Legal Advisor
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The Open Society Foundations work to build vibrant and tolerant societies whose governments are accountable and open to the participation of all people.

We seek to strengthen the rule of law; respect for human rights, minorities, and a diversity of opinions; democratically elected governments; and a civil society that helps keep government power in check.

We help to shape public policies that assure greater fairness in political, legal, and economic systems and safeguard fundamental rights.

We implement initiatives to advance justice, education, public health, and independent media.

We build alliances across borders and continents on issues such as corruption and freedom of information.

Working in every part of the world, the Open Society Foundations place a high priority on protecting and improving the lives of people in marginalized communities.

Revenue Watch Institute (RWI) is an independent, nonprofit policy institute that promotes responsible management of oil, gas, and mineral resources for the public good. Too often natural resource wealth results in corruption and poverty, instead of growth and development. With effective revenue management, citizen engagement and government accountability, natural resource wealth can drive economic growth and development. RWI provides the expertise, funding, and technical assistance to help countries realize these benefits. Please visit our website for more information: . RWI has recently merged with the Natural Resource Charter, a move that advances the organization’s commitment to strengthening its intellectual contributions to the field. Producing high-quality and rigorously-prepared policy research, including the harnessing and analysis of extractive sector data, represents an organizational priority. More information about the Natural Resource Charter is available at .

Purpose of Position
RWI is currently seeking a legal advisor to support our programming worldwide. The legal advisor would support the design and implementation of technical assistance, capacity-building, research, and advocacy activities at RWI.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities
The Open Society Foundations/RWI may add, change, or remove essential and other duties at any time:
  • Contribute to RWI’s work related to the development and enforcement of legal mechanisms for managing petroleum and mineral resources, including as relates to:
    • Legislation and regulations governing upstream petroleum and mineral management;
    • Strategic planning and negotiation of petroleum and mineral contracts;
    • The development of effective systems: both within government and with oversight actors, to monitor and enforce legal and contractual requirements;
    • Legal norms and rules to promote stronger transparency of oil, gas, and mining contracts and revenue data;
  • Contribute to RWI’s program of technical assistance to governments on reforms to the economic, legal and fiscal policies and institutions governing the extractive sectors, with an emphasis on transparency mechanisms, institutional development, getting a fair deal from extractive companies, maximizing revenue collection and using extractive income to enhance economic growth and development. Key activities include drafting policy analysis, supporting strategic planning, training public officials, and commenting on draft policies and other legal documents;
  • Facilitate RWI training programs for and technical assistance to parliamentarians and civil society groups, including the development/adaptation and delivery of training modules and analysis of legislation under review;
  • Support RWI advocacy on the development of national, regional, and global standards for extractive industry transparency. Key areas may include promoting and protecting mandatory disclosure regimes for revenue transparency (e.g., Section 1504 of the Dodd Frank legislation and the EU Accounting and Transparency Directives) as well as promoting extractive sector transparency at international financial institutions (e.g., IMF, World Bank, EBRD);
  • Contribute to RWI’s applied legal and economic research to inform the strategic decisions faced by resource-rich countries, influence global debates on natural resource policy, and contribute to a library of good practices on the management of oil, gas, and mining resources. This could involve researching and writing briefs on such issues as taxation, revenue management, regulation, and local content;
  • Maintain relationships with related research and policy institutions focused on natural resource law and economics and identify opportunities for synergy and collaboration;
  • Perform other duties as assigned;
  • Travel will be required.

Education / Experience
  • Graduate law degree (JD, LLM, or equivalent) and several years’ relevant experience and/or training, or equivalent combination of education and experience;
  • Educational or professional experience on public policy issues;
  • Experience working in an international environment;
  • Experience working with actors relevant to RWI’s work, including governments, civil society groups, parliamentarians, and/or journalists;
  • Experience related to regulation, monitoring, and oversight of extractive industry activities; and/or financial analysis and/or negotiation of extractive industry contracts.

Skills Required
  • Relevant work or research experience related to the oil, gas and/or mining industry or related sectors such as energy or infrastructure;
  • Knowledge of key issues, organizations, and networks relevant to RWI’s work;
  • Excellent written, verbal, organizational, analytical, and cross-cultural interpersonal skills;
  • Ability to work efficiently in a fast-paced environment, troubleshoot and follow projects through to completion, with strict deadlines and without loss of attention to detail, budget, and reporting;
  • Effectively work as a team member and independently, with a high-level of self-motivation and ability to set and meet goals;
  • Show discretion and ability to handle confidential issues;
  • Excellent English language skills (including legal review and writing), additional language skills desirable (e.g., Arabic, French, Russian or Spanish);
  • Pleasant, diplomatic manner and disposition in interacting with colleagues and the general public.

Work Environment and Physical Demands
Essential functions are typically performed in an office setting with a low level of noise. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Salary commensurate with skills and experience. Excellent benefits package.

Application Instructions
Please send a cover letter and CV before December 19, 2013, to: and include job code in subject line: LA.

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