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Overview & Responsibilities:
The Office of the General Counsel (OGC) is a dynamic generalist legal practice that advances and protects the legal interests of IDLO, while mitigating risk, fostering accountability, and helping to ensure the effective and efficient operation of the Organization. OGC is responsible for providing legal advice to the Director-General of IDLO, the Senior Leadership Team, the IDLO governance bodies, and IDLO employees at its Rome headquarters as well as its branch and field offices. OGC provides advice on matters including the negotiation and conclusion of host country agreements, privileges and immunities, contracts, grants, and other agreements. OGC oversees local counsel in more than a dozen field locations and provides guidance on HR matters and disputes, including the negotiation, settlement, arbitration, and litigation of disputes. OGC also drafts, reviews, implements, and promotes adherence to IDLO governance documents, regulations, rules, policies, and practices.
An internship opportunity is currently available for spring 2024 (start and end dates are flexible, but the internship is generally expected to last from February through April). Interns must hold either a degree in law or be currently enrolled in advanced legal studies. Interns receive a monthly stipend of €600. IDLO does not provide cost coverage for travel arrangements nor for any other related living and accommodation expenses. Applicants living outside of Italy are responsible for obtaining any necessary visas.
Internships are offered for 3 months; in rare instances, an extension of up to three additional months may be possible.Full-time placements (5 days a week) are strongly preferred. Applicants available for less than 3 days a week will not be considered
Under the direct supervision of the General Counsel and OGC lawyers, the legal intern will be asked to support the Office with the following duties:
Provide research assistance on questions of domestic and international law including interpretation of IDLO’s privileges and immunities, as well as on human resources matters, internal governance and other areas relating to the functions, structure, and activities of IDLO;
Assist in drafting or revising organizational governance documents, reports, regulations, policies and procedures;
Assist in drafting, reviewing, and/or amending contracts for goods and services, Memoranda of Understanding, and other agreements relating to IDLO programs and activities;
Assist in the interpretation and application of IDLO’s employee regulations and rules, the Code of Conduct, and other IDLO policies and procedures;
Assist in monitoring compliance with IDLO’s regulations, policies, and procedures Organization-wide;
Fulfil any administrative and/or substantive requirements of the intern’s educational institution and/or fellowship program;
Perform any other similar duties as assigned by the supervisor.
Educational qualifications (mandatory)
Graduate or undergraduate level degree in law or current enrollment in graduate level/advanced legal studies.
Work experience (desirable)
Experience working in a legal capacity in an international organization or law firm is highly desirable.
Experience working in an international environment is highly desirable.
Experience with and/or understanding of international law, contract law, and/or international organizations is desirable.
Excellent oral and written communication skills in English are required. Any additional language proficiency, particularly in French, Spanish, or Italian, would be an advantage.
Skills & Competencies
Good team player, highly motivated, strong interpersonal skills, positive attitude, flexible mind, comfortable working in multi-cultural settings;
Demonstrated ability to work proactively and independently, as part of a small team; and
Ability to produce well drafted and analysed work product in a timely manner, exercise sound judgment, and manage and prioritize multiple assignments.
Terms & Conditions:
All interested applicants are encouraged to apply via our website and are asked to submit a resume, cover letter, and list of references. Applicants may also, optionally, provide academic transcripts or letters of recommendation.
Applications will be screened on regular basis; a qualified applicant might be recruited before the deadline. In the interest of making most effective use of resources, only the short-listed candidates will be contacted during the selection process.
IDLO is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity in all areas of its operations. We welcome applications of qualified and diverse candidates.
IDLO is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance at all levels within its workforce. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for IDLO vacancies.
IDLO does not tolerate sexual exploitation or abuse, any kind of harassment, including harassment of a sexual nature, or discrimination. As such, IDLO will conduct careful reference and background checks of all selected candidates as part of its selection process.
Application deadline: September 25, 2023