IRC (International Rescue Committee) Deutschland is looking for a
Legal Adviser (m/f/d)
London, UK or Berlin/Bonn, Germany
22.5h/week | permanent
Over the past 80 years, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) has developed unparalleled expertise in responding to emergencies and helping uprooted communities to rebuild. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC’s mission is to help people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and gain control of their future.
The IRC is on the ground in more than 40 countries, providing emergency relief and rebuilding lives in the wake of disaster. The IRC is committed to a culture of bold leadership, innovation in all aspects of our work, creative partnerships and, most crucially, accountability to those we serve.
Europe is one of the fastest growing regions for the IRC and currently consists of offices in the UK, Greece, Italy, Serbia, Belgium, Switzerland and Germany (IRC-DE). In addition, the IRC has a partnership with Stichting Vluchteling (SV) in the Netherlands. The work across our external facing offices in Berlin, Brussels, London and Bonn, is led and coordinated by a Europe SMT.
In order to support our growing and developing structures across Europe, we are currently looking for a Legal Adviser (m/f/d) based in Germany or UK.
As Legal Adviser (m/f/d), you will provide front line legal advice and guidance to Europe Senior Management Team, entity Boards and staff teams based in Europe. The following responsibilities will be part of your role:
Working with Europe office Executive Directors to ensure compliance with local legal requirements
Supporting the SVP for Europe and local Boards/Executive Directors with legal and governance matters
Acting to integrate the perspectives of NY General counsel, external German & UK counsel and different functions in Europe, who need legal advice (esp. Finance, Award Management, Governance etc) and may have competing goals
Drafting, negotiating and reviewing major contracts to manage and mitigate organizational risk; providing suggested wording amendments to third party contracts.
Advising on fundraising laws and regulation, including compliance with tax laws and regulations applicable to private fundraising
Providing legal support with respect to European and international grant making, and compliance on donor requirements for activities under government grants
Managing and advising on the development and implementation of organizational policies
Take the lead for Europe on developing risk management processes in the context of IRC’s Enterprise Risk Management framework
Ensure European office activities are GDPR compliant and operating in line with local data privacy regulations
Providing general nonprofit corporate advice and advising on charity law, including creation, governance, and administration of legal entities across Europe in co-ordination with US colleagues
Providing first line generalist employment law advise to HR colleagues, working closely with external lawyers on specific cases as required
Providing training on legal issues and compliance to staff at all levels
Occasional international and domestic travel
Significant demonstrable law firm and/or in-house experience (or equivalent) with general corporate and/or not-for-profit experience with an interested in becoming an all-purpose in-house legal generalist
A qualified lawyer, with experience of working on a broad range of legal matters both locally in either the UK or Germany, and cross-border
Experience of operating in a complex international environment and providing advice across multiple countries
Excellent contract drafting and negotiating skills, detail oriented with excellent follow-through
Integrity, professional discretion and ability to handle sensitive/confidential matters
Proactive, creative thinker, with strong judgment and analytical skills
Strong, credible communicator
Experience of managing multiple stakeholders internally and externally in a complex international environment
Excellent time management to manage competing priorities, meet deadlines and maintain quality standards
Fluent in English, a second European language such as French or German would be a distinct advantage, as would an existing network of law firms in Europe to go to for external advice
What we offer
Being part of a highly motivated, cross-cultural team in a growing organization
A permanent employment contract
Flexible working hours
A number of employee benefits
The deadline for applications is April 26, 2019.
Please submit your application (cover letter and CV, at least three references) via IRCs application platform. Please note that applications submitted via E-Mail cannot be considered.
For questions and detailed information about the role, please contact Sophie Jewell (Sophie.email@example.com)
IRC-D strives to be an equal opportunities employer. IRC-D is committed to equality of opportunity and to non-discrimination for all job applicants and employees, and we seek to ensure we achieve diversity in our workforce regardless of gender, race, religious beliefs, nationality, ethnic/national origin, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability.