Job Opportunity: Regional Legal Counsel (based in Belgrade, Serbia)

19 September 2022

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is a neutral, impartial and independent humanitarian organization that works to protect and assist people affected by armed conflict and other situations of violence. To find out more about ICRC's mission and its activities visit

The Office of Corporate Legal Affairs (hereafter "OCLA") advises ICRC internal clients on all corporate legal issues that affect the organization but excluding IHL (International Humanitarian Law). In particular, it provides legal advice and support aimed at:

  • Promoting and protecting the ICRC's interests;
  • Enabling the ICRC to carry out its activities and fulfill its ambitions optimally;
  • Assessing legal risks affecting the ICRC as well as advising and supporting the organization in mitigating risks as needed;
  • Identifying emerging legal and regulatory risks and trends to proactively advise/influence strategic decision-making.


Within the OCLA team and the Corporate Legal Function (CLF) ecosystem, the Regional Legal Counsel is in charge of providing substantive advice and ad hoc support to the various internal clients in Europe, Central Asia, Asia and the Pacific regions, and in delegations; as well as coordinating corporate legal activities, building up and ensuring efficient service delivery, including by providing support and awareness to the regions and delegations. The Regional Legal Counsel is placed under the hierarchical supervision of the General Counsel, Head of Corporate Legal Affairs. Whenever needed, s/he supports other Regional and Legal Counsel on activities within the OCLA remit.


General duties:

  • Provides legal advice and support in all areas impacting the ICRC (HR, logistics, procurement, administration, operations, data protection, governance, fundraising, innovation, intellectual property, privileges and immunities, regulatory issues, etc.), with a specific focus on either HR/employment/contractual matters or any corporate legal issue
  • Drafts, reviews, and negotiates contracts for the ICRC in all areas needed, and drafts legal opinions
  • Advises in the context of the adoption of various types of documents (policies, memos, position papers, risk assessments, etc.)
  • Follows and contributes to decision-making processes and internal procedures (notably in the area of compliance, information security and risk management)
  • Represents the ICRC before judicial and administrative bodies for all matters pertaining to his/her areas of responsibility
  • Liaises with, supervises, and manages external counsel
  • Promotes change and assists all stakeholders or services impacted within the ICRC by the evolution of OCLA (e.g. advising management teams, assisting services/units, or delivering trainings)


Regional duties:

  • Advises on and provides legal services regarding the ICRC's activities and operations in the regions covered, including to the regional offices and country offices at the technical and managerial levels, in relation to the management of legal risks in the areas of expertise mentioned under "general duties" section
  • Provides legal advice principally on contracts, employment law, diplomatic law, administrative law of international organizations, regulatory matters and in general on all legal claims, commitments and liabilities of the organization in the region covered



  • Advanced university degree in law (M.A. minimum, L.L.M. would be an asset), along with typically 10 to 12 years of overall professional experience and a minimum of five (5) years as a corporate legal adviser required, in particular with HR/employment-related practice or contractual practice
  • Oral and written fluency in English mandatory
  • Solid experience in contract law, employment law, business law, the law of international civil service or equivalent experience in applicable administrative law
  • Solid experience either in-house or in a law firm on corporate legal matters with a multinational dimension
  • Good knowledge of the non-profit and international organization sector
  • Strongly motivated by humanitarian work
  • Excellent levels of integrity, morality, honesty and responsibility
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision, as well as to collaborate within a team with remote team members
  • Computer proficiency



  • National bar exam
  • Professional knowledge of French, Arabic, or Russian highly desirable
  • Field experience handling legal issues
  • Experience in the legal sector with IO/NGO entities
  • Knowledge or experience of the ICRC



  • Work and progressive professional development in an exciting international humanitarian environment
  • An inspiring opportunity to practice your profession in a humanitarian and multicultural organization
  • Stimulating benefits package


We look forward to receiving the interested candidates' CVs and cover letters!
Please send them to
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
Application deadline: 19 October 2022