Legal Counsel – Regulatory & Legal Affairs at ICDDRB

icddr,b invites applications from suitable candidates for the position of Legal Counsel with Regulatory & Legal Affairs under the Office of the Chief Operating Officer.

Legal Counsel with Regulatory & Legal Affairs under the Office of the Chief Operating Officer:
icddr,b invites applications from suitable candidates for the position of Legal Counsel with Regulatory & Legal Affairs under the Office of the Chief Operating Officer. The appointment will be made on a Fixed-term basis for 1 year, which is renewable depending on performance and availability of funds.
Duty Station – Dhaka
Salary – Annual Tk. 1,522,490/- inclusive of house rent and conveyance allowances with other admissible benefits.
Benefits/facilities –14.8% retirement fund contribution by icddr,b, children allowance @Tk.1,420/- per child per month, contributory healthcare support including dependent spouse and children, group life insurance. Facilities of canteen; and transport and daycare facilities subject to space availability.
Job Profile
  • Strategy Development, Planning and Organizing: Assist Head, Regulatory & Legal Affairs (R&LA) to develop and enforce organization’s regulatory compliance strategy and framework; Support Head, R&LA to the strategic and tactical regulatory and legal initiatives of the organization by setting up the Department of Regulatory and Legal Affairs; Acting as the Secondary legal advisor of icddr,b in all national and international affairs; contribute in the process of strategic planning and play a supportive role to the Head, R&LA; Lead all initiatives of R&LA in absence of the Head, R&LA in order to align organizational strategic decisions within the legal and regulatory framework and ensures icddr,b remains compliant;
  • Implement and oversight of regulatory compliance strategy: Participate with the Head, R&LA in the definition and development of corporate policies, procedures and programs for initiating, implementing and oversight of all regulatory compliance issues of icddr,b; Assist Head, R&LA to develop strategies and techniques to identify and mitigate potential legal, regulatory or compliance risks; Assist Head, R&LA to develop and maintain a systematic process of review to ensure compliance with regulatory laws and related codes of practice through initiating a comprehensive regulatory compliance monitoring program; ensure full compliance with Core Donor reviews; individually and on behalf of R&LA; Support new business/research objectives with regulatory strategic support, including technical writing and presentations; Provide clear and valid regulatory guidance to icddr,b personnel throughout the operational and development process; Keep current of all applicable national and international regulations; provide general counseling in consultation with the Head, R&LA related to domestic and international regulatory requirements and corporate governance in order to ensure internal and external regulatory compliance and framework are aligned with the domestic and international regulatory matters.
  • Legal advice and Administrative Affairs: Draft, review and advise on policies, procedures and SoPs of icddr,b; Draft, review and advise on by-laws, strategic documents; Advise on  ordinance and other legal provision; ensure to establish and influence strong ethical standard and legal compliance in the organization; Provide legal support to HR and Internal Oversight with investigations of non-compliance issues, including scientific misconducts and suggesting compliance measures to business partners; Assist Head, R&LA  with advising the organization on the litigation risks of possible business decisions, providing preventive counseling with respect to the legal risks associated with business practices; Provide legal expertise to other departments where needed; Promote due diligence and legal compliance for icddr,b through effective initiatives; Develop mechanism to monitor IP Rights, Tax/VAT and Customs related issues in consultation with Head, R&LA in order to ensure organization’s legal issues are operating in line with the strategic requirements.
  • Contract Management: Negotiate, draft, review and implement a wide variety of complex, multi-party agreements including financing agreements (grants and sub-grants), MoUs, MTAs, NDAs, Leases etc and their amendments/extensions; Conduct meetings independently with the PIs and senior administrative staff to provide guidance pertaining to the contracting process; Ensure efficient review process and ensure informed approval for all legal arrangements from proper authority; Work in close collaboration with the Contracts Manager and other in-house lawyers to implement a service oriented and client focused contract review system for optimum work flow; Assist Head, R&LA to develop and implement integrated sub-grant monitoring system for providing legal oversight of all sub-grants from icddr,b; Monitor all grants, including narrative reporting schedule, in close collaboration with the RA for ensuring compliance with donor’s requirements; Leading the coordination of closeout process in collaboration with RA and Finance in order to make robust legal contracts with minimum risk exposure to icddr,b.
  • People Management: Interview candidates and make hiring recommendations, if required; Promote a spirit of collegiality and gender diversity amongst team members and in the organization in order to build and develop an engaged and high performing team.
Education and Relevant Experience :
  • LL.M (Master of Laws) from a reputable university; preference will be given to a candidate who has been called as a Barrister-at-Law by any of the Inns. LL.B with a Postgraduate degree from a reputable university with significantly high level of experience would also be acceptable.
  • At least 3-5 years of legal experience gained through a combination of major law firm and in-house experience as a in-house counsel of reputable organization. Familiarity with International Law is a plus. Candidates trained on alternative dispute resolutions will be preferred.
Functional Competencies:
    Knowledge of
  • Regulatory requirements (national & international);
  • Contractual requirements as per Bangladesh laws;
  • Leasing legislations and requirements;
  • Company, contract, land and procedural laws;
  • Bangladesh labor laws with updates;
  • Criminal laws as per Bangladesh penal codes;
  • Operating computer (MS Office, email, internet).
Behavioral Competencies:
  • Demonstrates high level of organizational and financial awareness;
  • Always drives for results;
  • Must have innovative thinking skill;
  • Able to maintain high level of collaborative communications;
  • Innovative thinking;
  • Able to build a highly effective team.
Interested candidates who fulfill the requirements should submit online applications using icddr,b website: by May 10  ,  2015. Internal candidates must mention their identification number in the application. 
Special information
icddr,b is an equal opportunity employer and particularly welcomes applications from women candidates. Any persuasion will disqualify the candidature. Only short-listed candidates shall be invited for interview. All tests and interviews will be held in Dhaka.