding proposals and legal documents required by the Fund for its operations, and ensure they are coherent with best practice and the legal framework of the Fund as well as negotiating these arrangements/agreements and other legal documents required by the Fund for its operations; 
Conduct and review legal due diligence in connection with the proposed funding structures;
Participate in GCF’s Board meetings and other events and meetings of the GCF. This may include the preparation of relevant documentation, supervision of the work done by  consultants and interns, and making presentations; 
Collaborate with operational teams across the Fund ;
Perform additional tasks as assigned by the  Associate General Counsel and the General Counsel, as relevant.
  • Provide legal support to other divisions on matters relating to the operations of the Fund; 
  • Keep abreast of developments in all relevant legal fields and particularly in relation to climate  finance;
  • Liaise with other offices and departments within the GCF in order to assess and address their requirements, to advise on the drafting of legal documents.
  • Timely delivery of review of funding proposals and other legal documents necessary for the Fund’s legal and policy framework;
  • Thorough, accurate and timely delivery of due diligence reports
  • Applying creative solutions to  issues which may arise in operational transactions from time to time;
  • Keeping the Office of General Counsel colleagues abreast of the latest trends/developments in climate finance;
  • Providing sound and practical legal advice on the legal, policy and operational frameworks, procedures and processes  of the Fund. 
Requirements (Education, experience, technical competencies required of the job):
  • Juris Doctor, LLB, or equivalent law degree (a higher degree in law is an advantage); or a Bachelor’s degree plus additional two years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the Master’s degree.
  • Qualification to practice law in at least one jurisdiction;
  • At least 9 years of relevant work experience practicing law in cross-border transactions involving debt and/or equity with a well-recognized law firm, an international financial institution and/or a development finance institution;
  • Experience working on novel areas of law, or innovative and/or complex financial transactions, including assessment of legal risks, is an advantage;
  • Solid legal drafting skills specifically of drafting financing agreements;
  • Experience liaising with, and advising, senior members of staff; experience advising management is an advantage;
  • Experience working in multidisciplinary teams and directing  the work of external or internal counsel  and interns is an advantage;
  • Experience in, or working with, developing countries; and
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English are essential for this position; knowledge of another UN language is an advantage.