The International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID or the Centre) is one of the five intergovernmental organizations that make up the World Bank Group (Bank Group). It was established in 1966 by the Convention on the Settlement of Investment Disputes between States and Nationals of Other States (the ICSID Convention). To date, 151 countries are ICSID members.
ICSID consists of an Administrative Council and a Secretariat. The Administrative Council is the governing body of ICSID. It is composed of one representative of each ICSID member State and is chaired by the President of the Bank Group. The Secretariat carries out the day-to-day work of ICSID. It consists of a Secretary-General and 60 staff who are organized into five teams. Three legal teams administer the more than 190 cases pending before the Centre. A fourth team oversees the Centre’s institutional affairs, including membership, publications, outreach and technical assistance. The fifth team manages the institution’s administrative and financial operations.
The mandate of ICSID is to foster increased flows of international investment by providing an impartial and effective international forum for the resolution of disputes between host governments and foreign investors. The Centre administers arbitration and conciliation under the ICSID Convention and the ICSID Additional Facility Rules. ICSID also administers investor-State proceedings under other sets of rules such as the Arbitration Rules of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law, and acts as an appointing authority under various arbitral rules and international treaties.
In addition to its dispute settlement activities, ICSID has an active publications program in the areas of foreign investment law and international dispute resolution. Its publications include a semi-annual law journal and multi-volume collections of investment laws and treaties. The Centre also maintains a website providing access to extensive information on ICSID operations and cases, including ICSID arbitral awards and decisions.
ICSID wishes to hire five Legal Assistants to join its legal teams. The selected candidates will operate under the general guidance of the Secretary-General, and will work closely under the supervision of a Team Leader.
Note: If the selected candidate is a current Bank Group staff member with a Regular or Open-Ended appointment, s/he will retain his/her Regular or Open-Ended appointment. All others will be offered a 3 year term appointment.
• Maintain efficient filing systems in ICSID Docs and CMS, ICSID’s document and case management systems, in the case of electronic files and in ICSID’s file room in the case of physical files.
• Ensure that filing systems comply with relevant institutional ICSID record retention requirements and best practice procedures.
• Organize and profile case-related and institutional legal documents and records with proper labeling and metadata by following appropriate standards and legal naming conventions.
• Create electronic portfolios of legal correspondence and submissions.
• Prepare first drafts of basic legal documents in cases for review by ICSID counsel.
• Type, format, check and proofread legal and other documents, including Tribunal awards and procedural orders.
• Create and maintain updated contact details and letterheads for tribunals and counsel.
• Create “Box” accounts for pending proceedings, and maintain them by uploading and organizing case-related documents.
• Assist with logistical arrangements for hearings in Washington, D.C. and abroad. Help set up teleconference and videoconferences with tribunals and parties.
• Assist in the creation of MS PowerPoint presentation materials and other document preparation/formatting tasks.
• Prepare, send and track courier packages and faxes.
• Handle photocopying, and arrange for printing and binding of official documents, including awards and decisions, and review them to ensure that the copies properly conform to the originals.
• Answer, screen and channel inquiries received by phone and e-mail.
• Share miscellaneous responsibilities with other administrative support staff, and undertake other ad hoc duties that may be assigned by the Secretary-General or the Team Leader.
Associate or Bachelor’s degree and 5 years of experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Extensive knowledge and understanding of Bank Group and ICSID administrative/operational procedures.
Experience working in an arbitration institution, legal department of an international or public organization, or a law firm.
Proficiency in advanced functions of standard Bank Group technology packages. Advanced knowledge of MS Word and good knowledge of MS Excel and PowerPoint.
Good knowledge of and demonstrated experience in specialized administrative/operational support functions (e.g., database management, knowledge management, task management, document retention/management requirements, etc.) and ability to apply relevant procedures, processes and systems.
Sound organizational skills and ability to prioritize and deliver assignments in a timely manner, often under severe time pressures.
Strong attention to detail.
Ability to prepare presentation materials using various software packages with minimum guidance.
Fluency in English, including the ability to draft a variety of legal correspondence and edit basic materials using proper grammar, punctuation and style. Fluency in Spanish or French, the other two official languages of ICSID, highly desirable.
Ability to provide assistance to ICSID counsel by performing multiple, concurrent and progressively more difficult assignments.
Initiative: volunteers to undertake tasks that stretch his or her capability.
Versatility and adaptability: demonstrates initiative and motivation to proactively learn new developments in relevant policies, procedures and technology. Able to prioritize and balance multiple tasks, and to identify, prevent and/or solve problems. Willingness to work flexible work hours to meet client needs.
Client Orientation: Able to interact with clients with discretion and diplomacy. Demonstrates ability to resolve complex client-related issues.
Displays understanding of relevant internal and external factors and their impact to the client. Strives for excellence in service delivery.
Drive for Results: takes personal ownership and accountability to meet deadlines and achieve agreed-upon results, and has the personal organization to do so.
Teamwork (Collaboration) and Inclusion: excellent interpersonal skills. Collaborates effectively with other team members and contributes productively to the team's work and output, demonstrating flexibility, respect for different points of view and drive to complete the overall mission. Ability to deal sensitively in multicultural environments and build effective working relationships with clients and colleagues.
Knowledge and Learning: actively seeks knowledge needed to complete assignments and shares knowledge with others, communicating and presenting information in a clear and organized manner.
Business judgment and analytical decision making: able to effectively and independently provide general research support. Demonstrates ability to assess situation, and make sound judgment on action needed.