Legal Counsel: Governance and Grants

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  • Remuneration£50,000-£60,000 subject to experience
  • LocationLondon
  • DeadlineNovember 29, 2018

Job Description

GIF seeks to hire a Legal Counsel for Governance and Grants sitting within the Legal & ESG Team.


  • Professional written and communication skills gained within a legal capacity
  • Demonstrated project management skills gained within a legal department
  • Demonstrated experience of governance (especially charity governance), risk and compliance framework and processes
  • Demonstrated experience of liaising with senior management providing technical legal support
  • Demonstrate they are action oriented and resilient in a fast-paced legal environment
  • Professional experience of managing a complex and varied legal work load and work under pressure
  • Qualified to practice law in one or more jurisdictions
  • At least three years' progressively responsible experience working as a legal professional in banking and finance or other relevant area and/or within a non-profit, charity or government
  • Demonstrated experience working with non-profits, charities or government
  • A demonstrated commitment to GIF’s mission and demonstrated appetite for learning GIF’s business
  • Ability to constantly adapt working style to meet complex and varied workloads
  • Top-tier analytic, strategic thinking and project management skills within the legal profession
  • Comfort with ambiguity and proven experience thriving in uncharted waters
  • Demonstrate a sense of humour and cheerful nature

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Reviews and participates in negotiations of GIF’s grant agreements with grantees, including drafting supporting legal documentation
  • Advises the General Counsel on all matters relating to GIF’s governance, (Board of Directors and Committees of the Board), including advising on English charity law, development of policies and training, orderly record-keeping of minutes and resolutions, drafting resolutions and advising on compliance with GIF’s articles and byelaws
  • Liaises with the Senior Legal Counsel on matters relating to the legal aspects of GIF’s risk capital portfolio, including drafting and negotiating investment documentation
  • Advises on compliance with GIF’s various donor grant agreements, including participating in negotiations of any new agreements, and providing technical legal support to Chief of Staff and his Communications team with donor reporting obligations; Advises on the design of governance arrangements for any new GIF vehicles, sub-funds or subsidiaries
  • Drafts, implements and reviews GIF policies and procedures as they relate to good governance, conflicts of interest, intellectual property and donor requirements (such as safeguarding)
  • Provides legal advice and training to GIF staff acting as nominee directors or board observers
  • Instructs and works with external legal counsel where necessary

GIF is a dynamic and rapidly growing start-up entity; the legal counsel will be expected to adapt quickly to the needs of the organization and could have a range of other duties as assigned.