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 www.worldbank.org/icsid.
We are hiring three paralegals. One of the positions requires proficiency in English and preferably also in French. The other two positions require proficiency in English and Spanish. Strong applicants not selected for these positions may be considered for future paralegal vacancies.
Duties and Responsibilities
• Draft, format, proofread and finalize case-related correspondence in English (and French or Spanish), and ensure that the correct documents are attached.
• Prepare drafts of documents in cases in English (and French or Spanish) 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.
• 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 or Spanish). 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.
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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.
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