Assistant General Counsel/Advisor – Legal Department
Assistant General Counsel/Advisor – Legal Department
Washington DC, USA
The Legal Department of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is seeking to fill a three-year term Assistant General Counsel (AGC)/Advisor position focusing on good governance and anti-corruption to help meet the growing demand for IMF advice and analysis in this area. The IMF has increased its focus on good governance and anti-corruption in its member countries, given the macro-critical nature of these issues for many countries. The IMF’s policy framework in this area focuses on governance vulnerabilities in six key governmental functions deemed most relevant to economic activity and to the mandate of the Fund, namely: (i) fiscal governance; (ii) financial sector oversight; (iii) central bank governance and operations; (iv) market regulations; (v) rule of law; and (vi) anti-money laundering and combatting of financing of terrorism (AML/CFT). In addition, the policy framework covers vulnerabilities to corruption that may arise in the design and implementation of a country’s anti-corruption framework. The Legal Department plays a critical role in this work, at the level of policy formulation, implementation of such policies in country-specific contexts, analytical and research work, and general outreach. This position is based at IMF headquarters in Washington, D.C. However, travel to IMF member countries is expected.
The IMF’s work on promoting good governance and combatting corruption aims to provide high-quality legal advice in the context of IMF surveillance, financial assistance, and capacity development (CD). This position will focus, in particular, on providing advice to strengthen the design and effectiveness of anti-corruption legislative, regulatory and institutional frameworks; develop judicial reforms designed to support the fight against corruption; streamline excessive, complex, and opaque regulations that can entrench poor governance and provide opportunities for corruption; and enhance transparency and accountability frameworks to highlight poor governance and corruption issues. Given the cross-cutting nature of governance and anti-corruption, collaboration with other international organizations/groupings will be a key feature of the position, with an emphasis on the World Bank, as well as the G-2O Anti-Corruption Working Group, the Working Group of Bribery of the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and the Financial Action Task Force.
Duties and Responsibilities
The AGC/Advisor will be a member of the management team of the Legal Department and, under the overall direction of the General Counsel and Director of the Legal Department, will be directly responsible for overseeing the governance and anti-corruption work of the Department. In particular, the AGC/Advisor will provide strategic, intellectual, and operational leadership in the management of the work of the Governance and Anticorruption (GAC) Unit that is being established in the Legal Department in close collaboration with other units and policy working groups of the Department and will be required to carry out the following duties and responsibilities:
Provide analytical and intellectual leadership, and lead policy development, policy advice, and capacity development on Department’s work related to anticorruption and the rule of law;
Provide direct oversight for all activities of the GAC Unit relating to governance and anticorruption in the context of surveillance, IMF supported programs and capacity development and research, both at a policy level and in a country specific context;
Provide leadership of the GAC Unit’s role in ensuring coordination, consistency and coherence across the relevant units and policy working groups on the Legal Department’s work related to the 2018 policy;
Contribute to effective collaboration with other IMF departments, multilateral organizations, CSOs and other external stakeholders to advance the IMF’s work in the areas of good governance and anticorruption;
Represent the Legal Department at Executive Board meetings as well as meetings with Executive Directors, IMF management, senior staff from other departments, and high-level officials from member countries;
Lead the formulation and implementation of the GAC Unit strategy and work program on governance and anti-corruption issues, and set priorities for the GAC Unit in line with the overall strategy and objectives of the IMF and the Legal Department in this area;
Manage the performance of the GAC Unit staff, support the implementation of professional development strategies, including where appropriate, the formulation of individual development plans, assistant in the recruitment and selection of new Unit staff, and assist in managing the Unit’s financial resources in a manner consistent with the Department’s overall budget strategy; and
Carry out other assignments as requested by the General Counsel and Director of the Legal Department.
The selected candidate will have an advanced degree in law or economics, finance, international relations, business administration, or a related field, and at least 15 years of professional experience at increasingly senior levels of responsibility, including at least 10 years of direct involvement on issues of governance and anti-corruption in a strategic or policy focused role. The successful candidate will also have direct experience working on relevant governance and corruption matters with cross-country knowledge, and an excellent understanding of IMF policies, operations and activities as well as its role in advancing the global governance and anti-corruption agenda.
The successful candidate will have proven leadership and team building qualities, excellent analytical skills, judgment, written and oral communication skills, and a strong drive for results. He/she will have a proven track record as an intellectual leader on governance and anti-corruption issues, as well as very strong interpersonal skills and a demonstrated ability to build effective working relations with internal and external counterparts. The successful candidate will also have strong management skills and a proven track record in supervising, mentoring and appraising staff.
Qualified persons who wish to be considered for this vacancy should submit their applications via this link: