Legal Advisor
SOS Children's Villages
San José, CR
hace 6 días

Location : Innsbruck, Vienna, Faridabad, Addis Ababa, Nairobi, Dakar, Lomé, Casablanca, Amman, Skopje, Tallin, La Paz, San José

Unlimited , full time (part time negotiable)

SOS Children's Villages, founded in 1949 by Hermann Gmeiner, is the world's largest non-governmental organization focused on supporting children and young people without parental care, or at risk of losing it.

Child neglect, abuse and abandonment is everywhere. Families are at risk of separation. Locally led, we work in more than 130 countries and territories to strengthen families who are under pressure so they can stay together.

When this is not in a child or young person's best interests, we provide quality care according to their unique needs.

Together with partners, donors, communities, children, young people and families, we enable children to grow up with the bonds they need to develop and become their strongest selves.

We speak up for each child's rights and advocate for change so all children can grow up in a supportive environment.


The Integrity, Compliance & Legal (ICL) unit acts as an internal advocate in actively promoting the topic of integrity and corruption prevention at all levels of the federation.

In particular, the team deals with compliance with anti-corruption legislation and related fields of law and play a key role in helping to ensure that the federation and member associations carry out their work in accordance with laws, regulations, industry standards, internal policies pertaining to corruption prevention and SOS' key values

Additionally, ICL provides independent legal advice, guidance and / or counsel to SOS CVI (General Secretariat / International Office) and its executive leadership, specifically in the areas of corporate law, federation law, general contract law, and related fields of law to SOS CVI (General Secretariat / International Office) and its executive leadership.

Within the ICL / legal section, the Legal Advisor reports to the General Counsel and provides support in all aspects of legal advice including providing subject matter expertise in on or more of the following area : general contract law, employment law, corporate law, federation law, corporate governance and general legal affairs, as well as advancing data protection activities of SOS Children s Villages International.

The incumbent partners with internal stakeholders and provides independent advice, guidance and counsel to SOS Children s Villages International and its executive leadership in the area of legal affairs.

This includes input to, or active contribution to the design of policies and guidelines. Furthermore, the Legal Advisor closely cooperates with third parties, including but not limited to business partners, external lawyers, external auditors and government bodies such as the Austrian Data Protection Authority.

The objective throughout is to minimize risk and liability for SOS CVI while optimizing the relevant legal processes in support of key business objectives

Tasks & Responsibilities

  • Conduct legal and analytical reviews of contracts, other documents and transactions and provide independent advice, guidance and / or counsel
  • Development of, and input on, internal processes and procedures from a legal and corporate governance perspective
  • Draft and negotiate contracts and other arrangements, both federation internal as well as with external participation
  • Handle amendments and negotiations of standard legal documentation; support in developing new templates ()
  • Identify, analyse and address data protection in both existing and new operational processes or when undertaking any other new initiatives that involve the processing of personal data
  • As needed advise SOS CVI in employment law and collective labour law matters
  • Update and distribute and / or deliver training and raise awareness about data protection issues
  • Support SOS Children’s Villages International’s internal stakeholders (competence centres, functions, projects) with expert advice
  • Coordinate and set-up the implementation plan of agreed governance projects and support the training of co-workers.
  • Be instrumental in heightening awareness of conducting business in accordance with legal requirements and uphold SOS values of courage, commitment, trust and accountability
  • Requirements

  • Advanced degree in Austrian or International law; a degree or certification in International Law / Humanitarian Law would be of added value
  • A minimum of 7 years of proven work experience in legal services with focus in one or more of the following areas : Data Protection Law, Austrian Employment Law, Austrian Corporate Law and / or Contract Law, International Corporate Law and / or Contract Law
  • Experience in negotiating, drafting and revising of contracts and agreements preferably in an international context
  • Relevant professional experience working in a law firm or in an international organization with the ability to work independently
  • Working in legal services in relation to Austrian Association law and specifics regarding non-profit status would be an asset
  • Relevant work experience in an international context highly desired
  • Some experience in designing and delivering trainings in the subject area would be an advantage
  • Analytical mind-set with an eye for practical solutions
  • Good communication and presentation skills, including the ability to synthetize complex information into executive messages
  • Strong customer service mind-set combined with excellent interpersonal skills and intercultural understanding
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills in English
  • Ability to work independently and to prioritize multiple demands
  • Sensitivity to confidential matters, ability to maintain and respect confidentiality
  • Eligibility to work in the location you are applying for
  • We offer

  • A diverse range of interesting tasks in a leading INGO multicultural working environment
  • As a responsible employer we provide a range of training schemes and encourage educational enhancement
  • A salary that will be commensurate with experience and qualifications
  • Kindly note that we have multiple positions open.This vacancy might be referenced to fill positions with a similar profile.

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    The position remains open until filled

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