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Job Post: Vacancy for Legal Counsel at Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF), Delhi

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Job Description:

Reporting to the Deputy General Counsel, you will provide support on a wide range of matters, including the drafting and negotiation of agreements with grantee organisations and partners, conducting due diligence, advising on appropriate legal structures through which to provide funding and advising on governance and general compliance matters.

As part of a small legal team, you will have the opportunity to work in close business partnership with staff at all levels across the Foundation, developing effective working relationships and providing advice on a wide range of day-to-day matters.

This role will be primarily supporting the India office, and those who work with the India office in understanding the requirements of the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act(including recent amendments) and establishing the necessary processes, procedures and guidelines to ensure compliance. However, there will also be the opportunity to work more broadly across the organisation as part of the Legal team

Key Components of the Job:

  1. Contract drafting and negotiations with CIFF’s grantee organisations in children’s development and climate change, as well as related activities (monitoring and evaluation contracts, consultants).
  2. Advising and supporting on governance and compliance issues.
  3. Advising on FCRA compliance and related matters.
  4. Managing external counsel in the provision of advice and training/know-how where appropriate.
  5. Advising on appropriate legal structures for providing funding to grantees.
  6. Conducting legal due diligence on CIFF’s proposed grantees.
  7. Building and managing relationships with programme managers.
  8. Supporting the Deputy General Counsel in maintaining an appropriate compliance framework to manage and mitigate legal risk.
  9. Ad hoc legal advice on a variety of matters relating to programme issues, legal and regulatory concerns, programme governance issues, conflicts of interest, commercial contracts and consultancy contracts.
  10. Willing to drive change, improve processes and generally make colleagues more aware of the importance of legal issues. Work with all aspects of a rapidly growing organisation.

Qualifications and Experience:

1. India qualified solicitor with experience with a major law firm or in-house position.

  1. Experience of a broad range of practical legal issues, including corporate, commercial contracts, regulatory issues, corporate governance and specifically FCRA.
  2. Dynamic, willing to learn, self-starter, comfortable in a relatively unstructured environment with new and varied challenges.

4. UK and/or US not-for-profit sector exposure desirable.

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