Legal Specialist

July 2, 2024
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Application ends: August 11, 2024
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Job Description

Investing Projects Implementation Unit Building up of Yerevan CNCO is looking for an experienced Legal Specialist.

The Legal Specialist will be responsible for providing advice to the Project Lead, the PMG staff, the Municipality, and ADB on all legal issues affecting the projects. The Legal/Contract Administration Specialist will be responsible for identifying and analyzing legal issues, negotiating and drafting key documents, administering the consultants and civil works contracts, presenting recommendations and assuring legal compliance with Loan and Project Agreements (LA and PA) and other project documents, as well as Armenian Legislation. He/she works with different teams of the PMG and concerned stakeholders to coordinate and streamline internal processes. He/she prepares reports on Borrower’s compliance with loan covenants to the Project Lead on a monthly and quarterly basis, consolidates and submits quarterly performance and completion reports to ADB. He/she serves as liaison between the different stakeholders, including the Municipality, the EA, and ADB and develops and maintains direct relationships with government authorities.

The interested candidates can apply by sending their CV to hr.ipiu@yerevan.am email address.

A. Responsibilities:

1. Overall management of the projects:
• Ensure that all legal aspects of the project, including but not limited to procurement, safeguards, contracts management comply with the LA and PA, and other project documents, RA legislation and address legal issues as they arise;
• Coordinate and support the Project Lead and the PMG staff to prepare, submit and obtain approvals, if needed of ADB, Supervisory Board and other government stakeholders of all the milestone documents/reports/deliverables related to finance, safeguards, procurement, contract administration, project performance, etc.;
• Advise the Supervisory Board, the Project Lead and the PMG staff on legal issues;
• Monitor the consultants’ and contractors’ activities to ensure compliance with ADB policies and Armenian legislation;
• Prepare and advise on all types of contracts to be concluded under the project for the implementation of the project;
• Coordinate with the PIU staff, the Municipality, the GSB, Government authorities, the consultants and ADB and support preparation of due diligence work for subsequent projects;
• Other relevant tasks and responsibilities as requested by the Project Lead and the PIU Director.

2. Specific Activities

2.1. Legal
• Participate in negotiations, prepare and advise on all types of contracts to be executed under the project ensuring the best interests of PIU;
• Issue legal opinions with respect to certain issues arising in the Project implementation process;
• Deliver advice and issue opinions with regard to compliance issues to construction and environmental legislation;
• Cooperate with representatives of the Municipality, Government authorities regarding the Borrower’s responsibilities under the LA and PA;
• Contribute to the update of the LARF and LARP if required;
• Provide legal assistance during Dispute resolution procedures, including drafting Referrals, Defense Statements, Position Statements, and other related documents to the Dispute Adjudication Board;
• Drafting strategic action plan and risk assessment in case of disputes and arbitrations;
• Advise on negotiations strategy during arbitration, drafting notices of arbitration, counterclaims;
• Represent the PIU/Municipality before courts and in arbitral proceedings;
• Other responsibilities set forth in legal documents, Armenian legislation and the organizational documents and polices, as each may be amended from time to time;
• Perform other legal duties as requested by the Project Lead and the PIU Director.

2.2. Coordination
• Coordinate and ensure finalization and adoption by the PIU of project operations manuals (administrative, finance, procurement and safeguard) and make revisions thereof, if needed;
• Coordinate and support the Project Lead and the PIU staff to prepare, submit and obtain approvals, if needed of ADB, Supervisory Board and other government stakeholders of all the milestone documents/deliverables related to finance, safeguards, procurement, contract administration, project performance, etc.;
• Consolidate and prepare quarterly performance and completion reports received from PIU relevant teams and ensure timely and quality submission to ADB;
• Prepare the submission documents to the Supervisory Board.

2.3. Contracts administration
• Identify, analyze and address legal issues, negotiate and draft legal documents, contracts, their amendments, memorandums signed in the scope of the Projects, submitting recommendations and assuring legal compliance with Loan and Project Agreements (LA and PA) and other project documents, as well as Armenian law
• Prepare a schedule of reports/deliverables of consultants and contractors based on the Contracts and monitor actual performance. Identify delays; discuss the reasons and corrective measures with corresponding PIU staff, Contractors and Consultants. Prepare recommendations to the Project Lead;
• Monitor quality of deliverables submitted by Contractors and/or Consultants. Identify the reasons for poor quality; discuss the reasons and corrective measures with the PIU relevant staff, Contractors and/or Consultants. Prepare recommendations to the Project Lead;
• Check payment invoices, submitted by Contractors and Consultants to assure the availability of all documents, required by contract. In cases of inconsistencies, develop corrective measures in discussion with PIU corresponding staff, Consultants and Contractors. Prepare recommendations to the Project Lead;
• If needed in coordination with corresponding PIU staff, prepare variation orders and obtain required approvals.

B. Knowledge and qualifications:
• Advanced university degree in law, LLM is a competitive advantage;
• At least 10 years of general legal experience, of which at least 5 years’ experience in infrastructure or urban development projects with similar scale and complexity in public or private sectors;
• Excellent Armenian and English written and oral communication skills;
• Knowledge of FIDIC;
• Familiarity with policies and procedures of international organizations, in particular and especially the Asian Development Bank, the World Bank, etc.

C. Professional Competencies:
• Results-oriented;
• Excellent analytical skills;
• Excellent presentation and facilitation skills;
• Demonstrated diplomatic and negotiating skills;
• Strongly developed problem-solving and decision-making skills;
• Managerial skills;
• Planning and Organization skills;
• Cooperation/Teamwork;
• Report writing skills;
• Computer literacy (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).

D. Terms and Conditions of Service:
Terms and conditions of employment are governed by Armenian Legislation, Yerevan Municipality policies and procedures and employment contract. Job description is an integral part of the employment contract.

Additional information:

Interested candidates may apply by sending their CV in English until 30 June, 2024, 18:00. The applications received after deadline will not be considered.

Please, note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for the panel interview.

The interested candidates can apply by sending their CV to hr.ipiu@yerevan.am email address.