Counsel at World Bank Group (Washington DC)

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Term Duration:
3 years 0 months

Recruitment Type:
International Recruitment

Washington, DC,United States

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Closing Date:
6/23/2022 (MM/DD/YYYY) at 11:59pm UTC


Do you want to work for the world's leading institution devoted to international investment dispute settlement? The International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) leads this field, having administered the majority of all international investment cases. ICSID is a forum for investor-State dispute settlement in most international investment treaties and in numerous investment laws and contracts. Visit

The mandate of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) is to foster increased flows of international investment by providing an impartial and effective international forum for the resolution of disputes between host governments and foreign investors.

Further information about ICSID can be found on its website at:

The Counsel will be assigned to one of the Secretariat's legal teams. S/he will work under the supervision of a Team Leader, and under the general guidance of an ICSID Deputy Secretary-General. As a legal team member, the Counsel will act as Secretary in arbitration and conciliation cases, offering a wide range of support and expertise to disputing parties, arbitrators, conciliators and ad hoc committee members. As Secretary, the Counsel will be involved in all aspects of the process and assist at hearings. S/he will also participate in and lead a variety of institutional projects and will represent ICSID at conferences and meetings. The position requires fluency in English, and preferably also in Spanish.

• Analyze requests for conciliation and arbitration, and applications for post-award remedies.
• Assist in the constitution of conciliation commissions, arbitral tribunals and ad hoc committees.
• Administer the subsequent proceedings, including complex and novel proceedings.
• Supervise the financial aspects of proceedings, including advances of funds, reimbursement of arbitrator and other costs, and refunds to parties.
• Provide procedural advice to conciliators, arbitrators, committee members and parties.
• Assist conciliators, arbitrators and committee members in the preparation of procedural orders, and review of decisions and awards, as well as translations.
• Assist conciliators, arbitrators and committee members to identify necessary legal and practice materials.
• Assist parties in ICSID proceedings with information about proceedings.
• Act as Secretary in fact-finding and mediation proceedings.
• Participate in and lead institutional projects.
• Deliver presentations and represent ICSID at conferences and meetings with State representatives and the public.
• Undertake legal research in the fields of conciliation, arbitration, alternate dispute resolution and foreign investment law.
• Assist in the development and implementation of internal best practices.
• Assist with identification of trends and issues in cases, and where appropriate, develop and implement measures to address such issues.
• Contribute to knowledge creation and knowledge sharing related to ICSID's activities, both within and outside the World Bank Group.
• Mentor and oversee the work of junior staff.
• Work on other matters, initiatives and programs as the Secretary-General, Deputy Secretaries-General or Team Leader may assign.

Selection Criteria
• Law degree (JD, LLB, LLM or equivalent) and admission to the Bar (or equivalent) in at least one jurisdiction.
• Minimum of 5 years of relevant experience, including significant experience as arbitration counsel or as tribunal secretary in investment or commercial arbitration.
• Advanced knowledge of international investment law and public international law.
• Advanced knowledge of arbitration practice and procedure.
• Excellent skills in organizing, prioritizing and coordinating work.
• Capacity to deliver a substantial and proficient level of work independently.
• Sense of responsibility, integrity and positive attitude.
• Initiative: Volunteers to undertake tasks and lead projects.
• Professional Maturity: Listens well to others and communicates in a respectful manner. Takes the time to clarify others' points of view and reach consensus.
• Leadership and Mentoring: Strong leadership skills and ability to lead by example. Shares own expertise with others regarding task accomplishment and general legal and ICSID knowledge. Ability to supervise more junior colleagues (e.g., Paralegals and Legal Assistants) and provide constructive feedback.
• Legal Drafting and Research: Excellent legal drafting skills in English, and preferably also in Spanish. Demonstrated ability to research complex arbitration and investment law questions, and draft documents in a clear and precise manner with limited supervision.
• Legal Reasoning: Able to anticipate and address complex and novel issues. Able to analyze a problem or situation by breaking it down into its component parts and articulating its implications in a step-by-step manner.

World Bank Group Core Competencies

The World Bank Group offers comprehensive benefits, including a retirement plan; medical, life and disability insurance; and paid leave, including parental leave, as well as reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities.

We are proud to be an equal opportunity and inclusive employer with a dedicated and committed workforce, and do not discriminate based on gender, gender identity, religion, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or disability.

Learn more about working at the World Bank and IFC, including our values and inspiring stories.
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World Bank Group operates in the Financial Services industry. World Bank Group was founded in 2022. It has 32283 total employees. It offers perks and benefits such as Flexible Spending Account (FSA), Disability Insurance, Dental Benefits, Vision Benefits, Health Insurance Benefits and Life Insurance. To see all 15 open jobs at World Bank Group, click here.
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