Principal Legal Counsel Administrative Tribunal Vacancy at the African Development Bank (AfDB)
Posted: 10/Jun/2017

African Development Bank AfDB Established in 1964 the African Development Bank is the premier pan-African development institution, promoting economic growth and social progress across the continent. There are 80 member states, including 54 in Africa (Regional Member Countries). The Bank's development agenda is delivering the financial and technical support for transformative projects that will significantly reduce poverty through inclusive and sustainable economic growth.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Postion: Principal Legal Counsel, Administrative Tribunal

Location: Côte d’Ivoire

The Complex

  • The President plans, supervises and manages the business of the Bank Group.
  • Under the direction of the Boards of Directors, the President conducts the business of the Bank and the African Development Fund and manages operations and activities in accordance with the Agreements establishing the African Development Bank and the African Development Fund.
  • The President supervises several Departments and Divisions including Office of the President; Independent Development Evaluation Department; Integrity and Anti-Corruption Department; Compliance Review and Mediation Unit; Secretariat to the Sanctions Appeals Board; Administrative Tribunal; Office of the Auditor General; Group Risk Management Directorate; General Counsel and Legal Services Department; Communication and External Relations Department; Staff Integrity and Ethics Office and Office of the Secretary General & General Secretariat.

The Hiring Department/Division

  • The Administrative Tribunal, established in the context of the reform of the governance structures of the African Development Bank is an independent body whose function is to render final judicial decisions on cases brought by staff members against the Bank concerning their terms and conditions of employment. The Tribunal’s decisions are binding on the Bank.
  • The Administrative Tribunal is a statutory organ of the Bank established in 1998 by Resolution of Board of Directors dated 16 July 1997. It came into force on 1 January 1998.
  • The mandate of the Tribunal is to hear and pass judgment upon any application by a member of staff of the Bank contesting an administrative decision for non-observance of the contracts of employment or the terms of appointment.
  • The Board of Directors may also seek an advisory opinion of the Tribunal on any question of law concerning the general administration of the Bank. In addition, the Tribunal is an integral part of the Bank’s internal recourse mechanisms except that it is also the only organ among the mechanisms that renders final and binding decisions.
  • From the foregoing, the two dominant objectives of the Administrative Tribunal are: Formal Conflict Resolution and Tribunal’s client management.

The Position

  • The Principal Legal Counsel is one of the principal counsels responsible for the orderly discharge of the administrative work of the Tribunal, assists the Executive Secretary and the judges in the research of the law, and ensures the accurate reproduction and promulgation of the Tribunal’s judgments.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Under the supervision and guidance of the Executive Secretary, the Principal Legal Counsel is responsible to:
  • Assist the Executive Secretary to carry out research for judges on issues of law and fact raised in cases.
  • Prepare written summaries of facts, analysis, and contentions of parties for all cases.
  • Prepare initial drafts of reasoning and operative parts of judgments and orders.
  • Advise applicants and counsel on questions of procedure forms, content and deadlines.
  • Carrie out research for the Executive Secretary on issues of law and fact raised in the cases through Administrative Tribunal’s jurisprudence and jurisprudence from other international administrative tribunals.
  • Assist the Executive Secretary in updating data and content of the in-house case law digest with emerging jurisprudence and international legal developments.
  • Assist the Executive Secretary to listen to and proactively engage and contribute to the effective coordination of the work with recourse mechanisms and partners. This includes running seminars and training workshops in Regional Offices on a regular basis to ensure effective knowledge of recourse and redress mechanisms of the Bank.
  • Assist the Executive Secretary in conducting training and information missions to staff at HQ and regional offices.
  • Lead the Secretariat from paper filing to electronic filing as the emerging practice in other Administrative Tribunals, monitor and supervise this system.
  • After the proceedings, review all verbatim transcripts and produce initial written reports to reflect an accurate and faithful record of the proceedings by ensuring the integrity of the recorded and transcribed information.
  • Assist the Executive Secretary by providing legal advice and clarifications as required in course of dealing with all legal issues before the Tribunal and using feedbacks from other stakeholders.
  • Assist the Executive Secretary by providing support to ensure compliance with the Statute, Rules of Procedure and all internal laws of the Bank.
  • Design an Activity Log for manual recording of activity/actions taken for each case to be implemented to the Tribunal’s Secretariat.
  • Assist the Executive Secretary in the preparation of the Tribunal Annual Report to the Board of Directors and plenary session of the Tribunal in relation to rules and procedural reforms and amendments.
  • Attend meetings with or deputize the Executive Secretary at meetings to discuss policy and legal clarifications about issues concerning recourse mechanisms and Human Resources management among others.
  • Perform all interim and acting duties, including those with administrative, supervisory, legal and budgetary implications. The incumbent is to prepare initial drafts of reasoning and operative parts of judgments and orders.
  • Supervise the filing of legal documentation, service and monitoring for compliance of original applications, additional pleading, documentary evidence and annexes.
  • Assist the Executive Secretary to actively promotes visibility of the Administrative Tribunal to external partners and stakeholders and facilitate ready access to Tribunal’s jurisprudence by other Administrative Tribunals, research and academic endeavours.
  • Work with the BATR Web Coordinator and Executive Secretary to continue the final process of compiling judgments for publication and to update judgments for subsequent volumes.

Selection Criteria

  • Including desirable skills, knowledge and experience:
  • Hold at least a Master's Degree or its equivalent in Law with emphasis on International Law, or a first university degree plus a relevant combination of professional qualifications in law (e.g. Juris Doctor (JD) plus admission to the Bar or at a judicial institution of a member country (or diploma to practice law in a member country).
  • Have a minimum of six (6) years practical and relevant professional law experience in litigation and/or work experience in administrative tribunals of other international organizations or in judicial processes of members’ countries.
  • Work experience in an English speaking legal and judiciary environment will be a comparative advantage.
  • Having private sector experience will be an added advantage.
  • High degree of integrity and discretion.
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills.
  • Ability to work sensitively in a multicultural environment and respect for diversity and ability to build effective relationships and trust with Judges, colleagues and other stakeholder.
  • Ability to communicate effectively (written and oral) in English or French, preferably with a working knowledge of the other language.
  • Competence in the use of standard software applications in use at the Bank

Team Working & Relationship Management:

  • Solicits input and expertise.
  • Displays willingness to learn from others including peers.
  • Understands how the team is viewed by other parts of the Bank.
  • Collaborates across the Bank to make things happen.
  • Identifies who the key influencers are and builds relationships with them.

Application Closing Date
21st June, 2017.

How to Apply

Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online