JOB: IFC – Legal Advisor, Investment Climate

Source : Mailist – February 13, 2012

Closing Date: Thursday, 23 February 2012

Background / General description

The Organization: The International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private sector investment arm of the World Bank Group, pursues its mission of reducing poverty and improving people’s lives by promoting private sector development through investment and advisory services. IFC Advisory Services is structured into four business lines – Access to Finance, Investment Climate, Sustainable Business Advisory and Public-Private Partnerships. Specifically at the country level, IFC Indonesia aims to:
(1) reduce the impact of climate change;
(2) increase rural incomes;
(3) promote sustainable urbanization. To achieve these objectives, it combines Investment and Advisory Services to expand access to finance, improve access to infrastructure, strengthen commodity based value chains, and improve the business climate.

The Program: The objectives of the Investment Climate (IC) program are to promote direct investment in the private sector , build local businesses and financial intermediaries, and help improve the business enabling environment. Through a set of related projects, the IC Program in Indonesia supports IFC Indonesia’s goals of reducing climate change impact, urban sustainability, rural inclusion and global competitiveness. Reporting Line: This position reports directly to the Operations Officer for Investment Climate in Indonesia.

Duties and Accountabilities
Scope of Work: The Legal Advisor shall provide insight into concrete business legal issues and challenges faced in the implementation of regulation in the context of decentralized Indonesia. The primary focus of the work will be on close cooperation with government counterparts in order to initiate/implement regulatory changes. Thus, the Legal Advisor will not only have outstanding legal knowledge and skills but also in depth experience of advising and facilitating Indonesian Government. The program engages in the following key sectors: small-medium enterprises (SMEs), green buildings, infrastructure public-private partnerships and agribusiness; therefore, the Legal Advisor will be asked to provide both economy-wide and sector-related legal analysis and recommendations. In close cooperation with other team members, the Legal Advisor will support the team on:
a) Developing project concepts, including project logical frameworks, preparing and vetting concept notes, and preparing internal approval documents;
b) Guiding project implementation , including managing consulting teams;
c) Measuring and reporting project results;
d) Identifying potential clients and stakeholders and managing relations with them;
e) Conducting applied research in areas relevant to financial infrastructure, especially as it relates to credit information sharing and secured transactions using movable collateral.

The work requires extensive coordination with other IFC business lines and regional/global resources. The Legal Advisor must be a well-organized, proactive person, with the ability to represent IFC in large and small gatherings to private and public sector stakeholders. Specific duties and accountabilities include, but are not limited to:
1. Analyze situation and formulate proposals for policy / regulatory reform pertaining to the program’s active projects;
2. Apply existing conceptual models, policy frameworks and international benchmarking in the effective assessment of the reform’s implementation;
3. Take an active role in the discussions with related private sector and government counterparts to explore and/or demonstrate the legal feasibility of the proposed reforms/regulations;
4. Work with relevant government and private sector partners to draft revisions and/or new regulations to implement regulatory reform;
5. Undertake roundtables to gather public and private sector input to policy reform proposals;
6. Lead the preparation and implementation of public relations / socialization events as required;
7. Provide legal support to the program’s survey and research activities;
8. Take an active part in the preparation of all information documents, and particularly ensure their relevance to Indonesian laws and regulations;
9. Design outreach, capacity building programs and training materials to implement and achieve regulatory reforms and incorporate private sector feedback into development of and advocacy for new reforms;
10. Systematically consolidate and analyze lessons learned from project implementation experience and share, along with subject matter knowledge, with team members and colleagues across the region and IFC;
11. Represent IFC and the project at any committees or working groups as assigned by the Program Coordinator;
12. Performing other functions as required and directed by the Operations Officer IC or Regional Business Line Leader;
13. Identify key lessons learned to be shared with the wider IFC Investment Climate, and develop IFC SmartLessons and other internal knowledge management documents;
14. Provide expert opinion/advice on relevant technical areas related to IFC’s operations;
15. Travel as necessary to support program and project design and development, and implementation; and
16. Accept ad-hoc tasks consistent with the aims of the position as assigned.

Selection Criteria
1. Masters in Law, or equivalent;
2. Strong analytical skills;
3. Strong knowledge of investment climate / business policy issues and relevant Indonesian legislation;
4. Minimum five years of work experience in conducting analysis of legislation and regulations, preferably in the context of private sector development / business environment;
5. Demonstrated hands-on experience in legislation drafting;
6. Flexibility and creativity in working in a dynamic environment;
7. Excellent presentation as well as oral and written communications skills; experience working with high level public and private sector counterparts;
8. Ability to work with limited supervision and to think independently;
9. Ability to work effectively under time pressure with high degree of accuracy and with a strong capacity to produce high-quality work;
10. Proven ability to demonstrate initiative, monitor issues and tasks, meet deadlines and priorities, and ability to work in a team;
11. Ability to communicate ideas clearly and confidently, articulate issues and recommend practical solutions;
12. Active user of MS Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint);
13. Strong oral and written skills of both Bahasa Indonesia and English, including ability to write and edit project/program documents; and
14. Willingness to travel frequently throughout Indonesia and in the region. IFC offers rewarding careers in a multi-cultural, multi-disciplinary and global working environment. All applications will be treated in strict confidence. Please note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

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