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Paralegal

Job #: req12297
Organization: ICSID
Sector: Other
Grade: GD
Term Duration: 3 years 0 months
Recruitment Type: Local Recruitment
Location: Washington, DC,United States
Required Language(s): English, French
Preferred Language(s):
Closing Date: 6/24/2021 (MM/DD/YYYY) at 11:59pm UTC


Description

Do you want to build a career that is truly worthwhile? Working at the World Bank Group (WBG) provides a unique opportunity for you to help our clients solve their greatest development challenges. The WBG is one of the largest sources of funding and knowledge for developing countries; a unique global partnership of five institutions dedicated to ending extreme poverty, increasing shared prosperity and promoting sustainable development. With 189 member countries and more than 120 offices worldwide, we work with public and private sector partners, investing in groundbreaking projects and using data, research, and technology to develop solutions to the most urgent global challenges. For more information, visit www.worldbank.org.

The International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) was established in1966. It is one of the five organizations that make up the WBG and is the global leader in international investment dispute settlement. To date, 155 countries are ICSID members.

The mandate of 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.

ICSID administers arbitration and conciliation under the ICSID Convention and the ICSID Additional Facility Rules. It also administers investor-State proceedings under other sets of rules such as the Arbitration Rules of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law, and acts as an appointing authority under various arbitral rules and international treaties. In addition to its dispute settlement activities, ICSID has an active publications program in the areas of foreign investment law and international dispute resolution. Its publications include a semi-annual law journal and multi-volume collections of investment laws and treaties.

ICSID also maintains a website providing access to extensive information on its operations and cases, including ICSID arbitral awards and decisions.

ICSID consists of an Administrative Council and a Secretariat. The Administrative Council is the governing body of ICSID. It is composed of one representative of each ICSID member State and is chaired by the President of the WBG. The Secretariat carries out the day-to-day work of ICSID. It consists of a Secretary-General, two Deputy Secretaries-General and staff who are organized into teams. Five legal teams administer more than 300 cases pending before ICSID. A sixth team in the Secretariat’s front office oversees ICSID’s institutional affairs, including membership, publications, communications, outreach and technical assistance. The seventh team manages the institution’s administrative and financial operations.

Further information about ICSID can be found on its website at www.worldbank.org/icsid.

ICSID wishes to hire a Paralegal to join one of its legal teams. The position requires fluency in English and French. The Paralegal will report to a Team Leader and will work under the general guidance of a Deputy Secretary-General.

Duties and Responsibilities
 
•Draft, format, proofread and finalize case-related correspondence in English and French and ensure that the correct documents are attached.

•Prepare drafts of documents in cases in English and French for review by the Team Leader and legal counsel.

•File submissions and other case-related documents in ICSID’s document management system in accordance with ICSID’s information management standards and procedures.

•Track and maintain case procedural details and milestones up to date in ICSID’s case tracking systems and external website.

•Create and maintain calendars of events (i.e., pending actions) for each case and for the team.

•Conduct research on assigned issues, using existing case files and alternative sources (e.g., the internet, online portals or other databases), analyze information and summarize findings.

•Prepare budget estimates for cases to ensure that there are sufficient funds in the case escrow accounts.

•Prepare letters to parties requesting advances on costs, and monitor the financial position of case escrow accounts.

•Coordinate with the Secretariat’s Administration and Finance Team on the closure of case escrow accounts at the end of each case, and on fund balance refunds when appropriate.

•Assist with presentations and other materials for conferences and official meetings.

•Provide editing assistance with awards and decisions (e.g., tables of contents, footnotes).

•Coordinate and review the translation of awards, decisions and other documents.

•Assist with the logistical arrangements for remote and in-person hearings in Washington, D.C. and abroad by preparing lists of participants and assembling all hearing-related documents, among other things. Serve as backup to the Secretariat’s Hearings Organizer and Assistant.

•Share miscellaneous responsibilities with Legal Assistants and undertake other ad hoc duties that may be assigned by the Secretary-General, Deputy Secretaries-General and Team Leader.
 

Selection Criteria

• Bachelor’s degree, Paralegal certificate or equivalent combination of education and experience.
• Minimum of 1-2 years of relevant paralegal experience.
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English and French. Ability to draft a variety of correspondence and edit materials in both languages using proper grammar, punctuation and style.
• Knowledge of arbitration procedures is desirable.
• Sound organizational skills and ability to prioritize and deliver assignments in a timely manner, with minimal supervision and often under severe time pressures.
• Knowledge of legal processes, procedures and terminology for review, examination, preparation and processing of legal documents.
• Ability to research, analyze and synthesize legal and other information and present results clearly and concisely.
• Legal document drafting skills and experience with the preparation of basic case-specific budget proposals.
• Excellent interpersonal skills and proven ability to work effectively in a team.
• Ability to assist team members by performing multiple, concurrent and progressively more difficult assignments.
• Fully proficient computer skills, particularly in MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint, and in using information databases, internet/intranet services and library sources.
• Advanced knowledge of, and experience with videoconferencing platforms (e.g., Cisco Webex, Zoom and MS Teams).
• Tact and discretion in dealing with senior officials and staff at all levels.
• Ability to adapt effectively to shifting work demands and institutional directives in a rapidly changing work environment.
• Sense of responsibility, integrity, flexibility and positive attitude.

General Competencies:


• Initiative - Volunteers to undertake tasks that stretch his or her capability.
• Flexibility - Able to prioritize and balance multiple tasks.
• Client Orientation - Able to establish partnership based working relationships with internal/external clients. Demonstrates independence, initiative, and autonomy in addressing clients' needs.
• Drive for Results - Takes personal ownership and accountability to meet deadlines and achieve agreed upon results and has the personal organization to do so.
• Teamwork (Collaboration) and Inclusion - Collaborates with other team members and contributes productively to the team's work and output, demonstrating respect for different points of view.
• Business Judgment and Analytical Decision Making - Able to use analytical, problem-solving skills and resourcefulness to make informed and practical decisions to carry out own work.
• Able to advise on information usage and storage, and policies in the area of assigned responsibilities.

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