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Innovations for Poverty Action, an international non-profit, seeks a qualified applicant for the position of Legal Counsel or Senior Legal Counsel (depending on years of experience) for their headquarters in New Haven, Connecticut. The successful candidate may work out of the New Haven, New York or Washington, DC office. The position offers an opportunity to provide strategic and task oriented legal support to IPA's global operations.
Legal Counsel will provide cross-functional support, and provide advice and support in areas concerning the legal and technical sufficiency of IPA's operational process and infrastructure, making recommendations intended to promote effective and efficient utilization of IPA's human and organizational resources and to facilitate enhanced regulatory compliance standards.
Support the General Counsel in ensuring compliance with applicable laws, regulations, company policies and awarding agencies' requirements in the U.S. and overseas.
In conjunction with the General Counsel and other legal counsel, provide advice and counsel on applicable data privacy laws, US Government Contract and Grant regulations, employment laws, among others.
Support the General Counsel in the implementation of the organization's compliance awareness program and conducting internal investigations,
Draft, negotiate and interpret contracts, grants, subawards, vendor agreements, leases, and other legal agreements
Support the legal registration of new country offices overseas and global legal compliance of IPA's registered offices.
Liaise with IPA's global network of outside counsel to ensure adequate legal support of the organization's country programs and operations.
Conduct legal research and prepare memoranda on a wide variety of areas of law.
Other duties as may be assigned from time to time.
Years of Experience:
3-5 years for the Legal Counsel position
5+ years for the Senior Legal Counsel position
Skills & Qualifications:
Admission to the Connecticut bar required if working in New Haven office. Admission to the New York bar required if working in New York. Admission to the Washington DC bar if working in Washington DC.
Experience working in international development or research, with global experience preferred.
Highly analytical and detail-oriented.
Excellent oral and written communications skills required, including ability to write/speak logically and convincingly in a short time frame.
Ability to multi-task, and work in a rapidly-changing, high-energy environment.
Teamwork-oriented, with the ability to mentor and train others across an organization, and to prioritize work and support broader goals and objectives in the team and the organization at large.
A self-starter with a strong work ethic, good judgment, and a sense of humor.
The ideal candidate will possess experience in one or more of the following: USAID Rules and Regulations, Employment Law , Litigation, Data Privacy Laws (domestic and/or international), contract drafting and negotiations, human subject protection laws and regulations.
About Innovations for Poverty Action
Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) is a research and policy nonprofit that discovers and promotes effective solutions to global poverty problems. IPA brings together researchers and decision-makers to design, rigorously evaluate, and refine these solutions and their applications, ensuring that the evidence created is used to improve the lives of the world’s poor. In recent decades, trillions of dollars have been spent on programs designed to reduce global poverty, but clear evidence on which programs succeed is rare, and when evidence does exist, decision-makers often do not know about it. IPA exists to bring together leading researchers and these decision-makers to ensure that the evidence we create leads to tangible impact on the world. Since its founding in 2002, IPA has worked with over 575 leading academics to conduct over 650 evaluations in 51 countries. This research has informed hundreds of successful programs that now impact millions of individuals worldwide.