Deputy General Counsel

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Deputy General Counsel


Close relatives1 of ADB staff, except spouses of international staff, are not eligible for recruitment and appointment to staff positions. Applicants are expected to disclose if they have any relative/s by consanguinity/blood, by adoption and/or by affinity/marriage presently employed in ADB.

1Close relatives refer to spouse, children, mother, father, brother and sister, niece, nephew, aunt and uncle

Staff on probation are not eligible to apply. Applicants for promotion must have served at their position for at least one year and must have normally served at their personal level for at least two years immediately preceding the date of the vacancy closing date. Applicants for lateral transfer must have served at their position and personal level for at least one year immediately preceding the date of the vacancy closing date (reference A.O. 2.03, paragraphs 5.8 and 5.9).

In the event that the staff appointed to a new category (i.e. from AS to NS, or from NS to IS) is rated at 2 or lower in the first two performance reviews after appointment at the new level, they will return to the level occupied immediately prior to their appointment in the new category.

This is a senior staff fixed-term appointment for a period of 3 years. This vacancy is open to internal and external applicants.

If the selected candidate is an external hire, the appointment may be extended for a period of up to 3 years per extension, or not renewed. In case of extension, staff may continue in the position for another term of up to 3 years, or be reassigned to any suitable position in ADB.

The same terms and conditions also apply to a selected internal candidate. In addition, if the staff selected has a regular appointment, staff will retain the regular appointment and his/her selection will be considered an assignment for an initial fixed period of 3 years. If the staff selected has a fixed term appointment, his/her appointment will cease, and he/she will be given a new fixed term appointment for an initial term of 3 years.

Fixed-term appointments or assignments are subject to Section 3 of Administrative Order (AO) 2.01 (Recruitment and Appointment) and Section 8 of AO 2.03 (Selection, Talent and Position Management) and its Appendices.

Whether the selected candidate is internal or external, and regardless of the type of appointment, any extension of staff beyond age 60 shall be subject to such terms and conditions determined by ADB, including, where relevant, those provided in Section 10 of AO 2.05 (Termination Policy) and its Appendices.


Asian Development Bank (ADB) is an international development finance institution headquartered in Manila, Philippines and is composed of 68 members, 49 of which are from the Asia and Pacific region. ADB is committed to achieving a prosperous, inclusive, resilient, and sustainable Asia and the Pacific, while sustaining its efforts to eradicate extreme poverty. ADB combines finance, knowledge, and partnerships to fulfill its expanded vision under its Strategy 2030.

ADB only hires nationals of its 68 members.

The position is assigned within Office of the General Counsel (OGC). OGC is responsible in protecting the legal interests of ADB and advises on methods to limit ADB’s risk exposure appropriately. It prepares or reviews documents which create, define, modify or limit the legal rights or obligations of ADB, including loan contracts, agreements and registration statements in relation thereto, and other contractual documents.

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Job Purpose

The position is a focal point for the planning, implementation, and supervision of the Office of General Counsel’s (OGC) vision, goals, strategies, administration and work planning in support of ADB’s overall goals. The position provides high-level policy advice and support to the General Counsel in carrying out the work program of OGC. The incumbent will report to the General Counsel and will supervise International, National, and Administrative staff.


  • Supporting the General Counsel in the effective and timely implementation of OGC’s work plan.
  • Supporting the General Counsel in the provision of legal services and advice to Management, operating and administrative departments and offices, the Board of Directors and, by appropriate procedures, the Board of Governors, including through interpretation of the Agreement Establishing the ADB, the By-Laws of the ADB and other relevant governing agreements and applicable laws, regulations and policies.
  • Mitigating legal risk to ADB and ensuring consistency and accuracy of legal advice by OGC.
  • Monitoring and supervising, in consultation with the General Counsel, OGC’s work on public and private sector operations, financial and institutional/administrative matters, and law and policy reform, including the supervision of the distribution of cross-regional assignments among lawyers and other OGC staff.
  • Coordinating and liaising with Assistant General Counsels in relation to their work and responsibilities.
  • Preparing or supervising OGC’s contributions to the inter-departmental preparation of new or revised ADB policies and coordinating OGC’s contributions to ADB’s strategy development and other inter-departmental initiatives.
  • Supervising OGC’s recruitment of staff, vacancy management, performance reviews, and other personnel management matters, including periodic performance reviews of OGC staff and regular monitoring and feedback on staff performance.
  • Managing the performance of teams and individuals that report to the position, providing clear direction and regular monitoring and feedback on performance.
  • Managing improvements in the operations and business processes of OGC and undertaking special projects to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of the Office.
  • Carrying out other assignments as may be assigned from time to time by the General Counsel, including overseeing the training and continuing legal education of OGC’s staff.
  • Creating and leading teams for special initiatives in OGC and ADB.
  • Providing coaching and mentoring to teams and individuals and ensure their on-going learning, performance improvement and professional development.
  • Supervising the budget and general administration of OGC.


Relevant Experience & Requirements

  • Juris Doctorate degree or Master’s Degree, and admission as a lawyer in one or more of ADB’s member countries. Alternatively, university degree in Law combined with specialized professional experience in similar organization/s may be considered in lieu of a Master’s degree.
  • In principle, a minimum of 15 years of relevant professional work experience.
  • The strategic vision, innovative thinking and sound judgment needed to adapt to rapidly changing environments and uncertainty while effectively integrating ADB’s long-term development goals into OGC priorities and executing on them.
  • A deep understanding of the operational policies and procedures of ADB, or at a minimum, of similar multilateral development organizations. Extensive exposure to and hands-on knowledge of ADB’s legal and administrative framework and operations are highly desirable.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate and collaborate effectively with staff, Management, Board members, and external stakeholders and counterparts.
  • The excellent interpersonal and leadership skills, sound judgment, sensitivity and people focus needed to effectively manage a diverse team of highly qualified international staff, national staff, and administrative staff.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English is required. Must be able to present and defend complex legal arguments and issues with a high degree of competence and confidence
  • Able to work in multi-cultural and multi-skilled teams.
  • Able to inspire trust and confidence and promote a strong culture of honesty, integrity and openness.
  • International experience working in several countries.
  • Please refer to the link for ADB Competency Framework for International Staff Level 9.

General Considerations

The selected candidate, if new to ADB, is appointed for an initial term of 3 years.

ADB offers competitive remuneration and a comprehensive benefits package. Actual appointment salary will be based on ADB’s standards and computation, taking into account the selected individual’s qualifications and experience.

ADB seeks to ensure that everyone is treated with respect and given equal opportunities to work in an inclusive environment. ADB encourages all qualified candidates to apply regardless of their racial, ethnic, religious and cultural background, gender, sexual orientation or disabilities. Women are highly encouraged to apply.

Please note that the actual level and salary will be based on qualifications of the selected candidate.

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