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Appointment Brief

IFAD General Counsel – Appointment Brief


This is an exceptional role for a high performing international legal expert with a leading fund working to eradicate poverty and hunger globally.

Under the direct supervision of the President of IFAD, the General Counsel will manage and motivate a team of lawyers to deliver results in the Fund’s work programme, including governance, institutional/administrative arrangements and operational matters; the incumbent will act as IFAD legal adviser to the institution on all aspects of IFAD’s operations and mandate, as well as all issues of administrative, institutional or other law as they may affect the institution and its mandate. The incumbent will provide advice as General Counsel to the Governing Council, Executive Board and Management with a view to ensuring that decisions taken are viable and avoid or reduce risks for the Fund.

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) is an international financial institution and a specialised United Nations agency dedicated to eradicating rural poverty and hunger. It does so by investing in rural people. IFAD finances programmes and projects that increase agricultural productivity and raise rural incomes, and advocates at the local, national and international level, for policies that contribute to rural transformation.

The Office of the General Counsel (LEG) provides substantive legal advice to IFAD’s secretariat and Governing Bodies on all legal aspects of IFAD’s operations and administration. It is responsible for drafting and negotiating the legal agreements with IFAD’s borrowing Member States and NGOs that provide the legal framework for project implementation. LEG provides legal advice on a broad range of institutional issues, including the interpretation, implementation and periodic revision of its Basic Documents, the functioning of its governing bodies, the investment of IFAD’s Reserve Fund and human resources.


D-2 salary range with standard UN compensation package


2 years fixed term, renewable.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Advanced university degree from an accredited institution in a technically relevant area.


  • Substantive experience with legal work in international organisations and/or similar organisations, preferably within the United Nations system, in International Financial Institutions; broad-based background in multiple areas of international law.
  • Extensive and proven managerial experience at progressively senior levels in a legal office, with a focus on managing human resources to achieve results.
  • Expert knowledge in legal affairs related to financial institutions operating in development.

Language requirements:

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English. Working knowledge of another official language (Arabic, French, or Spanish) is desirable.

Application Instructions

Oxford HR has been retained as an executive search consultancy to assist IFAD in finding suitable candidates for this role.

To apply for this position, you will have to apply through both IFAD and Oxford HR. Please notice that failure to comply with this requirement will result in your application not being assessed for this role. Please find instructions below:

IFAD online application form can be found here:

You should receive an automatic message confirming your application. For any queries about IFAD’s applicant portal, please contact

Please ensure that your submission fully addresses the appointment criteria in the person specification.

You should provide the names, positions, organisations and contact telephone numbers of at least three referees (supervisors and/or clients).  Please clearly indicate the working relationship with the referee. References will only be taken once your express permission has been granted.

Oxford HR online application form:


To apply for this post, please download and read the Appointment Brief, then complete our online application form. Please complete the form in sentence case – there is no need to use block capitals.

You will be asked to submit the following information:

  • An up-to-date curriculum vitae (of no more than 2-3 sides of A4)
  • A detailed statement (of no more than 2-sides of A4) explaining why you are interested in this post and giving evidence of how you meet the Person Specification criteria. (Please look at Help for Candidates for hints on how to write a successful statement).

The documents should be saved in Word in the following format:

Your First Name, Your Last Name, Document Name, and Date (yymm) e.g.:

Applications will not be accepted without a completed application form.


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