Deputy Legal Director – Legal Department (LEG)



Deputy Legal Director – Legal Department (LEG)
Publication closes 2022-07-15 (23:59) (GMT-4)

job description

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is an organization of 190 countries that works to foster global economic and monetary cooperation, promote financial stability, facilitate international trade, promote high employment and sustainable and inclusive economic growth, and reduce poverty in the world.

The IMF is seeking to fill a senior position for an Associate Legal Counsel within its Legal Department. This position is based at IMF Headquarters in Washington, DC.

The IMF’s Legal Department (LEG or Department) promotes and safeguards the rule of law and financial integrity, which are essential for the IMF to fulfill its mandate. In carrying out its mission, the Legal Department provides independent and high-quality advice to the Board of Governors, Executive Board, management and staff of the IMF, as well as to the authorities of IMF member countries, on issues of IMF law and policy, financial integrity, administrative legislation, and national legal and institutional reforms relevant to the IMF’s mandate.

Under the direction of the General Counsel and Director of the Legal Service, the Deputy General Counsel participates in the management and supervision of the work of the service. Working with the General Counsel and the other Assistant General Counsel for the Department, the Assistant General Counsel will help design and implement the Department’s strategy and overall work program. More specifically, the Deputy Legal Director:

    • May be designated by the General Counsel to serve as Acting General Counsel in the absence of the General Counsel;
    • Assists the General Counsel in defining and implementing the Department’s objectives and activities in light of overall IMF and Department priorities, working with other Department officials to define the strategies and work priorities of the Departments. operational units of the Department, supervising and guiding the work of the managers and staff concerned, and continuously improving the internal management practices and procedures of the Department;
    • Assists the General Counsel in the development, application and reform of the legal framework of the IMF; IMF policy matters; and on domestic legal and institutional reform in areas of IMF mandate, including financial sector supervision, regulation and resolution, AML/CFT, central banking, payment and clearing systems, taxation and tax law, corporate and household insolvency, climate, fintech and digitalisation, rule of law, good governance and anti-corruption;
    • Oversees the drafting of documents and decisions submitted for consideration by the Executive Council and the Board of Governors;
    • Represents the Legal Department on the Board of Directors and with Executive Directors, Management, Heads of Departments and senior officials of member countries and other international organizations;
    • Oversees a range of administrative matters relating to the day-to-day management and operation of the Legal Department;
    • May serve as the Department’s representative on IMF-wide committees; and
    • Performs other assignments at the request of the General Counsel.

Job requirements

The successful candidate should have:

    • A Juris Doctor or equivalent law degree and at least 25 years of relevant legal and managerial experience (of which at least 18 years in managerial roles);
    • Demonstrated exceptional leadership qualities and managerial skills, including the ability to motivate, effectively supervise and provide guidance and coaching to managers and staff;
    • A solid background in public and private international law with substantial experience in dealing with international economic and financial issues at a senior management level;
    • Excellent understanding of the mandate of the IMF and its role in the global economic and financial system;
    • Proven depth, expertise and leadership in several of the following areas: financial sector supervision, regulation and resolution, AML/CFT, central banking, payment and clearing systems, tax and tax law, corporate and household insolvency, climate, fintech and digitization, rule of law, good governance and anti-corruption; in-depth knowledge of IMF activities and operations would be a plus;
    • Exceptional ability to think strategically and create and execute a strategic plan, as well as proven adaptability, including adapting to new contexts and roles;
    • Exceptional interpersonal skills as well as exceptional written and oral communication skills; and
    • A proven exceptional ability to multi-task leadership and engage impactfully with high-level internal and external stakeholders.

This role is a B-4 grade at the IMF, with a very competitive salary and benefits that are tax-free due to membership in the international public sector. Background investigations will be a mandatory part of the process for the successful candidate, and for non-US residents or citizens, G-4 visas will be provided to the holder and family members along with other exceptional benefits.

Contact details

For a confidential conversation about the position, please feel free to contact Odgers Berndtson Executive Search:

Please submit your application via IMF jobs (—Legal-Department–LEG-_22-R2892) and provide a letter motivation, CV and any other relevant information in the context of an application. [This advert is being reposted. Please note candidates who applied to this vacancy earlier need not reapply.]



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