Senior Legal Officer (Institutional and Administrative Law)

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Senior Legal Officer (Institutional and Administrative Law)


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.


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 Senior Legal Officer (Institutional and Administrative Law) will support the functions of the Office of the General Counsel (OGC) by providing legal advice on institutional and administrative matters, and other operational and advisory work as required. The incumbent will report to the Assistant General Counsel and/or designated International Staff and may supervise Administrative staff .


Institutional and Administrative Matters:

Provides support on institutional and administrative matters, including:

· ADB’s Personnel policies, Administrative Orders, and issues including pension administration, staff benefits, staff grievances, disciplinary procedures;

· Employment disputes, including pre-litigation matters and assisting the assigned counsel in proceedings before the Appeals Committee and ADB’s Administrative Tribunal;

· Administrative law matters affecting ADB Headquarters, Resident Missions and Representative Offices in ADB member countries, such as leases, relevant aspects of ADB’s host country agreements, and institutional procurement questions;

· Data privacy and data protection policies, and legal aspects of the management of ADB’s information technology systems;

· Privileges and immunities of ADB and its personnel in member countries, as set forth in the ADB Charter and in host country agreements;

· Issues arising with ADB’s membership, and decision-making organs;

· Implementation of treaties and other agreements concluded by ADB on institutional matters;

· Reviewing local laws and regulations applicable to specified matters; and

· Preparing documentation for any of the above matters.

Legal Research and Support

· Conducts research on legal and policy matters.

· Carries out research work on legal precedents of the ADB Administrative Tribunal, and administrative tribunals of other relevant organizations. Maintains an index and summaries of relevant case law.

· Carries out research work on developments at the national level which is of relevance to the organization.


· Performs other duties that may be assigned.

· Undertakes special projects in support of OGC’s operations generally.


Relevant Experience & Requirements

· Bachelor’s degree in Law and member of the Philippine Bar, or its equivalent work experience in a multilateral financial institution, and preferably with advanced training.

· Minimum of 8 years of relevant professional experience, with in-depth knowledge of institutional and administrative law.

· Able to communicate, present and defend complex legal arguments and issues.

· Able to work in multi-cultural and multi-skilled teams.

· Able to inspire trust and confidence and promote a strong culture of honesty, trust and openness.

· Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English is required

· Please refer to the link for ADB Competency Framework for Administrative Staff NS3.

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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